7:30 p.m., Aug. 2)
Steffi D lands role with traveling Broadway show
By Fred Sherwin
own Steffi Didomenicantonio, better known to Canadian Idol fans
as Steffi D, has landed a lead role on the Broadway National
Tour of 'Spring Awakening'. File photo
favourite performer Steffi Didomenicantonio has taken one giant step
closer to realizing her dream of performing on Broadway after landing
a role on a Broadway National Tour.
known as Steffi D to her many fans, Didomenicantonio will play Ilse
on the Broadway National Tour of "Spring Awakening".
the most exciting thing because 'Spring Awakening' is my favourite
musical of all time, which is very odd and cool. I actually saw it
for the first time about two years ago when I was in New York for
some auditions and I fell in love with it right away," said Steffi
before leaving for the Big Apple where the show is currently in rehearsal.
made it all the way to the top five during Season 4 of Canadian Idol
in 2006. During her run on the popular reality show she was praised
for her quirkiness and stage presence. Several of the judges predicted
she would have a successful musical theatre career. One of the judges
even went so far as to say that she would end up making more many
than any other contestant on the show.
Steffi auditioned for Idol as a lark with her friend and puppetry
collaborator Ben Durocher. Durocher, who hails from Stittsville, failed
it to make it past the first round of auditions, but Steffi sailed
through to hell week in Toronto and made the Top 22 selected for the
aside, Durocher ended up auditioning for the CBC reality series "Triple
Sensation, which aired last fall, and made it all the way to the final
aftermath of her Canadian Idol appearance, Steffi became a bonafide
celebrity. She was recognized wherever she went and was constantly
asked for her autograph or to pose for pictures with admiring fans.
would walk down the street and people would be stopping me. I would
just be grocery shopping and people were asking me for an autograph.
It was exhilerating and crazy all at once," says Steffi.
returning to De La Salle high school to complete Grade 12, she enrolled
at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto to pursue a career in musical
theatre. Before going off to college, however, she auditioned for
and landed a supporting role on the French television series "Moitie
Moitie" which aired on TFO in February.
was about two twins, Matisse and Mahee, who split their time between
living with their father in the country and their mother in the city.
Steffi played Mahee's city.
her brush with television fame, Steffi's sights were still set on
main goal will be and has always been Broadway," Steffi told
a reporter shortly after the series aired. "I'm a big musical
she's been hired to play the lead role on "Spring Awakening",
Steffi will have to put school on hold for awhile. The traveling show
will run for a year starting later this month and will include stops
in a number of major American cities. Unfortunately the only Canadian
city scheduled on the tour so far is Toronto.
really excited because I think it's going to be a challenge. Of course,
because a year is a long time to carry a role and it has to be my
job, like everybody else in the musical, every night has to be my
best performance," says Steffi.
she is playing, Ilse, is somewhat of a free-spirit who runs away from
home to live as a Bohemian. At first she wasn't sure if she got the
part or not. Her agent left her a cryptic voice message while she
was in class. Right away she called her mom, who told her the good
tried to calm down and then she tells me that they cast me in the
show for the national tour. I was jumping everywhere in the middle
of the hallways, so everybody heard me screaming ... when I got off
the phone everybody was in suspense and were like, 'What? Tell us
what's going on!' and I (told them) and everybody just started screaming
and hugging me and it was great," says Steffi who is well on
her way to achieving her lifelong dream.
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