Who We Are
The Cosmos were formed out of friendship, mutual admiration, and a genuine love for the Girl Group sounds of the 50's and 60's. The strength of this era lies not only in the terrific vocal harmonies of the varied groups, but also in the spirit of camaraderie and commiseration these women had with one another as well as the listeners.
As a vocal group, we share the goal of providing our audience with not only great sound, but also visual interest and a real sense of storytelling through music. Each member of The Cosmos is an accomplished performer in her own right. By combining three dynamic personalities into one group, we are able to highlight each woman's strengths and use her talents to the fullest extent, continuing the spirit of camaraderie started so long ago by the women to whom we pay homage.
Jennifer J. Brozenske (DeeDee Cosmo) began her lifelong love of singing while sitting at her father's knee as he played the banjo. Her love affair with music continues. Ms. Brozenske is a classically trained lyric soprano. She earned her BA's in Music and Psychology at Cedar Crest College where she was awarded the Beverly Logan Prize for excellence in music. In 1997, she traveled to Beijing, China with the Cedar Crest Singers as part of a musical exchange program. She is currently studying with Judith Malis Rosenfeld in Philadelphia.
Show Credits: It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Foley Artist); The Music Man (Marian Paroo); The Full Monty (Joannie/Molly); Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother); Bat Boy: The Musical (Reverend Billy Hightower & Lorraine); Fahrenheit 451 (Lewis Carroll); The Who's Tommy (Mrs. Simpson); Jesus Christ Superstar (Matthia); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern); The Birds; Oklahoma!; Once Upon a Mattress; Hello Dolly; Will Rogers' Follies
Choral Credits: Merry Madrigals; St. John's Chancel Choir; Lehigh Valley VocalWorks; Cedar Crest Madrigal Singers; Cedar Crest Singers; Cedar Crest All College Women's Choir
Dance Credits: The Nutcracker (Mother Ginger & Chorus)
Directing Credits: The Ghost Train (Director); The Foreigner (Asst. Director)
Production Credits: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Producer); The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Producer)
Stage Managing Credits: Light Sensitive; Born Yesterday; Fuddy Meers
Stage Crew Credits: The Last Five Years; Alarms and Excursions; Noises Off
Heidi Murphy (Ronnie Cosmo) started performing at the age of 6 with several appearances on Al Albert's Showcase and The Chief Halftown Show. These early experiences served as the basis for a lifelong passion and genuine love of performing. Through the years, Ms. Murphy has been a member of several choirs and madrigal groups as well as a featured soloist. She has performed with folk and rock groups as well as big band orchestras. Her singing voice as well as her dance and piano training have allowed her to play several different roles in theater productions, both onstage and off. More recently, Ms. Murphy has had the opportunity to try her hand at acting and directing. Performing continues to be an adventure that brings joy and a great sense of accomplishment.
Show Credits: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Bernice Roth); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti); The Full Monty (Vicki);The Underpants (Gertrude); Bat Boy: The Musical (Meredith Parker); The Who's Tommy (Acid Queen); When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet (Ophelia); Fuddy Meers (Heidi); Personality Test (Woman Interviewed); Working (Cleaning Woman); The Devil's Advocate (Advocate #1); Chess (Chorus/Svetlana); Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert (Chorus); The Rocky Horror Show (Transylvanian); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy); Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie Alvarez); Two by Two (Goldie); Blithe Spirit (Madame Arcati); Hello Dolly (Minnie Fay)
Choral Credits: Merry Madrigals; Pennsylvania All State Choir member, All Eastern Choir member, Kutztown University Choir Member, Kutztown University Madrigal Singers member and featured soloist for Vivaldi's Gloria in 1989 and 1991.
Musical Group Credits: Midnight Review; Lehigh Valley Big Band; Joe and Heidi; Box of Joy; October Sky
Choreography Credits: The Rocky Horror Show (Dance Captain); Chess (Dance Captain); Working (Assistant Choreographer); The Grapes of Wrath (Choreographer)
Musical Director/Accompanist Credits: Cabaret (Assistant Musical Director/Accompanist); Girl Crazy (Musical Director/Accompanist)
Directing Credits: Santa Watch (Director)
Amy Reifinger (Lesley Cosmo) first stepped onstage in her high school's productions of Will Rogers' Follies and 42nd Street. The choreographer for these shows, Susan Hurley, spotted Ms. Reifinger's dance ability and gift for performing and took on the role of mentor. Her encouragement helped build Amy's confidence and, one year later, she auditioned for The Who's Tommy at Montgomery Theater Project where she was cast as Sally Simpson. Since then, Ms. Reifinger has become a seasoned performer, working as an actress, singer and choreographer for many productions. She especially enjoys working with children, as this provides her the opportunity to take on the role of mentor and help build the confidence of young performers.
Show Credits: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Nikki Crandall); It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Violet Bick); I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Woman #1/Jennifer); Godspell (Amy); Steel Magnolias (Shelby); The Unfinished Adventures of Stinky Feet Pete (Sweet Katie Feeble); Beauty and the Beast (Belle); Little Women (Beth March); Bat Boy: The Musical (Ruthie/Ned); The Laramie Project (Romaine Patterson/Ensemble); The Who's Tommy (Sally Simpson/Specialist's Assistant); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey); Almost Crooks (Lisa); I Know He'll Call (Beth); A to Z (Woman); A Little Quickie (Sara Tanner); Working (Babe Secoli/Sharon Atkins); Insomniac (Anna); Simpatico (Kelly); The Country Club (Froggy); Chess (Ensemble); The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weis); The Wounded Marriage (Number One); Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Nancy Ralasky); Leader of the Pack (Featured dancer and soloist); Bye Bye Birdie (Nancy/Sad Girl); 42nd Street; Will Rogers Follies
Choral Credits: Bucks County Community College's Swing Singers
Musical Group Credits: Louder Than Words
Choreography Credits: "Thriller" Dance for Boys and Girls Club (Choreographer); Godspell (Choreographer); The Music Man (Co-Choreographer); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Choreographer); To The Castle (Choreographer); Jesus Christ Superstar (Choreographer); Friends Forever (Choreographer); Aladdin (Choreographer)
Directing Credits: Aladdin (Assistant Director)
Film/Voiceover Credits: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom (commercial/industrial/voiceover); Student Film First Date (Christine)
Photos courtesy of Bill Murphy.