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Date of Birth: October 19, 1961 (54)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Female
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the Perfect Mix of Murder, Mayhem, and Good 
Old Fashioned Vaudeville Fun!BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the Perfect Mix of Murder, Mayhem, and Good Old Fashioned Vaudeville Fun!
by Alan Henry - May 26, 2016

It's rare to go to the theatre and end up rooting for the bad guy - but that's exactly what audiences can expect to do at A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which opened last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Coming to The Smith Center in AugustTHE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Coming to The Smith Center in August
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

?Tickets go on sale for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien on May 20 at 10AM. This lavish new production will make its Las Vegas premiere August 2 - 14 at The Smith Center as part of a North American tour.  Tickets can be purchased at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For more information, please visit www.TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com. (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Dazzles at TUTSBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Dazzles at TUTS
by Brett Cullum - May 5, 2016

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER plays out as if you took SWEENEY TODD, let Gilbert & Sullivan rewrite the score, and staged it on a revolutionary picture book set that utilized digital scenery. It's a show that will have you smiling from start to final curtain, and it's got an amazing amount of energy to share with an audience. (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Farcical Felonious Fun at Ahmanson TheatreBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Farcical Felonious Fun at Ahmanson Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Apr 22, 2016

Occasionally we venture beyond the borders of Ventura County to see what is going on in Los Angeles, and on this occasion, we couldn't resist taking in a performance of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which is currently playing at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. The 2013 show won Tonys for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical after its initial Broadway run and is now currently on its first national tour. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Stars Take the Stage in Angels' Cabaret in L.A.Photo Flash: 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Stars Take the Stage in Angels' Cabaret in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Company members from A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER performed a one-night only 'Angels' Cabaret' titled 'Miscast: Songs We Shouldn't Sing From Roles We'll Never Play' at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel on Monday, April 18. Presented by Center Theatre Group and the CTG Affiliates, proceeds from the performance will go to support CTG's education and community partnership programs. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Tickets to THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour in Chicago on Sale 4/5Tickets to THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour in Chicago on Sale 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Broadway In Chicago has announced that individual tickets for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 5. THE SOUND OF MUSIC will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement, June 7-19. (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliant GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Rocks AhmansonBWW Review: Brilliant GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Rocks Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Mar 28, 2016

Winner of 4 Tony Awards in 2014, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a devilishly clever musical sendup of the British aristocracy circa 1909. Production-wise it's a class act all the way, and for its adult audiences, it's a delicious odyssey of. nonstop laughter. Now at the Ahmanson through May 1, the infectiously broad satire will have you on the edge of your seat throughout its two and a half hours. Skillfully executed by director Darko Tresnjak and his awe-inspiring cast, it's a surefire knock 'em dead hit. (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is Firecracker Full of Laughs - Rapson and Massey Rock!BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is Firecracker Full of Laughs - Rapson and Massey Rock!
by Herbert Paine - Mar 17, 2016

What an absolutely and utterly engaging and rollicking good time is A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical, now on tour and raising the rooftop at ASU Gammage. Propelling that rooftop to delirious heights is a sterling ensemble, featuring the jet-fueled performances of John Rapson and Kevin Massey; the fun- and pun-infused lyrics of Steven Lutvak's and Robert Freedman's score, conveyed with brio under the direction of Lawrence Goldberg; Alexander Dodge's majestic period set; and Aaron Rhyne's uber-creative special effects (surreal projections of the m.o. of murder). (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Set for the Fabulous Fox, 4/26-5/8THE SOUND OF MUSIC Set for the Fabulous Fox, 4/26-5/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Casting has been announced for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. This lavish new production premieres in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 26 - May 8. (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE at Kingsbury Hall is PristineBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE at Kingsbury Hall is Pristine
by Tyler Hinton - Mar 2, 2016

Best Musical Tony winner A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is playing at Kingsbury Hall to great, deserved acclaim. From its physical production to its performances, it is a pristine national tour of the hit. (more...)

Tickets to THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour at Fisher Theatre on Sale 2/28Tickets to THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour at Fisher Theatre on Sale 2/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Tickets go on sale for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien on Sunday, February 28. This lavish new production will make its Detroit premiere May 10-22 at The Fisher Theatre as part of a North American tour.  (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at Denver CenterBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at Denver Center
by Chris Arneson - Feb 19, 2016

There are a few places in downtown Denver where you can learn to murder someone, probably. I'd recommend you go with the one where there's singing and dancing. A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is playing at the Buell Theatre through the end of February. The other options probably aren't quite as pleasant. (Not to be confused with Murder for Two, playing just across the way in the Garner Galleria.) (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching up with Kristen Beth WilliamsBWW Interview: Catching up with Kristen Beth Williams
by Caroline Sposto - Feb 11, 2016

The wildly popular musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will be at The Memphis Orpheum February 9 - 14th. This daring, dark comedy hails from Roy Horniman's 1907 novel, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, told through the eyes of a man who bumps off the aristocrats standing in the way of his title. In 1949, the book was loosely adapted into the movie, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' which starred Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, and Alec Guinness. In 2014, Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak set the story to music. It has been nabbing awards and slaying audiences ever since. (more...)

BWW Review:  As Much 'Skillduggery' as 'Skullduggery' in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the OrpheumBWW Review: As Much 'Skillduggery' as 'Skullduggery' in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Orpheum
by Joseph Baker - Feb 10, 2016

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER must have been a 'labor of love' for Robert L. Freedman, who wrote the book: After all, it is derived from the brilliant 1949 British comedy classic KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, which benefited immeasurably by performances by Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, and -- most especially -- the brilliant Alec Guinness, whose impersonation of all the victims was a tour de force. Yet, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, with wickedly droll music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, is a deliciously poisonous bon bon all its own. It's as if Joseph Kesselring's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE had somehow melded with Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and somewhere 'up there' (or 'down there,' whatever the case may be) writers like Roald Dahl and directors like Alfred Hitchcock must be smiling at the production currently delighting audiences at the Orpheum. (more...)

Jimmy Buffett Musical Will Debut at La Jolla Playhouse in 2017; Christopher Ashley to DirectJimmy Buffett Musical Will Debut at La Jolla Playhouse in 2017; Christopher Ashley to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman, and Beth Williams announced today that the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, with an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. Directed by Tony Award® nominee and Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the strictly limited engagement will kick off the Playhouse's 2017/2018 season, with performances beginning on May 16, 2017, an official opening night of May 28, and will play through June 25, 2017. Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley will direct the production, which will open on May 16, 2017. (more...)

John Cariani, Mary Testa, Max von Essen and More Set for Transport Group's GIMME A BREAK! GalaJohn Cariani, Mary Testa, Max von Essen and More Set for Transport Group's GIMME A BREAK! Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Just in, multiple-time Tony and Drama Desk nominees Kate Baldwin, John Cariani, Marc Kudisch, Julia Murney, Mary Testa, Max von Essen, will be some of the performers at Transport Group's annual gala, 'Gimme a Break!' on March 7, 2016. (more...)

'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Adds Performance to Kennedy Center Engagement'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Adds Performance to Kennedy Center Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

The Kennedy Center and the company of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder today announced that tickets will go on sale to the public beginning at 3 p.m. for the newly added performance on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 12 p.m. (more...)

Cast Set for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at The OrpheumCast Set for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at The Orpheum
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, will play The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis February 9th through 14th in its First National Tour, which launched in September 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is Great FunBWW Review: Kennedy Center's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is Great Fun
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jan 18, 2016

There are few musicals I can say I enjoyed more on tour then when I saw the original cast on Broadway, but A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is an exception. Clever, ingeniously witty and hysterical, it's the perfect show to beat the winter doldrums and you don't have to be a gentleman to enjoy it! (more...)

Transport Group to Host 'Gimme a Break!' Benefit in MarchTransport Group to Host 'Gimme a Break!' Benefit in March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Transport Group, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and OBIE Award-winning theatre company, has announced its annual gala Gimme a Break!, and will honor 5-Time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa and TheaterMania.com and its CEO Gretchen Shugart, on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the New York Times Center, 242 West 41st Street with the Transporting American Theatre Award for their significant contributions to the American Theatre.  (more...)

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