Kimberly is the first and only actress to play leading roles in two Off-Broadway musicals at the same time (One Night With Fanny Brice & Danny & Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical at St. Luke's Theatre, NYC). In addition, Kimberly’s numerous portrayals of Fanny Brice (4 shows/2 CDs) have been critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Associated Press. Her solo show show Fabulous Fanny Brice has been traveling the country for the past 8 years and is now streaming on STELLAR where it has also been named one of the BEST TO STREAM by Time Out NY, American Theatre Magazine, filmedlivemusicals.com, Times Square Chronicles, TDF, Goldstar and more.
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,
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.
Kimberly has worked across-the-board in Theatre, Film and TV for over 20 years! She can currently be seen in the HBO mini-series The Plot Against America. Offstage, she has worked backstage as a Broadway wardrobe swing dresser on over 20 Broadway shows, including Mean Girls,Something Rotten and The Lion King. Kimberly is also currently is one of the TOP 10 Performing Arts Coaches in the World, as well as known as The Broadway Expert! Kimberly loves to inspire, educate and work with proactive artists to help conquer the New York market. Kimberly’s interviews, articles, and Broadway content have been featured and gone viral across a variety of news outlets including Backstage, Theatre Nerds, Theatremania and more!
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.
Music Director, Arranger
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).
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.
Ryan Matthieu Smith
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.
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, Accompanist
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.
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.