STORY WRITTEN BY TARA LYNN JOHNSON
For Digital First Media
Alexandra Rush loves to sing. And you can get to know her and her voice when she does so as part of Larry McKenna’s New Voices Cabaret, a showcase for rising stars, on May 19.
“We are thrilled to have Alexandra as part of our Season 4 of New Voices Cabaret,” McKenna said. “She impressed our staff greatly at auditions and we cannot wait to hear her perform.”
Rush, who is originally from Wynnewood and grew up on the Main Line, auditioned last fall for the series, which occurs twice a month. The cabaret is a chance for singers to perform and for audiences to get to know local talent.
For her audition, she sang “Climbing Uphill” from the musical “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown. He’s her favorite composer, and she’ll be singing that song at the cabaret, among others. She’s looking forward to the evening.
“A lot of friends, old and new, will be coming out to see the show. I’ll be singing four songs that night of my choosing and there will be three other performers who will do the same,” she said.
She’ll be accompanied by her friend and colleague Mike Malloy. He was musical director for the musical “Dogfight” in which they both performed at The Barnstormers Theater in Ridley Park earlier this year.
Rush, who lives in South Philadelphia now, has been studying acting and singing since she was 12. She attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California as a Musical Theater major for high school. She’s currently studying voice with Dave Barrus in Chestnut Hill and also trains with Broadway Dreams Foundation, a performing arts education nonprofit that offers training, mentoring, and career opportunities in musical theater.
Rush, who says she’s a Hufflepuff (for those Harry Potter fans out there), performed this past fall with Narberth Community Theatre, playing Amneris in “Aida,” which was a dream role for her. Her big dream is to continue to perform for the rest of her life. She recently auditioned for a staged reading in New York with Broadway directors, and she’ll keep doing so.
“I love to sing. I love to act,” she said. “Broadway and professional theater is definitely a goal of mine. I also love being in the recording studio almost as much as I love being on stage.”
Being on stage feels like home. She simply loves music, singing, and performing.
“Music is a form of expression,” she said. “I use it to channel my emotions and to portray what I couldn’t necessarily express with words. It’s an incredible outlet.”
And she hopes it’s great entertainment for those attending the cabaret. She says there will be “a little comedy, a little drama, fun banter, and lots of great music sung by singers that truly love what they do.”
IF YOU GO
What: Alexandra Rush at Larry McKenna’s New Voices Cabaret
When: Performance is at 7:30 p.m. May 19.
Where: Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St., Philadelphia.
Info.: Call (610) 688-5246 or visit http://www.newvoicescabaret