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Star of stage and screen returns for NIU concert

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:55 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University School of Music presents the spring concert “Broadway Dreams,” featuring the NIU Concert Choir, the University Chorus and guest artist Melissa Dye, on Sunday, April 28. The concert will feature a variety of Broadway show stoppers from “Rent,” “Les Miserables,” “West Side Story,”“Show Boat” and many more.

Dye is a DeKalb native and an alumna of the School of Music, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1988. Her Broadway credits include Rapunzel in the Tony Award-winning revival of “Into the Woods” starring Vanessa Williams; Sandy in the first revival of “Grease,” and the Mirror Bride and Christine’s understudy in “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Beyond Broadway, Dye has performed as the full-time Christine in the Toronto production of “Phantom” and was chosen as the Christine alternate for the Canadian National Tour of the production.

Dye has also performed in many productions in the Chicago area, and her voice has been heard on vocal recordings including the revival cast recording of “Into the Woods.” Dye’s TV credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “ER,” “Grounded for Life,” and many more. 

“I’m very excited to have Melissa return to the School of Music,” said Eric Johnson, director of choral activities at the university. “She understands our community and has come through our program. She will be a fabulous model for the students.”

Dye will host a master-class for students of the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance on Saturday, April 27. She will offer advice and answer questions about real-life Broadway and performing experiences she has had, and during the afternoon, she will hold mock auditions for students who would like to audition in a “real-life Broadway” setting.

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