Brian Childers (Director/Additional Material) DIRECTING: Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice and Technology, Breasts and Other World Issues. As an actor, he received the 2002 Helen Hayes Award for “Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical” and the Mary Goldwater Award for his performance as Danny Kaye in Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story. His recent tour of his new one man show An Evening with Danny Kaye has received rave reviews and has been seen coast to coast including Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. OFF-BROADWAY: Danny and Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical (Danny Kaye). National Tour: The Kid from Brooklyn (Danny Kaye—Original), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer). NEW YORK: Lady in the Dark (Russel Paxton Cover) City Center; Recovery (Demon/Damien) Theater for the New City. My Wife in a Chador, Theater for the New City; Sophia (Jake Kelly) Write Act Repertory; Obama in Naples (Paolo) June Havoc Theatre; Freedom’s Song: A New Musical; Miracle on 34th St.: The Musical (Marvin Shellhammer) Theatrical Gems; Promenade (Prisoner 105) The Musicals of Off-Broadway; Scandalous Behavior (Joseph Surface) York Theatre; On the Town (Gabey) St. George Theatre; Meester Amerika (Joey). Regional Theater: 90 North (Ensemble) Kennedy Center; The Titans, Kennedy Center; Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon) Forum Theatre; Becoming George (The Prince) Metrostage; The Boys in the Band (Emory); Hollywood Pinafore (Ralph Rackstraw); The Robber Bridegroom (Jamie Lockhart); The Second Man (Austin Lowe) The American Century Theatre; Man of La Mancha, Olney Theatre; Crack Between the Worlds, Studio Theatre; Soloist: Hollywood Bowl: A Ball at the Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic, Dodger Stadium (Special Guest Entertainer); Lincoln Center (A Tribute to Danny Kaye); Kennedy Center (Not a Day Goes By). Brian just released his first solo album, “Life Unfurled”, on all platforms. Brian is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.Visit www.brianchilders.net.
Jeff Biering (Musical Director/Arranger) is an accomplished musical director, pianist, arranger and actor. Musical directing/Arranging credits include: Danny and Sylvia, the Danny Kaye Musical (Off-Broadway); Naked Boys Singing (Off-Broadway); Jekyll & Hyde (Surflight Theatre/Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City); The Drowsy Chaperone (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); and The Fancy Boys Follies (New York Musical Theatre Festival).
Justin Boccitto (Choreographer) an international dance instructor and an award-winning director/choreographer. He is a current faculty member at Broadway Dance Center, CAP 21, Marymount Manhattan College, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and guest faculty at The Juilliard School. Some of his students have included Adam Chanler-Berat, Sean Fosse, and Lady Gaga. Justin's select NYC credits include: One Night With Fanny Brice (Off-Broadway), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes De Mille (National Tour), In The Heights (Gallery Players). Regional credits: Side Show (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Singin' in the Rain (MacHaydn Theatre), Sweeney Todd (White Plains Performing Arts Center), and Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera). He has appeared in MTV’s Made, Oliver (Papermill Playhouse), A Salute to Chita Rivera (Drama League), and Otello (The Metropolitan Opera). Justin has been honored with the Kennedy Center Best Director College Award (Hairspray, Nashville, TN), and the NYMF Best in Fest Award (What Do Critics Know? Choreography). As a performer he has been seen playing "Don Lockwood" in Singin' in the Rain, in Nashville, as well as "Bert" in Mary Poppins. He has curated several dance concerts here in NYC including the 92nd Street Y's Broadway Takes Two as well as his own Choreographer's Canvas. Justin is the Executive Producer of The Group Theatre Too, a theatre collective producing musicals, plays, and dance projects throughout the country. www.JustinBoccitto.com
Ryan Matthieu Smith (Costume Designer) is an award-winning costume designer and production designer working in film and theater in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. His work has graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Interview magazines. Favorite film credits include Mangus with John Waters and Jennifer Coolidge and Franny with Frances Fisher and Steve Howie. Favorite theater designs include the Southwest premiere of Side Show and Batboy: The Musical. Ryan is also a casting associate for Bunim/Murray Productions. Upcoming film projects include a western by Robert Rodriquez and a dark comedy starring Melanie Griffith.
Christopher McGovern (Accompanist) has accompanied such greats as Heather Headley, Rupert Holmes, Tony nominees Susan Egan (incl. Carnegie Hall), Liz Callaway, and Christiane Noll, as well as Jason Graee, Roslyn Kind and Karen Mason. His original musicals include Let The Memories Begin (Disney), Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed Musicals), the Off-Broadway hit Cagney (Carbonell Award), and Backwards In High Heels. Off-Bway/NYC credits include Ionescopade, Two By Two (with Jason Alexander & Tovah Feldshuh), Still Getting My Act Together, and The Jazz Singer.
Julianne B. Merrill (Additional Arrangements) Originally from Indianapolis, Julianne works in NYC as a professional Music Director, Pianist, and Electronic Music Designer. Recent credits include: Fun Home, a reading featuring Jenn Collela, Will Swenson, Kate Baldwin and Caitlin Kinnunen; Virtuoso at The DiMenna Center; Rock Of Ages MD/Sub Off Broadway; American Morning at Prospect Theater Company; Man of La Mancha at the John W. Engeman Theater; A Christmas Carol at Westchester Broadway Theater; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Key 2) at The Argyle Theater; Matilda and Smokey Joe's Cafe at Alpine Theater Project; Junie B. Jones with TheatreworksUSA. In addition to conducting and performing, Julianne runs a New Work Development Lab at The International College of Musical Theatre and specializes in pit technology consultation for live performance.
Kimberly Rehfuss (Creative Consultant) is an accomplished actor and singer, appearing on Broadway in Taboo and in numerous regional theaters including Paper Mill Playhouse, Prince Music Theater, Barter Theatre, and Grand Ole Opry as Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Kimberly has received two Barrymore Award Nominations for her performances in Box Office of the Damned (1812 Productions) and Harry Chapin: Remember When the Music (Act II Playhouse). In addition to her work in musical theater, Kimberly performs solo shows and cabarets and appears as a soloist regionally.
“Kimberly has the vivacity and voice of Fanny Brice” says the New York Times, with The Associated Press declaring her a "Warm, Sassy Diva!"
Ms. Greenberg is the first and only actress ever to star in two Off-Broadway musicals at the same time, with leading roles in Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, and the solo show One Night with Fanny Brice.
Kimberly's own solo show, Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice, has been touring for the past 7 years with the Huffington Post stating the show brings "Fanny Brice to Fabulous Life"! Fabulous Fanny performances have inlcuded Feinstein’s prestigious 54 Below (NYC), The Goodwill Theatre (NY), Jewish Museum of Monmouth County (NJ). Huck Boyd Community Center (KS), Florissant Civic Center (MO), Freeport Concert Association (NY), Group Theatre Too 10th Anniversary Season (NYC), as well as numerous Shalom/Yiddish Clubs and Retirement Communities across the country.
On Broadway, Kimberly portrayed Fanny Brice in Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic at the Liberty Theatre, Broadway’s Only Hidden Theatre. Her Fanny Brice portrayal also continues as part of the Broadway-bound musical Ghostlight, by Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, a role she originated during its run in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) at the Signature Theatre in 2011, and has since been developing as the show aims for Broadway.
Quickly becoming the “go-to” gal for Fanny, Kimberly is sought out for her in-depth Brice perspective, as well as subsequent knowledge of the theatre scene in the early 20th century, with interviews and articles published in various circuits including the vintage nouveau Zelda Magazine, Fox 5 New York, Newsday and teaching masterclasses based on the beginnings of Broadway.
In addition to her acclaimed portrayals of Fanny Brice and Sylvia Fine (Danny & Sylvia), Kimberly is creating a niche for herself playing a vast amount of other historical Broads of the early 20th century, most recently Lillian Hellman (Little Wars), Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy (28 Marchant), Marguerite Taylor, Laurette Taylor's daughter (What Was Lost) and Susan B. Anthony (Onward Victoria).
Ms. Greenberg has also released a Fabulous Fanny cast album, which Bwaytunes.com hailed as an "effervescent toast to Fanny Brice" and featured it among its New and Recommended CDs and on its Top 5 Best of 2014 “Less Mainstream” releases. Broadwayworld gave the album a rave review, stating that Kimberly “pristinely channels the renowned icon”. The album also garnerd acclaim from The Examiner, which called it a “must have CD”, and from the American Theater Web, which stated the “superb” album “… resurrects tunefully and hysterically so many of the songs that Brice performed.” Available on all major online music outlets, Fabulous Fanny received over 2000 plays in its first month on Pandora.
Kimberly can also be heard on the One Night With Fanny Brice cast album, Carols for a Cure #18 (Something Rotten track) and Love is Love by Larry Kirchner.
A graduate of University of California, Irvine, Kimberly has performed across the United States in national tours, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, regional theatres, cabarets, cruise ships, and theatre for young audiences. Other recent New York City credits include Christmas Rappings Off-Broadway, the musical concerts of Miracle on 34th Street and Mr. President (both for the Actors Fund), and Who Murdered Love? at the New York International Fringe Festival. Her TV/Film credits include: HBO's THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA; The WB’s Charmed; Between The Lions (PBS); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB); ER (NBC); and The Singing Biologist (Starring Imani Coppola). Her television and online hosting credits include: the documentary Secrets of Broadway with Emmy Award Winning Producer/Director Len Stone, several episodes of the educational TV series Personal Best, as well as many Broadway themed segments for Broadwayblogspot.com and TheatreNerds.com
A woman of many talents, Kimberly has worked as a backstage Broadway wardrobe dresser on over 20 Broadway shows including Something Rotten, Cinderella, Cabaret and The Lion King.
Kimberly is also one of the TOP 10 Performing Arts Coaches in the world, as well as THE BROADWAY EXPERT providing expert advice & inspiration in the of form of personal coaching, workshops, webinars, blog features, interviews, and masterclasses.
KIMBERLY FAYE GREENBERG
Greenberg is close in appearance to Brice, with a similarly warm stage presence, mobile face, natural comedic talent and expressive way of singing.
Speakeasy dollhouse: ziegfeld midnight Frolic
One Night With Fanny Brice