Broadway star boosts Open Eye
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Broadway singer, Jenn Gambatese, got the audience in the mood for love at The Open Eye Theater on Saturday night.
With her husband, Curtis Cregan operating the background music, Gambatese’s powerful voice filled the auditorium with songs of love: discovering it, feeling it, searching for it, losing it, and daring to believe in it again.
The event was staged to raise operating funds for the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville and Gambatese, who has a second home in Halcottsville, donated her considerable talent to the cause.
Jenn Gambatese has starred on Broadway as Natalie in “All Shook Up” (for which she received and Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), and as Jane in “Tarzan.” She created an ensemble role in “Hairspray” and later went on to play Penny Pingleton. She also appeared on Broadway as Marie in Mark Twain’s hilarious farce “Is He Dead” as Mouse, and as Urleen in “Footloose” Off Broadway, she was seen in “Stairway to Paradise” and “Reefer Madness”. Jenn has toured both Europe and North America in the musical “Fame;” a show which marked her first cast recording. She has appeared on numerous morning television shows and the soap opera “All My Children.”
Jenn resides both in Manhattan and Halcottsville with her husband, Curtis. Their first child, Josephine, is due to make her “debut “ into the world May.
The next Open Eye Theater Production is “Keeping Mr. Lincoln” by Sandra Fenichel Asher on the last weekend of February and the first two weekends of March. Check the Open Eye Web site for times at www.theopeneye.org.