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Rita has starred in the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), The Phantom of the Opera (Christine), National Tours: The Phantom of the Opera (Christine), 100 Years of Broadway. Off-Broadway: original cast of The Prince and the Pauper (Lady Edith), Peg O’ My Heart (Ethel Chichester) at the Irish Repertory Theatre, Terrance McNaly and Skip Kennon’s Plaisir D’Amour (the Diva) at 59E59th Street Theaters, Regional: Next to Normal (Diana Goodman) at Theatresquared, Fun Home (Helen Bechdel) Theatresquared, Footloose (Ethel McCormack) at the Fulton Theatre, Take Flight (Anne Morrow Lindbergh) at the Eugene O’Neil Center, Rocky Horror (Janet), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Oklahoma! (Laurey), She Loves Me (Amalia), Phantom! (Christine), Carousel (Julie Jordan). Rita majored in Opera Performance at Simpson College and then received her Master’s degree at Northwestern University. Favorite opera roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Rose in Street Scene, Laurie in The Tender Land, Marcelline in Fidelio, and Monica in The Medium. Frequent guest soloist with symphonies across the country. Solo recordings: Letting Go (live at Judy’s Chelsea), Wishing…
Peter Danish is an award-winning, Amazon #1 Best Selling author, playwright and film maker. He is the author of the award-winning novel "The Tenor," the Amazon #1 Best Selling "I'll Give You Exactly Five Minutes." His plays include: “The Final Days of Wolfe Tone,” “Last Call – Bernstein and Von Karajan at the Sacher Hotel,” as well as the upcoming: “Mario Lanza – The Kid from Philly”. His music has been heard in countless TV commercials and he wrote for and recorded with opera legend Aprille Millo on the benefit single: "Ave Maria for the Children of Haiti. He is the composer of the upcoming musicals: "The Flying Dutchman," and “La Paloma”. In addition, for nearly a decade he was been the Classical Music Editor for BWW Classical.com, the classic music site for Broadway World.com, covering and reviewing the classical music performance in and around New York City.