Bronte Festival a Great
"Romance at the Castle: The Brontës" ended
its five week long extended run on August 6th. Attendance far
exceeded expectations. Based on the tremendous popularity of
the event, Jill will partner with the Joslyn Castle for
another literary festival next year: "A Wilde Time at the
Castle: The Witty World of Oscar Wilde." The Bronte festival featured drama, film screenings, readings of the
Bronte literature. lectures by professors and scholars and special
presentations. Jill's one-woman
play, "Bronte" by William Luce, played to sold out houses for a
total of nine performances. A gallery of production photos is
under construction...check for it later! To view the original announcement and schedule of the festival,
collaborative concert with the brilliant Curt Isaacson and his
Studio Singers from Northwest High School was such a tremendous
success last year that they are presenting a sequel to it this year
- once again at two wonderful downtown venues - the Holland Center
and the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. This fabulous evening of music will
explore the Celtic roots of music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia
and modern America. Inventive arrangements, exciting
instrumentation and glorious vocals will illuminate the varied and
wonderful stories of this musical tradition.
Celtic Cabaret: Legend & Lore
Anderson and Friends
Patrick's Day March 17th, 2011
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
202 South 20th Street, Omaha
From tales of famous warriors to
forays into the world of playful fairies to chilling tales of
banshees, magical harps and lovers who vanish into the mist, this
program will transport you to other worlds far beyond the everyday.
Come and spend St. Patrick's evening with Jill, Bernie and Erin
Lowis, and special guests Curt Isaacson and the talented Studio
Singers from Northwest High. Through music, poetry and
story telling, they promise to carry your imagination beyond the
pale on this most Irish of nights. Jill and friends will of
course revisit some of the old favorites you've come to expect at
Celtic Cabaret, now in its 4th year!
recently restored theatre of the historic Scottish
Rite Masonic Center downtown is the setting for Celtic
Cabaret this year and one of the theatre's beautiful theatrical
backdrops will help to set the scene for the evening's festivities.
Beverages both soft and hard are available for
purchase at the event and convenient free parking is to the South of
produced by Johan Leclerc.
It's a Wonderful Life
Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
November 19 - December 26, 2010
Jill plays Mary in the sentimental holiday favorite. See full
information on the Barter web site at www.bartertheatre.com.
The Full Monty (the
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily
Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA Fall
August through early November, 2010
Jill played Vickie in Full Monty and
Lily in Sherlock Holmes etc.
The shows ran in repertory and enjoyed great audiences and many
standing ovations for these fast paced and delightful plays.
Find reviews, performance dates and information at the Barter web
site. (link is above)
connection with her work at Barter, in mid-November Jill was
interviewed on a Virginia public radio show called Theatre
Matters. It is a
production of Barter Theatre.
Read Steve Eskew's profile of Jill on his web site, www.eskeweclectic.com.
Click on the link, then select Index of Writings, then select
Profiles and scroll down to find Jill's. An interesting
and detailed conversation between Jill and Steve, who was an Omaha
arts critic and writer for The Reader before his move to New
by David Lindsay-Abaire
2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference
Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
The Lied Education Center for the Arts
Creighton University 2500 California Plaza
is excited to be performing in the lead character of Claire in this
award-winning play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, who is the
honored playwright of the 2010 annual Great Plains Theatre
Conference in Omaha. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire will attend the 5th
Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 29-June 5 at
Metropolitan Community College. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire will read
from his own work on the evening of June 2nd, and his plays Fuddy
Meers and Rabbit Hole will be featured during the evenings of
June 3rd and 4th. He will be featured throughout the
Conference both as a featured panelist and presenter. Evening
performances of his works will be open to the public.
Learn more about the
Great Plains Theatre Conference on their web site, www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.
Jill is not a stranger to the role of Claire. She played it in
the Blue Barn's 2002 production of Fuddy Meers. Click
here to see photo and reviews of that production. The
play revolves around an amnesiac, Claire, who wakes up every morning
as a blank slate, on which her family must imprint the facts of her
life. On this particular day, the shenanigans begin with
Claire being abducted by a limping man who clains to be her brother
trying to save her from her evil husband. They drive to the
home of her mother, who has had a stroke that left her
aphasic. (Her attempt to say 'funny mirrors' provides the
play's title.) The ensuing mayhem is both deliriously funny,
chillingly suspenseful and oddly touching.
The production is
directed by Cathy Kurz of Brigit St. Brigit theatre.
(shawn-uh-kee - Gaelic for
A Collaborative Celtic Concert
April 9, 7:30 pm Joslyn Castle, 3901
Davenport in Omaha
April 10, 7:30 Holland Performing Arts Center, Scott
Recital Hall at 13th & Douglas
Anderson joins with Curt Isaacson and his
award-winning Studio Singers from
Northwest Choral Department
to present an event exploring the traditional roots and
Read all about it....click
for a You Tube video about the making of
Friday April 9 at Joslyn Castle : (402)346-6580.
Tickets are $20. Prepay or cash or check please at the door.
Saturday April 10 at the Holland Center (Scott Recital Hall)
On line: www.ticketomaha.com
In Person: Ticket Omaha Box office at 13th and Douglas
Celtic Cabaret: The Lighter Side
Friday, March 12 at Joslyn Castle 8
pm - SOLD OUT
3902 Davenport Street
Wednesday, March 17 at PS Collective in Benson, 8 pm
6056 Maple St. (enter via the Pizza Shoppe)
Thursday, March 18 at PS Collective, 8
Jill presented her popular Irish-themed
cabaret with a new twist this St. Patrick's season. The theme
was Irish humor. From bawdy to witty to wise, the Irish
have always had a wry take on the state of their existence.
Jill shared songs of wild brawls, hysterical dance
mishaps, comedic culture clashes and other ludicrous subjects.
These engaging songs coupled with memorable jokes and playful poetry
(as well as some of the less silly standards and ballads that Jill
is known for) promise an evening of great fun! Jill was accompanied by Bernie and Erin Lowis, who
provided fiddle, bass,
piano, guitar and cello (not all simultaneously).
Fiddler Mindy Hunke substituted for Erin on two shows and did a
great job with very little notice.
Twelfth Night Festival, Blair NE
January 1 & 2, 2010
Jill directed a freewheeling production of "Comedy
of Errors" for the Twelfth Night Festival in Blair, Nebraska
January 1 and 2. She worked with Blair High School students
to put together this zaniest production ever. The two evenings of entertainment
included a renaissance feast, madrigal choir and instrumental
presentations, renaissance dances, dazzling swordplay and
"Comedy of Errors."
annual Twelfth Night project aims to increase public awareness and
appreciation for the arts as they existed during the Renaissance
period of English history. Students participate in
interdisciplinary education experiences through a collaborative
venture involving various organizations, education departments, and
area artists, directors and scholars. The project culminates
in the re-creation of a traditional Twelfth Night Festival as
celebrated in 16th century England. Jill said she was
impressed with the combination of talented students, dedicated
teachers, and community volunteers who worked tremendously hard on
this ambitious undertaking.
of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters
Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, California SierraRep.com
May 22 - June 28, 2009
(Held over through July 5!)
Jill played Maxene Andrews of the famous Andrews Sisters of World War II
fame in her first Sierra Rep experience. Visit the new photo
gallery for Sisters
of Swing on the Home page. The show was a phenomenal hit and the reviewers and audience had
only good things to say about it:
pre-opening interview, director
Scott Viets said - "One day I was walking up to the
rehearsal hall and heard what I thought was an original record
of the sisters. It was our girls rehearsing. Julie,
Carrie and Jill are devoted to capturing the artistry that made
these girls legends. Sometimes I can't tell the
difference." - Union Democrat
"Jill Anderson is terrific
as the middle sister, Maxene. She's the firebrand ... in
this story. Anderson is a fine singer. Her acting
when there's trouble between the sisters is sweet in that
innocent sort of way." - Sierra
Scott Viets has perfectly cast the roles of the singers.
The actresses infuse real life into their characters and provide insight into their lives and careers...All three of the
actresses have beautiful singing voices and together they
with accuracy the elegant, close harmony of the original
songs." - Union
"No one can deny the talent
of cast members Julie Ludlum, Carrie Madsen and Jill Anderson
who skillfully reproduce the group's melodic sound...they all
move well in the flirty dance steps...and look stunning in the
retro costumes." - Modesto Bee
“The audience is treated to hit
after hit… the fun becomes infectious… and brings the
Sisters right into our hearts.” – Daytona
"We enjoyed the show so much
last Friday. We think, with a big band behind you, you could go
to Broadway!" - Audience member's
"I was in the audience
yesterday afternoon for your wonderful performance of Sisters
of Swing. I loved it, and just wanted to reach out and
tell you that you've a new fan!" - Audience
YOU TUBE VIDEOS....Jill
has posted several clips on You Tube. There are examples of
Swing, Celtic and Ukulele music plus a video "montage of Jill
Anderson as Charlotte Blane in Wicked City Blues" - a film noir
musical Jill starred in in Utah. The internet address is www.youtube.com/jillmarit.
Take a look!
Tasting at Joslyn Castle in Omaha
Thursday, March 26th 7p.m.
Jill joined her lute playing friend, Kenneth Be, to entertain with
Scottish songs for lute and voice as part of the entertainment for a
Scotch Tasting event. Look for future Scotch tasting events on
the Joslyn Castle website.
CELTIC CABARET ON THE WATER
new venue... Rick's
Cafe Boatyard, 345 Riverfront Drive in downtown Omaha! Celtic Cabaret
returned for St. Pat's
at Rick's Banquet Room overlooking
the spectacular new pedestrian footbridge and grand Missouri
again with Bernie Lowis, Christopher Bonds, and Erin Lowis with
special vocal guest, Loren Pascale, singing many of the Irish hits of the original Celtic Cabaret plus a new set of
water-themed Irish songs and other surprises. Lute player,
Kenneth Be, opened the show with a set of both old and new music for
Rick's offered a special
Irish menu and a beautiful performance space.
you attended this event, we'd like to hear from you with reactions
to the show and to the location.
LOVE, SEX AND UKULELES
Jill collaborated with Lauren Pascale and
the hot new theatrical group SkullDuggery to bring you this zany
confection of a Valentine treat! This show premiered on Valentine's Day at
Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson (6056 Maple) and played for a two-week run
after that. Jill and Loren are pictured below.
CLICK TO SEE THE POSTER!
Council Bluffs Nonpareil reviewer
wrote, "Jill Anderson and Lauren Pascale provided the musical
entertainment, singing through set changes and connecting with the
audience in utterly charming ways. They have amazing voices and their
duets were lovely (and often funny)."
Jill directed Westside High School's winter play, "Tartuffe,"
17th Century French playwright Moliere's hysterical comedy. The show
played February 11, 12, and 14. Jill was excited to have such a
dedicated and talented group of students to work with, and enjoyed
collaborating with their drama teacher, Terry Fischer.
"Celtic Cabaret Live" CD
Release Party November 29, 2008
Jill celebrated the release of a live
recording based on her Celtic Cabaret concerts from March 2008.
She is grateful to the SRO crowd that came out to the PS Collective for
the event. Celtic Cabaret
Live is now available through CDBaby. To order directly from this web site, click
August 16 - September 13, 2008
Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
Jill portrayed Mrs. Lovett opposite Broadway and
television star Tom Zemon.
The dark Sondheim
musical ran August 16 - Sept. 13, 2008.
for a preshow feature about the show from the
GOTriCities Network interviewing Jill and Tom Zemon..
For a photo gallery of the show, click photos.
The Bristol Herald Courier reviewer says:
"...the actors – especially
Jill Anderson as Mrs. Nellie Lovett – are
beyond superb.." (Click review
to read full text.)
"As a long-time Barter fan, I really enjoy seeing my favorite
actors in new roles,
and so it is with Jill Anderson in Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of
Washington County News:
"The singing in this production is strong and lively.
Tom Zemon, as Sweeney Todd, has a
deep voice that hauntingly evokes his character’s passion and anguish.
Jill Anderson, as
Mrs. Lovett, returns to Barter after portraying Sara Carter in Keep on
the Sunnyside earlier
this year. Her voice is perfect for the role of the pathetic
guttersnipe who enables Sweeney
Todd on his path to destruction... Sweeney Todd ... will engage all
of your senses and
emotions. It is spectacle and romance on a grand scale."
Several student groups attended the production along
with the regular patrons. Here is one teacher's
response in an email to the artistic director, Rick Rose:
"WOW! SWEENEY TODD is the finest
production that I have seen at
the Barter! I took a small group of high school students Sunday,
7th, and we were blown away.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Tom Zemon for an extraordinary, manly
Sweeney Todd who sang to die for with amazing levels of acting that
enriched, defined, and mesmerized.
Bravo, bravo, bravo to Jill Anderson for being a unique and flawless
Lovett. I believed every word you said and was delighted with your
inventiveness, comic timing, and physicality. Dare I tell you that
students loved you much more than Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone or Helen
Bonham Carter. You are fantastic!
Special kudos to an awesome ensemble... Mick Houlahan, J. Casey Barrett,
Michael Hance... you can sing for us anytime.
Now, we all know that Sondheim is insane to perform, so thanks for the
minimal staging which really allowed us to appreciate the genius of your
performances. If we didn't mention you by name, don't think that
love you. The kids are still buzzing about the show today, and the
the school is sad that they didn't attend.
THANK YOU for your hard work and an incomparable day.
Click here for the Barter
April 24 through May 24, 2008
Keep on the Sunny Side
Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
Jill starred as Sara Carter in this biographical musical about the famous Carter Family,
the "First Family of Country Music." The musical
focuses on the love affair between
A.P Carter and Sara and features the famous "Bristol Sessions" of
1927, when the
trio of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter (mother of June Carter Cash)
made famous the Appalachian folk songs they had grown up with.
Jill plays autoharp at right above.
for the reviewers' comments and another photo
"Sunny Side" is the most
requested show at the Barter. Standing ovations were the rule
throughout the run of the show.
PS Collective, 6056 Maple Street in Benson
Friday & Saturday at 8
pm Sunday at 6 pm
Jill, Bernie Lowis and Christopher Bonds
presented a concert of Celtic music
intimate PS Collective in Benson. Jill was a member of the Irish trio,
Beyond the Pale in the early to mid 90s and has since had a solo career in Irish music for many
years. She has recorded three CD collections of songs from Ireland
and Scotland and has a great love for the traditional folk music of
these countries. From plaintive laments to songs of battle to
comedic tunes, Jill, with the able accompaniment of Bernie and
on guitar, cello, violin, bass, bodhran drum, and keyboards, presented
favorites such as "Fields of Athenry," "Lea
"She Moves Through the Fair" and other selections.
An enthusiastic crowd filled the room each evening.
80th Birthday of Orpheum Theatre
At this private event, Jill sang duets from "Phantom of
with Broadway star Gary Mauer at Omaha's historic downtown
Orpheum Theatre. The gala event honored the historic theatre as well as the
and Marge Durham family, who have been instrumental
in supporting over the years.
Take a look at Gary Mauer's impressive Bio by clicking
Starring Jill Anderson, Seth Fox, and Mark Kurtz
the able accompaniment of the talented Mark Kurtz, Jill and Seth Fox brought
a new light to some old standards while peppering in some fresh new songs
A little sexy, a
little silly, a little profound, the list included such gems as: "Baby, It's
Cold Outside," "Good King Wenceslas," "The Man With the Bag,"
Torch, Jeanette, Isabella.”
Click to be linked to Seth Fox's Royal
Bohemian Productions website
for further information.
Moonfaced and Starry Eyed
Jill teamed up with "Millie" leading man
Seth Fox and
Playhouse music director Jim Boggess for a special
cabaret show that provided great evenings
of song and fun at the PS Collective in Benson
here in Omaha. Click here for a poster and
Omaha Symphony's Family Series
Sunday, October 28, 2007 2 p.m.
The Holland Center, Omaha
Jill was a featured soloist at this Halloween themed family show.
She sang "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid,
and "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast as a duet
co-star Seth Fox.
At the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha NE
Jill played Millie in
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Sept 14 - October 14, 2007
As a guest artist at the Omaha Community Playhouse (
The Omaha World Herald's reviewer wrote
"Jill Anderson, as irrepressible 1920s flapper
Millie, has the fast feet, the vocal chops
and the larger-than-life comedic skills to lead with polish and flair as
Kansas girl determined to snag a rich husband in New York City."
The Omaha City Weekly raved:
"Jill Anderson, that toothy chanteuse with the adorable
overbite and bobbed hair, is sure to sing and dance her way into your
heart as the Omaha Community Playhouse opens a new main stage season with
'Thoroughly Modern Millie.'
...Equity actor Anderson is simply marvelous as she croons
and high-steps her way to a discovery of the meaning of true love in this
riotous homage to a floozy and flapper-infested Great White Way."
The Omaha Weekly Reader said,
"As for Anderson and Fox, theater students should be required
to attend this show just to take notes on what constitutes
professionalism. Their flawless performances represent two reasons why
Omaha remains a theater mecca, a reputation that the Omaha Community
Playhouse initiated decades back."
The Neola Gazette said:
"Jill Anderson, appearing courtesy Actors Equity, plays Millie Dillmount
with spunk. She is the central character as the naïve lady from Kansas who
comes to New York in the 1920s to work for a company as a secretary. She has a
beautiful voice, can dance and is bubbling with excitement when on stage."
JILL NEWS: In early September 2007 The Omaha
World Herald ran a lengthy interview
with Jill prior to the opening of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
To read that article, click
The Blue Barn Music Festival, with Hal France & Friends
Jill was the featured artist on June 22 and participated in several
other performances in the three-week festival as well as the finale.
Milwaukee Rep Theatre in Wisconsin.
January 12 - March 10, 2007
"They Came from Way Out There"
by Jahnna Beecham, Malcolm Hillgartner and Michael
The candidates for president of the
Paranormal Society are set to present a
musical comedy show reenacting actual paranormal events that have
happened to them. Personal friction, a limited budget, the fact that they
amateur performers take this meeting to other-worldly levels of fun.
The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal
reviewer called Jill's character "a delightfully
wonky paranormalist with just the right
amount of clumsy brio." Click for full review.
American Theatre Magazine featured this
show in a photo in its March 7/2007 issue, page 78.
At the Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha
MAD ABOUT THE BOY
A WORLD PREMIERE LIP-SYNCED BEEFCAKE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
by Max Sparber (author of Minstrel Show and Cruelties)
November 24 - December 17, 2006 -- See
Jill choreographs, costumes, and performs in this exciting production.
It's 1964. America is conservative, staid,
repressed, and busting a nut. In a small Pacific Coast
town, G. Dansforth Pettibottom, a milquetoast camera salesman is in love,
a love that darest not
speak its name. In the most sensational and hilarious new musical to
come along in years, MAD
ABOUT THE BOY! is based on a series of gay-themed novelty albums put out
by "Camp Records"
in the 1960s and sold through ads in the back of beefcake magazines of the
time. Watch as the
hapless Pettibottom dances and lip-syncs at the YMCA, with Biker Boys and
Swingers and at
the secret Tranny Bar in his quest for true love. With songs like
"Stanley, the Manly Transvestite,"
"Old Fashioned Balls," "I'd Rather Fight than Swish,"
and "Mixed Nuts," MAD ABOUT THE BOY
is a "Holiday Treat" for the whole (adult) family!
What the reviewers said:
"There's plenty to love about Mad About
the Boy. For one thing, Anderson, who left Omaha
for bigger and better theatrical opportunities, is back, and as always, is
riveting. As Darla,
she's an insecure, bespectacled lonely hearts, with a little girl voice to
match. Contrast Darla
with Anderson's brazen Swinger Wife, the long cigarette holder chomping
sexual explorer who
has a hankering for her Latino houseboy, and you can see why this actress
is one of our greats.
The minute she steps onto the stage, your eyes are drawn to her and when
she's absent from
the boards, you can feel it. (Luckily she has several cameos
including a French soap enthusiast
and an Army t-shirt wearing grease monkey....The costumes and
choreography, both by
Anderson, keep the show fresh and fun." --Julien Fielding,
Omaha City Weekly
"There's campy, and then there's
campy trampy. And then there's the Blue Barn's Mad About
the Boy, in which grown men romp in their BVDs singing double entendre
lyrics that can't
be printed in a family newspaper- a hilarious and biting send-up of the
time before the gay
rights movement. ... And there's Jill Anderson, making people double over
with laughter at the
banal dialogue of a bored suburban-swinger housewife. The line may
not be intentionally funny,
but her take on it sure is. Two scenes later she's Darla, a demure office
worker at the camera
store. Darla temporarily lost her mind after her gay husband
committed suicide rather than
face being outed after that unfortunate arrest. But she has a new
friend in door-to-door camera
salesman, Pettibottom." -- Bob Fischbach, Omaha World Herald.
"Anderson adds immeasurably to the
fun, with both Darla, who went bonkers and was
institutionalized after her gay husband's suicide, and a Swinger wife with
a Honduran houseboy.
As the loony Darla, she excites the boss, Mr. Pantankerous, who advises
a man hasn't lived until he's had 'crazy poon'." --Warren
Francke, Omaha Reader.
Private retirement party, Joslyn Art Museum,
Jill is pictured with some of the talented
musicians who accompanied her as
featured entertainer at the retirement
party for prominent Omaha insurance
industry leader, Robert Bates.
She included a ukulele set along with
"Orange Colored Sky" and "Murder, He
Said." Chuck Penington was musical
director and accompanist for the program.
Almost Heaven - A Tribute to the Music of John
Barter Theater, Abingdon, VA
Jill was part of a 6-member ensemble for this
musical evening featuring the songs
of John Denver. More details can be found on the website of the Barter
Hal France & Friends Finale
Omaha's Holland Center for Performing Arts, Recital
Jill was part of the Blue Barn Music Festival's
grand finale held at
the Scott Recital Hall at the beautiful Holland Center in downtown
Hal France & Friends
featuring Jill Anderson
Blue Barn Theatre, in Omaha's Old Market
The Blue Barn welcomed summer with a music festival
featuring Hal France and
guest musicians, visual artists, and food from select local
On Friday and Saturday June 9 and 10, Jill will be one of two guest
She's performed three styles of music including an Irish set featuring
"Fields of Athenry,";
a medley of ukelele tunes; and a
wonderful set of big band favorites popularized by Betty Hutton, among others. She
was be accompanied by a host of talented musicians. In the second half of the program,
the roof off with their exciting renditions of swing era favorites "OrangeColored Sky,"
"It's a Man,"
and "Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four."
Hal France, artistic
director of the Orlando Symphony and former artistic director
Omaha, was the creator/director of this festival series, and
master of ceremonies. Jill co-headlined this program with nationally
Chavez, whose claim to fame is her passionate Carmen.
(right) as Lana Mae with co-star Ginger Simons (Katie) in Honky Tonk Laundry.
"The two women have wonderful voices with
Their harmony could stop traffic." (Roberta Kent, Ashland Tidings)
Jill directed, choreographed and starred in this
smorgasbord of country music at Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland,
Oregon. Here's the synopsis:
Lana Mae Hopkins and Katie Lane have a world of trouble -- man trouble.
also have each other. And a whole world of country songs to sing as they
work side by side
at the Wishy Washy Washeteria, wringing their hearts out and hanging them
on the line. Songs
include classic tunes like I Fall To Pieces, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Nine
To Five, These Boots Were
Made For Walkin' and I Will Always Love You as well as
the newer breed of country songs
like Independence Day (Martina McBride), Long Time Gone, Sin
Wagon and Good-bye, Earl
(Dixie Chicks). These two country angels turn their good ol'
laundromat into a boot-scooting
honky tonk. Click here
for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website.
.Click here for REVIEWS
Five Course Love
A musical at Oregon Cabaret Theatre
in Ashland, OR
By Gregg Coffin
Choreographed by Jim Giancarlo
Musical Direction by Darcy Danielson
from one course in "5-Course Love"! Jill is pictured
with co-stars Paul
Edward Hope and Chip DuFord in the vignette called
"Barbeque Blind Date."
for love in all the wrong restaurants? This
musical is composed of five vignettes
which look at the many faces of
love: love attempted,
love gone bad, love mismatched, love misguided, love
denied and, inevitably, love achieved! Each is set in a
different type of
restaurant with music in the appropriate
style: Rib Joint (Texas Swing), Italian
(cabaret), Mexican (Latin) and Diner (retro pop).
It’s a five
course feast of music, drama and plenty
Performances Thursday-Monday @ 8:00
Also Sunday brunch matinees @ 1:00
Ashland Daily Tidings:
has found himself an excellent cast. Jill Anderson, in her OCT
debut, tackles her roles with verve and aplomb and has a strong
singing voice of wide range. Her highlights include the slim and
stylish Sofia in the “passione” and the commanding figure she
cuts in simulated black leather and flaxen wig in the
Click here for full
Medford Mail Tribune:
"Jill Anderson has the
most fun as the only woman, switching seamlessly from vivacious
cowgirl to Italian mob wife to German dominatrix...at Dean's Old
Fashioned Down Home Bar-B-Que, Anderson delivers her lines like a
21st century Mae West uninhibited by the Hays Code and a tight
girdle....Anderson's versatile voice is well-suited to Coffin's
ballads tucked in among the laughs."
Grant's Pass Daily Courier
"Jill Anderson is versatile and
expressive in her roles, which range from the rootin'-tootin' sex
pistol named Barbie to the buxom but guacamole-brained senorita
Rosalinda. As the blonde-braided, black-leather clad
dominatrix Gretchen, she sings enthusiastically about how men
"measure up" as lovers...in her anthem 'No Is a Word I
for a preview article with more photos from Ashland Daily Tidings...PREVIEW
Click for more photos of Jill and
her cast mates in the Five Course Love Gallery.
Wicked City Blues
A comedy at the Utah Musical
Theatre in Ogden, UT
Book, Lyrics, Music: Norman Thalheimer
Story by: Cornell Christianson
Opens: July 22 Runs: July 23, 28-30 & August 4-6, 2005
"Wicked City Blues " is a National Premiere
KUDOS...."Wicked City Blues was named
.... one of the Ten Best Plays of 2005
in Utah by that state's largest circulation newspaper, the Deseret
News. The 1940s
film noir musical-comedy played this summer at the 350-seat Allred Theatre
Salt Lake City." Jill played the female lead in this hit
play in August 2005.
private detective Mickey
Morrison's just been in the fight of his life and he's got
trouble up to his eyeballs: a dame who's too hot to handle, a dead body, a
of ruthless mobsters and a police lieutenant looking for answers. It all
Charlotte, an apparent femme fatale. The year is 1947, and The
Neptune Radio Theater
presents a live mystery show featuring the adventures of Mickey, a
eye.Come on this nostalgic journey into the fabulous 40's with this new
in the madcap hilarity of a live radio show with the somber shadows of a
classic Film Noir
detective story and you just bought yourself a ticket to the Wicked City
Blues. For details,
check the website: http://community.weber.edu/umt/
[Jill is Charlotte Blane, the "apparent
for a preview article and photo including Jill from the Deseret News!
for a review appearing in Utah's on-line Standard Examiner, where
is described as "flawless" and her voice modulation
compared to Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz!
The Home Team by Kim Carney - A
Saturday, April 30 at 8pm at Queens Theatre in
the Park, part of the
Plays A Mother Would Love Series.
The Home Team is a zany family comedy with some hard-hitting
true poignancy and drama. The Gurley family of of Lansing, Michigan
has been in developmental stasis since the death of the patriarch and
now the arrival of one of the sons "date" shakes everything
uproarious and shocking effect. This hilarious and touching play is
featured in a new works series at Queens Theatre in the Park. Jill's
character is Marion, a straight-talking, lovable factory worker who
does not hesitate to make her immature older brother eat grass and
whose method of making a point is smashing the TV with a
But we mustn't divulge TOO much. If you are anywhere near New York,
would be sinful to miss the first ever reading of this delectable and
raucous new comedy.
In These Shoes - Wendy Lane
Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St.,
Wednesdays: April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11
Jill provides harmonies for this Cabaret show featuring the
talented Wendy Lane Bailey. Musical direction: Rick
Jensen. Directed by Sally Mayes. Jill says, "Her
musical selections are superb and varied, with an emphasis on up-tempo and
comedy songs. Wendy is an absolute delight. Don't miss
Coup de Graae
Dec. 6 - 18, 2004 The Hideaway Room at Helen's, in Manhattan
Jill enjoyed being a guest performer on the cabaret show of Jason
Graae, Broadway, film
and television actor and singer. Alex Rybeck was musical director.
of music and comedy, which earned raves at The Plush Room in
San Francisco and at The Cinegrill in LA, had an equally warm reception in New York
with outstanding reviews.
On November 6, 2004
Jill performed as a featured artist with the Orlando Philharmonic
Orchestra directed by Hal France.
by Kurt Weill
Presented by OPERA OMAHA in October, 2004
Jill played Jenny
Diver in Opera Omaha's opening production to rave reviews. She
was especially touched by a tribute on the editorial page of the Omaha
World Herald on October 14:
• What a Midlands treasure is Jill Anderson. She is
adept in musical comedy, Elizabethan and Irish vocal numbers and satiric
drama. She has had movie roles, including a bit part in "About
Schmidt." Last summer, at Elmwood Park, she was dynamite on the
Shakespearean stage, playing Mistress Ford in "The Merry Wives of
Windsor" and, on alternate nights, Lady Anne in "Richard
III." This week, the versatile Anderson turned in a polished and
powerful vocal and acting performance as Jenny Diver in "The
Threepenny Opera." Her work has contributed much to the local
The Omaha City Weekly wrote
of her performance:
"Jill Anderson, in her portrayal of Macheath's prostitute
girlfriend Jenny Diver, is endlessly captivating on stage.
Well-known locally as a brazen talent, Anderson resembles a youonger,
updated version of Pat Benatar. Not only is Anderson gorgeous, but
she has a very compelling stage presence. With black hair cropped in
a flapper girl haircut, Anderson possesses a classic Brechtian look.
Possessing the essence of "Cabaret's" Sally Bowles, Anderson
walks inside her character. Oh, did I mention she can sing?
Her rendition of "Pirate Jenny" brought to the surface
heartbreaking angst only a woman scorned and a professional singer could
produce. As a highly gifted and well-studied mezzo soprano, Anderson
makes singing look natural--as if anybody could do it. Not quite.
full Omaha W-H REVIEW
Spokesong at the
Storm Theatre in New
Feb. 6 through Feb. 28, 2004.
Jill performed in
this Irish play at a theatre near Times Square. She had a great time
in her first opportunity in NYC, putting her
dialect and musical skills to work. Click on the theatre's name above to learn more
about this show and venue. Critics praised the play and Jill's
work in it.
Kitty Carberry and Daisy Bell, the Belfast girls who love, respectively,
Frank and Francis, Colleen Crawford and Jill Anderson are
standouts." (Joseph Hurley, The Irish Echo newspaper)
Haynes and Jill Anderson are delightful as Frank's grandparents, seen in
the flashbacks..." (Martin Denton in an nytheatre.com
"Robin Haynes and Jill Anderson as the Grandparent Stocks age
gracefully and realistically. The sweetness of their relationship is
a contrast to the intensity......" (Macey Levin, reviewing for
internet theatre magazine, Curtain Up)
Highlights of 2003:
NEBRASKA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Twelfth Night & Measure for Measure in
repertory, June 19 - July 6, 2003
Jill was Viola in
Twelfth Night (photo below) Click for Review
She donned the breeches as one of Shakespeare's most delightful comic
heroines in Omaha's favorite outdoor theatrical event of the
In Measure for
Measure, she played Marianna,
the jilted lover of the wicked and hypocritical villain, Angelo.
This role featured her musical talents as well when the lovelorn
Marianna sang an Elizabethan song. Click for Review
Crowds of up to 5000
strong gathered under the stars in beautiful Elmwood park to enjoy
the genius of the bard. This is one of the USA's largest free
outdoor Shakespeare festivals. More
information is available at the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival
website. Click here for the NSF link.
Jill had a major role in Chelsea, part of
the Omaha Blue Barn
Theatre's season opener. Chelsea, a short play inspired by
Andy Warhol, was paired with Cruelties, inspired by Truman Capote,
making for an intense and unusual evening of theatre. Both plays
were written by Max Sparber for the Blue Barn. The world premiere
was guest directed by Rob Urbinoti.
music, music, music.....
Jill and Camille Metoyer Moten with
special guest Lauren Pascale brought back their Moonlight Melodies
concert magic on three Sunday afternoons, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 at the
Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha. The final performance played to an
enthusiastic standing room only audience. See
below for a report of the
Jill's concert with Camille Metoyer
Moten was held at the Strauss Performing Arts center at the University of
Saturday, May 31. One audience member e-mailed:
"Saturday night's show, Moonlight Melodies, was absolutely
fabulous! I enjoyed every minute. We Omahans are very
fortunate to have world-class entertainers in our midst. Thanks for
producing and performing a truly great show."
To view the press release and
poster for Moonlight Melodies, click here.
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Little Nellie's Naughty
Noel : A Steamy Sod House Spectacular
This original play was Omaha's Blue Barn Theatre's first show of the 2002-2003 season. Jill
worked with playwright Tim Siragusa to bring the Bad Rep touch to an
irreverent look back at a pioneer Nebraska yuletide. She played two
characters, Chastity (pictured above...click for larger view) and a Poppy
Palace chorine. Jill wrote songs and choreographed
several numbers. A comedy for adults, Little Nellie
late November and played to sold-out houses weekends through December 22. A
photo gallery is under construction!
Opera Omaha -
Richard Rodgers' America
Friday, October 25, 2002 Orpheum Theatre
Jill worked as a principle
vocalist with a great cast , including Sylvia McNair, Tim
Noble, Joyce Compana, and Merwin Foard for Opera Omaha's season-opener
featuring the music of Richard Rodgers. Her solos included "I Cain't say NO" (Oklahoma), "Johnny
One-note," (Babes in arms) and "Wash that Man out of
My Hair" (South Pacific). She also sang with
Sylvia and Joyce in an opening number, "Sing for Your
Supper." The World Herald reviewer praised the show and gave
special mention to Jill's spirited rendition of the song from Oklahoma.
BOMBSHELL BABES - October
Jill and two of her
all-time favorite singers, Camille Metoyer-Moten and Lauren Pascale,
developed an Andrews Sisters style program, dressed up in authentic 1940s
gowns, and wowed the members of a World War II veterans reunion in
Abilene, Kansas. Bernie Lowis, handled the piano accompaniment
as well as sound and video duties. Calling themselves the Bombshell
Babes, they sang a rousing 45 minute set that started and ended with
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" for the vets and their
families. Jill was delighted to be able to arrange this
program for her uncle, Norman Smith of Albion, who was one of the hosts of
FILM & TV
- Jill learned from Alexander Payne himself that her role in About
Schmidt survived the cutting room. The movie, which stars Jack
Nicholson, opened late in 2002 Alexander Payne
was the featured guest at a Blue Barn fundraiser on October 5, and clips
of the movie were shown during his presentation.
- She portrayed Emma
Goldman in live action vignettes for a PBS documentary about the early
20th century anarchist. It was filmed in July in various Nebraska
locations for broadcast in The
American Experience series. The segment title is "An
Exceedingly Dangerous Woman," directed by Mel Bucklin of Nebraska ETV.
The program premiered in the Spring of 2004.
- She played a chemotherapy
patient in a July commercial shoot for a Nebraska hospital.
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by David Lindsay-Abaire
April 4th - 28th, 2002
Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha
played a lead role, Claire, in Fuddy Meers, the Blue Barn's Spring
production. (See photo of Jill and Aaron Zavitz.) She received
a "best actress" nomination for her work in this production from
the Theatre Arts Guild in Omaha..
The World Herald
reviewer began by saying-
"Led by brilliant performances from Aaron Zavitz and Jill
Anderson, the Blue Barn Theatre is offering the rip-roaring farcical comedy 'Fuddy Meers' by David
For full text of the Omaha World-Herald's
review click here.
For an interview with Jill from the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, click here.
Backstage at the Blue
Jill was also busy backstage at The Blue Barn during the 2001- 2002 season, costuming
Night of the Iguana
and The Ice Fishing Play. She
recorded voice-overs for the Barn's 2001 holiday knockout, David Sedaris's
Diaries, a one-man show delivered to hysterical sellout audiences
by her good friend and creative partner Tim Siragusa. (Remember
Ghetto Claus and Psychobilly Jamboree?) The Blue
Barn under Kevin Lawler's steady leadership and direction had a string
of hits this season beginning with last summer's Vampire Lesbians of
Sodom which featured Jill and Tim as the lead vampire lesbians
(click here for link to
Vampire page and photos on this site) and concluding with the
consistently sold-out Five Women Wearing the Same Dress in the
summer of 2002. See Links page to connect with The Blue Barn's web
site for current theatre news.
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2001 Performances and Links.....
"Holiday Fanfare: Christmas in New
Orpheum Theatre, Omaha December 14,
15, 16, 2001
was part of the Omaha
Symphony's annual Christmas extravaganza with resident conductor Ernest
Richardson, Dave Webber and other guests. Preparation
for this performance took her to NY for a weekend to learn tap dance steps
to teach to the rest of the local dancers/singers for the song "Be a
Santa." The World-Herald reviewer called it one of
the highlights of the show!
Oct. 26, 2001 Opera Omaha,
Jill performed in the 2001 season opener October 26th at Omaha's Orpheum
Theater, featuring American folk, musical theatre and
patriotic song productions with orchestra and dance. 220
performers participated in the sold-out show. Jill was one of
nine principle artists and was featured soloist on two numbers from South
Pacific: "Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair" and 'Honeybun."
She also sang Stephen Sondheim's "The
Miller's Son" from A Little Night Music.
Jill was teamed with Sylvia McNair and Camille Metoyer-Moten for a rousing
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" a la Andrews Sisters. Hal France
conducted the Omaha Symphony and Greg Ganakas was guest director and
Arts on the Green -
Joslyn Art Museum
20th & Dodge, Omaha
annual arts extravaganza, Jill sang on the stately front steps of the Joslyn Art Museum,
performing in one solo and as part of a trio with
McNair and accomplished soprano, Anne
DeVries, known for her work with Opera Omaha. The
weather was gorgeous and 7000 people came out to celebrate the beginning
of the 2001-2001 season for the Arts. The Omaha World-Herald
reviewer wrote: "Anderson, DeVries and
McNair stole the stage with their tight, sassy, three-part harmony in
tunes including "Sing for Your Supper" and "Boogie Woogie
Bugle Boy." In addition, Easy
a song from Jill's CD, was featured at the concert! Hal
France conducted the Omaha symphony and guest musician Steve Horner to accompany Jill on a special arrangement of
the song that leads off her "7 Songs" CD.