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Caroline Bowman Takes On Evita

Caroline Bowman is headed to Canada.

Bowman ’10, who was on the cover of our Sept./Oct. ’15 issue, ended her starring run as Elphaba in the long-running Broadway hit Wicked last September. Next up is a leading role north of the border: According to Broadway.com, Bowman will join the Vancouver Opera’s production of Evita during its limited run from April 30 to May 8. She will play the title role of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina.

It’s a familiar role for Bowman, who played Perón during the 2013-14 national tour of Evita. Here she is performing the show’s most well-known song, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”:

For information on tickets, click here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

 

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April 4, 2016 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Happy Valley Goes Broadway

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It’s not every day that you get to see Broadway performers do their thing outside of New York City. Fortunately for those of us in Happy Valley, we’re going to get that chance on Jan. 18, when the State Theatre hosts “We Are…On Broadway!”

Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture is putting on the event. It will feature four Nittany Lion alumni who perform all over the country, along with musical theatre students and local middle and high school students. The four alumni are Nathan Lucrezio ’09, Laurie Veldheer ’10, Alan Wiggins ’10, and Caroline Bowman ’10 – we featured Wiggins and Bowman in our Sept./Oct. 15 issue.

The performance will be directed by John Simpkins and Dan Riddle will direct the music. Simpkins is the head of Penn State’s musical theatre program, while Riddle is the school of theatre’s music director. If you’d like to attend and want to order tickets, click here for more information.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Penn Staters Take Center Stage

Our current cover story features Penn Staters who work in New York and national theatre. We thought it’d be cool to share a selection of performances by some of the folks we profiled.

Caroline Bowman

Bowman ’10 is the leading lady in one of the biggest shows on Broadway, as she plays one of the co-leads in Wicked. There’s a chance that you’ve heard a performance of the show’s most well-know song, “Defying Gravity,” but if you’ve never heard Bowman perform it with her co-star, definitely give it a listen.

Alan Wiggins

Another member of the class of 2010 is Wiggins, who currently has a role in the ensemble of the Tony Award-nominated Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. In the video above, Wiggins and fellow Penn Stater Laurie Veldheer ’10 perform the Broadway classic “Tonight” from West Side Story.

Audrey Cardwell/Adam Jepsen

Two of the younger Nittany Lions on stage are Audrey Cardwell ’12 and Adam Jepsen ’12. While the two aren’t performing together now±Cardwell is an ensemble player in the national tour of Cinderella while Jepsen is an ensemble player in Chicago—they took to the stage together back in 2012. Cardwell and Jepsen were joined by Dan Higgins ’12 for a performance of the song “Good Morning” from the film “Babes In Arms.”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 3, 2015 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Inside Our Sept./Oct. Issue

SO_cover[1]Alumni association members should be getting our Sept./Oct. issue any day now. On the cover is Caroline Bowman ’10—otherwise known as Elphaba the witch in Broadway’s Wicked. Photographer Michael Lavine captured the actress in her New York dressing room before the show—and before her nightly coating of green body paint. In “The Great (Blue and) White Way,” senior editor Ryan Jones caught up with Bowman and other theater alums making names for themselves on Broadway and beyond.

Also featured in this issue: Former Nittany Lion and NFL linebacker Tim Shaw ’06 opens up about his battle with ALS.

You’ll also find a collection of campus memories from the class of 1965. Find out what happened when a student tried stealing a case of beer out of the gymnastics coach’s garage, along with other college hijinks, in “Fraternity Dogs & Elevator Tricks.” (Artist Scotty Reifsnyder did an awesome job illustrating these stories.)

More highlights: A look at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which featured a number of Penn Staters, including two members of the all-conquering U.S. team; an interview with Jay Paterno ’91 about a new namesake beer; and a conversation with “career student” Jesse Scott ’03a, ’06, ’10g, who has been taking classes for 14 years.

Let us know what you think of the Sept./Oct. issue by commenting below or emailing us at heypennstater@psu.edu.

Amy Downey, senior editor

August 25, 2015 at 10:50 am 10 comments

Lions in the Limelight

We’re in the final week (or so) of production on our Sept./Oct. issue, and among the stories we’re putting finishing touches on is a feature package on alums working in New York and national theatre. As it happens, a couple of the Penn Staters featured in the piece—musical theatre grads Caroline Bowman ’10 and Natalie Weiss ’07—have popped up in the news in the past few days.

maxresdefaultBowman currently stars as Elphaba, the misunderstood green witch, in the Broadway smash Wicked. She and co-star Kara Lindsay were featured last week in a behind-the-scenes segment on New York’s WPIX-TV. (Among other things, you get a sense of just how much time she spends every week covering herself in green paint.) Weiss, meanwhile, recently wrapped a headlining concert at New York’s Highline Ballroom, which is featured in a new post at Playbill.com. Among the highlights: A very funny, pop-inflected six-minute version of Les Miserables. There are more videos at the Playbill link, but you can see that one below:

For much more on Bowman, Weiss, and a slew of similarly talented Penn Staters, keep an eye out for our Sept./Oct. issue in a few weeks.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1 comment

Now Starring in ‘Evita’ …

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Caroline Bowman

Penn State musical theatre grad Caroline Bowman ’10 is having some terrific early-career success: She’s just been named to the lead role of Eva Perón in the upcoming national tour of Evita, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Evita, based on the life of the second wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, started as a musical album, then debuted as a stage production in London in 1978 and on Broadway in 1979. The Broadway version won seven Tony awards, and a 2012 Broadway revival earned three Tony nominations. The new national tour, which is based on the 2012 revival, will have a 26-city run starting Sept. 8 and continuing through next June.

Most recently, Bowman was a member of the ensemble for the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. She left that cast just a few days ago to join Evita. Can’t wait to hear her sing “Don’t Cry for me Argentina.”

Tina Hay, editor

July 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment


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