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Phillipa Soo’s Goes Disney

Phillipa Soo’s Goes Disney

Phillips Soo

Phillips Soo burst onto everybody’s radar when she played Natasha in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 at Ars Nova. She had just graduated from Juilliard. A brief recurring role on NBC’s Smash. Then Lin Manuel Miranda asked her to take part in a new show he was writing….Hamilton, which has earned her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Now Miranda has helped cast her in Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana, for which Miranda is penning the score for. Soo will be playing a villager of Motunui, Moana’s home island.

The movie is Soo’s first animated voiceover role. Hamilton was her Broadway debut. Her screen credits include Richard LaGravenese’s Dangerous Liaisons and a brief recurring role on NBC’s Smash.

The pic will star newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Moana Waialiki, a young girl in the South Pacific who sets sail in search of a fabled island with the help of legendary demi-god Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.

Princess and the Frog writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker are directing Moana from their screenplay, which also was written by John Musker, Pamela Ribon and Thor: Ragnorokhelmer Taikia Waititi.

Moana is set to hit theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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