• Merrily From Center Stage

    Feinstein's 54 Below

    Into The Woods

    freeFall Theatre

    Sondheim On Sondheim

    freeFall Theatre

    Damn Yankees

    Ordway Performing Arts

    Word Painting:Soliloquies Around An Easel

    Solo playwritten and performed

    Merrily We Roll Along

    Original Broadway cast 1981

    LoveMusik

    Broadway 2007

    Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway

    Solo play written and performed

    Discourse Of A Maid

    First solo play by Ann

  • Merrily From Center Stage

     

    MERRILY FROM CENTER STAGE

    A solo musical based on memories of Ann's award-winning Broadway debut as Mary Flynn in the 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

    directed by Hal Prince.

    MERRILY FROM CENTER STAGE was first produced at Feinstein's/54 Below

    "Merrily From Center Stage is a musical memoir about a very specific time in Ann Morrison's life - a time that didn't last very long but that had a lasting effect that she is still feeling today - and even though this all happened some four decades ago, Morrison's memory seems to be in crystal clear snap-trap working order. The details that the singing actress produces in the script of her show are stunningly outlined and breathtakingly arranged for immaculate storytelling effect. What she and Musical Director John Shirley (with an assist from Creative Consultant Blake Walton) have done is take all of those memories, deconstruct them, reconstruct them, and then layer in the original Merrily score, also de-and-re-constructed, to tell the tale of the time before Merrily, the casting of Merrily, and the rehearsal of Merrily - a process that sounds harrowing enough to drive any actor out of show business." --Stephen Mosher Broadway World

     

    The Witch

    INTO THE WOODS

    2014, freeFall Theater, Saint Pete

    "I first heard Ann Morrison as Mary Flynn in the Merrily We Roll Along original Broadway cast album over 30 years ago. Her witch in INTO THE WOODS is a stunning creation (and yes, I could hear moments of Mary seep through; it was like hearing the voice of an old friend from long ago). The witch is all things, part creepy creature, part broken-hearted mother. Morrison's Act 2 rendition of "Last Midnight" is the best I have ever heard. She sings the hell out of it. And in a single day, it has become one of my favorite Sondheim numbers, all thanks to Morrison's glorious interpretation." - Peter Nason, BWW

    Driving Miss Daisy

    American Stage, Saint Pete 2010

    "Ann Morrison plays Daisy, and she's wonderful in the role. Morrison's Daisy is bad-tempered, suspicious, terrified, censorious, but also kind, caring, righteous and near-indomitable."

    -Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

    Norman Desmond

    Sunset Boulevard

    2011, Music Theatre of Wichita

    "Broadway veteran Ann Morrison is brilliant as Norma Desmond, the silent film star who couldn’t transition to talkies and retreated to her mansion to watch her movies and relive past glories.

    Morrison has a powerful, precise soprano that can lilt and lull you, but then pin you to your seat in a fit of belting rage. She is a grand presence you can’t get enough of. Morrison plays Norma as imperious but not intentionally mean. She is pathetic but sympathetic. She is sweetly ridiculous in her dramatic gestures, but you never question the character’s dignity. Morrison slips skillfully between dangerous passion and deadly madness, and holds us in her grasp wondering what she’ll do next."

    - Bob Curtright, The Wichita Eagle

    Meg

    Damn Yankees

    2015, St. Paul MN

    "Ann Morrison as Meg is a mid-1950s housewife with both verve and tenderness. When the spot-light closes in on her at the end of the beautiful "Near to You," sung with yearning by Meg and her two Joes, the look on her face speaks of complete faith and love." - Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

  • BIO

    Ann Morrison is an award-winning actress, writer, teacher, and director for over 40 years. She began acting in summer stock as a teenager and studied at HB Studios in New York before taking a gig at 19 with Korean big band leader Benny Kim, touring the midwest with his family as singer, Emcee and trombone player in The Benny Kim Show. She then apprenticed at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theater Training in Florida where she was cast as the Girl in The Fantasticks, earned her Equity card with The Sound of Music, and appeared on Dinah Shore's Dinah! when Burt Reynolds co-hosted and predicted Ann would be appearing on Broadway in a year (it would be 2 years). Back in New York as a professional, she was cast in a re-working of Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman's Swing which was renamed Dream Time and reduced to 3 characters playing at the Harold Clurman Off-Broadway. Ann did regional theater productions of Babes In Arms and Grease before being cast as Mabel Normand in a new musical Keystone at Geva Theatre in Rochester. Director/choreographer Ron Field saw her in the production and suggested casting director Joanna Merlin see her for Mary Flynn, the only role still not filled in Merrily We Roll Along headed for Broadway. After a series of auditions, she met with Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim on her 25th birthday and was cast. Her debut in Merrily We Roll Along garnered her the 1982 Theatre World Award, and she did her first OBC LP recording for RCA. 25 years later (2007) Harold Prince brought her back to Broadway for LoveMusik. She sang in a Sondheim celebration Children and Art at the New Amsterdam Theater and at the Merrily Reunion Concert at Laguardia High School. On London's West End she originated the title role in the musical PEG (based on “Peg O’ My Heart”). Off-Broadway she joined the original cast of Forbidden Broadway playing Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Julie Andrews, and Patti Lupone (which she recreated on the TV show MERV ) and originated the role of Lizzie in the musical Goblin Market for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and a Best Plays Citation for Best Actress. Nationally, she has starred in Sondheim on Sondheim, Moving On, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Oliver! Sunset Boulevard, On A Clear Day, Anything Goes, CanCan, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Good News, Embarrassments, Anyone Can Whistle, On The Verge, Noel & Gertie, Shadowlands, Ruthless!, I Do, I Do! Little Shop Of Horrors, Chess, Blithe Spirit, Of Thee I Sing, Driving Miss Daisy, plus many many more. The quintessential solo artist, Ann has performed as a cabaret artist in major venues across the country, most recently at Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC. She won a 2012 Best Actress Award for her solo play Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway in the United Solo Festival in NYC and appeared there again with her solo play Word Painting: Soliloquies Around an Easel. Directing credits include both her solo play Trevor's Fire starring Blake Walton and his solo play Leading Men at the United Solo Festival; large musicals The Secret Garden, Merrily We Roll Along, On A Clear Day, Smoke On the Mountain as well as many plays and revues. She is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Sarasolo Productions, which celebrates solo theatre artists. She can be heard on original cast recordings and studio recordings such as Merrily We Roll Along, Peg, Goblin Market, Good News, I Remember Mama, Lady Be Good (1993 Gramophone Award), and The Busby Berkeley Album, Sing Before Breakfast, and The Road to Ruin. She is the recipient of several HANDY, SAMMY, and SARASOTA MAGAZINE Awards as well as the JOHN RINGLING TOWERS AWARD. Ann plays herself in the 2017 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Morrison . Ann is the very proud mother of singer/composer/actor/music producer Huck Walton.

  • GALLERY

    Hirshfeld

    Merrily We Roll Along

    Encores!

    Merrily We Roll Along

    APLA Benefit

    With Pam Meyers

    Feinstein's 54 Below

    With John Shirley

  • AWARDS

    1982

    THEATRE WORLD AWARD

    for MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

    1986

    DRAMA DESK AWARD

    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

    Nomination

    for GOBLIN MARKET

    1989 DRAMA-LOGUE Award

    BEST ENSEMBLE

    for BLAME IT ON THE MOVIES II

    Best Ensemble

    JOHN RINGLING TOWERS AWARD

    for LINDA LOVELY GOES TO BROADWAY

    2012 United Solo

    BEST ACTRESS Award

    for LINDA LOVELY GOES TO BROADWAY

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