Stories & Cast Interviews
Meet the City Girl at heart, Gianna Yanelli as Annette in Saturday Night Fever
I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I like to call it the Little New York City because it has all that Manhattan offers, just less people. I grew up immersed in the city life and can happily say I'm a city girl at heart.!
I grew up listening to Barbra Streisand and would dance around the living room putting on shows for my family. I knew I had the bug from the beginning. However, at a young age, I just wanted to be the next Britney Spears. Ha! When that dream faded, I fell in love with acting.
In high school, I realized I wanted to do it as a profession when I met a man named Tony Braithwaite. His belief in my talent gave me the confidence to pursue this career. I first heard of SNF when I was performing at Theater Aspen. The artistic director was the original Stephanie on Broadway. When I got this role, I texted her immediately! It was a very cool feeling to have a connection with an original cast member. I got to pick her brain a bit. I heard of the movie way before the musical. It was one of the most innovative films of its time. It changed the cinematic game. Also, my dad would always play the Bee Gee's and he LOVES John Travolta. I mean, who doesn't?
I have so many favorite shows, but my ultimate is Funny Girl and Fanny Brice happens to be my dream role. Barbra Streisand is one of the reasons I decided to pursue theater. She taught my comedy and the importance of living a song, not just hitting the notes. When I'm not on stage I have two other jobs and am happy to say I love them both. I am a makeup artist and fitness trainer. Both are very fulfilling for me because they satisfy the creative part of my brain. Not only this, but I am changing people's lives while doing what I love.
If I'm not working, I love...SHOPPING. Right now I'm obsessed with home décor. I just moved into a new apartment and am daydreaming about my bedroom. I love drawing different floor plans and browsing for cute decorations. I have a variety of different tunes on my iPhone. It depends on what mood I am in that day. Lately, it has been a lot of Walk the Moon and Nirvana. Right now as I type this, though, I am listening to Christmas Music! Love some good ol' Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.