Brian Childers (Director/Additional Material) has worked throughout the U.S. as an actor/director in both plays and musical comedies in numerous theaters regionally and in New York City, including Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center. He has won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the legendary Danny Kaye in Danny and Sylvia, A Love Story, which garnered him the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a Musical and led to re-creating his role Off-Broadway in Danny and Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical. He also starred as Danny Kaye in the musical, The Kid from Brooklyn, which ran in Chicago, Los Angeles, and through-out Florida. Brian’s considerable work as Danny Kaye has led to a new solo show which is currently being booked across the U.S. He has starred in On the Town as Gabey, West Side Story as Tony, and in the national tour of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Tom Sawyer. He was invited to perform as a soloist with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and performed the national anthem at Dodger Stadium. Brian has also lent his talents to Washington, DC, organization, Art with Heart, spearheading benefit performances to assist in providing children with access to the arts. 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) directs and choreographs for Circle in the Square Theatre School with credits including Lippa's Wild Party, Urinetown, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Tenderloin, which was hailed by theater critic Peter Filichia as "stylish and confident" and is on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center. Justin directed the national tour of Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes de Mille, starring Patricia Conolly, and choreographed One Night With Fanny Brice (Off-Broadway), Side Show (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Seven Little Foys (New York Fringe Festival), Singin' in the Rain (MacHaydn Theatre), and Sweeney Todd (White Plains Performing Arts Center). He has also worked for Seven Angels Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre Company, Clarkstown Summer Theatre Festival, Westchester Community College, Centenary Stage Company, Lipscomb University, and the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Boccitto co-directed and choreographed the New York premiere of George M. Cohan: In His Own Words, starring Jon Peterson, now published through Samuel French, Inc. He was assistant director/ choreographer on Sweet Charity at Circle in the Square directed by Theodore Mann and starring Trisha Jeffrey (of Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, All Shook Up and Rent). Visit www.justinboccitto.net.
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 current 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) is a NYC-based a Music Director and arranger. She developed Junie B. Jones: Essential Survival Guide at Theatreworks and music directed Bookseller in the Rain: A Tribute to Maury Yeston. www.JulianneMerrill.com
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 three 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: 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
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. She is the Executive Producer/Creator of the informational Broadway website Broadwayblogspot.com, and is a Performing Arts Consultant providing expert advice & inspiration in the of form of personal coaching, workshops, webinars, blog features, interviews, and masterclasses.
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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