Eartha Kitt in Feel-Good Musical Mimi Le Duck
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The last date listed for Mimi Le Duck was Sunday December 3, 2006 / 3:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“The illustrious Eartha Kitt is unveiled like a fine artwork.” —New York Times
“Mimi le Duck is fanciful and courageously whimsical, directed with verve and esprit de corps by Thomas Caruso. Tom Aldredge is wonderful. Eartha Kitt proves once again that she is the chanteuse non pareil. Anyone who wants to see and hear one of the greatest entertainers of our time shouldn’t duck this Mimi!” —Curtainup.com
“Annie golden is charming. Eartha Kitt is still age defying with her sultra persona.” -New York Post
“Eartha Kitt, the enduring icon of stage and screen, reinvents songs with her unique style and unmistakable purr. Eartha Kitt is a legend.” _-Associated Press_
“An entertaining cast. Eartha kitt impresses us with her iconic showmanship. Annie golden is once again naturally quirky and adorable.” —Theatermania.com
“The enchanting Eartha Kitt seems to be giving a seminar on how to get a crowd to snap to attention. It’s that voice – that purring, whisky voice. And that highbeam gaze, so commanding that people don’t dare look away. And it’s that urbane wit, complete with the sort of deadpan delivery that turns awestruck fans into laughing admirers.”_ —NY Sun_
“A feel good show for anyone who ever wanted to make a desperate, radical change in their life.” –Times-Union, Albany
“A whimsical musical fantasy.” –Broadway Buzz Show Reviews
“You’ll quack up! A mature, intelligent, well crafted work, a breath of fresh air—losts of hear-inspiring and winning!” –The Seigel Column, Theatremania
“An exciting love story played with broad humor… fine music and nonstop humor.” –The Post-Star Glens Falls, New York
This musical is as whimsical and unique as the city of Paris, populated by romance and intrigue, gypsy pickpockets, oyster shuckers, war veterans, failed artists and over-the-hill torch singers-and that ever-elusive green flash that gives us the guts to change our lives.
*Diana Hansen Young *
Diana Hansen-Young is an Hawaiian artist whose soft pastel paintings of island women have been reproduced on calendars, prints, posters, cards, mugs, clothing, and jewelry. She has written and illustrated 10 children’s books in her Mango Hill series, and three art and coffee table books for women.
Diana arrived in Hawaii in 1966 from Bellingham Washington, realized there was, indeed, blue sky and sunshine, and stayed. She was elected to the Hawaii State Constitutional Convention in 1968, and the Hawaii State House of Representatives in 1970. After losing a national race, she turned to painting as a means of making a living, and for 25 years she has been one of Hawaii’s leading artists.
In 1997, at age 50, she came to New York City to pursue her lifelong dream of writing for musical theatre, and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Theatre Writing program in 1999. In school, she met her collaborator, Brian Feinstein; Mimi le Duck was their thesis musical. Since 1999, it has been rewritten 138 times. She is a published member of Mystery Writers of America. She is proud of her two daughters, Heidi and Thekla; one is a writer, the other an attorney.
*Brian Feinstein *
In addition to Mimi Le Duck, Brian’s composing credits include: the song No Looking Back, which debuted on New Year’s Eve with the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, with 14-year old singing sensation Katilyn Lusk; the musical adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and the instrumental music for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , both produced by the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY; By The Numbers: A Musical Comedy in Three Generations for the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop conducted by Stephen Schwartz; ; the one-act musical Daphne & Apollo for the Mondo publishing company; The Circus is Coming to Town produced by Theatre West in Los Angeles; which was awarded the “Best Children’s Musical” in Southern California. Brian has received an ASCAP Plus Award for songwriting in the popular music division and is a recipient of a Jonathan Larson Memorial Fellowship award. He earned an MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Musical Theatre Writing and a BA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. Brian is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League.
*Thomas Caruso *
Most recently, Thomas directed The Butcherhouse Chronicles for SPF 2006 in New York. Other credits include the premiere of Jack Heifner’s Earth to Bucky (Bay Street Theatre) and the premiere of Terrence McNally and Israel Horovitz’s Off Season – a duet (Gloucester Stage). He directed the national tour of Master Class by Terrence McNally, starring Charlotte Cornwell of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other New York new play credits include Jack Heifner’s China Dolls (Ensemble Studio Theatre), James Edwin Parker’s Two Boys… (Rattlestick and Off-Broadway), Mimi Le Duck (FringeNYC), Surviving Mom (HB Playwrights Foundation), Clive Barker’s Subtle Bodies (Off-Broadway), Mickey’s Home (Theatre for the New City), Tatjana (Juilliard – workshop), Enemy of the People (Century Center), and All American Boy (FringeNYC). He received the Kenneth Frankel Memorial Directing Fellowship from Manhattan Theatre Club. Regionally, he has directed Cowboy Mouth (Williamstown Theatre Festival – workshop), The Next Marilyn (Florida Studio Theatre), Master Class (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto), New World Rhapsody (New York Stage and Film – Emerging Writers Workshop), Mimi Le Duck (Adirondack Theatre Festival), and The Girl in the Frame (Adirondack Theatre Festival). He is a Resident Director of Mamma Mia!. On Broadway, Thomas was the Associate Director for both Bombay Dreams and the musical revival of Follies by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman. At the Key West Theatre Festival, he directed the inaugural gala presentation of Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues. Thomas has assisted on numerous Broadway productions including Love! Valour! Compassion! , Master Class with both Zoe Caldwell and Faye Dunaway, Stanley with Anthony Sher, Parade (Toronto), and Les Miserables (10th Anniversary).
Chris Fenwick *
(Music Director and Orchestrator)
Chris Fenwick’s most recent projects include the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game, starring Harry Connick, Jr., which won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and the Public Theater’s productions of Mother Courage and Her Children, starring Meryl Streep with music by Jeanine Tesori, and Michael John LaChiusa’s See What I Wanna See. He musical directed the national tour of Patti LuPone’s one-woman show Matters of the Heart, as well as Miss LuPone’s engagements at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center, and more. Off-Broadway, his credits include Here Lies Jenny, starring Bebe Neuwirth, and the workshop of Mr. LaChiusa’s Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center Theater. He has performed with the Broadway companies of Chicago, Wonderful Town, Nine, and The Light in the Piaza. At City Center Encores, his credits include Pardon My English, Bash 2004, and The Apple Tree, starring Kristin Chenoweth. Concert credits include Michael Feinstein’s Now and Then series at Zankel Hall, Rob Fisher and Sheldon Harnick’s celebration of Ira Gershwin at Lyrics and Lyricists, Wall To Wall Sondheim at Symphony Space, in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday, and appearances with Elaine Stritch, Jennifer Holliday, Debbie Harry, Annie Golden, Michael Cerveris, and many more. He released four albums in 2006. Education: CCM. Chris musical directed productions of Mimi Le Duck at Adirondack Theatre Festival and New York Fringe Festival, and he’s thrilled to be continuing with its journey. Thank you to Stephen Flaherty for the introduction.