Drammy Awards: Best Actress in a Musical, Dru Rutledge
Dru took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of She Loves Me. Oregon Artswatch raves, "Rutledge is a deft musical-comedy star, adept at both the music and the comedy." The Westside Theatre Reviews adds, "She Loves Me has been called the 'Ice Cream' musical, and Rutledge’s amazing rendition of “Vanilla Ice Cream” fully validates the appellation. From the opening notes of “No More Candy” to the finale, Rutledge’s beautiful soprano integrates the music into her acting with seamless transitions."
Dru Returns to the New World Symphony in Miami
November 13, 2016
Following her successful debut in 2014, Dru returns this season for PULSE with the New World Symphony, featuring conductor Christian Reif and DJ Le Spam.
The New World Center transforms into a late-night lounge—complete with club-style lighting and art videos—during this innovative event, where the only rule is to connect with the music and its performers. Miami’s own DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars join the Fellows for a night dedicated to jazz-influenced works and contemporary hits, including the world premiere of Sam Hyken’s new piece for the Allstars together with the orchestra. Soprano Dru Rutledge returns to perform show-stoppers by Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter. Led by Conducting Fellow Christian Reif, and closing with a dance-inducing showcase set by DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars, this is one late night you won’t want to miss.
Dru stars as Laurey in Oklahoma! at Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the stubborn rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. With these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. Facing the dawn of a new life together in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!
Dru Joins Portland's Hungry Opera Machine
March 27 & 28, 2015
Dru joins Portland's Hungry Opera Machine for a performance of Flour, Salt, and Moonbeams. HOM extends the operatic tradition by choosing operas that not only conform to the classical standard but also ones that may include other forms of music such as jazz and music from everywhere.
*This performance is rated R. Parental discretion is advised
Dru Rejoins the Portland Gay Men's Chorus on Andrew Lippa's I am Harvey Milk
March 21 & 22, 2015
"My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you." With those words Harvey Milk propelled a movement that led to the changes we now celebrate as a community and a nation. On November 27, 1978, only hours after the assassinations of Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, thousands gathered on the steps of City Hall for a candlelight vigil where the newly formed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sang in tribute, as the nation looked on. Two years later, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, the nation’s fourth-oldest gay-identified chorus, was established. For 35 years, through music that has made audiences laugh, cry, feel, and take action, PGMC has been at the forefront of the struggle for equal rights.
Celebrate the Portland premiere of Broadway composer Andrew Lippa’s I am Harvey Milk, alongside a brand new commission by Portland composer Scot Crandal commemorating PGMC’s 35th season. PGMC Artistic Director Bob Mensel calls this concert, “…the Soul of our season-long celebration.” This is an event you do not want to miss!
In Lakewood Theatre's production of She Loves Me, the Oregon Artswatch raves, "Rutledge is a deft musical-comedy star, adept at both the music and the comedy." The Westside Theatre Reviews adds, "She Loves Me has been called the 'Ice Cream' musical, and Rutledge’s amazing rendition of “Vanilla Ice Cream” fully validates the appellation. From the opening notes of “No More Candy” to the finale, Rutledge’s beautiful soprano integrates the music into her acting with seamless transitions."
Dru performs with Cabaret Chanteuse
April 10, 2014
Enjoy an evening of cabaret songs with Dru Rutledge at Portland's Cabaret Chanteuse. Cabaret Chanteuse showcases Portland's finest professional female (and sometimes male) singers performing in the incomparable atmosphere of Tony Starlight's Supperclub.
Dru gives a "perfect" performance in Clackamas Repertory Theater's new production of Roger and Hammerstein's Carousel. The Oregon Music News writes, "Dru Rutledge’s Julie Jordan is perfect, innocent and lovely. Her voice is marvelous, particularly when singing with Carrie, her best friend and confidante."
Broadway World also took note of her performance, adding, "As Julie, Dru Rutledge found the right notes in both script and song. She's a tricky character; she's not terribly articulate, and she never is able to explain what draws her to Billy, but in Rutledge's hands we understand how she feels. As soon as she began to sing 'If I Loved You,' I relaxed, knowing the character's emotions would be deeply felt and projected confidently to the audience."
Distant Worlds featuring Dru Rutledge and the Oregon Symphony
April 26, 2014
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY brings an extraordinary multimedia concert experience to Portland. The Oregon Symphony and Pacific Youth Choir, under the direction of conductor Arnie Roth and with soprano soloist Dru Rutledge, will perform a program of classic, surprising, and evocative Final Fantasy music.
Dru performs with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus for their New Year's Eve Celebration
The big finale to PGMC's holiday show Jingle Bell Swing. What are you doing New Year's Eve features guest soprano Dru Rutledge. The New Years ball in the video is made out of hundreds of plastic stemware glasses!
Mock's Crest presents: IOLANTHE
Following her celebrated performance as is Ida in Die Fledermaus last season, Dru returns to Mock's Crest Productions as Celia in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Performances run from June 6 - 29, 2014.
Dru delivers a strong performance as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof
"Smith-English has wisely cast a strong voice with one of the strongest songs. Hodel, the sister who follows her revolutionary husband out of town and deep into Siberia, Dru Rutledge shows off her marvelous classically trained voice in 'Far From The Home I Love.' The song is a small jewel in the second act."