The Beautiful and Brilliant Allison Strong
Casting the role of Courtney was tricky because the actress had to be the object of everyone's affection and admiration, exude a fierce independence and intelligence, carry a profound mystery, and - oh, yeah - sing like a rock star.
When Allison Strong walked into the audition room a few weeks ago, she filled the room with a special light. You hear about star quality. But to experience it first hand is a rare treat. It's like the literal air in the room changes and gets lighter. And when she sang from that deep, pure place in the heart and then nailed the reading first time out of the gate, to a producer, that's as good as Christmas.
Check out Allison in our Kickstarter campaign video:
On Broadway, Allison was seen as Helen and a Fan Club Girl in the recent revival of Bye Bye Birdie. She was cast in the show from an open-call during her freshman year in college. She slept on the street for hours in a pink Tweetie Bird sleeping bag, sang her song, got a callback, and rushed back to Montclair for a matinee of a children's theate production of Little Women where she was playing Jo. Allison considers camping out in front of the Roundabout Theatre Company when she was 18 the start of her professional career.
Here are some other places her artistic career has taken her. In regional theatre, Allison was seen in New Voices at Paper Mill and The White Rose at York Theatre. And at the Metropolitan Opera - yes, that Met - she was seen in Carmen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently, Allison was seen as Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Allison began her singing career in the contest circuit at age 9, when she won NJN's Hispanic Youth Showcase with the first show tune she ever learned, "Much More" from The Fantasticks. She would go on to win that competition three times, appearing and hosting an Emmy-winning show for the channel; she would later win Oscar Mayer's National Spanish Jingle Competition. She has been a soloist at the White House and for various charity and non-profit organization events in the NY/NJ Tri-State Area, singing for each of New Jersey's governors since Christie Todd Whitman and has even performed for the President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe. A self-professed bookworm and musical theatre geek, Allison starred in many high school musicals and as a senior in high school represented the state of New Jersey in the National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud Competition, where she was recognized as one of the top 5 students in the nation for poetry recitation. She recently completed a year writing for Backstage Magazine's 2010 Take 5 column, and is currently an honors student at Montclair State University where she is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. Allison is a proud member of AEA/AFTRA.
We fell under her spell and couldn't be more thrilled to have Allison in the very talented cast of "The Perks of Writing A Musical."