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CONTRIBUTED PHOTODee Roscioli, “Wicked Divas,” 2 p.m. Jan. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton CONTRIBUTED PHOTODee Roscioli, “Wicked Divas,” 2 p.m. Jan. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton

Dee Roscioli brings it all back home to State Theatre

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON Special to The Press in Focus

Dee Roscioli, who played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Emily Rozek, who played the role of Glinda, in “Wicked” on Broadway, reunite for “Wicked Divas,” accompanied by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, 2 p.m. Jan. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Wicked Divas” is a cabaret music show presented in a concert format that is a compilation of iconic diva and music theater songs. Roscioli and Rozek toured in “Wicked” throughout the United States. Roscioli played the role of Elphaba on Broadway in 2009 and 2010.

“It’s a fun afternoon with the two of us singing our faces off,” says Roscioli in a phone interview. “We both had roles in the Broadway show, ‘Wicked.’ I played the role of Elphaba and Emily played the role of Glinda. I was in the show for a long time, in 2009 and 2010 and toured throughout the U.S.”

The Broadway and national touring credits for Roscioli, a Wilson Area High School and DeSales University graduate, include: the national touring production of “Pokémon Live” (2000 - 2001), Delia Ketchum, and the show’s soundtrack; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” (2002 - 2003), Grizabella, and George Gershwin’s “Primrose” (2005), off-Broadway premiere.

Roscioli performed in a sold-out cabaret show, “Decidedly Dee,” at the jazz club Birdland in New York City, in 2010. She also performed in the musical, “Therapy Rocks,” at Urban Stages in New York in September and October 2010.

Roscioli returned to the campus of her alma mater, DeSales University, for The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 21st season where she played Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in 2012.

Roscioli was Fruma Sarah in “Fiddler on the Roof,” which closed Dec. 31 at the Broadway Theatre, New York City.

Of the State Theatre concert, Roscioli says, “My mom lives around the corner from the theater. I can literally walk there.

“My family was often in the newspaper as a kid and, since my father was one of 16 children, we were always close in ties with the community.

“My pop-pop is very excited that I will be performing at the State Theatre. He said that he can’t miss this show. It’s going to be a very special day for me.”

At Wilson Area High School, Roscioli participated in drama classes. Her first acting teacher at Wilson was Danny Kaye, an English teacher who also taught drama and now is in charge of the drama club. Nancy Moser Collins is her voice teacher, also of Easton. Her first performance was at Northampton Community College.

“My entire foundation is from Easton,” Roscioli says. “I remember a time when I auditioned for a talent show in the late ‘80s at the State Theatre and didn’t get chosen. I was devastated.”

In “Wicked Divas,” Roscioli and Rozek will share some of their best musical moments from the stage. They will sing “Defying Gravity” and “For Good” from “Wicked,” as well as songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Phantom of the Opera,” Gyspy,” “All That Jazz,” “Spamalot” and “Carmen.”

“It is not a formal show, but rather informal. We wear pretty dresses and tell funny stories. It’s not a musical or a play. It’s an afternoon with Emily and I,” Roscioli says.

Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132