"Abruzzo’s portrayal of Lise Dassin, the ingénue ballerina, is captivating in her doe-eyed innocence. Her lithe movements, even when simply walking across the stage, are graceful and poetic. Accomplished in ballet, Abruzzo is also an excellent singer."
"Brianna Abruzzo is superb as Lise, in a stunning performance that includes exceptional dancing (her ballet skills are flawless) and a combination of mystery, grace, sadness and passion."
Brianna Abruzzo is a NYC native actor, singer, dancer, currently splitting time between Nashville and New York City. She spent her formative years training at The School Of American Ballet and studying at Professional Children's School. Upon graduating, her love for dance led her to join Miami City Ballet. After achieving her goals of becoming a professional ballerina, she decided to pursue other talents. She expanded her dance career by joining LA Dance Project as a guest artist on their European Tour and performing/choreographing in numerous music videos. Brianna developed her vocal and acting abilities by booking her first musical theater opportunity as Graziella in West Side Story at Asolo Repertory Theater. From then, she worked on the developmental lab of the Carousel revival, joined the first national tour of An American in Paris, and originated in the national tour of Anastasia. Most recently, Brianna acted in her first film, West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg and choreographed by Justin Peck, took on the role of Louise Bigelow in Carousel at Broadway Sacramento, and starred in An American In Paris as Lise Dassin at The Phoenix Theatre Company. She has also received training from the Nashville Acting Studio and The 4th Wall Acting Studio as well as HB Studios in NYC. In her free time, she knits blankets for her Etsy shop!