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News : Entertainment Jul 1, 2009 - 3:58 AM


From Darien High School’s Theatre 308 to Broadway and back

By Darien Arts Center





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Dan Micciche makes a one-night stop at the Darien Arts Center before going back on the road with “Chicago.”

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Dan in front of the “CHICAGO” marquee in New York City
The HOT HOT HOT summer nights of music series continues at the Darien Arts Center’s (DAC) Weatherstone Studio on Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m. when the Cabaret will present for one-night only, “An Evening with Dan Micciche.”

Call the box office at 655 5414 or order tickets online at arts.darien.org. Prices are $20 adults; $15 full-time students; and a special rate of $10 for DAC music students. There is no food allowed in the theatre, but snacks will be provided and there is a contributions bar. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road (directly behind Town Hall), off the Boston Post Road.

Darien’s own Dan Micciche comes direct from Broadway’s “Chicago,” where he is appearing in the role of Mary Sunshine. Micciche will perform his nightclub act under the music direction of Josh Sette.

Micciche, a graduate from the Darien High School (DHS), Class of 2003, really has made it big. But, before Broadway called, he performed in Nancy Herman’s Theatre 308 productions of “A Chorus Line,” “The Tempest,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Pippin.” He says he “Basically “grew up” at Curtain Call Theatre down the road in Stamford, where he performed in productions for more than 10 years.

After graduating from DHS, he was accepted into the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music where he earned a BFA in musical theatre with a focus in musical direction and conducting.

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The cast of “Chicago” and Dan (front, center) on Broadway
During summer breaks from college, Micciche performed in summer stock throughout the Northeast in productions including “A Chorus Line,” “Brigadoon,” and “Is There Life After High School?”

He moved to the Big Apple after graduation from the Conservatory and did what thousands of other hopefuls fail to do: He actually landed his first job as the lead in the off-Broadway production of the musical, “Gemini” (working along side three Broadway veterans whom he had idolized for years).

After “Gemini” closed in December 2007 he toured the country in “Freedom Train,” where he earned his Equity card.

Then, the big phone call came asking him to come and join the Broadway company of the hit musical, “Chicago,” playing the role of Mary Sunshine, (making him the youngest actor ever to play the role).

This gig has him working with such established stars as John O’Hurley and Charlotte D’amboise. In October he will share the stage with Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys.

After making his Broadway debut he left the company perform in the revival of Bernstein’s “Mass” at Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony, and at The Kennedy Center, under the direction of Marin Aslop. This production also was recorded under the SONY label and rated one of the “top five musical events of the year” by the New York Times.

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Dan Micciche
After “Mass” closed he joined the national and international touring companies of “Chicago.” He also has toured the United States extensively, as well as Bangkok, Thailand and Canada. In October, he will be performing in Tokyo.

As well as being a sought after actor, he also has taught at many performing art conservatories around the Northeast, as well as donning his music director hat for major productions in Boston, Connecticut, and New York.

Micciche has gone on to earn rave reviews around the world:

“Dan Micciche as Mary Sunshine, the coloratura soprano whose beautiful voice speaks volumes for the collective fawning press”… (Broadwayworld.com)

“Two standouts are "A Little Bit of Good" sung beautifully by Dan Micciche as Mary Sunshine” (Broadway.com Denver)

“Roz Ryan (as the prison matron), and Dan Micciche (as the sexually ambiguous reporter) are the show's vocal powerhouses.” (Chicago Sun Times)

“Dan Micciche will knock you off your feet as Mary Sunshine, and that’s all I’ll say about this most surprising character!” (Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Encore

About the Darien Arts Center

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is dedicated to supporting and fostering a greater appreciation of, and participation in, the visual and performing arts for all members of the community and has been an important part of the cultural life of Darien for more than 30 years. A volunteer board of directors and important committees and boards represent the various areas of interest and oversee the diverse activities of the Darien Arts Center and its programs including the Darien Players, the Cabaret, the Connecticut Choraliers, Dance, Music, Kids' Theatre and Visual Arts.




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