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"The most evocative singer in this talented troupe is Ilana Gabrielle, who is tremendous as Mary Magdalene. Sweet and vulnerable, she lets us see how frightened and conflicted she is about her growing love of the man who claims to be the Son of God. Her version of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” brought down the house on opening night, and garnered her the loudest applause when the performers took their bows to an enthusiastic and well-deserved standing ovation."- Art SW FL, Florida Weekly
"Ilana Gabrielle is a soulful Mary Magdalene with a beautiful voice. She nails I Don’t Know How To Love Him and Could We Start Again, Please? "- The River Weekly News
"Ilana Gabrielle is a terrific Mary Magdalene. Her voice is strong and sweet, and we see her attraction to Jesus. And I was happy to see her sing “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” without Jesus on stage. Usually, he’s close by sleeping, and I always wondered how he could sleep while Mary was belting out the great song."- Lancaster Online
"Ilana Gabrielle was marvelous as Mary Magdalene, who got to sing the show’s two signature ballads, “Everything’s Alright” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.”"- The Acorn
So excited to be touring as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar starting February 9th, 2017! The production is directed by the incredible Amy Marie McCleary!
"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
I was so honored to be in the first public reading of Matt Weinstein's incredible new play, Wireless Fidelity. The play is an exploration of dating, love, sex, and loss in the internet age and asks the question, "how much are we really connecting in the age of connection?". It is universal and beautiful and I love being a part of its development.
Wrote and recorded a song, "Harmless", with dutch DJ and producer, D-Felic, and the incredible Micky Blue. The song is featured on D-Felic's new EP Are you ready for this? (part 2) on New Jazz Adventure. Get it on ITunes or Amazon or Spotify!
D-Felic ‘s - Are you ready for this? (part two)
For this second EP in the “ Are you ready for this?” series, D-Felic teamed up with some friends from New York, USA.
On “Daydreaming” you will hear the great voice of Jeremy Carr, and Ilana Gabrielle making her debut on a track called “Harmless”. Lyon Hart worked with the track “Highwire” and the talented Micky Blue shines on a track called “Move”. A special featuring on two tracks is Takuya Kuroda (Blue Note/ Jose James).
On this EP you will hear the signature sound of D-Felic on production and composing. A warm mix of electronics and soul. You will hear the heartbeat of New York where these tracks were born in the summer of 2014.
Ilana is currently playing Sophie in Mamma Mia! on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Allure of the Seas. Catch her in this smash hit musical through July 3rd!
Lindsay Lavin and I created our show, It's a Man's World, with the incredible Drew Wutke, which premiered at 54 Below on March 28th, when we realized that we had both been singing all guy's songs as of late. It was an incredible evening and a piece of work that is a real representation of who I am as an artist. And the best part? Getting to share it all with my bestie. <3
One day, over sushi, Ashley Griffin and I decided that we needed to create a cabaret together. What we developed, with piano master Drew Wutke, was a piece exploring the complexities of female friendships. We premiered the piece on at 54 Below on June 13th.
Check out my favorite piece from the show:
My dear friends Ashley Griffin and Evan Jay Newman wrote a beautiful musical, Lyra, which is a retelling of the original Hans Christian Anderson Little Mermaid story set against the backdrop of a magical dust bowl era circus.
I got the chance to see the musical evolve through table readings and then was asked to be in their first public showing of the work, a two-night staged reading at The Triad in NYC (directed by Madeline O’Hara). It was such a joy to watch my friends create something from the blank page and see the incredible art that they made on that stage.
So much has happened in the last 9 months since I posted!
- 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!
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 http://nytheaternow.com/Content/Article/coming-a-rock-musical-of-biblical-proportions
"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 http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/BWW-Reviews-COMING-A-ROCK-MUSICAL-OF-BIBLICAL-PROPORTIONS-is-Irreverent-Fun-20140813
"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 http://stagebuddy.com/reviews/review-coming-a-rock-musical-of-biblical-proportions
"Recommended for NYC readers: @ComingMusical in @FringeNYC. Fun show w/ great songs. Leads Glen North and Ilana Gabrielle kill it! #gothrock"- Vincent Lambert @VinceLambertNYC https://twitter.com/VinceLambertNYC/status/499249551661080576
"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 http://phindie.com/coming-libertine-idol-productions-the-battle-of-glamageddon-hits-fringenyc/
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! http://www.thegrowingstudio.com/
So enjoyed working on this dark and apropos show this summer! It was the inaugural show of Taking Chance Productions, a brand new theatre company in NYC. Directed by the fabulous Samantha Saltzman (http://www.samanthasaltzman.com/) with music direction by Andrew Wheeler (http://www.andrewwheeleronline.com/)
Took a fantastic masterclass with Benton Whitley this week! Such a great group of people and I really loved Benton's definition of talent as, "executing skills with confidence". It's a great reminder of how much we are in control when we walk into a room. I would highly recommend his class!