Sunday, May 27, 2001

Cincinnati actresses in New York

Four find themselves in different stages

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Faith Prince is up for a Tony Award
(Carol Rose photo)
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        We've seen these four women on Cincinnati stages. Now they're making their way in New York. One is a star. Two are on the threshold of success. One is still looking for that break. Last month, we visited them in New York to catch up with their lives in the theater.

        • Faith Prince, Class of '80, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is a bona fide Broadway star. She's up for a Tony Award this year for her performance in Bells Are Ringing. In fact, the revival of this 1958 musical wouldn't be back on Broadway without her efforts.

        • Leslie Kritzer, CCM, Class of '99, was doing temp work on Wall Street a few months ago. Then she landed the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. Reviews compare her to Judy Garland and note she does not stand in the shadow of Barbra Streisand.

        • Sara Gettelfinger, CCM, Class of '99, had $800 when she left Cincinnati. Her plan: She had three weeks to get an apartment, get an agent and get a show. She did.

        • Marni Penning is looking for her big break. As co-founder of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, she has had plenty of big roles, including Hamlet. So why is she living in a 7- by 16-foot studio above a coffee shop on upper Broadway?

        We invite you to read their stories.

Faith PrinceLeslie KritzerSara GettelfingerMarni Penning

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