Why Musical Theatre Actors Should Take On Shakespeare

So many terrific musical theatre performers I have met feel nervous — or even downright terrified — of tackling their first Shakespearean role. Let’s put an end to the notion that performers whose main experience has been acting and singing in musicals should not be playing Shakespeare, right now. In fact, they are uniquely equipped […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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Jack and Algy peek in helplessly as erstwhile enemies Cecily and Gwendolen unite in triumphal solidarity and wily daftness. One of Tijana Bjelejac’s yummiest scenic designs, and a joyous process, thanks to a sublimely playful cast that included Kesington Blaylock, Susan Derry, Joe Bowen, Diane Ciesla, Loren Dunn, and Marvell company members Chris Kipiniak and […]

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Flaming Agnes

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The great and glorious dynamo, Susan Derry–who in one New Harmony Theatre season played Desdemona, Meg in Crimes of The Heart, AND Eliza Doolittle–is seen here in her knock-out number, “Flaming Agnes,” from I DO, I DO!

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The boundlessly talented Joy Franz and Susan Derry as Emilia and Desdemona in the loveliest moment from New Harmony Theatre’s production of OTHELLO . Both actresses are equally at home in Shakespeare and Sondheim. And both have that ineffable gift for reflecting light.

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Crimes of the Heart

From left to right, Eileen Ward, Susan Derry, Kenisngton Blaylock and Marnye Young in CRIMES OF THE HEART at New Harmony Theatre. Funny, touching performances from the entire wonderful company.

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Accompanying Susan Derry was one of the high points of my life. But oh boy, did I have to practice.

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The Ascot

Working with this ensemble in New Harmony Theatre’s MY FAIR LADY was a delight through and through. Though small in number, they were mighty in spirit, talent and imagination.

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My Fair Lady

Eliza and her cockney compatriots have their first phonetic encounter. MY FAIR LADY, New Harmony Theatre. One of my happiest productions, thanks to a glorious cast.

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