Recent NYU Steinhardt alumna Joanne Shea was one of just three contestants praised for her performance in Broadway Rising Stars by Woman Around Town. The New York City blog reviewed this year’s auditions and deemed Joanne and the two other performers to “shine above their fellows” from a pool of eighteen.
In her round-up, Alix Cohen wrote,
“I notice Joanne Shea’s splendid voice and focus in company numbers and look forward to her solo. The petite Shea, completely poised in a flattering gown, one arm on the piano, offers “Something Wonderful” from The King and I. (Her persona in group songs reflected more perk than gravitas, a glimpse of range.) Shea’s beautiful, warm contralto is filled with wrenching memory. We believe every shared thought and feeling. Phrasing is pristine from start to finish. When she walks unhurriedly forward towards the end, it’s with dignity and presence.”
Shea graduated in May 2013 from the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions with a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance with a specialization in Music Theatre and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. She studied with Professor Michael Ricciardone. Her NYU credits include Marie in Fiorello! and Cleo in The Most Happy Fella. She was a recipient of the Walter Reinhold Scholarship and presented a variety of classical and music theatre selections in her recital performance.
Broadway Rising Stars, an annual event that took place on July 15, 2013, at Town Hall, is an opportunity for emerging stage actors, fresh out of top theatre schools, to display their talents.