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didonato“Grammy Award winner and international opera star Joyce DiDonato will perform on October 3 in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. White Rabbit Red Rabbit is making its New York premiere in this limited engagement, playing Monday nights at Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street). “

According to the press release announcing Ms. DiDonato’s legit debut, the mezzo will join a cadre of legendary Great White Way thespians:

No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The rotating cast, each performing only one time ever, has included: Nathan Lane (March 7), Whoopi Goldberg (March 14), Patrick Wilson (March 21), Brian Dennehy (March 28), Wayne Brady (April 4), Mike Birbiglia (April 11), Cynthia Nixon (April 18), Kyra Sedwick (April 25), Martin Short (May 2), Bobby Cannavale (May 9), David Hyde Pierce (May 16), Shohreh Aghdashloo (May 23), Alan Cumming (June 6), George Takei (June 13), Rachel Dratch (June 20), Reg E. Cathey (June 27), Kathy Najimy (July 11), F. Murray Abraham (July 18), Josh Radnor (July 25), Ramin Karimloo (August 1), Tony Danza (August 8), Michael Urie (August 22), and Darren Criss (August 29).  DiDonato joins the previously-announced upcoming performers: Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (September 12); film, television and stage star Justin Bartha (September 19); and People’s Choice Award winner and ‘Castle’ star Stana Katic (September 26).

  • Sanford Schimel

    Am I the only person who finds her photographs more interesting than her singing?

    • basso.profundo

      You absolutely, 100%, most definitely are not.

      Her singing is a bit of Emperor’s New Clothes for me. But she has a vigorous fanbase that comes to her defense, most likely because she’s a really good person and is very likable, is always upbeat, is a great ambassador for opera etc.

      But yeah, I’m not really impressed with her as a musician either, so you’re not alone.

      • Evenhanded

        Well.
        I agree that her voice is perhaps not the absolute first rank, but have you listened to her “Drama Queens” CD? It is mightily impressive from a vocal standpoint; seeing her sing the repertoire live was also an incredible evening of artistry of the highest caliber. One of the (many) reasons she has such fame and a devoted fanbase is what she offers in terms of interpretive skill and charisma -- she really is a committed stage performer and a very genuine, sincere actress.

  • Oh wow I would love to see this. Wish it weren’t on a Monday night but good for her! ????????

  • Luvtennis

    And a fan of Da Entourage too, I see. Lol! I loved that song although the uncensored version is quite Rabelaisian.

    I too find JDD to be more compelling for her musicianship and performance capabilities than for her timbre. But the same could be said for any number of singers, right?