Wipneus het ‘n comment gekry dat sy net soos Dorothy van The Wizard of Oz lyk, nou gaan ek eers bietjie brag oor die regte ene. Jessica is my niggie wat in Amerika bly en hier is so ietsie oor haar! En ja, ek is verskriklik trots op haar!
Boer in Ballingskap het eendag ‘n liedjie gepost oor Somewhere over the rainbow en hier is Jessica se weergawe soos sy dit in Oz gesing het! Click maar op die link as jy wil luister, ek is nou nog nie so smart op dit anders te gee nie….
Jessica Grové – Over the rainbow (1998 )
En hier is haar Ruby Red Slipper wat sy gedra het! (Wippie, eat your heart out girl!)
Jessica Grové has starred on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie as Miss Dorothy, Les Misérables as Eponine, and originated the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at New York City’s Madison Square Garden as well as on the National Tour, performing alongside legends Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt, as well as Roseanne, Lillian Montevecchi, and Jo Anne Worley. Jessica received a Jefferson Award nomination for her portrayal, and can be heard on the 1998 Grammy nominated cast recording. Jessica also played Kim MacAfee in New York’s City Center Encores! revival of Bye Bye Birdie, and starred in the New York premiere of Busker Alley, which is slated for Broadway next year. Currently she is appearing in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Studio 54.
New York Times May 16, 1997
“Jessica Grové, a 15-year-old high school student from Columbus, Ohio, is a suitable Dorothy, with a winning manner, supple voice and even some of the young Garland’s vocal inflections.”– Peter Marks
New York Times May 7, 1998
“…audiences stir with joy when the brown-braided Jessica Grové breaks into ”Over the Rainbow” soon after the start of this ”Wizard.”” – Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times May 8, 1999
“Ms. Grové brings a soothing voice to songs like ”Over the Rainbow”” – Lawrence Van Gelder
Daily News – Los Angeles July 1999
“Young Grové has a beautiful voice, the kind that is sweet, full and rich, like that of her predecessor Judy Garland. She is credible as a young girl trying to find her way home.” – Nancy Hewitt
Oakland Post April 7, 1999
“Jessica Grové, 17, plays the role of Dorothy, and she couldn’t have been more perfect for the part. Born in Royal Oak, the stage actress originated the role of Dorothy at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, and is reprising the role in this Detroit production.
Coupled with her twin braids and superb voice, she lights up the stage with charm, bringing to life a childhood story of innocence, dreams and self-discovery.” – Jeannee Kirkaldy
Backstage Magazine May 23, 1997
“Grové has a lovely voice and shows tremendous poise, confidence, and promise.” – David Sheward
New York Times May 10, 2005
“Jessica Grové is excellent as Ginevra King (who is also thought to be the model for Daisy Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby”). She looks and acts the part of a coquettish ingénue.” – Phoebe Hoban
CurtainUp May 2005
“Jessica Grové is pert and pretty as his elusive love.” – Elyse Sommer
Lees meer hier oor Jessica sou jy belangstel
Jessica’s Off-Broadway credits include the original casts of Anne of Green Gables (Diana Barry), and the World Premiere’s of Iron Curtain and The Pursuit of Persephone with New York’s Prospect Theatre Company.
Recently, Jessica starred at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera as Laurey in Oklahoma! with the film’s Laurey, Shirley Jones, as Aunt Eller. She also stepped into Julie Andrews’ shoes on the National Tour of The Boy Friend (directed by Julie Andrews), starring in the same role Ms. Andrews created in the 1954 Broadway production.
Other favorite roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Dorothy Gael in the World Premiere of WAS (at the Human Race in Dayton, Ohio), Anne Frank in Yours, Anne (Columbus Dispatch Award, Best Actress of the Season), and Fleur-de-Lys and Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris (U.S. and English Language Premiere in Las Vegas).
Jessica has performed in Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway throughout the United States, and most recently at the Renaissance Resort in Aruba. Other concert appearances include the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops, The Signature Theatre’s Open House (Arlington, VA), and Go Wild!, a concert benefiting the Columbus Zoo and Opera Columbus.
You may recognize Jessica from her several National commercial spots, including Femcon (go to www.femconfe.com to view it!),
MCI 10-10-220 (with Alf and Hulk Hogan), and Lexmark. She also filmed a Pepsi commercial in New Orleans which has played in the European market.