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Marcello Rollando Chats with Broadway’s Multi-Talented Raissa Katona Bennett

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On Broadway, Raissa appeared as “Christine Daae” in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and in CHESS, as a benefit for the Actor’s Fund. Her First National Tours include: “Jellylorum/Griddlebone” and “Jennyanydots” in CATS, as “Mother” in the National Theatre of the Deaf’s, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, and as “Lizzie Phagan” in PARADE, where she worked with the original creative team of director Harold Prince, choreographer Patricia Birch, author Alfred Uhry, and composer Jason Robert Brown. Off-Broadway, Raissa created the roles of “Mother – Annie McGrath” in WATER FROM THE MOON and “Mother Hawkins” in DEVIL AND THE DEEP, a musical retelling of “Treasure Island” with music by Air Supply’s Graham Russell. Regionally, she created the role of “Grace” in SAVING AIMEE, where she again worked with the creative team: book by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman.

Recent Regional theatre includes: “Helen” in  FUN HOME and “Truvy” in STEEL MAGNOLIAS. She has been seen on TV in LAW & ORDER: SVU, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES. Raissa is a MAC & Bistro Award Winning headliner at Feinstein’s, The Metropolitan Room, Iridium, Beechman, and guest star at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, 54 Below, Algonquin’s Oak Room, the Rainbow Room. “Can’t Help Singing – The Music of Jerome Kern” CD release show - on the LML Music label, joins her first 2 CD’s “Another Kind of Light”, and “What I Was Dreaming Of” - all available on Amazon, iTunes & LML Music.

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