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Star of stage, screen returns to NIU

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University School of Music will present the spring concert “Broadway Dreams,” featuring the NIU Concert Choir, the University Chorus and guest artist Melissa Dye at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building, 400 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature a variety of Broadway show stoppers from “Rent,” “Les Miserables,” “West Side Story,” “Company,” “Show Boat” and more.

Dye is a DeKalb native and an alumna of the School of Music, where she received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in 1988. Dye’s 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 also has 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 more.

Dye will host a master-class for students of the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance on Saturday. 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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