Bway's Brooke Sunny Moriber Is Just "Brooke," Branching Out as Pop Singer-Songwriter

News   Bway's Brooke Sunny Moriber Is Just "Brooke," Branching Out as Pop Singer-Songwriter
Actress and singer Brooke Sunny Moriber, seen in James Joyce's The Dead, My Life With Albertine, Follies and more, is getting in touch with her pop rock side by performing her own songs in clubs, leading toward a solo album, she told Playbill On-Line.

Her latest appearance is 8 PM July 17 at The Cutting Room in Manhattan. Moriber recently began working with an independent record label called City Canyons Records, and, in her pop persona, is simply called "Brooke." Her CD will be released next year, she said, noting that her music might be described as "Avril Levigne meets Linda Rondstadt."

Brooke is known for originating the Broadway roles of Nadine in The Wild Party, Lily in The Dead, and Iola Stover in Parade. Recently she played the role of Young Heidi, the operetta singer, in the Broadway revival of Follies. She began her Broadway career as Young Cosette in Les Misérables then moving on to Aspects of Love. She was last seen in Richard Nelson and Ricky Ian Gordon's My Life With Albertine at Playwrights Horizons.

Moriber is a New York native who admits she was a "bad teenager" who often went to clubs to hear new singers. Growing up, she adored Linda Ronstadt and didn't resent how that '70s-'80s pop icon kept shifting into different sounds and styles in her career.

"That's what I loved about her — that she could do anything," Brooke said. "I'd love to have her career."

Moriber is not quitting theatre, but using pop music to complement her stage career, she said. The actress is respected for both her clear soprano and her belt voice, and says the pop music will show off her pop belt. Brooke is supported by two guitars, bass, drums and a keyboard and has two backup singers with her.

The Cutting Room is located at 19 W. 24 Street (between Broadway and Sixth Avenue). For ticket information, call (212) 691-1900.

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