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Star returns to her roots in county

EVESHAM - Former Moorestown resident Kate Shindle will take the stage in Evesham.
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EVESHAM - Broadway star Kate Shindle is bringing her solo act home.

The former Moorestown resident will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center on Tomlinson Mill Road. The show is a compilation of classic popular music and show tunes.

"I'm really excited to be back in South Jersey. I identify so strongly with Philadelphia and South Jersey," said Shindle, who lives in New York City. "I'm happy to perform for family and friends."

Shindle, who appeared at Lenape in the 2004 production of "Jekyll & Hyde," developed the local concert with musical director John McDaniel, a Grammy and Emmy award winner. The pair were looking for a venue just as the Lenape staff was looking to fill its schedule, she said.

"It just happened at the right time," Shindle said. "I wanted to do a show of standards. It's something we're developing for places like Lenape. This is hopefully the first of many shows."

Shindle is a 1994 graduate of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken and a veteran of local community theater, including the Burlington County Footlighters in Cinnaminson. She said she benefited from all of her experiences in the entertainment industry, from charity shows to regional theater to Broadway.

"You learn lessons with every job you do," she said.

A former Miss America, Shindle said the title she won more than a decade ago in Atlantic City has been both a positive and a negative for her career. While she's proud of the accomplishment that brought her national exposure in 1998, she has had some trouble being taken seriously in the entertainment industry because of it.

"I had to let the Miss America thing go a little bit," she said. "I was ready to move on. I wanted to achieve bigger and better things."

Since giving up her tiara, Shindle has earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Illinois, performed in regional theaters and on Broadway, and appeared in such movies as "Capote" and "The Stepford Wives."

Her professional theater credits include originating the role of the ruthless Vivienne in the stage version of "Legally Blonde," and portraying singer Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" and prostitute Lucy Harris in "Jekyll & Hyde."

Shindle has been on TV in the long-running soap opera "As the World Turns" and as herself in the reality show "Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods." She recorded music for CDs and MP3 downloads. Her voice has been used as part of cast recordings as well as solo projects and compilations, such as Christmas and jazz music.

Shindle said her concert at Lenape will feature a variety of songs, including some hidden Broadway gems such as "Cornet Man" from "Funny Girl," and others by Ray Charles, Michael John LaChiusa, Stephen Sondheim and Burt Bacharach.

"It's things you might hear in a jazz club," she said. "It's not just a string of torch songs."

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