Danielle (Dee) Marie Roscioli was born on July 20, 1977 in Easton, Pennsylvania. She is an American actress graduated from Wilson Area High School in 1995 and DeSales University in 1999. While at DeSales she performed in Act One’s production of The Music Man as Marian the librarian and as the beggar woman in Sweeney Todd, she is better known for her role as Elphaba in the smashing-hit musical Wicked, both in Chicago and now performing in Broadway.
Roscioli played the role of “Grizabella” in the national tour of Cats from 2002 to 2003. In 2003 she participated in the off-broadway US debut of George Gershwin’s Primrose which was presented in a concert format. In 2005, she played Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at Northern Stage. She also participated in the workshop sessions of Behind the Limelight and Dangerous Beauty in New York City.
Her claim to fame began when she starred as Elphaba in the Chicago company of Wicked. She joined the cast on January 24, 2006 replacing Kristy Cates as the standby for Elphaba. Roscioli went on to play Elphaba full time on December 12, 2006 and was replaced by Carmen Cusack as standby. She starred alongside Erin Mackey, and later Kate Fahrner as Glinda. She played her final performance on June 1, 2008 before taking a temporary break for the summer, during which period the role was played by Lisa Brescia. She returned on August 26, 2008 to close the production. Her final performance was on January 25, 2009 when the production closed after becoming the most successful Broadway Musical in the city’s history. Now she is performing as Offical Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked.
On September 15, 2007, Roscioli participated in the AIDS walk for Chicago, and was joined by Erin Mackey, and various other cast members from Wicked. Then, on January 12, 2009, she performed with others from the Wicked cast, as well as cast members of other Chicago and tour productions, in Defying Inequality- a cabaret enforcing the value of acceptance displayed in Wicked.
Due to Teal Wicks’ ill-health in the San Francisco production of Wicked, Dee covered the role of standby for Elphaba while Vicki Noon was taking over the role full-time from April 7-19, 2009. She returned again as standby from May 19-24, 2009 as Vicki Noon was on vacation and Wicks was not back to full health. She performed several times opposite Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda and Natalie Daradich (Glinda standby).
She is now reprising the role of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. She replaced Nicole Parker on July 21 2009, marking her Broadway debut. She originally starred oppositeAlli Mauzey as Glinda, who has since been replaced by former Chicago co-star Erin Mackey. She holds the record for the most performances as Elphaba.
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