Back with a Blast of Glitter and more than a Sprinkle of Mischief is Morgan Crowley who played the role of ‘Dame Dottie’ to rave reviews last year. We had a chat to find out more about Morgan……
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and where you grew up?
I am the Youngest of nine children, born in Clontarf, Dublin, schooled in Dublin (and briefly Westmeath), Dad from Clare, mother from New York.
What is your background in performing?
Grew up singing as a boy soprano, then took lessons in Singing (firstly with Veronica Dunne in College of Music Dublin) and in Acting (most notably RADA in London and Lee Strasberg Institute in Hollywood) and in Dance (first at Diggs Lane Dance centre in Dublin, later in Pineapple & Dance Attic Studios, London). Classical singing started my career, segued into musicals , moved to West End (London) for contracts there over 10 years and Broadway (New York) over three years, all over the world somewhere in between… still love to sing, dance, act, write, direct, teach, mentor, devise …. it’s a gift to have a career in the performing arts!
What’s has been your career highlight to date?
Obviously creating the character of Dottie for the Civic Panto !!!! 🙂
Probably singing my first solo role in Royal Opera House (Covent Garden London) aged only 21… subsequently singing solo to packed houses at Radio City Music Hall (New York) which was kind of surreal!!! I’m hoping theres still plenty of highlights to come…..!!!
Tell us about the role you have in The Civic Panto?
I’m playing The Dame, Dottie, in this year’s Panto – she’s great fun and has already been seen by audiences in last year’s “Jack & The Beanstalk”…. written beautifully and devised by Rob Murphy, who is a tough act to follow as his brilliant alter-ego Buffy in the Cheerios Panto…. she’s a kind of mother-hen figure to all the cast in the show and she usually stands up to the baddie when nobody else will, whether she realises that’s what she’s doing or not!!!! It’s the first “Dame” I have ever played so she is very special to me.
What are you working on now?
Just returned from classical engagements in Berlin and Kiev and working on a new show concept in Zurich whilst also writing a one-man show and awaiting the premiere of a short film I did in the US last year which will be fun to go and see….
Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
I wanted to be a doctor….. maybe that’s not very interesting?!?!?! I had dinner with Tom Cruise?! I think the Doctor thing was more interesting …..
Award-winning Dublin-born Morgan Crowley has had a diverse career across five continents in every genre of entertainment – appearing in Olivier nominated plays, on a Grammy-winning CD, Tony Award winning musical and the stage version of an Oscar-winning film. Notable leading roles in Broadway/West-End/international theatre include London Road and Nine O Clock Slot for National Theatre (London), Playboy Of The Western World (London), An Apple A Day (world premiere London), Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Cirque du Soleil, Riverdance, Scrooge, Carousel and The Dead (world premiere at The Abbey). Morgan also works extensively in television & film with credits worldwide including BBC’s Eastenders, Lovejoy, Universal Pictures, Disney, The Wiggles, Royal Opera Covent Garden, UTV, Vikings and the recent release Pilgrimage. Extensive oratorio and operatic work has included roles in religious works by composers including Mozart, Handel, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Schubert, Bach, Rossini and operas including Orfeo, Die Zauberflote, Pinocchio, Candide, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Dido & Aeneas, L’Heure Espagnole, Die Tote Stadt, Carmen and the award-winning world premiere of The Oliver Trilogy at Covent Garden, directed by Simon Callow. Concerts include the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Gala, Royal Festival Hall, Hyde Park (broadcast live to 10 million people worldwide), Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute in his presence, Royal Variety Performance and Vatican City. In addition to directing Dublin’s popular annual open-air opera season in Wood Quay, his most recent Irish appearances include the theatrical world premiere HERESY, a featured role in the international EuroMillions tv ad, featuring in an award-winning Dublin Film Festival documentary feature and concert appearances at the NCH with the National Symphony Orchestra. Morgan’s song-writing also achieves great critical acclaim (available on iTunes and www.morgancrowley.com) alongside his various other CD releases, which include the premiere audio-book CD of James Joyce’s “The Dead”. Delighted to be back with the amazing team at The Civic for more fun and frolics!!!
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Snow White 10 -29 December
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