SINGER, ACTRESS, DANCER
Elissa is a singer, actress and dancer from New York City. She was nominated for a Connecticut Critics Circle award for leading actress for her portrayal of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC). Elissa was also the swing in The Marvelous Wonderettes and performed all four roles at the Pittsburgh CLO.
Also at MTC, Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), Next to Normal (Natalie), A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play (Belle and others), and It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Violet and others). Other credits include Shout!: A Mod Musical (Red Girl), Seussical (Gertrude), The Light in the Piazza (Franca U/S) and many others.
Most recently, Elissa just finished a run as Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate at Live Arts Maryland in Annapolis with the symphony and chorale.
Elissa has her BFA from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. She's originally from Fairfield, CT and currently resides in NYC.
JEKYLL & HYDE
The full-voiced DeMaria is a knockout as Lucy Harris. She offers brassy, bold, confident, focused vocals that stand on their own and warrant full applause at every turn.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
melinda zupaniotis, BWW
Elissa DeMaria was 100% engaged in her character, making her both lovable and tragic. Her performance of "Somewhere That's Green" actually left me misty-eyed. I have heard this song a million times, but this rendition became a sad monologue with more layers than an onion, truly revealing more character development than most would ever give to Audrey.
JEKYLL & HYDE
Elissa DeMaria's Lucy Harris is spirited and feisty, but also vulnerable. She has a powerful voice that beautifully delivers.