Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Natalie Toro to perform at Broadway Blessing

Acclaimed singer/actress Natalie Toro will perform for the 15th anniversary celebration of Broadway Blessing, the interfaith service of song, dance and story that has been bringing the theatre community together every September to ask God’s blessing on the new season. Toro will sing “Where Is It Written,” backed by the Broadway Blessing Choir, at the free event, to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. Reservations are not necessary.

Toro was last seen on Broadway as Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities, a role that earned her Sarasota Magazine’s Best Supporting Actress Award during the show’s pre-Broadway run. Previously on the Great White Way she played Eponine in Les Miserables and Sally in A Christmas Carol.  

In addition to her extensive credits Off-Broadway and in national tours and regional theatre, Toro has performed as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. She sang with a Big Band at The Iridium Jazz club in NYC with Tony Fusco. Her solo show was premiered in February 2009 at The Metropolitan Room to critical acclaim. Her new One Woman Extravaganza, “The Broken Road (Baggage Limit 50 Pounds),” premiered in Hollywood last year. Her CD, entitled Natalie Toro, was released to critical acclaim nationally in 2008, the same week she was honored by the Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrion, Jr. as part of Puerto Rican heritage month. “Where Is It Written?” is featured on the CD.

This year’s Broadway Blessing also will premiere a new song by Phil Hall, written in honor of the 15th anniversary that will be sung by Tony Haris. As in years past, Project Dance will perform and Rabbi Jill Hausman of The Actors’ Temple and the Rev. Canon Tom Miller, the Cathedral’s canon for liturgy and the arts, will lead the annual candle lighting ceremony.

More guest artists will be announced in the weeks to come. Retta Blaney is the founding producer of Broadway Blessing.

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