Dee Roscioli is another performer on the rise! She made her "Wicked" debut in the Chicago production in 2006 and has since gone on to play the role in the San Francisco, Broadway, and most recently, the First National Tour. Dee holds the record for playing "Elphaba" in more performances in various North American productions than any other actress. Her other theatrical credits include "Pokemon Live," Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Therapy Rocks."
In addition to theatre, Dee has performed in many concerts of award winning composer/lyricist Bobby Cronin as well as her own sold-out cabaret show at Birdland in NYC called "Deliciously Dee."
Now, Dee is starring alongside Anthony Rapp and James Kautz in Gary Duggan's "Dedalus Lounge," which according to press notes, tells the story of "Danny" (Anthony Rapp), "Delphine" (Dee Roscioli) and "Daragh" (James Kautz) who are trying to survive in Dublin’s fair city. Their usual haunt is the Dedalus Lounge – best bar in the city. Danny’s trying to get a Queen tribute band off the ground. Delphine’s struggling with a high profile affair and the fact that her granny’s dying and Daragh, well, he can be seen in all places dark and dangerous. A jet-black Christmas tale of desperation, casual sex, bereavement, shoplifting, bisexuality, rampant disloyalty, copious drinking and Freddie Mercury impersonations. "Dedalus Lounge" plays at the Interart Theatre Annex (500 West 52 Street, 2nd Floor) through January 30th! Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I was one of those little girls who went around singing "Annie," while screaming "Annie." I think I got bitten by the bug by watching that. Then I was in 6th grade, I started taking singing, dancing, and acting lessons from a place called The Performer's Studio which was in my hometown and it was a non-for-profit organization that taught you how to sing, dance, and act as a kid. I think that really sealed the deal for me.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Hugh Jackman and Stephanie Block.
3. What attracted you to "Dedalus Lounge" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? After doing "Wicked" for so long, I really wanted to do a play (but it's funny because we are actually singing in this play) and I liked the script a lot because it was very intimate play about these three friends. I liked how gritty it was and I like the challenge of having to do a dialect. All in all that's what attracted me to it.
I just hope audiences have a good time. In with the grit, there's a lot of comedy and the story itself is a lot of fun to watch. I just hope people walk away feeling good.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Delphine"? I like how grounded she is, but it's funny, I'd like to think of the ways I'm different from "Delphine." Me: Okay. Dee: I tend to speak how I'm feeling every moment that I'm feeling it and she's not that person. She tends to hold things back until they boil over and then she has to express them which is funny because that's not me at all.
5. What's the best part about getting to perform and sing with Anthony Rapp? He's an amazing person. From working with him, I've learned we have a lot in common. It's been a lot of fun to get to know each other which really helps with the play because we are supposed to be my boyfriend anyway. He's just a beautiful, gentle soul and super talented. I feel really lucky that I was able to create a bond with him and share the stage with him because he's really an incredible performer, an amazing actor, and he just makes everyone awesome around him.
6. What's your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? I'm really enjoying the previews. As soon as we started the dress rehearsals, I felt like finally I could feel some continuity and understand things I did quite get during the rehearsal process. I feel like now that we have been running it, I can seeing the journey in its entirety and that makes me feel a little bit more secure with other choices that I'm making that make more sense now that I do the play in its entirety.
7. Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? The bathroom. I like to sing in the bathroom and warm up in the bathroom. I guess it's got good acoustics in there.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned that sometimes you just need to let go and let fly. I tend to be hyper-critical and I'm very aware of everything and I have to remember that people don't always see that and then you can end up hindering yourself by getting caught up in those little things. I've really learned to just let go and relax and just tell the story.
9. What was the best part about getting to perform the role of "Elphaba" in "Wicked"? The fact that it touched so many people. I did it for a long time and I got to come out to the stage door and see the fans or they would post things on my Facebook Fan Page and let me know how the show touched them or even how my performance would touch them. That to me is something very special, when you are involved with a show that can do that for so many people.
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Oh, the best advice I've ever received is from my friend Annaleigh Ashford. I went through a period of stage fright where I thought I would forget everything, she told me to put my feet on the ground and say to yourself, I know this, you know this, and everything is going to be fine. It's so simple, but it's very true and surprising how calming it can be.
11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Ohh, I'm not telling you that! Hahahaha
12. I actually came to know about you through Bobby Cronin because I've seen you perform in some of his concerts and he always raves about you. He's great. We've been friends for a long time. I was around him when he was coming out of directing and back into writing just when he started writing "B.R.A.T.T. Camp" which has now turned into "Welcome To My Life." I like his writing style because it's very dramatic and it's a lot of fun to sing his stuff because it has a lot of highs and lows. He's a lot of fun and a great guy too. He's very positive and it's easy to work with some who's that passionate about his work.