Tony Award nominee to perform in Garner

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 8, 2014 

At her Garner performance, Christiane Noll will sing about her parents’ gifts to her.

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  • Details

    What: Christiane Noll in concert

    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road

    Tickets: $35

    Info: 919-661-4602 or garnerperformingartscenter.com

Christiane Noll seemed destined to be a theatrical star at her birth.

Her father, Ronald Noll, was the Emmy Award-winning musical director at CBS and a Broadway conductor. Her mother, Sara-Ann Noll, was an opera singer. In the arts community, they were famous.

“People ask about my parents. To me, they were my parents,” said the Tony-nominated Noll, who will perform in Garner on Saturday. “They were really well known in their circles, but they were small circles. I think that is the nature of fame. You are famous to a particular group of people.”

Noll plans to sing about her heritage when she performs as part of the Broadway Voices concert series at the Garner Performing Arts Center.

“We all receive gifts from our parents,” she said. “We not only receive our physical gifts, but we are taught values, and we are taught to appreciate certain things. I’ve chosen songs that speak to me about the gifts that I received and the things that I am passing on to my daughter.”

Noll grew up in theaters and rehearsal halls. Her mother once said she was back at rehearsals on Monday after Christiane’s birth on Friday. Young Christiane went from her mother’s arms, to a carrier, to a stool in the rehearsal hall.

Noll was always around the set as she was growing up, according to Craig Schulman, who recently starred in the N.C. Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables” and who has known Christiane since her birth.

“Everybody knew Christiane,” Schulman said. “She was the little kid running around the set. She was always around. And she covered most of the roles for children.”

Noll didn’t head straight to the stage after her fast start, though. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University before winning raves in 1997 in her Broadway debut as Emma in “Jekyll and Hyde.”

“She was remarkable from the start,” said Dave Clemmons, a director and casting director who was in the “Jekyll and Hyde” company with Noll. “Christiane has gone on to become one of the greatest singers and actors in the country. She can sing anything. She has a voice from God. She is simply one of the best we have.”

Noll has worked steadily on Broadway since her debut, performing in “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues,” “Grease,” “Miss Saigon,” “Urinetown” and “Chaplin.” She was nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for her performance in the revival of “Ragtime.”

Ron Bohmer, who played Father in the “Ragtime” production, said Noll’s performance boosted the entire company.

“She brought so much power to the role,” he said. “A wonderful voice perfectly cast into a powerful show. The show is set in a period of change, and Christiane perfectly captured how people were wrestling with change. Everyone knew she was doing something remarkable on-stage night after night.”

Noll stepped away from Broadway to spend more time with her 6-year-old daughter Rianna. She looks at her occasional concerts as a great part-time job while actor-husband Jamie Laverdiere is in “Motown, The Musical.”

“They have enabled me to spend a lot of time with my daughter,” Noll said. “I can get her off to school every day, see her when she gets home and still go on stage.”

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