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PostSubject: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Fri Jan 29 2010, 14:48

Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions, Troika Entertainment, Luis Alvarez and Jon B. Platt in association with Allen Spivak and Brad Krassner are pleased to announce the addition of Broadway's Sara Gettelfinger (Seuessical, Anything Goes, Nine and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) to the company of THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL. Gettelfinger begins performances as the infamous puppy snatcher Cruella De Vil beginning with the show's Chicago engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) February 16 - 28, 2010. The role was previously played by Rachel York.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of Sara Gettelfinger to the cast of THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL," said Lee D. Marshall, Co-Founder of Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions. "A veteran of numerous Broadway shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nine and Seussical the Musical, Sara will provide a wickedly comic villain in the infamous Cruella De Vil and we are confident she and our talented company will continue to inspire theatergoers of all ages through the show's unique story-telling, amazing new music and tremendous performances."

Gettelfinger heads a cast of 30 that features James Ludwig as Pongo. The cast also includes Chip Abbott, Joel Blum, Sammy Borla, Lakisha Anne Bowen, Jeff Scot Carey, Kristy Cavanaugh, Lydia Rose Clemente, Piper Curda, Joseph Dellger, Madeleine Doherty, Garrett Hawe, Michael Thomas Holmes, Robert Anthony Jones, Kevin C. Loomis, Erin Maguire, Mike Masters, Neal Mayer, Catherine Missal, Erin Mosher, Ah-Niyah Yonay Neal, Catia Ojeda, Clark Kelley Oliver, Chuck Ragsdale, Molly Sorohan, Kendra Tate, Austin Zambito-Valente and Emma Zaks.

Based on the beloved book by Dodie Smith, THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL is a one-of-a-kind adventure for the entire family. The musical is led by an award-winning creative team including four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks (A Bronx Tale, Smokey Joe's Café, Guys and Dolls), acclaimed bookwriter and co-lyricist BT McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, The IT Girl), and Dennis DeYoung, founding member of the legendary rock band STYX, on board as composer and co-lyricist.

For more information on The 101 Dalmatians Musical, visit www.The101DalmatiansMusical.com pinklady
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sat Jan 30 2010, 21:14

This is great news!!!! I hope she does the NYC shows too!!! pinklady
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sat Jan 30 2010, 22:31

http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/baa.site/National/News.aspx?NewsId=7782

Broadway Star SARA GETTELFINGER Joins the Cast of “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” As Cruella De Vil

NEW YORK, NY - Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions, Troika Entertainment, Luis Alvarez and Jon B. Platt in association with Allen Spivak and Brad Krassner are pleased to announce the addition of Broadway's Sara Gettelfinger (Seuessical, Anything Goes, Nine and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) to the company of THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL. Gettelfinger begins performances as the infamous puppy snatcher Cruella De Vil beginning with the show's Chicago engagement on February 16.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Sara Gettelfinger to the cast of THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL,” said Lee D. Marshall, Co-Founder of Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions. “A veteran of numerous Broadway shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nine and Suessical the Musical, Sara will provide a wickedly comic villain in the infamous Cruella De Vil and we are confident she and our talented company will continue to inspire theatergoers of all ages through the show’s unique story-telling, amazing new music and tremendous performances.”

Gettelfinger heads a cast of 30 that features James Ludwig as Pongo. The cast also includes Chip Abbott, Joel Blum, Sammy Borla, Lakisha Anne Bowen, Jeff Scot Carey, Kristy Cavanaugh, Lydia Rose Clemente, Piper Curda, Joseph Dellger, Madeleine Doherty, Garrett Hawe, Michael Thomas Holmes, Robert Anthony Jones, Kevin C. Loomis, Erin Maguire, Mike Masters, Neal Mayer, Catherine Missal, Erin Mosher, Ah-Niyah Yonay Neal, Catia Ojeda, Clark Kelley Oliver, Chuck Ragsdale, Molly Sorohan, Kendra Tate, Austin Zambito-Valente and Emma Zaks.

Based on the beloved book by Dodie Smith, THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL is a one-of-a-kind adventure for the entire family. The musical is led by an award-winning creative team including four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks (A Bronx Tale, Smokey Joe’s Café, Guys and Dolls), acclaimed bookwriter and co-lyricist BT McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, The IT Girl), and Dennis DeYoung, founding member of the legendary rock band STYX, on board as composer and co-lyricist.

In keeping with the spirit of the beloved original story, THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL promises a quirky, upside-down view of the world, where the audience is allowed to see life from a dog’s point of view. The stage musical will transport theatergoers into an exciting and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle. In addition to the bevy of talented human actors, THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL will showcase fifteen talented Dalmatians, many of which were rescued from animal shelters across the country and given a new lease on life with this starring role.

THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL follows Dalmatians spouses Pongo and Missis Pongo who are living the good life in London with their “pets” Charles and Catherine Dearly. When their 10 puppies are suddenly “dognapped” by the villainous Cruella de Vil, they summon the help of a vast network of dogs and set off to rescue their pups. There’s a happy ending for all with laughter, mayhem and music along the way.

The show’s lively contemporary score and soundtrack was composed by Grammy nominated and People’s Choice Award winner Dennis DeYoung. As former singer of the legendary rock band STYX, DeYoung composed such unforgettable, timeless hits as “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “The Best of Times” and “Mr. Roboto.” With THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL, he brings his pop rock flair to an array of original songs destined to become popular material to kids and adults alike. These include: “One-Hundred-and-One Dalmatians,” “Twilight Barking,” “One True Love,” “Cruella Always Gets Her Way” and “Be A Little Braver.”

THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL also features a surprise grand finale showcasing the tremendous talents of the professional and rescued Dalmatians that will leave audiences cheering. The dogs were all trained by one of the world’s foremost animal trainers, Joel Slaven, who has worked extensively with Jack Hanna on such featured films as Ace Ventura Pet Detective and That Darn Cat.
THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL began in Minneapolis in October 2009 and is traveling to major markets and venues across the country including an engagement in April 2010 at the WaMu Theater at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. The musical is produced by Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions, Troika Entertainment and international producer Luis Alvarez. Tour and ticket information is available at www.the101dalmatiansmusical.com.

About Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions
Magic Arts & Entertainment has been bringing hundreds of thousands of people to their feet each year throughout their 25 years in the entertainment industry. Led by business partners Lee D. Marshall and Joe Marsh, the duo began by producing David Copperfield’s first-ever tour in 1983. The partnership then grew to produce, manage, book and promote a versatile roster of live entertainment events that expanded to include such high-grossing concerts such as the North American tours for Janet Jackson, Cher, N Sync, Britney Spears, Barry Manilow, The Backstreet Boys and many others. Current tours include The Magic of David Copperfield, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Mannheim Steamroller, and Jesus Christ Superstar staring Ted Neeley. In 2008, Magic Arts & Entertainment was acquired by the Tix Corporation (Nasdaq: TIXC), with Marshall and Marsh assuming the roles of Co-CEO of Tix Productions, a newly-formed subsidiary of Tix Corporation.

About Troika General Management
Troika General Management has over two decades experience producing shows of all types and sizes throughout North America and the world. International venues include Russia, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Korea and Japan. Troika was most recently involved in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China with productions of The Sound of Music, 42nd Street and Chicago. Current and upcoming productions in North America include Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neeley and Cats, running “now and forever.”

About Luis Alvarez
Luis Alvarez, the youngest theatrical producer and director in Madrid, is responsible for one of the most successful shows in Spain. 101 Dalmatians: The Musical premiered at the Wonderland Theatre in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Alvarez received an award for Best Theatrical Producer in Spain. Mr. Alvarez and 101 Dalmatians: The Musical broke all records for sponsorship deals in Spain. Kellogg’s, Kodak, Iberia, Haagen Dazs and many other well known companies sponsored the World Premier of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical.

About Sara Gettelfinger
SARA GETTELFINGER (Cruella De Vil). Broadway: Suessical the Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, “Carla” in Nine with Antonio Banderas, “Jolene Oakes” in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opposite John Lithgow, and the first national tour of Fosse. Other NYC area credits include: “April” in Company (Helen Hayes), “Fastrada” in Pippin (Papermill Playhouse), Tenderloin and Carnival at City Center ENCORES!, Anything Goes at Lincoln Center, and “Little Edie Beale” in the world premier of Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons. In 2009, Sara starred as “Fastrada” in the Deaf West production of Pippin at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. Television: Guiding Light, Ed, and Without a Trace. Film: 10 to Midnight, Sex In the City. In the fall of 2006 Sara was signed to Decca/Universal Records with the classical-crossover trio Three Graces. Their self-titled debut album was released in stores/online in March 2008, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Crossover Charts, followed by a worldwide, critically acclaimed concert tour. threegracesmusic.com. Proud member of Actors Equity. This one is for my sweet Ellie Shay and the Gettelfinger Pups, Ruby, Raiden, Helen and Bella.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Thu Feb 04 2010, 16:46

Thanks for the info Regina
So.....I´m sure she will be a great Cruela
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Fri Mar 12 2010, 21:31

http://www.projo.com/theater/content/LB_Dalmatians_03-16-10_G5HON5I_v22.293da27.html


Photo by: Joan Marcus

I'll be seeing the show on April 14th. I can't wait!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Tue Mar 16 2010, 23:31

http://www.projo.com/theater/content/wk-gettelfinger_03-18-10_C7HOE5G_v16.1fc8792.html

On a mean streak

By Channing Gray

Journal Arts Writer

Sara Gettelfinger plays Cruella De Vil in “The 101 Dalmations Musical” at PPAC through Sunday.
Joan Marcus

When Broadway’s Sara Gettelfinger was a kid, she was fond of the black hats of this world. When she first saw “Snow White” it was the evil queen who attracted her attention. So you can imagine her sense of glee when she got a call asking if she wanted to play that despicable dognapper Cruella De Vil in the musical retelling of “101 Dalmatians,” now at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

“I’m having a blast,” said Gettelfinger from a stop in Indianapolis. “She’s definitely an iconic villain who everybody loves to hate.”

In fact, Gettelfinger said that Cruella has been “on my radar for a long time.” She can remember when as a child she first encountered Cruella in the animated film of “101 Dalmatians” and fell in love with her. “I’ve been six feet tall since I was in the eighth grade,” she said, “and here was this tall woman with sharp features. There are things about me that naturally work well with her carriage.”

Gettelfinger joined the tour just about a month ago, after Rachel York bowed out. Much as she admired York’s performance, she said she wanted to make the role her own.

“I already had ideas about what the character would be,” she said. “I wanted to tailor the part to my strengths.”

The show, which has been on the road since last fall and playing to mixed reviews, was the brainchild of Spanish producer Luis Alvarez, who put on a Spanish version in Madrid about a decade ago. He brought it to New York in 2007 and lined up four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks as the director. It was Zaks who came up with the idea of doing the show from a dog’s point of view.

To make the humans appear as these towering creatures to the canines, he put them on stilts, which has taken some getting used to. Actually Gettelfinger said she wears a pair of metal boots that are a sort of cross between the lightweight prosthetics worn by athletes and a dry waller’s boots.

At least one critic noted how uncomfortable she looked in them. Gettelfinger admits to some stumbles (but no falls). “I like to tell myself that I get better each time I go on stage,” she said. “But sometimes when I get time off then get back into the boots I feel like Bambi on ice. Like anything else, it gets better with time.”

But the songs in the show make up for having to hobble about in platform shoes, she said. Those are by Dennis DeYoung, best known as a founding member of the legendary rock band Styx.

“The songs are pretty fantastic,” she said. “They have a Broadway sound but a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. The music is written in favorite ways I like to sing and use my voice.”

The “dogs” in the show are for the most part played by humans in black-spotted outfits (thankfully they don’t have tails and floppy ears), although there are 15 real Dalmatians who appear at the end of each act and do tricks. Gettelfinger, who does not have a dog but dreams one day of having a house in the country where she can keep several of the critters (she has a calico cat in her New York apartment), doesn’t have any scenes with the real Dalmatians. But she said when cast members are not on stage they head backstage to where the dogs are kept for some serious “puppy love.”

When she was told one reviewer said she was the most entertaining thing about the show next to the live dogs, she said she’d take that as a compliment.

“Who can compete?” she said.

Gettelfinger spent part of last year in Los Angeles in “Pippin” at the Mark Taper Forum. She was getting ready to audition for television pilots when the offer to play Cruella “fell out of the sky.”

“It was definitely a New Year’s surprise.”

Her roles on Broadway have included “Seussical,” “Nine,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” during which she shared the stage with York. She also does some solo concerts of Broadway hits and jazz standards.

She said she went to a performing arts high school in Louisville, Ky., and went on to study voice, dance and theater at the Cincinnati Conservatory.

The Spanish version of the “101 Dalmatians Musical” was geared more toward kids. Now it is a “family show,” said Gettelfinger. But it’s the kids who seem to love it most. Gettelfinger said she gets a kick out looking into the audience and seeing youngsters in spotted sweatshirts, holding stuffed Dalmatians.

“It’s so sweet to look out and see the faces of these kids who are so enthusiastic and ready to go on this imaginative journey.”

“101 Dalmatians Musical” plays the Providence Performing Arts Center through Sunday. Tickets are $36-$63. Call (401) 421-2787 or visit www.ppacri.org.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Thu Mar 18 2010, 21:35

Review of the show

http://thephoenix.com/providence/arts/98729-dogging-it/?page=2#TOPCONTENT

Dogging it
The 101 Dalmatians Musical has legs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ | March 17, 2010


WOOF! A few of the stars of The 101 Dalmatians Musical.

There isn't much that's cuter than little doggies, except maybe kittens and babies, but try getting them to parade in a line. Cats have been done to death, and John Travolta wasn't available for Look Who's Talking: The Musical, so pups it was — fortunately.

The 101 Dalmatians Musical, at Providence Performing Arts Center through March 21, is everything you could expect from the family-friendly story: adorable, adventurous, funny, and hummable in the shower to boot.

The creators knew what they were doing. Broadway director Jerry Zaks (La Cage Aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors) directed the adaptation that has a book by BT McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, and Camelot) and lyrics by McNicholl and Dennis DeYoung (a founding member of the rock group Styx), who also composed the music.

The 1956 Dodie Smith children's book of the title has been translated into 47 languages and, of course, was made into a Walt Disney animated film five years later, plus a 1996 live-action remake (and a 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians) and a 1997-98 Disney TV series. It was obvious from the outset that this franchise had legs — 404 of them.

With its hyperbolic story and no-boos-barred villain, audiences could plunge into a melodrama, a rare treat. Ticketholders haven't enjoyed themselves so much since they got to hiss at Simon Legree as he pursued Liza over the ice floes in the wildly popular 19th-century stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

After all, Cruella DeVil (Sara Gettelfinger) and her henchmen, the Baddum brothers (Michael Thomas Holmes, Robert Anthony Jones ) are after the beautiful spotted dogs so she can fatten them up and have them made into coats. The central canines are Pongo (James Ludwig) and Missus (Catia Ojeda), who live with their devoted petters, a young married couple, the Dearlys (Mike Masters and Erin Mosher).

Dogs are easier to wrangle in a cartoon, so there are usually only two or four of a total 15 Dalmatians on stage at any one time, except at the end, when they do some tricks for us, such as pushing a lawnmower. The spotted mob is mostly represented by the human Pongos and eight costumed children playing their little spotted pack. (Don't worry, they don't have black greasepaint on their noses and are not wearing floppy ears.)

One imaginative touch is that the humans are grotesquely tall, to represent the perspective of the dogs, tromping about with short stilts under their costumes. Considering the accuracy of the animal psychology, it's a shame there aren't as many pets in the audience as children.

Unavoidably, a lot is made of the role reversal here, as in the song "Man Is a Dog's Best Friend," and such observations as that people are "unusually intelligent — almost canine at times." But unlike with some musicals we could name, many of the 14 songs here are cleverly written and musically interesting. From the sweet "A Perfect Family" to the feisty "Be a Little Bit Braver" to the propulsive "Breakout," they energize the silly story and help characterize the characters singing them.

My favorites are the Pongos, because of the actors playing them. As Pongo, Ludwig conveys a dogs intelligence by alert attention and peppy spirit, not overdoing either attribute. Ojeda's Missus is equally spirited, especially when maternally motivated by the theft of her pups, and she has a gentle feminine charm.

Her polar opposite is the sneering Cruella DeVil — "If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will," her song goes. With twisted half-black, half-white hair towering above her and with a wicked laugh, Gettelfinger spits threats through blood red lips and makes being evil look like such good sport that impressionable children in the audience should have their eyes and ears clamped shut.

What fun.

The actual Dalmatians onstage are rescue dogs gathered coast-to-coast. The program makes a lengthy point about how such dogs might not be as cute and obedient as the well-trained pooches seen here, hoping to avert a fad that ends in the animals being abandoned at fire stations around the country. It's not every Broadway production company that is so conscientious. Give them a little extra applause for that.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Thu Mar 18 2010, 21:51

Another review:
http://www.projo.com/theater/content/lb_dalmatians_review_03-19-10_BEHQBNU_v18.1e0dd5d.html

‘Dalmatians’ musical is spot-on

01:00 AM EDT on Friday, March 19, 2010

By Channing Gray

Journal Arts Writer

If you’re 10 years old and into puppy love, then “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” will hit the spot. Make that a stage full of spots.

The touring show, which is at the Providence Performing Arts Center through Sunday, is definitely geared to small fry who have seen the Disney films and followed the exploits of Pongo and his brood. But there’s enough for grown-ups to savor, too, to make this a fun night out.

That’s not to say there aren’t some short comings. For one thing, the jokes are lame, at least by adult standards. When the Dearlys’ cook asks Cruella De Vil what she’s making for dinner, she snaps “reservations.” And the show could have done with a little less of Joel Blum’s Prince, who acted as a sort of narrator and tossed dog treats into the audience before the start of the second act, telling the recipient to “stay.”

But really, the show is not as bad as some critics have made it out to be.

Director Jerry Zaks has envisioned the show from a dog’s perspective, with oversized furniture and humans on humongous platform shoes so that they tower over the dogs, which are mostly kids in what look like spotted pajamas. Thankfully the costumes are designed to suggest dogs, and leave much to the imagination. There are no tails, no floppy ears.

Although the humans can seem a little awkward hobbling about on 2-foot-high lifts, one can only wonder what dogs actually think when they see their masters lumbering into the room.

And I’d sort of forgotten how basic the plot is. Puppies are dognapped, then escape and make their way home — with Cruella in hot pursuit. There really is not a lot of suspense to the show, which might not be such a disappointment for young kids but left me yearning for one more showdown with Cruella.

But the production has at least two things going for it — more than a dozen live Dalmatians who now and then dash across the stage and at the end perform a series of tricks as they redecorate Cruella’s mansion, and Broadway’s statuesque Sara Gettelfinger, who is fabulous as Cruella.

Gettelfinger joined the show just about a month ago, but already owns the part. She has plenty of opportunity to unleash that laser-like voice of hers, and just oozes nastiness as she sets out to turn those adorable pups into fur coats. In fact, the show would be pretty flat without her.

That’s not to make light of James Ludwig’s considerable contribution to the show as Pongo, who leads the charge to save his pups. He sang well and looked perfectly loveable hopping onto chairs that must have been 6 feet tall. Catia Ojeda, as his mate, was not so secure in her singing, even though her portrayal was pretty solid.

The other plus to the show is Dennis DeYoung’s (he’s a founding member of the legendary rock band Styx) catchy score. “Be A Little Bit Braver” with its driving reggae beat was perhaps the hit of the night.

The show is not geared entirely for wee ones, though. Grown-ups got a chuckle when one of the pups asks Pongo what he and mom do in the bushes. And there’s a hint of a lesbian relationship between the cook and the female butler, who might have to share a room once the Dalmatians move back into the house.

But at its heart, it’s a kids’ show, not real sophisticated, not even terribly clever, just a warm-hearted tale about the joys of family life.

“The 101 Dalmatians Musical” runs through Sunday at the Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. Call (401) 421-2787 or visit ppacri.org.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Thu Mar 18 2010, 22:11

http://www.edgeptown.com/index.php?ch=entertainment&sc=theatre&sc2=&sc3=&id=103560

Providence goes to the dogs as Dalmatians hit town
by Joe Siegel
EDGE New England Editor
Wednesday Mar 17, 2010


Providence goes to the dogs as The 101 Dalmatians Musical comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).

Though best-known from its 1961 cartoon version (Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians) and its 1996 live action remake (simply called 101 Dalmatians), the musical returns to the story’s source for inspiration: the original 1957 novel by British author Dodie Smith.

The 101 Dalmatians Musical follows Dalmatians spouses Pongo and Missis Pongo who are living the good life in London with their "pets" Charles and Catherine Dearly. When their 10 puppies are suddenly "dognapped" by the villainous Cruella de Vil, they summon the help of a vast network of dogs and set off to rescue their pups.

The show features a surprise grand finale showcasing the tremendous talents of the professional and rescued Dalmatians. The dogs were all trained by one of the world’s foremost animal trainers, Joel Slaven, who has worked extensively with Jack Hanna on such featured films as Ace Ventura Pet Detective and That Darn Cat.

Dog’s eye view

Broadway’s Sara Gettelfinger plays the villainous Cruella de Vil.

Gettelfinger’s Broadway credits include Seuessical The Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, Carla in Nine with Antonio Banderas, Jolene Oaks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrel opposite John Lithgow, and the first national tour of Fosse. She has also performed as April in Company at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Fastrada in Pippin at the Papermill Playhouse, Tenderloin and Carnival at City Center ENCORES!, Anything Goes at Lincoln Center, and as Little Edie Beale in the world premiere of Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons.

The 101 Dalmatians Musical is led by an award-winning creative team including four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks (Tonys for Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, The House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls), acclaimed bookwriter and co-lyricist BT McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, The IT Girl), and founding member of the legendary rock band STYX, Dennis DeYoung, as composer and co-lyricist.

DeYoung composed such unforgettable, timeless hits as "Babe," "Come Sail Away," "The Best of Times" and "Mr. Roboto." With The 101 Dalmatians Musical, he brings his pop rock skills to a collection of original songs, which include "One-Hundred-and-One Dalmatians," "Twilight Barking," "One True Love," "Cruella Always Gets Her Way" and "Be A Little Braver."

Late last year McNicholl told Playbill of the show’s unique perspective: ""Here is an enchanting, upside-down vision of the world: seeing life from the dogs’ point of view. Embracing this wonderfully daft proposition, we are instantly transported to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle."

To achieve it, the actors playing the humans appear on stilts, while those playing dogs (and other animals) maintain their human perspective.

Humans, Zaks added, appear "in a heightened form of dress and scale so as to appear larger than life - as they would seem from a dog’s point of view... The Dalmatians will have "no ears, no paws - but, rather, a clever use of costumes in the black-and-white palette that will immediately set them apart from the human characters. This represents a technical solution to the question, ’How do we present dogs and humans on stage simultaneously?’"

The 101 Dalmatians Musical continues through March 21, 2010 at the the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). Remaining performance dates and times are Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30P; Thursday, March 18 at 7:30P; Friday, March 19 at 8P; Saturday, March 20 at 2P & 8P; and Sunday, March 21 at 1P & 6:30P. Tickets are $63 to $36; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration fee. Kids’ Night on Broadway is on Thursday, March 18; buy one full-priced ticket and get a kid’s ticket FREE. Please call the PPAC Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for more information. PPAC is located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. For more information call (401) 421-ARTS (2787), or visit the PPAC website.

Watch this clip about how the musical’s point-of-view came about.

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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sat Apr 03 2010, 13:08

http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/theater/89665587_Run__Spot__run__Miss_De_Vil_is_in_the_house_.html

'101 Dalmatians the Musical' comes to MSG
Thursday, April 1, 2010
BY JENNIFER V. HUGHES
"The 101 Dalmatians Musical."

WHEN: Wednesday through April 18.

WHERE: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan; theateratmsg.com or 212-465-MSG1.

HOW MUCH: $35-$99.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: the101dalmatiansmusical.com.

There's an old warning to actors about working with children or animals.

But Sara Gettelfinger, one of the human stars of the stage show "The 101 Dalmatians Musical," said she's not worried about being upstaged by the youngsters and 15 live spotted pooches around her.

"It's the opposite," said Gettelfinger, who plays the puppy-fur loving villain Cruella De Vil. "I find it comforting that even if I screw up, I've got children and puppies who are far more gifted than I am."

The original musical begins a two-week run at Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, running through April 18. The musical's plot is slightly different from the familiar animated Disney movie from 1961 and the live-action 1996 film starring Glenn Close. But using original songs, it still tells the story of Pongo and his canine wife and how Cruella dognaps their puppies in an effort to make a Dalmatian-fur coat.

Most of the dogs that appear in the show are from rescue groups, said Joel Slaven, the training coordinator for the show. Before they joined the cast, one of the dogs had worms, two were emaciated and another two were obese, he said. One puppy had a broken leg.

After the show's run, most of the dogs will be adopted out to families across the country. Four will remain with Slaven's animal talent company. During the show, the dogs perform a variety of tricks and are rewarded with a treat offstage.

In some cases, the trick is for the dogs to simply run from one place to the next or to run from backstage and hit their mark onstage. The dogs also perform what is called a "cause and effect" trick — they pull a wagon onstage, push a lever with their paw or pull scenery around with their jaws.

"You make it fun for the animal," said Slaven. "They think it's playtime."

Most pet owners can tell stories about their animals choosing the wrong time and place to — ahem — "use the fire hydrant," but Slaven said the dogs have never relieved themselves onstage.

"They go for an awful lot of walks every day," he said, laughing. When on tour, the dogs live in a converted tour bus.

Slaven said the theater company, and corporate sponsor Purina Dog Chow, did not want to encourage people to run out and buy Dalmatians after the show. So, a note in the show's playbill mentions how the breed is very demanding.

Gettelfinger said she's had a blast portraying Cruella, who has terrorized generations of youngsters reared on the Disney movie.

"It's really fun because she's unlike so many other classic villains," Gettelfinger said. "She's so insane, but in her mind she's not doing anything evil. It's just her right to be a passionate designer and to be obsessed with the furrier business."

Gettelfinger has appeared on Broadway in "Seussical, the Musical," "The Boys From Syracuse" and the revival of "Nine." She said she particularly enjoys performing for children.

"In this day and age when so many kids sit in front of the computer or video games, and you can look out and see this sea of wide-eyed, completely open young people who are so ready to go on the journey with you and hand you their imagination — there's nothing like it," she said.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sat Apr 03 2010, 13:12

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2010/04/101_dalmatians_becomes_a_stage.html



'101 Dalmatians' becomes a stage Show - starring real rescued puppies
By S. James Snyder/For The Star-Ledger
April 02, 2010, 4:01AM

Although it’s been a book, a TV series and two movies — both an animated and a live-action version — through the decades, the moral of “101 Dalmatians” has remained the same: Animals deserve our deep and abiding love.

Never has this love been made more palpable — or joyous — than in the closing moments of “The 101 Dalmatians Musical,” which has been touring the country since October in the buildup to an extended run at Madison Square Garden, beginning Wednesday.

“What’s so special about this show is that we actually have Dalmatians on the stage, and the response from the audience when the curtain comes up and you see the dogs for the very first time, the collective outbursts of joy have just been unbelievable,” says animal trainer Joel Slaven, who has worked closely with the show’s canine characters. “It’s a moment you never forget. . . . It’s the moment where we realized that everything we did was worth it.”

Most successful musicals tend to have some sort of show-stopping set piece: “Phantom of the Opera” had the plummeting chandelier, “Miss Saigon” had the flying helicopter, “The Lion King” had the mind-bending costumes that melded human performers with animal movements. In the case of “101 Dalmatians,” the big allure is a dance of real-life Dalmatians — integrating the animals into several scenes in ways that had not been done before. Although several doggie characters are played by humans in black-and-white spotted Dalmatian costumes, the show’s big production numbers feature 15 actual dogs.

Slaven says he knew from day one that this production was going to set out to achieve the impossible.

“Early on, the producers and the creative people had some brilliant ideas about what they wanted to do with the dogs in the show, to really bring them out and make them the center of the action,” he says.

“But we started talking to trainers and several said, ‘This is not going to happen, you are never going to be able to put 15 Dalmatians on the stage together, two feet away from one another, 30 feet away from any trainer looking on from the sideline. There’s no way this is going to happen.’ ”

This was just the sort of challenge — and pessimism — that galvanized Slaven, Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks and the show’s producers into action, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. The great “101 Dalmatians” experiment was afoot.

Over the following months, the production mounted a nationwide search for just the right dogs that could take center stage in a touring musical production.

“We kept hearing that you couldn’t do something like this with Dalmatians, but I firmly believed that if we found the right Dalmatians, then it would all come together. It was all about finding dogs with just the right sort of outgoing, confident attitudes who could hold their own in a big pack,” says Slaven, who has trained animals for such films as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “That Darn Cat” — and whose company (Joe Slaven’s Professional Animals Inc.) is the largest producer of domestic animals shows in the world.

“All of our dogs are rescue dogs, and once we found the right personalities, we were committed to training and coaching them. Four of our dogs had heartworms, one had a broken leg, two were emaciated, we were loaned a couple of retired show dogs — but then we spent the time to nurture them and make each a star.”

Judging from the reactions of crowds across the country, it was time well spent.

As the show has toured through such cities as Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta and Austin, the buzz has surrounded the scenes that close out both the first and second act, when all of the cast’s canines join forces onstage and turn their attentions to renovating Hell Hall — a k a Cruella De Vil’s house. Each dog has a physical task to complete, in transforming Hell Hall into a colorful, pet-friendly oasis.

Once the dogs were in place, the production’s next step involved taking the core Dodie Smith story and adapting it for both stage and song. Zaks — who is putting the finishing touches on the “Addams Family” musical, set to officially open on Broadway next week — was approached about taking the reins and turning one of the world’s most beloved pet stories into a live stage event. Not only did he jump at the chance, but Zaks had some rather ambitious ideas as to how the spectacle could be molded from the dog’s perspective.

“I absolutely love Dodie Smith’s story,” says Zaks.

“From the first time I heard about the project I thought the appeal here, when you talk about children and families and parents who still remember seeing the movie or reading the book for the first time, was to bring us into this world through the Dalmatians’ point of view,” Zaks says.

“So we not only have brought in these wonderful rescue dogs, which take your breath away when you see them, but we’ve then put humans in dog outfits and the other actors on stilts. As a result, you have this very exaggerated viewpoint, where we have toyed with the scale and made it easier to identify with the dogs. We’re at their level.”

In productions like “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Guys and Dolls” and “The Tap Dance Kid,” Zaks — a four-time Tony winner — has mastered the art of high-octane, high-tempo crowd pleasers. And for “Dalmatians,” he’s combined his creative energies with such heavyweights as bookwriter B.T. McNicholl (“Billy Elliott,” “Spamalot”) and musician Dennis DeYoung (co-founder of the band Styx) to develop a whole new approach to Smith’s material.

This involved penning songs, writing stage directions for dogs — and then going on to cast Broadway’s Sara Gettelfinger to command the stage as the imposing Ms. De Vil.

Slaven says it was this cadre of talent that left him convinced that all of his hard work training and rehabilitating his dogs would be put to good use. It helped that Purina became a sponsor of the show, providing a “Puppy Palace,” a decked-out bus with sleeping and playing quarters for the dogs, and a group of trainers.

Zaks says that as the show advanced through previews, and rolled out in front of audiences across America, producers quickly started strategizing one significant change to the production: “The excitement here was so overwhelming, that we just knew we needed more dogs,” he says.

So in many of the musical’s songs — such as “Cruella Always Gets Her Way,” “Hail to the Chef” and “There’s Always Room for One More” — both Zaks and Slaven devised ways to interject sprinting and leaping dogs into the fray. “Just to see them more involved in the production, interacting with more of the story line; I think it draws the audience in a little more,” Zaks says.

All things considered, the very best aspect of “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” might not be the familiar story line, or DeYoung’s exciting score, but the happy ending awaiting the tour’s Dalmatian dynamos: At the end of the tour, each and every rescue dog will be given or returned to a good home. “They’ll all have better futures, and some might even come to live on my Florida ranch,” Slaven says.


The 101 Dalmatians Musical

Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue between West 31st Street and West 33rd Street, New York

When: Wednesday-April 18. Shows Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m., matinees Thursdays at 11 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

How much: $35 to $99. Call (212) 307-4111 or visit ticketmaster.com.

What else: For more information, visit the101dalmatiansmusical.com.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sun Apr 11 2010, 09:56

My mom woke me up this morning telling me that Sara was on TV with a few of the dogs from the show. I didn't get to see too much but I recorded what I could. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sun Apr 11 2010, 09:59

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Puppy love gone bad
Date: Wednesday, April 07 @ 15:40:47 UTC
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By John Soltes / Editor in Chief

NEW YORK (April 8, 2010) — All together now. “Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.”

The villainess who has been after those pesky Dalmatians in book and movie form, has seen many incarnations over the years. From the original novel by Dodie Smith to the classic Walt Disney film to Glenn Close’s “Sunset Boulevard” approach a few years back, this crazed fashion designer has terrified children for decades.

Now, it’s Sara Gettelfinger’s turn. But she’s doing it with a few more laughs and a little more perspective on what makes this vamp of “101 Dalmatians” actually tick.

“It all happened in about 48 hours,” Gettelfinger said of her addition to the cast of the new “Dalmatians” stage musical. She filled in for the departing Rachel York.

“They needed an immediate replacement … and it just happened.”

Gettelfinger will bring her interpretation to The Theater at Madison Square Garden April 7-18. “It’s unbelievably fun,” she said. “Obviously, Cruella is a wonderful part to play. But it’s also a really incredible company, not to mention sweet, adorable puppies to be around.”

The performance that Gettelfinger offers to the audience is right up the alley of this musical-theater stalwart. She’s been on Broadway in a number of shows, from “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” to “Nine” with Antonio Banderas. This is probably the first time though she’s ever had to perform on stilts.

Jerry Zaks, the director of the musical, has the adults in the show add 15 inches to their height, offering a more realistic perspective for the dogs (some played by humans) scurrying below. “We figured out that with the 15-inch stilts and a very tall, pointed wig, there is one costume where I am 8 feet tall,” Gettelfinger said with a laugh. “The stilts, like anything else, it’s just a different type of athleticism that you have to develop. The more you do it, the better it becomes.”

The actress said she put her own touch on this signature character by relying on the perspective she is able to bring to the role, plus the direction of Zaks, the energy of the company and the enthusiasm of the audiences who turn out to see “101 Dalmatians.” It’s a character that doesn’t come easy, but is a welcome addition to the women Gettelfinger has portrayed.

“I always found villains very interesting,” she said. “I gravitated toward the intense character part or the whacky, crazy character to the left, instead of having dreams of playing ingénues one day. … In (Cruella’s) insanity, there is a lot of outrageousness. She is funny. The key with any of these characters is that they don’t see themselves as the villain. In her mind, she’s just another passionate designer. She doesn’t see any problem with what she is doing.”

The songs for Cruella are particularly satisfying to Gettelfinger. “I honestly think singing the show is one of my absolute favorite elements of the part,” she said. “Dennis DeYoung of Styx wrote some unbelievable music for this show. … It happens to match up really well with what I do naturally.”

Gettelfinger said she can hear the children in the audience yell, “Run” or “No,” when she makes her grand entrances. “It’s fun to find the balance to being intimidating, but not necessarily scarring,” she said with a laugh.

Performing for children is a highlight of this particular role. “I love performing for kids,” she said. “They just are so willing to hand over their imagination and go on the journey with you.”

“The 101 Dalmatians Musical” will play The Theater at MSG April 7-18. Visit www.the101dalmatiansmusical.com for more information.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sun Apr 11 2010, 10:04

http://www.playbill.com/features/article/138550-They-Call-It-Puppy-Love

They Call It Puppy Love
By Sheryl Flatow
07 Apr 2010

The 101 Dalmatians Musical plays New York City April 7-18, the last stop on its national tour. We've got the details on the new Jerry Zaks-directed show.

The 101 Dalmatians Musical is a tale of puppy love: not puppy love as defined by people, but the love of dogs for their puppies. "It's a show about parents and children, and what it means to be a family," says book writer B.T. McNicholl, who co-wrote the lyrics with Dennis DeYoung. "Every musical has a love story, and this is about the greatest love of all, the love of parents for their children."

The show, which has toured since October 2009, and ends its run April 7-18 at The Theater a Madison Square Garden, is directed by Jerry Zaks and features music by DeYoung, a founding member of the rock group Styx. Sara Gettelfinger stars as the comically fiendish Cruella De Vil (a role created for this tour by Rachel York in 2009), who kidnaps Mr. and Mrs. Pongo's 15 puppies and plans to skin them, along with 84 other Dalmatians, to create the fur coat of her dreams.

The musical is based on the classic children's novel by Dodie Smith — not on the popular movies they inspired. "To this day, I've never seen either film," says McNicholl. "It's actually fortunate, because we didn't have the rights to the movies. The novel is an adventure story about the journey of the Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Missus, to reclaim their stolen children. It's their story, and when I began to work on the show, I realized we needed to have clarity about two things from the very beginning. One is the upside-down world of the novel, which is told from a dog's point of view. So we begin with a song called 'A Man is a Dog's Best Friend.' The other thing is that we needed a number early on for Pongo and Missus, in which you learned about their dream of having a family. 'A Perfect Family' is the second song in the show and it's key, because if you identify with the parents, then you're on the ride for the whole show."

To underscore the topsy-turvy perspective, the actors playing humans are on stilts, and the scenery is outsized and oversized, "to make the dogs seem smaller, and therefore vulnerable." And no one makes the dogs seem more vulnerable than Cruella, who is as funny as she is wicked. "She's Miss Hannigan [from Annie]," says McNicholl.

Annie was, in fact, something of a model for McNicholl. "I work with Mike Nichols a lot, and people forget that Mike single-handedly produced the original production of Annie. It was a stylish, classy musical comedy for adults. So what I took from Annie was how to approach a show that speaks to both adults and kids. With this show, you know the kids will love it, because it's about puppies. The trick is to make it appeal to adults, by dealing with an emotional story about two parents confronted with every parent's worst nightmare — their kids being kidnapped. They learn that family is about love and commitment and solidarity; they discover the true meaning of parenthood."

For most of the show, the Dalmatian puppies are played by children. But the finale features 15 actual dogs, with not a human in sight. The Dalmatians, who are also seen intermittently throughout the show, are all rescue dogs. "It's hard to top a dog act, so they're the topper at the end of the show," says McNicholl.
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PostSubject: Re: Sara Gettelfinger in 101 Dalmatians Musical   Sat Apr 24 2010, 17:24

Here are the audio links from Sara's songs in the show. I had a wonderful time at the show. Sara sounded fantastic. It was nice seeing her in a theatre show. I got to see her after the show and she remembered me!!! Very Happy I was sooo happy. My mom got to meet her also. It was a really fun night.
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