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January 21, 2021
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Local Dancer on Broadway

By Lisa M. Collins
Broadway Darling and Carroll Gardens Resident Dylis Croman Stars in Chicago on Broadway March 14 & 15
Photo by Joshua Kristal

We asked her to do some twirls, and without hesitation Carroll Gardens resident Dylis Croman went flying through the air, floating and spinning over Court Street, in between traffic, with stunning grace, her red locks of hair gliding around her face, her arms and fingers outstretched like a swan’s wing, as if she did this sort of thing every day.

As it turns out, Dylis Croman does do this kind of thing every day. Croman is playing the role of Mona in Chicago, on Broadway, and is the understudy for the role of Roxie Hart, one of Broadway’s most beloved characters and a role played by such stars as Bebe Neuwirth and Renee Zellweger.

Croman is a member of Chicago’s cast. She is expecting to play the lead role of Roxie late in March (we’ll let you know the dates when they are announced.) Chicago has won 6 Tony awards and a Grammy since it premiered in 1996.

I bumped into Croman at Shen Beauty on Court Street (look out for our upcoming story on Shen, our business of the month for March).

She’s appeared in seven Broadway shows, including Sweet Charity, Fosse, Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and others.

The 33-year-old told me she’s danced on Broadway for 14 years, and moved to Carroll Gardens in 2007 with her husband.

“I always wanted to move to Brooklyn, and Carroll Gardens is the best part of Brooklyn,” said the Texas native, who has danced since she was three years old. “I love the community feel. It’s a smaller version of the city. I love the people, the families, the restaurants. It’s a mix of everything I love.”

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