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NEWS


Marla stars as Maria in a national tour of The Sound of Music this summer!
See spotlight page for more details.
Upcoming tour stops:
  • October 14–19: Rochester, New York, Rochester Auditorium
  • October 28–November 2: Hartford, Connecticut, Bushnell Theatre
  • November 4–9: Buffalo, New York, Shea's Theatre
  • November 11–16: New Haven, Connecticut, Shubert Theatre (where the show had its world premiere in 1959)

  • 5/27/03 & 5/28/03, 8 p.m. A cabaret evening entitled While I Wait: The Lyrics of Amanda Yesnowitz premieres at Red in New York City. Marla will be joined by Tracey Moore and Amy Silverman in performing songs with lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz and music by Deborah Abramson, Brian Cimmet, Brian Feinstein, Howard Levitsky, Laurence O'Keefe, Mike Shaieb, and Amanda Yesnowitz.
  • 4/17/03 Happy birthday, Marla!
  • 2/9/03 The Charlotte, NC, production of Let Me Sing closes. The producers hope to transfer the show to Broadway. Stay tuned for more news!

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  • 1/16/03, 7:30 p.m. Let Me Sing officially opens at the Charlotte Repertory Theatre. The production will run through February 9.
  • 1/11 through 1/15/03 The Charlotte Repertory Theatre production of Let Me Sing offers reduced-price preview performances. Audience members are invited to remain in the theatre for a post-show discussion with cast, crew, and director.
  • 1/4/03 The George Street Playhouse production of Let Me Sing closes. The show will begin previews at the Charlotte Repertory Theatre in North Carolina on January 11.
  • 12/6/02, 8 p.m. Let Me Sing officially opens at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey.
  • 12/4 and 12/5/02, 8 p.m. Let Me Sing offers reduced-price preview performances at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Audience members are invited to remain in the theater for an after-show discussion.
  • 11/5/02 Rehearsals for Let Me Sing begin in New Jersey. The Broadway-bound revue will play in New Brunswick December 4, 2002–January 4, 2003, and in Charlotte January 11–February 9, 2003.

  • 10/8/02 Marla is nominated for the 2002 Leon Rabin Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. The nomination from the board of the Dallas Theatre League joins critical praise of Marla's performance as Eliza Doolittle in the Dallas Summer Musicals production of My Fair Lady. The production is also nominated for Outstanding Costume Design (Gregory A. Poplyk) and Outstanding Set Design (Michael Anania).
  • 7/30/02–8/18/02 Marla plays Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, starring opposite Norman Large. The Theatre under the Stars production of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical runs July 30–August 4 in Atlanta, Georgia, and August 6–18 in Dallas, Texas.

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  • 6/3/02 Marla performs at a York Theatre Benefit honoring Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Other performers include Liz Callaway, Christine Ebersole, Jim Dale, Erin Dilly, Kevin Gray, Debbie Gravitte, Judy Kuhn, Norm Lewis, Howard McGillin, Faith Prince, and Brad Oscar. Sir Cameron is presented with the 2002 Oscar Hammerstein Award. The event takes place at Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. (Thanks for the info, Erika!)

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  • 4/17/02 Happy birthday, Marla!
  • 1/02 According to a post by Marla's mother on the Jane Eyre forum, Marla is currently in Hollywood enjoying the zaniness of the television "pilot season."
  • 11/17/01 Voices across the Moors: The Jane Eyre Alumni Website is launched. Check it out!
  • 10/29/01 At 8:30 p.m., Marla joins Judy Kuhn, Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner, Daisy Eagan, Kirk McDonald, Laura Benanti, Raul Esparza, Tara Bahna-James, and Shayne Steele at Joe's Pub in New York for the first installment of The New Songwriter Festival. The evening highlights the work of Florante Galvez, Lance Horne, Chris Miller, and Nathan Tysen. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.
  • 10/28/01 Marla attends the opening night of Noises Off.

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  • 10/15/01 Marla performs "Painting Her Portrait" at Gimme a Break, a cabaret benefiting the new non-profit theater company Transport Group. Other performers include Marc Kudisch, Jessica Molaskey, Julia Murney, Brad Oscar, Evan Pappas, Michele Pawk, Jennifer Piech, Emily Skinner, Mary Testa, and Barbara Walsh.

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  • 9/23/01 Marla joins Jennifer Goode, Tracey Moore, and Michael Winther in an ASCAP songwriter's showcase for Ben Moore at the FireBird Cafe, 365 W 46th St., NYC. The evening is directed by Bistro Award winner John Znidarsic.
  • 9/22/01 They All Laughed! ends its run at Goodspeed Opera House.

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  • 6/29/01 They All Laughed!, starring Marla and James Ludwig, begins previews at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. The show will run through September 22.

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  • 6/10/01 Jane Eyre closes on Broadway. (Marla's next appearance will be in the Goodspeed Opera House production of They All Laughed!, starting June 29.)

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  • 6/01 Marla is profiled on page 40 of the June 2001 issue of Mademoiselle.
  • 5/24/01 Marla's Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (for which she tied with Christine Ebersole of 42nd Street) is presented in a ceremony at the Eugenia Room of Sardiís Theatrical Restaurant.

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  • 5/23/01 The producers announce that, due to an 8% increase in ticket sales, Jane Eyre will continue to run on Broadway at least until June 10.
  • 5/20/01 Marla wins the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The awards ceremony, hosted by Lily Tomlin, is held in the F. H. LaGuardia High School Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. The ceremony is broadcast throughout the week in New York on NY-1 and NY-13/WNET.

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  • 5/16/01 Marla attends a Tony nominee brunch at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

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  • 5/16/01 At 8:30 a.m., the producers of Jane Eyre announce that the show—despite five Tony nominations—will close Sunday, May 20. At 5:15 p.m., the producers announce that, thanks to a generous donation from Alanis Morisette (a friend of Jane Eyre composer Paul Gordon), the show will stay open another week, until May 27.
  • 5/01 Marla wins Broadway.com's Audience Award for Best Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical.
  • 5/7/01 Marla is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
  • 5/1/01 Marla is nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 20.
  • 4/30/01 Marla ties with Christine Ebersole (42nd Street) for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. The awards ceremony will be held May 24 at the Eugenia Room of Sardiís Theatrical Restaurant.
  • 4/22/01 In addition to the regular 3 p.m. Sunday matinee, there is a special 8 p.m. performance of Jane Eyre to raise money for The Actors' Fund.
  • 4/17/01 Happy birthday, Marla!
  • 4/16/01 Marla is nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. The winners will be announced April 30.
  • 4/1/01 Marla's February 25 performance of "Forgiveness" is broadcast on MNN, WLNY-TV, and the Odyssey Network.
  • 3/14/01 Marla is interviewed on The Joan Hamburg Show, broadcast on New York's WOR 710.

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  • 3/12/01 Marla and Mary Stout join many of Broadway's leading ladies at the sixth annual Nothing Like a Dame benefit at the Martin Beck Theatre at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actor's Fund of America.

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  • 3/2/01 Marla is interviewed on NY Live (CBS, NY channel 2).

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  • 2/25/01 Marla performs "Forgiveness" at the Marble Collegiate Church at noon; the service is broadcast on WOR 710 at 7 p.m.
  • 2/8/01 is a very busy day for Marla, James Barbour, and Mary Stout. They appear at Seth's Broadway Chatterbox at 6 p.m., perform Jane Eyre as usual at 8 p.m., and then do a special cast Q&A after the show. Whew!

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  • 1/19/01 Marla, James Barbour, Mary Stout, Jayne Paterson, and Andrea Bowen perform at Barnes & Noble in NYC.

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  • 12/10/00 Jane Eyre opens on Broadway.

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  • 11/21/00 The Jane Eyre Broadway cast recording is released.

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  • 11/16/00 Marla and James perform "Secret Soul" on The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

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  • 11/14/00 The official Broadway edition of Jane Eyre is published.
  • 11/9/00 Jane Eyre begins previews on Broadway.

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  • 10/5/00–10/6/00 Marla and the rest of the Jane Eyre cast record the show's CD at Clinton Studios in New York.

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  • 9/10/00 Marla and James perform "Secret Soul" at Broadway on Broadway 2000.

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