GLASSBORO, N.J. – Rowan University’s College of Performing Arts is pleased to welcome Phillipa Soo, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s Hamilton, for a special livestream performance on Friday, April 16, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST. She will be joined by her Musical Director and collaborator, Or Matias. The engagement will include an exclusive VIP Q&A opportunity and a Masterclass for Rowan students. A large portion of the ticket sales will go towards the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, formed to provide relief to a sector devastated by the pandemic.
Soo is best known for originating the role of ‘Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’ in Broadway’s critically acclaimed Hamilton, and the film version on Disney+. She can be heard voicing a lead role in Netflix’s animated film Over the Moon, Sony’s The Broken Hearts Gallery, and Disney+’s The One and Only Ivan. She made her feature film debut in Here and Now.
She will next be seen in Hulu’s upcoming drama series Dopesick and Spectrum Originals’ upcoming series The Second Wave. She was previously a series regular on CBS’s The Code and featured in NBC’s Smash.
Soo co-starred on Broadway in The Parisian Woman, as well as playing the title role in the Broadway musical Amelie. She also originated the role of ‘Natasha Rostova’ in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
“We are thrilled to welcome Phillipa and humbled to be in a position to directly impact Arts Recovery throughout the state,” said Debbie Shapiro, Director of Community Engagement and Presenting for the College of Performing Arts. “When we learned that the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund was formed to support the most vulnerable during the pandemic, we felt it was our responsibility, as an institution that could help, to step up.”
“Not only can Rowan students access the event free of charge, it is an opportunity for our students to participate in a virtual Masterclass,” Shapiro continued. “Having a renowned yet relatable artist like Phillipa mentor our students is a valuable experience they will never forget.”
“Unfortunately, there are many theaters and theater artists right now that are struggling to survive,” Phillipa Soo said. “Among the many things we have learned this year, one is that we cannot take for granted the people and spaces that give us the opportunity to gather in a room, have a shared experience, and go on a journey to find healing together. Without help, many of these theaters might close, so I am proud that proceeds from my Rowan performance will help support the New Jersey performing arts community.”
“We are so grateful to Rowan and Phillipa Soo for supporting the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund. No one has been immune to the effects of the pandemic and seeing partners in the industry step up to help one another gives us hope for a stronger and brighter future together. The support of Rowan will enable us to continue funding arts, cultural, and historical organizations and individuals in New Jersey who need it most,” said Sharnita C. Johnson, Co-Chair, NJACRF Steering Committee
Tickets for the livestream performance are $40.00, $30.00 for Rowan employees and alumni, and FREE for Rowan students. Tickets for the Exclusive VIP Q&A are $60.00 and $25.00 for Rowan students. Tickets can be purchased at go.rowan.edu/phillipasoo.
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