Rise and Fall of Little Voice Optioned as Broadway Vehicle for YouTube Sensation

News   Rise and Fall of Little Voice Optioned as Broadway Vehicle for YouTube Sensation Jim Cartwright's Olivier Award-winning play with music The Rise and Fall of Little Voice has been optioned for a Broadway revival during the 2016-17 season as a vehicle for singer and impressionist Christina Bianco.

Christina Bianco
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Bianco, the Off-Broadway actress known for her extraordinary impressions – her uncanny video of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" garnered over 7 million hits on YouTube – will star as LV in the revival that will be produced by Robert R. Blume and JR Knauf in association with Michael Katz.

"The key to the success of this play has always been in trying to find the right performer to play the pivotal role of LV, a painfully shy working class English girl with the extraordinary ability to mimic the voices of singers she has heard listening to her late father's records," producers said in a statement. "We are confident we have found the right performer for this role by casting the extraordinarily talented, two-time Drama Desk nominated actress, singer and impressionist Christina Bianco."

Bianco's videos have led to performances on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Today Show." She recently starred in the Off-Broadway solo play Application Pending. She's also appeared in Newsical the Musical, Forbidden Broadway: Goes To Rehab (Drama Desk Award Nomination) and Tony and Tina's Wedding. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice "tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her larger than life, out of control mother Mari. Desperately missing her dead father, Little Voice spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. When Mari starts dating small time club agent Ray Say, she thinks he's her last chance for a better life. When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks she's his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want."

A 1996 film adaptation of the play starred Jane Horrocks and Brenda Blethyn.