Award-Winning Actress April Woodall Premieres John Denver Cabaret

Award-winning singer and actress April Woodall (Souvenir, Reading Under the Influence, Gray Matters) is realizing a dream this March in Philadelphia. Woodall will star in the world premiere of Hearing John Denver's Voice, a cabaret exploring her multifaceted relationship with the music of John Denver, at L'Etage (624 S. 6th Street). The unique show will run March 20 and March 21, 2017 at 7:30PM each evening.

Woodall, a graduate of Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, studied voice with Todd Duncan (the first Porgy of Porgy and Bess) and opera with Boris Goldovsky. Later as Dean of Students at Philly's Academy of Vocal Arts, she was the assistant director at the Spoleto Festival, Italy where she worked with Gian-Carlo Menotti, Luciano Pavarotti, and Richard Hickox. However, after a hiatus from the stage, Ms. Woodall turned to theatre. She has received the Midtown International Theatre Festival Outstanding Solo Performance Award for Born Fat, as well as the Outstanding Lead Actress award for her performance in Gray Matters, both plays by Jacques Lamarre; the Best Actress Award for her performance in Tony Glazer's Reading Under The Influence at The Chain Theatre; Barrymore and SALT nominations for the title role in Souvenir - a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Montgomery Theater and Cortland Repertory Theatre); and a Carbonell nomination for her performance of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Maltz Jupiter Theatre).

Absorbed with John Denver since her youth, Ms. Woodall has longed to perform an entire evening of Denver's work. However, the allure of John Denver goes beyond the iconic tunes of the singer-songwriter for Woodall: the actress believes that he has guided her through some of the most challenging and exciting parts of her life. In short, John Denver has "spoken" to Woodall.

Tickets to the March shows at L'Etage (624 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia) are $10 at the door, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best seats.

DETAILS:

Hearing John Denver's Voice Starring April Woodall

March 20 and March 21, 2017

7:30PM

L'Etage

624 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia

Tickets $10 at the Door

April Woodall attended The Curtis Institute of Music, studying voice with Todd Duncan (the first Porgy of Porgy and Bess) and opera with Boris Goldovsky. Later as Dean of Students at Academy of Vocal Arts, she was the assistant director at the Spoleto Festival, Italy where she worked with Gian-Carlo Menotti, Luciano Pavarotti, and Richard Hickox. Since returning to the stage, Ms. Woodall has received the Midtown International Theatre Festival Outstanding Solo Performance Award for Born Fat, as well as the Outstanding Lead Actress award for her performance in Gray Matters, both plays by Jacques Lamarre; the Best Actress Award for her performance in Tony Glazer's Reading Under The Influence at The Chain Theatre; Barrymore and SALT nominations for the title role in Souvenir - a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Montgomery Theater and Cortland Repertory Theatre); and a Carbonell nomination for her performance of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Other NYC credits: Anna: Love in the Cold War (Anna); A Promise Best Kept; and Mexican Hayride. Regional credits include: Fulton Theatre, PA; Maltz Jupiter Theatre, FL; Maine State Music Theatre, ME; Little Theatre on the Square, IL; American Theatre Group, NJ; Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, MO; Mill Mountain Theater, VA; Cortland Repertory Theatre, NY; and Gateway Playhouse, NY. Closer to home: Act II Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Eagle Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Media Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Center City Theatre Works, Montgomery Theatre, and The Devon. When not on the road, April lives with her husband of 30 years in Jenkintown, PA. They enjoy traveling to London to visit the Queen (well, they wave from their taxi as they pass Buckingham Palace,) or to Florida to gather seashells, and often each year to visit the family farm in Oklahoma. Ms. Woodall can be seen in the recently released film North Star with Jeremiah Trotter, Lynn Whitfield, and Keith David. For more information, please visit AprilWoodall.com



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