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Musical Director, Adjunct Faculty

Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Drury Lane Oakbrook, Columbia college
 
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www.rbtl.org, 18 May 2009 [cached]
ROBERTA DUCHAK is a veteran of Broadway and several national tours. Roberta made her Broadway debut in the musical "Ragtime".
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Roberta recently released her debut solo CD entitled "Intersections". The cd is a blending of broadway tunes with traditional jazz arrangements and has been receiving rave critical reviews within the jazz industry. Her other recordings include "Second City Divas" and "SECOND CITY DIVAS: live at the mercury". Roberta, also a classical and jazz pianist, works as a musical director in the Chicagoland area, and can be seen in many cabaret venues around the country. She is also a voice teacher in the Music Department of Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. www.robertaduckhak.net
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www.robertaduchak.net, 1 April 2010 [cached]
Welcome to the official website of actress/singer Roberta Duchak.
Here you'll find background info, news concerning upcoming projects, headshots, a downloadable resume, and a way to contact the actress directly.
Roberta also works steadily as a musical director and voice teacher/coach. Most recently she was Jeff-nominated for her musical direction in Miss Saigon at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre.
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You can also find Roberta at Columbia College where she is a member of the adjunct faculty in both the music and theatre departments.
Check out Roberta's latest CD, "INTERSECTIONS" on Roberta Duchak - Intersections
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all content © Roberta Duchak unless otherwise noted
West Suburban Living - March-April 2013 - Elmhurst, IL
www.westsuburbanliving.net, 1 Mar 2013 [cached]
Q&A with Drury Lane's Musical Director, Roberta Duchak
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Q&A with Drury Lane's Musical Director, Roberta Duchak
Drury Lane Theatre Presents Sunset Boulevard - Chicago Theatre News
www.theatreinchicago.com, 18 Dec 2012 [cached]
Jeff Award winner Roberta Duchak (Xanadu, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, and Spamalot at Drury Lane Theatre) serves as Musical Director of SUNSET BOULEVARD, and choreography is by Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader (Hairspray at Drury Lane Theatre).
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riverforest.suntimes.com, 11 Jan 2013 [cached]
That would be Roberta Duchak, the Jeff Award-winning musical director ("Miss Saigon," "Ragtime," "Seven Brides for "Seven Brothers") at the Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook. Duchak, who owns a voice studio in Chicago and also teaches music at Columbia College, put the two megastars through their vocal paces from the audition through the actual filming, which in an unprecedented movie musical move, featured the cast singing live as the cameras rolled.
Duchak, who spent nearly four months in England for the filming, said fate may have played a hand in all of it.
"My vocal teacher Don Komasa originally got the call from the movie company," Duchak said.
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"Like anyone who walks into my studio for voice lessons, I warm them up to evaluate where they are so I know how to proceed to make them grow," Duchak said.
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Duchak, 47, started playing piano at age 3. Music was always in the house, she said, as her father was a professional musician. She went on to participate in choir, dance and musicals throughout grammar school and high school. At Indiana University, however, Duchak did not major in music, choosing instead broadcast journalism and theater. Her career came down to a choice between an internship at NBC or theater; Duchak opted for musical theater. In addition to Broadway, her local and national touring credits (as musical director or an actress) include Chicago Shakespeare, American Theater Company, the Goodman Theatre and Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre.
While "Les Mis" afforded her months to get her singers into shape, at Drury Lane Duchak said there is no such luxury; the pace is lightning-quick.
"I"m half-way through [Drury Lane's upcoming production] 'Sunset Boulevard' which I started on as soon as 'Singing in the Rain' closed," Duchak said. "I think musical theater in Chicago does what it does extremely well in an incredibly short amount of time, sometimes only three weeks, in between shows."
Duchak had similar praise for her film cast, calling Crowe and Jackman two people "who I think will always be in my life as my friends."
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