Reviews: Elf The Musical

Happy holidays from #JovieTheJew!

by Kinfay Moroti

by Kinfay Moroti

“Ilana Gabrielle played Jovie, Buddy's love interest in ELF, and I enjoyed her character's evolution from a bit more cynical to hopeful. Her "Never Fall In Love (With An Elf)" was both funny and a bit bittersweet, as the audience feels for her, and her voice is fantastic.“ -Broadway World 

by Kinfay Moroti

by Kinfay Moroti

 “Gabrielle's forthright portrayal of Jovie is enchanting. She encapsulates all the sass and sarcasm of this lonely Macy's employee, who reluctantly falls under Buddy's spell of holiday joy and optimism; and her vocal abilities gives us Christmas goose bumps.”- Sanibel Captiva Islander 

by Kinfay Moroti

by Kinfay Moroti

Coming up next: Jesus Christ Superstar!

I played Mary Magdalene many moons ago (with a 1950's theme!!) and can't wait to revisit this amazing character!

I played Mary Magdalene many moons ago (with a 1950's theme!!) and can't wait to revisit this amazing character!

Yesterday's at The Broadway Palm

Some reviews of Yesterday's at The Broadway Palm by Victor Legarreta.

"Me and Bobby McGee was a show-stopper as Ilana Gabrielle belted out the beloved Janis Joplin tune in a costume reminiscent of the era and her personality."- River Weekly

"Gabrielle is a show stopper with her rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee.”- Southwest Florida Journal

"Show highlights include Smith’s jaunty, finger-snapping “Mack the Knife”; Ilana Gabrielle’s passionate Janis Joplin impression on “Me and Bobby McGee”- news-press



A Long Overdue Recap! a.k.a. the last 9 months of life...

So much has happened in the last 9 months since I posted!

Some highlights:

  • Took a fantastic Resident Director class through The Growing Studio with Dave Solomon (Side Show), Lisa Leguillou (Wicked), David Alpert (If/Then). Such a blast working on material from the shows with the people who know it best!
  • Took Improv 101 at UCB. A great challenge for someone who prefers being over-prepared!
  • Was asked to sing Drew Gasparini's "Circus" for The Songwriter's Salon. One of my favorite songs EVER to work on. It doesn't get more interesting than a female serial killer!! 
  • Did a fun cover of Maroon 5's "Sugar" with Lindsay Lavin for her YouTube channel, Empire Sessions.
  • Had a fabulously wacky run of Rapunzarella White as the Snow White understudy. Such a fun show and a fantastic group of people!


  • Was the "Rising Star" at Broadway Sessions hosted by the ever chic, the ever fabulous Cacophony Daniels. Sang "...Baby One More Time" and "Skyscraper".
  • Was asked to speak on a panel for musical theatre students at Berklee College of Music. So great catching up with other alums and answering questions for the next few classes!
  • Did a reading of Phoenix Rising, an incredible, moving play by Laura Gosheff. Really beautiful. 
  • Music Director Series at The Growing Studio with Will Van Dyke (Kinky Boots), Bryan Perri (Wicked), and Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Mamma Mia). Love these classes! I always learn so much about the material!
  • Did a reading of Erik Ransom's More Than All The World in which I got to be a bitchy, murderous queen. Love. It. and him. :-)
  • Did a production of As You Like It outdoors in Central Park. Fun to flex those Shakespeare muscles again!
  • First reading of Jill Frey's Mind the Gap, an interesting exploration of the stages of grief.
  • The Growing Studio resident director series with Stephen Sposito (Wicked), Richard Hestler (Jersey Boys). 
  • My dear, dear friend Matt Weinstein has written an amazing play, Wireless Fidelity, and we had the first table read!
  • Took an amazing class with Adam Guettel and Kerrigan + Lowdermilk. Got to work on two of my favorite songs in the world, "How Glory Goes" and "Avalanche" and left feeling deeply inspired!

A THANKSGIVING Post about Coming!

In this time of holiday cheer and thankfulness, I am reminded of how grateful I am to have been a part of Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions in FringeNYC this summer. It was one of those magical moments when everyone involved is in perfect alignment with some incredible material. We truly made magic.

I am so happy to share some of my reviews with you!

"Ilana Gabrielle brings a combination of pathos and spunk as well as some strong vocalizing to the role of Magda, the ex-porn star who becomes the love of Josh’s life."- NY Theatre Now

"Ilana Gabrielle is charming as former pornographic actress Magda Plajova. Like a valiant knight, she desires to protect those she loves and will stop at nothing to help Josh Creshaw."- BroadwayWorld

"In Josh's corner there's Magda (Ilana Gabrielle), a pretty Slavic girl Josh meets at a bar his first night there with some strong pipes and dark past... The cast is fantastic, playing wonderfully off each other in every scene.... North, Gabrielle and Ransom all have strong voices"- StageBuddy

"Recommended for NYC readers: @ComingMusical in @FringeNYC. Fun show w/ great songs. Leads Glen North and Ilana Gabrielle kill it! #gothrock"- Vincent Lambert @VinceLambertNYC

"In addition to lead actors Ransom and North, supporting members of the consistently impressive cast are Avery Royal and Aurora Black as Damian’s demonic minions, Ilana Gabrielle as the whore Magda who falls in love with Josh, and Mark Willis Borum, Courter Simmons, and Ashanti J’Aria... All bring strong voices, great moves (choreography by Aurora Black and Rachel Klein, and a stunning slow-motion gay-bashing sequence by fight director Rod Kinter), and dazzling personality to their characters."- Phindie


Resident Director Series with The Growing Studio

So excited to be participating in The Resident Director series with The Growing Studio!

Can't wait to sing for the resident directors of Wicked, If/Then, and Side Show over the next few weeks.

Quick shout-out about The Growing Studio! They are an amazing company providing the highest level of interesting and career-propelling classes in the city! Check out their Composer Series and Agent Showcase. Highly recommended!

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