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OCU Alumna to Perform at Tonys; Ruiz to Make Broadway Debut
Jennifer Sanchez (MM ’05) will perform at the 2009 Tony Awards telecast as Rosalia, a member of the cast of “West Side Story,” Tony-nominated for best revival of a musical. The June 7 broadcast from Radio City Music Hall will begin at 7 p.m. Central Sunday on CBS. “West Side Story” marks Sanchez’s Broadway debut. The new production, at the Palace Theater, is directed by two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents. Sanchez earned her master’s degree in music theater from Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music. The Albuquerque native studied voice with Professor Larry Keller, and was coached by Professor Jan McDaniel. As Rosalia, she was one of the featured performers on the April 14 broadcast of "Dancing with the Stars.” In other music theater news, alumna Gabrielle Ruiz will make her Broadway debut May 26 at the Richard Rodgers Theater in “In the Heights,” winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. Ruiz, who graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2007 with a degree from the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, will perform in the ensemble and cover the three young female leads: Nina, Vanessa, and Carla. Before moving to Broadway, Ruiz performed the role of Diana Morales in the national tour of “A Chorus Line. While at OCU, she was a member of the voice studio of Professor Rebecca Salter.