UPDATE: At 3 p.m. Aug. 11, Tacoma Weekly was notified that Miranda Cosgrove suffered an ankle injury in a tour bus accident. Dancing Crazy Summer Tour has been postponed until further notice. The Broadway Center is looking to reschedule the performance pending schedule availability and the Box Office will be contacting patrons who have purchased tickets with options for ticket exchange or refund.
Nickelodeon sensation Miranda Cosgrove of the Emmy Award-winning “iCarly” is bringing her musical endeavors to Tacoma with her upbeat pop tour Dancing Crazy hitting the Pantages Theater Aug. 20.
This is Cosgrove’s second tour, following up her second solo recording project “High Maintenance” EP, which was released earlier this year. Her debut solo album “Sparks Fly” was released in 2010.
The 18-year-old began her acting career at a young age, and started playing guitar as a child. She said growing up in Los Angeles, her parents encouraged her to go to auditions for acting. Music, on the other hand, was something she discovered herself.
“Music was something that I wanted to do and that I wanted to do myself,” she said.
Cosgrove got her first musical break at age 9 with the role as Summer Hathaway in Jack Black’s “School of Rock.”
Now, at 18, Cosgrove is able to uncover her own musical direction, and said she is learning a lot with each record she makes.
“It takes time to figure out the kind of sound you like. I started recording when I was really young.
“I feel like I’m still kind of figuring out the kind of music that I like. I hope I just keep maturing with my music and keep growing. I learn a lot with each new album.”
When it comes to her career, Cosgrove loves acting as well as her music, and finds that whatever one she is currently working is her favorite.
“Right now I’m on tour and I love it – I feel like I could do it forever. But I love also being on the set and playing a character.”
At her Pantages performance, the audience can expect to hear Cosgrove’s entire repertoire of songs – from the first track she recorded at age 13 to un-released songs she wrote just a few months ago.
“With my last EP I really just wanted people to have fun and dance. Pop it on in the car and have fun with their friends,” she said.
The five songs on “High Maintenance” are just that – breezy, fun and feisty with a sprinkling of heartfelt ballads for good measure.
Cosgrove is already wrapping up her next record as well – and the new “iCarly” soundtrack will be hitting the shelves shortly.
“I just got back into the studio doing new songs for an “iCarly” soundtrack and these songs are more on the mature side, more about relationships and life.
“With these songs I want people to think a little more and get to know me a little better.”
Miranda Cosgrove performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. Find tickets online for $55, $65, $75 and $125 at www.broadwaycenter.org