Meet Devon, PA’s Christina (Tina) Verrelli – the real deal! Tina was the million dollar Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest winner in 2012 and she is delighted to be a guest of Bucks County Playhouse and see the new musical “Cake Off” on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. She’ll join cast members Justin Guarini, Euan Morton, Michele Ragusa, Aidan J. Lawrence and the two of the show’s writers Sheri Wilner and Adam Gwon for a “Talk Back” with the audience and share the realities of participating in this world renowned competition. “Cake Off,”, written by Sheri Wilner, Julia Jordan and Adam Gwon and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, runs at the Playhouse through September 10, 2016.
It was in Orlando, Florida where Verrelli competed in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off and it was her entry of Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream in the “Sweet Treats” category that gave her the grand prize of $1 million. Announced by Martha Stewart with confetti streaming and hugs from the runners up, it was a moment she will always remember. In fact, she calls her dessert, “Holy Ravioli!”
Verrelli began cooking by her mother’s side when she was eight years old. A mom herself, with two daughters who love to bake, she started entering competitions in 2010 and has gone on to such huge success that she not only won the grand prize in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 2012, today she is a regular on-air guest on QVC representing Kitchen Aid.
The musical “Cake Off” has been getting raves from critics and cheers from the audiences. It follows the action at the 50th Annual Millberry Cake Off, where the stakes are higher than usual, as the prize for the best sugary delight has been raised to $1 million. For the first time, men are also allowed to enter and Paul, a starry-eyed, single Dad has risen to the top. He meets his match in Bake Off veteran, Rita, and soon they are thrust into the heat of competition. Forced to deal with the craziness, backroom politics and sugar high of America’s most famous baking championship, these two feisty contestants don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off.
Tickets are available through September 10, 2016 and can be purchased by calling (215) 862-2121 or online at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org.