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Billy Porter returns to Pittsburgh CLO fresh off his off-Broadway marathon in Signature Theatre's "Angels in America," as Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar." There's also an "American Idol" contestant and stage vet among the summer season casting: Diana DeGarmo makes her Benedum Center debut in the newcomer "9 to 5: The Musical" (May 31 to June 5) directed by Pittsburgh native Jeff Calhoun. DeGarmo plays the Dolly Parton role of Doralee in the musical version, while three-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty returns to CLO in the role of Violet.
A name you may recognize for other reasons is Lisa Howard, who plays Irish vampire Siobhan of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn." Ms. Howard will portray Mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music" as her first CLO role. Her Broadway credits include "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "South Pacific" at Lincoln Center.
Other casting notables for the 2011 CLO season:
** "Jekyll & Hyde" (June 14 – 26): Robert Cuccioli returns as director and Kevin Gray reprises the title role he performed in Pittsburgh CLO's 2002 production of this show, while Broadway veteran Elizabeth Stanley makes her debut as Lucy.
** "The Sound of Music" (July 19 – 31): Jennifer Hope Wills, who was Broadway's Christine in "Phantom of the Opera" for nearly four yearsm, plays Maria.** "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Aug. 2-14): Doug Kreeger plays the title role and Mr. Porter returns to his CLO roots, where he began his career as a Mini Star.
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