Manchester actress Kaleigh Cronin visits Jersey before heading to Big Apple's Great White Way with role in 'Cabaret'
By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader | January 15. 2014 8:34PM
ACTING NOTES: Kaleigh Cronin got her start in musical theater in productions throughout the Granite State. Early roles included two spunky adolescents — the plucky red-headed orphan “Annie” and the spirited Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Manchester native Kaleigh Cronin is preparing for her Broadway debut this spring, having landed a coveted role in the revival of the classic musical "Cabaret." Cronin is playing Lulu, a member of the Kit Kat Klub ensemble in the story based around the happenings of a seedy 1930s nightclub in Berlin.
"I feel so lucky with how everything has kind of happened for me and fallen into place," Cronin said last week between "Jersey Boys" performances in Philadelphia.
The show opens in April, when Jack and Maureen Cronin plan to be there on opening night to see their daughter realize her dream of playing on Broadway.
Kaleigh laughed when asked about her start in show business.
Young Kaleigh established that she could be more than a plucky orphan with the right hair color and her roles expanded. She nabbed parts as Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird," based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 book about small-town America and issues of racism, and Anne Frank in a production about the Jewish girl who penned her now-famous diary as she and her family hid from the Nazi regime during World War II, prior to her discovery, deportation and death at a concentration camp.
"He coached me back into fighting shape and I was able to play well enough to pass the audition," she said. "It was kind of funny to me. Here I am making my Broadway debut also playing the saxophone."
The tale, set in 1931 as the Nazis are gaining a foothold, centers around nightlife at the steamy and seedy Kit Kat Klub, where English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with American writer Cliff Bradshaw take center stage.