PALM HARBOR – Hannah Zazzaro, 21, of Palm Harbor, will make her debut Aug. 21 at 54 Below, New York City’s premier cabaret supper club, where Broadway luminaries can be seen regularly.
Zazzaro was cast as part of Carner & Gregora’s annual Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza.
She was selected out of over 100 video auditions by judges Natalie Weiss (“Everyday Rapture”), Tituss Burgess (“Little Mermaid,” “Jersey Boys”), casting director and producer Michael Cassara, composer and music director Will Van Dyke (“Kinky Boots”), casting director Jason Najjoum, agent Samantha Stoller and director-choreographer Emily Maltby (“The Lion,” “Under My Skin”).
In addition to rehearsing with Broadway composers Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, the cast will meet and work with producers from Bandits Roost Entertainment, Broadway stars, casting directors, agents, actors, teachers and more.
“I am so incredibly honored and excited to have been given this opportunity, especially at this pivotal time in my career,” said Zazzaro, a senior musical theatre student at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, one of the very top programs in the country.
CCM typically takes approximately 20 freshmen each year out of 800 to 1,000 who audition.
“By this time next year, I’ll be living in the city and auditioning for shows so making these important connections and having this on my resume prior to hitting the streets is invaluable,” Zazzaro said.
The Countryside High School graduate was the 2010 Walker’s Rising Stars vocal winner as well as a National Youngarts Foundation Silver Award winner, where she was featured in the HBO Documentary MasterClass with Bobby McFerrin.
She has won awards from Arts for Life, Tampa Bay Business for Culture and the Arts, Florida State Thespians, Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition.