Monday, February 1, 2010

Arts Reporting: Andrew Cannata Profiled by Michael Barnes

The Statesman's Michael Barnes profiles Andrew Cannata, who opens this week in John and Jen by Penfold Theatre, in Barnes' "Out and About" social blog:

That Voice: the Arrival of Andrew Cannata
by Michael Barnes, January 31, 2010

Within the relatively cozy world of Austin musical theater, a male voice like Andrew Cannata’s comes along once in a generation or so. Joe York’s warm, booming baritone made its first mark in the 1980s. Stephen Michael Miller’s delicate tenor glided onto the scene in the 1990s.

Cannata, 23, a recent graduate of St. Edward’s University, impressed Zilker Summer Musical audiences as a junior TV writer in “My Favorite Year,” amused Zach crowds playing a Boy Scout perfectionist in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” He also scored major roles in “Parade,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “On the Town.”

Yet it was his performance last season as the romantic lead in the classic musical, “The Pajama Game,” that elicited unprecedented raves and an Austin Critics Table nomination for Outstanding Singer. Under the tutelage of music and stage director Michael McKelvey, Cannata has smoothed out the breaks in his blooming tenor and has relaxed into a natural acting style.”

announcement: John and Jen by Penfold Theatre at the Hideout Theatre, February 4 - 21

Read full text at Barnes' "Out and About" blog for the Statesman . . . .

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