Next To Normal

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On December 17th I closed the inaugural production at The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol: Next To Normal.  I was honored to have the opportunity to play Diana again in a 100% sold out run.  And every audience lept to their feet at curtain call.  It was an absolutely amazing experience.  And now, I am excited to start my next project at The Studio: The Last Five Years.  I will start rehearsals for that in just three short weeks!

The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol

The Studio_FBI usually use this site specifically for performance updates, casting announcements, reviews and the like, but today my day job is colliding with my performing life.  For the last two years I have been working Artistic Director at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.  Tomorrow we officially launch our sister space:  The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol, as our first season of subscriptions will go on sale!

The Studio is a professional production company in its own intimate 99 seat black box space.   We will produce four productions with twenty five performances each every November – April.  For our first season those four shows will be: Next To Normal by Brian Yorky and Tom Kitt, Private Lives by Noel Coward, The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, and Proof by David Auburn.

Now here is where the collision happens:  I will be performing in three of those four productions.  My casting is as follows:

Next To Normal – Diana Goodman

The Last Five Years – Cathy

Proof – Claire

It’s going to be great fun and a wonderful challenge to wear both the Actor and Artistic Director Hats, but I am excited about it.

Want to see what BroadwayWorld had to say about out upcoming season?  Check out their article HERE.

Want tickets?  Check out our website HERE

 

1776: All Female Cast!

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I am so pleased to announce that I am currently playing George Read in an ALL FEMALE production of 1776 at Mad Cow Theatre in Downtown Orlando, Florida.  I had a great time working there around this time last year in Secret Garden, and it is an honor to tread those same boards again with these powerful women.  Don’t miss this revolutionary take on our country’s revolution.

For Tickets: check out Mad Cow’s website!

Don’t Tell Nonnie

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Over the last 18 months or so I have been transitioning from Chicago-based actor to Florida-based Artistic Director and Actor (who still has a place in Chicago so have no fear I am still a local hire) at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.  You can learn more about The Sharon HERE.  We are doing many exciting things at The Sharon, one of my favorites is our new Piano Bar Series in The Lobby Lounge called Don’t Tell Nonnie in which I serve as hostess for the evening.  We did one already in March and it was a HUGE success.  Our next one is just around the corner on May 3rd.  If you’re in the Central Florida area come on over to The Sharon with your sheet music and join in the fun.

 

 

Jeeves At Sea at First Folio Theatre

So it has been a while since Jeeves At Sea closed, but I have just been too darn busy to update my website.   Silly me!  But here it is al long last: Jeeves at Sea Production Photos and Reviews:

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Whitney Morse with Joe Foust and Christian Grey Photo by: D. Rice

“Whitney Morse shines as Miss Minerva Pilbeam. While stern and straightforward in character, Whitney Morse has an eloquent, one of a kind character voice and strong stage presence that stands out among the cast, and delivers some terrific laugh lines along the way.” – Luke Simone for The Chicago Stage Standard. Read the full review HERE.

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Kate McDermott, Christian Grey, Jim McCance, Joe Foust Whitney Morse and Andrew Behling.  Photo by: D. Rice

“…stern Miss Pillbeam, done slyly and well by Whitney Morse” – Crista Zivanovic for Northwest Indiana Times.  Read the full review HERE.

 

Here are links to all the rest of our reviews:

The Secret Garden

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work with Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, Florida this fall on the breathtaking musical: The Secret Garden. It is currently running through December 20th.  Check out this amazing review we got in the Orlando Sentinel.

I was quite honored when they chose this bit player’s face to kick off Mad Cow’s Cyber Monday Sale this Holiday Season.  More production photos to come!

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Broadway World Awards

I am so honored to announce that I have been nominated for a Broadway World Chicago Award for my performance in Spike Heels with Brown Paper Box Company this winter.  If you have a few minutes I would greatly appreciate your vote.   I am nominated for Best Actress in A Play (Non-Equity).  Simply enter your email and vote away.

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Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Vote Here!

Next To Normal Review Round Up

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‘The performance (and especially the singing) of Whitney Morse as Diana, the mother whose illness threatens to wreck her family as well as her own life, suggests much bigger things in her future: she’s rueful but free of self-pity, funny without resorting to stereotype, and all-around engaging.” – Kelly Kleiman for Dueling Critics

Read full review – HERE.

“Whitney Morse does a spectacular job and has a vocal range that is wonderful.” – Alan Bresloff for Around Town Chicago

Read full review – HERE.

“Whitney Morse gives a tour de force performance as Diana, the woman who can never let go of her first child’s death.” – Angela Allyn for Chicago Stage Standard.

Read full review – HERE

“Whitney Morse cycles between sweetness, sarcasm, and psychosis but is at her most chilling acting out the aftereffects of electroshock therapy and sedation” – Marissa Oberlander for The Chicago Reader

Read the full review – HERE.

“Whitney Morse, who I really liked last year in The Children’s Hour in another dramatically-intense role, is outstanding here as Diana.” – Seth Saith for SethSaith.Blogspot.com

Read full review – HERE.

Coming up next: Next To Normal

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I am so excited to open this show on Sept 11th!

Dates:
Sept 11th – 27th 
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
Additional Wednesday Matinee on Sept 16th at 1:30pm
 
Tickets – use the code WHITNEY for $5 off per ticket.
 
There are also tickets available on Goldstar.

This riveting musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. As they band together to learn how to support each other and live a life that is at least next to normal, each character’s journey is punctuated by a powerful music score. It features 30 original songs including “Just Another Day,” “You Don’t Know” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl.”

Next to Normal is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”  Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said, “It has the effect of making one determine to refocus on what really is important in life, which always is the best reason of all to find time to go to the theater.”

Greatworks Touring Children’s Theatre

In February 2014 I started working with Greatworks Touring Chidren’s Theatre playing multiple roles Fractured Fairy Tales.  Since then I have been added to the casts of The Giver and Number The Stars.  These three shows have kept me busy, and happy.   I love being part of of this tight knit acting ensemble.  We tour all around the midwest performing shows for children from 4 to 14 years old.   We go to schools libraries, performing arts centers and cultural centers.

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Fractured Fairy Tales

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Number The Stars

“Our goal is to bring your kids stories and ideas that will stick with them for years to come, and to make their experience a good theatrical event as well as an educational event. Every show has multiple layers of humor and meaning written into them, so that everyone watching – student and teacher alike – is getting something unique and personal out of the production. The shows are performed by some of the best acting talent in the city, artists who bring the same level of commitment and theatrical quality to your school as they do in their “night jobs” in Chicago’s busy professional theatres. ”  Read  more about us at: www.greatworkstheatre.com

Other Desert Cities Photos and Reviews

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“Whitney Morse, one of Chicago’s finest young actresses, thoroughly inhabits the role of Brooke. A stunningly versatile performer, memorable for her diverse performances in productions of “The Children’s Hour” and “Accomplice,” Ms. Morse makes this young writer, who’s suffered through depression and the demands of family pressure, a real, live woman. The empathy and honesty she brings to the stage is heartfelt and a palpable.” – Colin Douglass

Read the full review here: http://www.chicagotheatrereview.com/2015/02/secrets-and-lies-2/

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“a dynamic performance by Whitney Morse” – Alan Bresloff

Read the full review here: http://www.aroundthetownchicago.com/theatre-reviews/other-desert-cities-2/

The Chicago Tribune for The Pioneer Press:

“This is a fine production of a terrific play”

Read full review here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/highland-park/lifestyles/ct-hpn-go-desert-cities-review-tl-0226-20150217-story.html

Spike Heels Production Photos

Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck produced by Brown Paper Box Co. at The Raven Theatre Chicago.  

All photos by http://cblindsey.com

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan. Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse. Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

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Whitney Morse

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan. Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Upcoming: Spike Heels and Other Desert Cities

This winter is going to be an exciting time!  I will open Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck with Brown Paper Box Company on January 23rd it will run Thursdays through Sundays until February 8th. Check out the cast and production team HERE!   Shortly after Spike Heels closes (5 days to be exact) I will open Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz at Citadel Theatre Company.  Other Desert Cities will run from February 13th through March 15th.   Check out Citadel’s website HERE.   Stay tuned!!

Down Range Review Round Up

Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

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Lucas Thatcher, Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

Lucas Thatcher, Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

“Whitney Morse, another area actress who has impressed in past productions (from Jedlicka’s “Accomplice” to Pride Films and Plays‘ “The Children’s Hour”) adds the role of German-born Eva to her varied resume. Without making Eva a caricature, Ms. Morse offers just enough hint of dialect to make her character convincing. She easily conveys everything this role demands, from supportive friend to smoldering sexpot. Once again Whitney Morse demonstrates what a surprising and versatile young actress she’s become in a short time. In my book, she is  an artist to watch.” – Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review Full Review “Carey Lee Burton and Whitney Morse portray their long suffering wives. They both capture the fear and loneliness of women whose husbands are gone for months at a time.   Burton provides some of the most emotional moments in the play. We can relate to her as she goes from failed project to failed project, trying to find meaning in her life beyond her marriage.   Whitney Morse is the worldly Eva, a German who just wants more excitement in her mundane life. Her German accent is excellent- and she has a warm presence on stage.” – Drew Wanket, Chicago Stage Standard Full Review

Trafford Tanzi: A Play Told In Violence and Music

An action-packed coming-of-age story set in a 1970s wrestling ring. Featuring live music and staged in a Chicago tavern – the ultimate summer show.

But first, to commemorate this great occasion, ladies and gentlemen,  have you ever asked yourselves what it takes to become a champion?  Are they born or are they bred? How did Trafford Tanzi happen upon her specialty hold: The Venus Flytrap? In ten dazzling rounds, we will attempt to answer these questions, and many more. We present The Trafford Tanzi Story, her hopes, her fears, her early years. Can I have the contestants for Round One?

Morse does a wonderful job with the character [Platinum Sue] as she portrays the ‘ideal woman’ – soft, submissive and always ready for sex.” – Kat Hey Chicago Theatre Beat

Whitney Morse and David Stobbe

Whitney Morse and David Stobbe

Whitney Morse and Omar Abbas Salem

Whitney Morse and Omar Abbas Salem

Whitney Morse and LaKecia Harris

Whitney Morse and LaKecia Harri

Whitney Morse and Omar Abbas Salem

Whitney Morse and Omar Abbas Salem

A Long Overdue Update

After working a full season at First Folio Theatre I took a much needed and necessary one year maternity leave.  In September of 2013 I returned to the Chicago Theatre Scene in full force staring in Accomplice at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.  It was great fun and I got to kill lots of people.  
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Check out a review of Accomplice here –

http://www.chicagotheatrereview.com/2013/10/murder-most-mysterious/

Then, shortly after closing Accomplice, I began rehearsals for The Children’s Hour with Pride Films & Plays.  That is currently open and runs until February 9th 2014.

And just for fun, here is a photo of my newest life long cast mate – My dearest son Clifford – f_IMG570400000

Reviews of The Children’s Hour

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Review: The Children’s Hour (Pride Films and Plays)

Out of the Mouths of Babes

http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16537511/the-childrens-hour-at-pride-films-and-plays-theater-review

The Children’s Hour

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/The-Childrens-Hour/45871.html

The Children’s Hour

1544475_10152230186942494_327692039_nThe Children’s Hour run’s through Feb 9th 2014 in Wicker Park.  Learn more by visiting: 

The Children’s Hour

 

 

The Power of One!

I am currently rehearsing for the anti-bullying show The Power of One with Soren Bennick Productions.  I will be taking this show to the elementary and middle schools of the greater Chicagoland Area.  I am sure it will be taxing, but rewarding.  I can’t wait to get started. I will be touring during the day from Sept 7th through the middle of October.  I can’t wait to see all those little faces!

HOLD MUSIC

March 12th – 28th

Monday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm
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Why and how does music make us feel? How is music linked to speech? To language? A simultaneous artistic and scientific investigation, HOLD MUSIC takes us on a journey into a single thinker’s imaginative world of songs, theories, and memories. Mimicking musical structure, narratives intertwine to form a symphonic story about the way people listen–to the world around them as well as to each other. A man keeps getting things stuck in his head. A song. And then a memory. Now a woman. This woman wants to fall down. Drawing upon Einstein’s formulations of gravity, the project explores how a hunch becomes an idea, how an idea becomes a law, and how we listen and fall during a process of discovery.

Written by Calla Videt and B. Walker Sampson
Directed by Calla Videt

“Videt and her company reimagine the elements of the avant garde in their own, exciting terms–and with flashes of humor.”

Aphrodite Don’t Forget Me: A Cabaret

 

Whitney Morse shares her story of looking for love,

and finding triumph in this one night only cabaret event with special guest star Jason Goedken.

Admission is free.
Wine available by the bottle at a suggested donation of $10

March 5th 10:30pm 4th St. Theatre Upstairs