Quinn Lemley star of Burlesque to Broadway and The Heat Is On! A life in concert celebrating Rita Hayworth.
How does a nice Midwestern girl end up in sequins and feathers singing The Standards? Well, Quinn came out of the womb performing. By the age of four, she was starring at her parents chicken n ribs restaurant, The Buffy, hence the feathers, singing to the diverse customers from executives to the local flasher. Far Out Foxy Lady from A Far Out Land enhanced her desire for flashy glamour. Quinn’s passion and education for classic films, especially Rita Hayworth, Big Band, Broadway, Burlesque Music and Humor came from her best friend, Granny Lemley, who shared stories and music transporting Q into another world. By 16, in Bordeaux, France, she was the youngest opera student of the great diva, Christianne Castelli. When she started swinging "O mio Babbino caro", it was evident Broadway, jazz and the The American Songbook were her calling! Her first femme fatale role was in The Great American Backstage Musical at Interlochen Arts Academy before heading off to the Big Apple at NYU.
This Hoosier turned New Yorker has appeared Off-Broadway in Israel Horovitz’ Barking Sharks; Sirens Of The Silver Screen; originated the role of Colette in Born To Rhumba! at the Duo Theatre; LaMar in Wanda and The King of Hair at the Abington Theatre. Broadway workshops of Rita!; Hollywood Goddess and a Turkish tour of David Ives’ Universal Language. She has appeared on television on “Good Morning America”, “Oprah, “Geraldo”, etc. On film she played a siren in the recently released film by Hudsons River Films “The Greatest Ears in Town – The Arif Mardin Story” .
After the success of starring as Rita Hayworth in The Heat Is On!, Quinn wanted to delve into the world of characters that went from Burlesque, Broadway and beyond. Early exposure to “Burlesque with an antenna” was with Granny, where they would devour shows like Carole Burnett and Sonny and Cher.
With her incredible creative team Quinn created Burlesque to Broadway which is now touring, sharing the incredible stories, music, jokes and dance that is a rich fabric in American history.
All of her favorite things are in Burlesque to Broadway! Sequins, feathers, fans! A hot 10 piece band with sizzling music, gorgeous girls, bumps n grinds, a little history of this magical world and lots of jokes and pokes!
It is a dream come true.
Quinn performs her jazz show Sexy, Smokin’ Standards in NYC at BB Kings Blues Club and is thrilled to be “the iconic face” of The Half Note Jazz Club in Athens Greece. Her shows have toured Greece, Switzerland and China.
Quinn has recorded 5 CD’s for HepCat Records, including: Sirens, Songs of the Silver Screen, Cocktails With a Twist, Dance or Die, The Heat Is On! and Live! At The Half Note. Available on iTunes and CD Baby.
Quinn is proud to be sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Freed of London.
She is thrilled to be bumping and grinding with all of you and the amazing cast and crew of BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY! www.QuinnLemley.com
STACEY HARRIS (Raz) has performed on Broadway in BELLS ARE RINGING, off-Broadway in LONE STAR LOVE and THE AWESOME 80′S PROM, and toured nationally with SHOW BOAT, CINDERELLA, and DREAMGIRLS. Her favorite regional roles include Roxie in CHICAGO, Rose Alverez in BYE BEY BIRDIE, Anita in WEST SIDE STORY, Rizzo in GREASE, Edythe in MY ONE AND ONLY, Josefine/Monica in ROMANCE/ROMANCE, Louise in GYPSY, Diana Morales in A CHORUS LINE, Maxene Andrews in SISTERS OF SWING, the Soubrette in SUGAR BABIES, Lily St. Regis in ANNIE, Lala in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, Shelby in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and Anna in SYNCOPATION. She was featured in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and in Caesars NIGHTS ON BROADWAY. Last summer she appeared in the new Broadway-bound musical WHITE NOISE, and she was recently seen as the leading lady in THAT’S LIFE, a revue of music from the super clubs of the 50’s and 60’s. She also travels the world as a member of The Victory Belles, entertaining our troops and veterans with 1940’s and patriotic music. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Stacey is a graduate of Northwestern University, and currently lives in New York City.
NATALIE LOFTIN BELL (Gracie) hails from Plano, Texas and is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BA in Music Theatre. After her most recent performance as the glowing Pop Star, Sophie Lee, in Janski Productions Get Got! Presented at Playwrights Horizons NY Theatre, Natalie successfully produced, directed and starred in her very own show entitled Natalie In New York, Taking Chances, filling the audience of The Arthur Seelen Theatre both nights of performance. Credits include Tick…Tick…Boom! (Wow Theatre NYC), A Wonderful Life (Paper Mill Playhouse), Showboat (Casa Manana) and High School Musical (North Shore Music Theatre) and most recently Natalie played the role of Amber Von Tussle in Gateway Playhouse’s production of Hairspray, presented at The Patchogue Theatre. Some of Natalie’s other roles include Laurie Oklahoma!, Sarah Brown Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, Valencienne The Merry Widow and Luisa The Fantasticks. After previously signed with Epic/Sony Records, Natalie has toured the US performing at such venues as Madison Square Garden, Anaheim Pond and The Oklahoma Ford Center among others. Her single, Burn, was released to national radio and for purchase in 2005. Her film career includes 3 principle roles: Andrea in The Cineplex, Lori in Mimesis and Sarah in Soul’s Midnight, a horror flick starring Armande Assante. Natalie has found passion in entertaining our cherished troops and veterans all over the globe as a performer with The USO Liberty Bells International performing troupe for military and veterans. Natalie sends a very heartfelt thank you to all of the men and women who defend our incredible country.
AMANDA BRANTLEY (Gracie) is thrilled to be shakin it with you in BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY! A native Hoosier and graduate of the prestigious CAP21 in NYC, this life long dancer couldn’t be more excited to strut her stuff with sequins, feathers, boas and fans. Favorite credits include Sarah in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sylvia in Potter-Porter in Annie Get Your Gun, The Snake in Children of Eden, Arminy in Carousel, The Wife in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and a Jet Girl in West Side Story. This past year, Amanda was privileged to be involved with the collaborative creation and original casts of Looking For Someone: A new Musical and Echoes Of AN Ordinary Life (now off Broadways Fiction In Photographs). Amanda has also performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Butler Ballet, and the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, all of Indianapolis. Her commercial career very recently began, and she can be seen moving and grooving on a USA Network promo. Amanda is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree online, while living and pursuing her dream in NYC. Endless love and thanks to my family and friends for your tremendous support – this one’s for you!
SARA BROPHY (Raz) is proud and grateful to be strutting her stuff with the fabulous team of BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY! Originally a small town girl from upstate New York. Brophy holds a BFA in dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Off-Broadway: Iron Curtain, Chris March’s Butt-Cracker Suite: a Trailer Park Ballet. National tour: Damn Yankees! (Lola). Regional: Chicago (Velma), Singin In The Rain (Kathy) Cinderella, White Christmas, Sound of Music, Dancing Queen, Fandance: The Legend of Sally Rand. Film: In The Night (Laura/She). Stay in the know or drop her a line at www.sarabrophy.com. Now sit back relax, and let us entertain you!
W. BRENT SAWYER (Music Director) Appearing This Evening: This native Texas has spent the last 15 years, conducting, directing, teaching and writing in New York City. On Broadway: he served as rehearsal pianist and played in the orchestra pit for Annie Get Your Gun (starring Bernadette Peters), and the revival of A Chorus Line directed by original cast member, Baayork Lee. Off Broadway: Music director for the 2008 Drama League Award & Lucille Lortel Award nominated best revival of Seussical The Musical! (New off-Broadway cast recording available), Junie B. Jones, Naked Boys Singing! Forbidden Broadway 2001:A Spoof Odyssey, Anne of Green Gables (cast recording also avail.), Monica The Musical!, and the acclaimed revival of William Finn’s Falsettoland performed at the Vineyard Theatre . Regional: music directed the regional premier of Titanic, Blood Brothers, tick tick…BOOM!, The Most Happy Fella, the world premier of Maury Yeston’s In The Beginning, Always, Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers. Music Director for the original workshops of the new a cappela musical, IN TRANSIT, at the renowned O’Neill Theater Center and The York Theater in Manhattan. He has worked at numerous regional theaters spanning from Seattle, Washington to Key West, Florida and from San Diego, California to Brunswick, Maine and dozens of places in between. Has taught musical theater and voice for actors at: Marymount Manhattan College, The Actor’s Studio Drama School at The New School, NYU Playwrights Horizon’s Studio, The American Music and Dramatic Academy. Brent is also a composer in the highly acclaimed BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop where many hit Broadway shows were created. As a private vocal coach, he has worked with many of Broadway’s top talents.
CHARLES LINDBERGH (Music Director) Broadway – Played piano, celeste and calliope for: West Side Story at the Minskoff Theater with Debbie Allen, Sugar Babies at the Mark Hellinger Theater with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Forty Second Street at the Wintergarden Theater with Jerry Orbach and Tammy Grimes, Barnum at the St. James Theater with Jim Dale and Glenn Close. Worked with Jerry Herman to create the original lead sheets for La Cage Aux Folles.Movies – Wrote much of the dance music, was New York rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for Albert Finney, Anne Reinking and Aileen Quinn for Annie: The Movie. Television – Produced, directed, arranged the CBS-TV jingle for the St. Thomas, USVI affiliate. Recordings – Arranged the vocals and performed on the RCA albums Hooked On Swing II and Flight Of The Condor with Larry Elgart. Print – Arranged over 50 books for intermediate and advanced piano; composed the piano duets Playground Sketches and Liberty Suite, published through RCA, Columbia and Bradley Publications. Direction – Since playing Carousel in 1974, have musically directed numerous shows, including Big River, Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma, Chicago, The Fantasticks, Once On This Island, The All Night Strut. Miscellaneous – Solo performer in numerous Manhattan night clubs, including The Five Oaks, Arthur’s Tavern, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s, Danny’s Skylight Room, Brandy’s, Ted Hook’s Backstage, Ted Hook’s Onstage, Act II, Reno Sweeney’s, The Copa, One If By Land, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room, The Iridium, Caroline’s, Marie’s Crisis, Katherine’s Again, Stonewall Bistro, 46th Street, The Monster, 88s, Pegasus, The Painted Pony, Oh Johnny’s, DT’s Fat Cat, et al. Musical Director for a Ron Field workshop of a Rita Gardner musical. Musical Director for many NYC Cabaret shows. Pianist for the Fairmont Hotels in San Jose and San Francisco, California. Recipient of the 1988 Bistro Award (Backstage Magazine) and the 2003 Nightlife Award, for Best Entertainer in Manhattan. Sang on several occasions at Lincoln Center (Alice Tully, Avery Fisher, and Walter Reade). Commissioned to compose a piece, which was performed for the pope at The Vatican. Musical Director for Betty Johnson (I Dreamed, Little Blue Man, Little White Lies) in several shows, including the Grand Hotel’s Jazz Festival in 2008, which included Diane Schuur, Branford Marsalis and Dave Brubeck
The Buffy Chicken A beacon of breasts and thighs looming high above Quinn's parents restaurant, The Buffy, in Columbus, Indiana. He was a distinct feature of the Hoosier skyline. Weighing 3 tons, this feathered icon, decked out in top hat for all to see, met his match when a tornado blew him off the roof of The Buffy onto a customers brand new car! Due to his immense size, weight and shipping costs, it took three years to find the Chicken a new home. He now resides in Florida as a symbol for broasted chicken!