If we ever wonder what the true worth of regional theatre is, and, as one of the busiest theatre hubs in the country, in particular what it is here in Washington, perhaps part of the answer is that it gives actors a place to start and develop professionally.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Margo Seibert, who established her acting career here in DC, will be making her Broadway debut next February as the co-star of Rocky, the new musical from Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and book writer Thomas Meehan, based on the Rocky movies.
Graduating from American University, the young performer found substantial work in Washington area productions. Director Michael Bobbitt was an early mentor, and cast Seibert as the sophisticated ingenue in the original revue Queen of the Bohemian Dream, which I produced in the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival. Her co-stars were stage veterans Bobby Smith and Tracy McMullen.
She was handed dramatic roles by Folger (Arcadia and Orestes) and Olney (Of Mice and Men). Olney also cast her in Fiddler on the Roof and for the titular role in Cinderella. She was in the Goodman/STC cast of Candide. She was in several ensembles at Signature, and gave a stand-out performance in The Boy Detective Fails.
Stephen Gregory Smith wrote in about that one today: “Margo is like my little sister. We did Footloose opposite each other, and I fell in love with her. But where I truly fell head over feet for her talent and power on stage was opposite her in The Boy Detective Fails. She played my sister, who kills herself in the opening number. My character spends the rest of the show obsessing over why she did it. Her performance was electric, and haunting. I will never forget it.”
Before she steps into the world of Rocky, she is in rehearsal to inhabit a very different world. Seibert has the lead role in Prospect Theater’s new musical Tamar of the River, about a woman who has the chance to save the world, which opens Off-Broadway September 21st at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
From there it is a short walk to Broadway where Andy Karl will play Rocky and Seibert will play Adrian, the boxer’s love interest. Sitting in the producer’s seat is the man who knows the Philly boxer best, Sylvester Stallone, star of the Rocky movies.
Previews for Rocky begin February 11, 2014 with the official opening March 14th at the Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway. NYC.
Details and tickets here.
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