Aug. 17--Rachel Potter, a Central Floridian and Broadway star, will give a concert of songs from her country-music album "Live the Dream," this Monday, Aug. 19, at the Osceola Center for the Arts in Kissimmee. She plans to mix in Broadway music as well, and will be joined by guest Chase Peacock, of Broadway's "American Idiot."
Born in New Orleans and raised in Seminole, Potter says she has always had country music in her blood. Her new song "The Verdict" was recently nominated for a 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Country Song.
Potter's inspiration for her new album "Live the Dream" began two years ago while on national tour with the hit musical "Wicked." She followed that by joining the Broadway casts of "The Addams Family" and "Evita."
In the musicals, she played major parts: Glinda in "Wicked," Wednesday in "The Addams Family" and Peron's Mistress in "Evita."
"It feels great to be home! There's no better feeling than to have the chance to share your hard work with friends and supporters," Potter says. "I'm a Florida native, a UCF grad and longtime Disney performer, so Orlando is my stomping grounds and where my foundation was built. Now after a little success, it's amazing to come back to my roots, share my music, and show people what's in my heart and what my passion is."
Fans may be surprised by her country songs, Potter says. They reflect "a deeper side that I don't believe my fans have seen of me yet."
Potter's concert is at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee.
Tickets are $15, $10 for those in the entertainment industry (bring ID).
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