UNC Alumna Cast in Third Broadway Show
June 20, 2017
June 16, 2017 — Aisha Jackson, a 2013 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado's Musical Theatre program, has been named to the cast of the Broadway production of Frozen, a musical based on the Disney film of the same name. Jackson will be the understudy for the role of Anna, one of the production's lead roles.
In her third appearance on Broadway, Jackson will cover the role for Patti Murin whenever she's unable to perform due to illness, vacation or other reasons.
Jackson is currently in the original Broadway ensemble cast of the musical Waitress. She made her Broadway debut in 2014 in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, working as a "swing," which required her to learn the role of six characters and be ready to fill in if illness, vacation or some other reason kept the regular cast member from performing her role. She ended up filling the role of five characters during the show's run.
Jackson's Off-Broadway performances include A Bronx Tale, a musical co-directed by Robert DeNiro, in 2016, and Invisible Thread in 2015.
UNC audiences will remember Jackson's performances in Ragtime as Sarah and in Anything Goes as Reno.
Jackson received one of the UNC Alumni Association's inaugural 10 Under 10 Awards in 2015. The award program recognizes outstanding graduates of the past decade whose achievements can serve as a model for current and future UNC students.
Frozen will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Aug. 17-Oct. 1. Tickets for performances in Denver are on sale now. For information on the Denver engagement, visit the DCPA website. Tickets for Broadway performances will go on sale later this year.
UNC Alumni on Broadway
Josh Buscher - West Side Story 2009 (OC), Pricilla Queen of the Desert (OC), Big Fish (OC)
Ryan Dinning - Machinal (OC)
Jenny Fellner - Wicked, Mama Mia, The Boyfriend, Pal Joey (OC)
Scott Foster - Forbidden Broadway (Alive and Kicking) 2013, Brooklyn (OC), Forbidden Broadway (Alive and Kicking) 2014
Greg Germann - Assassins (OC), Biloxi Blues (OC), Boeing/Boeing
Patty Goble - Bye Bye Birdie 2009 (OC), Curtains (OC), The Woman in White (OC), La Cage Aux Follies 2004 (OC), Kiss Me Kate 1999 (OC), Ragtime (OC), Phantom of the Opera
Derek Hanson - Anything Goes, Side Show, An American in Paris
Tamara Hayden - Les Miz, Cabaret
Autumn Hulbert - Legally Blonde
Aisha Jackson - Beautiful - The Musical, Waitress, Frozen (2018)
Ryan Jesse - Jersey Boys
Patricia Jones - Buried Child (OC), Indiscretions (w/Kathleen Turner)
Andy Kelso - Mama Mia, Kinky Boots (OC)
Beth Malone - Ring of Fire (OC), Fun Home (OC)+
Victoria Matlock - Million Dollar Quartet (OC)
Jason Olazabal - Julius Caesar (OC) (w/Denzel Washington)
Laura Ryan - Country Roads: The John Denver Musical (OC)
Lisa Simms - A Chorus Line
Andrea Dora Smith - Tarzan, Motown (OC)
Erica Sweany - Honeymoon in Vegas - The Musical (OC)
Jason Veasey - The Lion King
Jason Watson - Mama Mia
Aléna Watters - Sister Act (OC), Adams Family Musical (OC), West Side Story 2009
Wysandria Woolsey - Chess, Parade, Beauty and the Beast, Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera, Cats
Aaron Young - Fiddler on the Roof 2015
Note: OC = Original Broadway Cast