… a commanding and attractive presence on stage with an expressive voice of great beauty and power… an accomplished actress… -Baltimore Sun
Music and acting has always been an important part of my life. I can’t say I was bit by the “bug,” as the bug just seemed to always be quietly sitting on my shoulder. I started off singing hymns in four-part harmony with my parents and siblings at church (yes, we were that cheesey family…), moved up to playing guitar and singing a duet from Godspell in my high school talent show, graduated to teaching music in a NYC Ivy League prep school, and then made a slight turn to performing lead roles around the country in opera and musical theater, while still teaching young kids in the South Bronx and belting some jazz/R&B …
“For me, the major delight of this production was discovering soprano Michelle Jennings, who played the role of Marian. Jennings has an expressive voice of great beauty and power that would be at home on any stage, and she is an accomplished actress whose every word was clearly intelligible.” – Baltimore Sun
“Jennings as Nellie is an excellent contrast [to Loyd’s Emile]. She moves about the stage with a kind of gawky grace, as if literally feeling her way through the world.” – Tulsa World
…The herculean attempts to be a good mother, a good musician and a good New Yorker are not for the faint of heart. Musical theater auditions are the art of handling rejection as well as the art of the audition – a completely different skill set than acting and singing. Parenting is equal parts teaching and showing your kids how to teach themselves as they gain independence. And New York is, well … New York.