Caissie Levy & David Reiser to Marry Tonight
Caissie Shira Levy, daughter of Lisa Levy and Dr. Mark Levy of Hamilton, Ontario, will marry David Aaron Reiser, a son of Linda Reiser and Dr. Robert A. Reiser of Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday evening according to the New York Times. Rabbi Stanley J. Garfein will officiate at the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, with Daniel H. Reiser, the brother of the bridegroom and a rabbinical student, taking part in the ceremony.
Caissie Shira Levy, 30, is an actress currently starring as Molly Jensen in "Ghost: The Musical" at the Piccadilly Theater in London's West End. She recently appeared in the Broadway revival of HAIR and its subsequent transfer to the West End last year. Also on Broadway, she played Elphaba in WCIEKD in 2007.
Levy, who will keep her name, graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Reiser, 31, works in London as a production scout for Marc Platt Productions, a Los Angeles company involved in television, film and theatrical productions. He too was an actor and appeared in the original Broadway production of GOOD VIBRATIONS in 2005. He played Chino in WEST SIDE STORY at La Scala in Milan.
He graduated from the University of Michigan and received a master's in music theory from City College of New York.
The couple began dating in October 2006, nine months after they first met. They met outside the stage door of the Merriman Theater in Philadelphia. Mr. Reiser had gone to see a mutual friend perform in the national tour of HAIRPSRAY, in which Ms. Levy was playing Penny Pingleton.
"We literally met for two minutes, I shook his hand and thought he was really handsome and there were sparks," Ms. Levy told the New York Times. "Both of us had been told about the other. It was one of those heightened meetings where both people are getting set up, but you only have a few minutes to chat."
Ms. Levy returned from the HAIRSPRAY tour in May 2006, and she and Mr. Reiser began dating five months later. Then in December 2007, she went to Los Angeles to appear in WICKED at the Pantages Theater.
"That was the beginning of our long-distance thing," Mr. Reiser said.
In March 2010, when HAIR was being transferred from Broadway to London, Ms. Levy and Mr. Reiser decided to live together there.
"We had been apart, living on the road for so long and putting so much work into seeing each other that we wanted to finally shorten that distance," Mr. Reiser said. "When Caissie got her opportunity, we figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and we weren't going to pass it up for anything."Levy has most recently been seen on stage on Broadway and in the West End in the leading role of Sheila in the New York Public Theatre Cameron Mackintosh production of Hair.
Levy made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, a role she recreated on tour in the US. She went on to play Maureen Johnson in the US tour of Rent and in 2008 starred as Elphaba in the Los Angeles production of Wicked.
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