Broadway's Carrie Manolakos to Perform National Anthem at Toyota/Save Mart 350
Broadway star Carrie Manolakos will perform the national anthem for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 22.
With a background in musical theater, Manolakos boasts a number of Broadway credits, including the lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia! and Elphaba on the second national tour of Wicked.
This summer, Manolakos will appear in Transcendence Theatre's "Broadway Under The Stars in Jack London State Park" in the Sonoma Valley. For more information, visit www.transcendencetheatre.org.
Manolakos' debut album "Echo" debuted at 44th on the iTunes pop charts in 2012. She became an internet sensation when her cover of Radiohead's "Creep" went viral and is now at over two-million views. Later that year, she was selected for ELLE Magazine's "30 under 30: Essential Names to Know," voted #1 by readers.
Manolakos has been selling out venues all over New York City, as well as other cities across the country, and has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, MTV, and MSNnow. Manolakos was most recently featured in Entertainment Weekly for being one of the top 12 best Radiohead covers of all time.
In addition, Sacramento's Ella Pierce will perform the national anthem prior to the Carneros 200 NASCAR Pro West Series main event on Saturday, June 21.
At just 11 years old, Pierce was the winner of Sacramento's "Stairway to Stardom" contest and has sung the national anthem at a Sacramento River Cats game, as well as the NHRA Sonoma Nationals last summer.
For more information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350, visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar or call 800-870-RACE.