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The Players

SUSAN EDWARDS MARTIN

Actress, Singer, Musician,

Writer, Composer

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Broadway World Winner, Susan Edwards Martin, is the original “Lady Blues” in the Tony Award winning Broadway play, Torch Song Trilogy. Susan received her Broadway World Award from her L’Ermitage concert last season for her “Fearless Females in the Footlights!” She performed her critically acclaimed cabaret show at Feinstein’s/54Below in Manhattan and Feinstein’s@Vitello’s in Los Angeles and starred as Minnie in the Musical Theatre Guild’s production of MINNIE’S BOYS and was the Voice of the Book in their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!!  Susan was featured in the MTG’s Broadway World Winner “Live, Laugh, Love: A Sondheim Birthday Celebration and is featured as the Narrator in the new short film “QUIRKS!” which has been receiving multiple awards in film festivals across the country.  Susan received two Eddon Awards, one for Best Cabaret/Concert in an Intimate Space for An Unpredictable Musical Evening and the other for the Most Memorable Holiday Concert for The Susan Edwards Martin Holiday Extravaganza! This evening, Ms. Edwards Martin will be performing a concert version of her hit original musical, UNLIMITED!

 

Susan is the voice-over for Dr. Molly for the children’s TV Animated Series BING! on Max, airing soon!! 

 

Susan has been in many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Suicide (starring Derek Jacobi) and the long-running musical comedy Scrambled Feet. National Tours include Prince of Grand Street with Robert Preston and Stephen Schwartz’s The Magic Show. 

 

Ms. Edwards Martin has numerous television credits including a recurring role on Days of Our Lives, guest appearances on “NYPD Blue”, “Designing Women”, “Dallas”, “Falcon Crest”, “Colombo” and “Perry Mason” to name a few. Her national commercials include Disney Destinations, Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts, DirectTV and appearing with Patti LaBelle as her pianist and singing partner for Prempro. 

 

Susan has shared the stage and worked with many celebrities including, Barry Manilow, Karen Carpenter, Theodore Bikel, Jason Graae, Robert Preston, Harvey Fierstein, Estelle Getty, Vivian Reed, Stephen Schwartz, Grover Dale, Gene Saks, Bob Merrill, Patti LaBelle, Teri Ralston, Raymond Burr, Michael Landon and Jim Walton.

 

Ms. Edwards Martin starred as ‘Jenny Grossinger’ with the L.A. Jewish Symphony in a concert version of Grossinger’s…The Last Resort and headlined on the luxury Crystal Symphony Film & Theatre cruise.

 

Susan has toured extensively nationally and internationally and was a winner in the Latin category of the International John Lennon Songwriting Competition for her song “El Amor Te Aspera”.

 

You can hear Ms. Edwards Martin on voiceovers nationwide and is a vocal coach on the east and west coasts, as well as teaching her “Fearless Singing for Animation.”

 

Susan’s latest CD offering, “Simply Susan, Reimagined!” can be found on all streaming platforms! (SPOTIFY, YouTube, AMAZON and  APPLE MUSIC!)

JEREMY GUSKIN

Director

Jeremy Guskin, born and raised in New York City, has two MFA degrees. One from Carnegie Mellon University and the other from The Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT), in Russia. He has also completed programs at the Yale School of Drama, The National Theatre Institute(NTI) at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, HB Studios in New York, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in Los Angeles and studied tap dancing with Savion Glover!

Jeremy currently teaches at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), La Canada Playhouse, Burbank High School, A Noise Within, and coaches students and professionals privately.  In 2016 he was an official nominee for a Tony Award for Excellence in Arts Education. He is also the creator and star of Shakespearience at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.and Uncle Jermy's Smyle Hour, and is truly sorry for that one!

As an actor he has appeared in the films, "Art School Confidential", "Pulse", "The Hero of Color City", "Get Dead", and "Simone". His theatre credits include "Figaro" (A Noise Within; winner Scenie Award-best performance by a lead actor in a comedy), "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Curse of Ravensdurn" (Barnsdall Gallery Theatre), "Nothing Sacred"(South Coast Rep), "6 Rms Riv Vue"(Sierra Madre Playhouse-Winner Best Performance by an Actor), "You Can't Take It With You"(Antaeus), "The Lower Depths"(MXAT), and "Basketball Jones"(New Victory Theatre,NY).

Jeremy's TV credits include "'Til Death"(recurring), "Rizzoli & Isles" (recurring), "Roswell"(recurring), "Raising Hope", "The Mentalist", "The Finder", "Life", "NCIS", "Alias", "NYPD Blue", "Angel", "Six Feet Under", "E.R.", and "King of Queens". 

Jeremy is looking forward to bringing UNLIMITEDto Los Angeles and New York audiences!

LARRY BLANK

Music Consultant

Larry Blank's soaring arrangements of Broadway musicals are in demand all over the world.  As music director, conductor and arranger, he works his musical magic. Larry Blank is one of the most prolific and sought after composers, conductors, and orchestrators in the entertainment business today.  His work has been presented all over the world, including some of Broadway's most successful  musicals, Carnegie Hall, and top television and film projects.

 He was the music director/conductor and/or vocal arranger for many shows on Broadway and in Los Angeles, including THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, EVITA, SUGAR BABIES, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, ONWARD VICTORIA, COPPERFIELD, COLETTE, A CHORUS LINE and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Larry has been nominated three times for both the TONY AWARD and THE DRAMA DESK AWARD for his orchestrations in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS and with Marc Shaiman for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Larry received a DRAMA DESK NOMINATION for orchestrations for A CHRISTMAS STORY and HONEYMOON IN LAS VEGAS. Larry contributed to the orchestrations for both the stage and film production of THE PRODUCERS as well as the film CHICAGO.  Larry is a regular conductor and arranger for BBC Radio 2 and FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT IN THE UK. He is also music director and orchestrator (along with mark Cumberland) for the OLIVER AWARDS in London. Larry has worked with top talent from varied fields including Michael Crawford, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette Peters, Kelsey Grammar, Christine Baranski, Roberta Flack, Peter Fountain, Peabo Bryson, Sally Kellerman, Nancy Dassault, Marc Shaiman, Jerry Herman, Ann-Margaret, Davis Gaines, Bette Midler, George Benson, Placido Domingo, Randy Newman, Trisha Yearwood, Tom Scott, Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, John Raitt and Diana Rigg.

Blank's background includes orchestrating and arranging songs for SOUTH PARK and was music supervisor and orchestrator for Jerry Herman's movie, MRS. SANTA CLAUS starring Angela Lansbury and Charles Durning.  Some of the films he lent his talent to include THE KID, KISS THE GIRLS, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, FORGET PARIS, CITY SLICKERS II, THE NET, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III, NORTH, I'D DO ANYTHING, and STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY.  Blank's music can be heard on the animated feature films, CAT'S DON'T DANCE and ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN as well as the 101 DALMATIONS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. 

Mr. Blank's television work includes orchestrating and composing music for several of the Grammy Awards and Academy Award Shows. He has guest conducted most of the orchestra's throughout the world, including THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, WESTERN AUSTRALIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, PALM BEACH POPS, AUCKLAND SYMPHONY, THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE BOSTON POPS, THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CALGARY SYMPHONY, NEW ORLEANS SYMPHONY and TORONTO SYMPHONY. 

Larry has been named Resident Pops Conductor along with regular Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein for the PASADENA SYMPHONY and POPS.

Larry is thrilled to be a part of Ms. Edwards Martin's new musical UNLIMITED!

TAMARA MARK

Choreographer

Tamara Mark, began dancing at the age of 3. Her focus in Ballet, brought many opportunities for travel, scholarship and personal pieces being choreographed on her. She has had scholarships with the San Francisco Ballet, Harkness Ballet, First Chamber Dance Company, Joffrey, Marin Civic Ballet and David Howard in NYC. Her first professional Broadway audition, was from a push from a friend telling her to go. It was an Open Call, in Portland, Oregon, where she was born. To her utter surprise, she landed her first Broadway Show," A Chorus Line", from her hometown. She flew to NYC and the rest is history. After wardrobe and shoe fittings, she was flown to Vancouver, BC , where she began her Broadway career, in the First International Company of ," A Chorus Line." After leaving the company after a year, she moved to NYC, where her next audition was for Bob Fosse, in a show called, "Dancin'"...Bob Fosse hand picked her for her spot in his show. She left Broadway for a while, after Dancin' as Ballet was calling her. She was placed on Scholarship with the renowned Coach and Teacher, David Howard. She went on to dance in Chicago Ballet and Princeton Ballet, and was invited to work a season at NYC Opera company where she met Hal Prince, and was cast in a production of "Candide." While at NYC Opera, she understudied roles in the Merry Widow and Candide. She met, Donald Saddler, who asked her to lead auditions for an upcoming Broadway Show, called," On Your Toes." It was a 1936 revival and when the 95 year old Legendary Director, George Abbott, saw her, asked who she was and said, "I want That Girl in my show." Tamara, went on to have one of the most exciting times of her life working closely with Mr. Abbott. While doing the show, she continued booking commercials, modeling jobs and auditioned for movies. She went to an audition for a New Film , called "Fast Forward," directed by Mr. Sidney Poitier. Out of 7500 people who auditioned, she was chosen to play one of 8 leads in Mr. Poitier's film, with Quincy Jones creating Music and Rick Adwell choreography. It was a dream come true and Tamara received all praise out of all in every review. She moved to Los Angeles , leaving Broadway behind, to pursue acting. She went on to work with Wes Craven, did many TV guest stars in shows like Cheers, Hitchhiker, Twilight Zone, LA Law, Close to Home, The Practice, General Hospital and her most recent work is in Voice overs. Tamara has dedicated her life to her two severely nonverbal autistic teenage boys and feels she is living the most important role of her life. Tamara is excited to be working with Susan on UNLIMITED!

Sam Kriger

Music Director

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SAM KRIGER is a multi-platinum award-winning Musical Director, Conductor, Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Producer, Accompanist and Vocal Coach who has appeared on concert stages throughout the world– from the White House to the Sydney Opera House. He epitomizes the word "versatility" - having performed, conducted and arranged in nearly every conceivable musical style.

Sam’s client list is a "Who's Who" of Stage and Screen – having served for years as Musical

Director/Conductor/Arranger for legendary artists Michael Feinstein, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Jones, Anna Maria Alberghetti, John Raitt and Donald O’ Connor. He has also collaborated with such gifted performers as Patti Austin, Adrienne Barbeau, Alan Bergman, Ann Blythe, Michael Bublé, Betty Buckley, Lynda Carter, Patrick Cassidy, George Chakiris, Billy Crystal, Alan Cumming, Joel Grey, Josh Groban,

Florence Henderson, Jack Jones, Howard Keel, Roslyn Kind, Storm Large, Lorna Luft, Jane Lynch,

Susan Edwards Martin, Liza Minnelli, Harold Nicholas, Sandi Patty, Bernadette Peters, Bonnie Raitt,

Joan Rivers, Maya Rudolph, Kay Starr, Tommy Tune, Leslie Uggams, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen and

Pia Zadora.

Sam enjoys a long relationship with Disney/Pixar working on several Academy Award winning films as vocal coach for such talents as Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz (Encanto), Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad (Frozen, Frozen II & Olaf’s Frozen Adventure), Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood (Frozen II), Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House (Moana), Anthony Gonzales, Benjamin Bratt (Coco). Other Disney vocal coaching credits include: Brandy (Cinderella), Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt (Pocahontas), Mary Wickes (Hunchback), Danny Devito (Hercules), Minnie Driver (Tarzan), Suzanne Pleshette (The Lion King II :Simba’s Pride), Zach Braff, Joan Cusack (Chicken Little), Anika Noni Rose, Jenifer Lewis (The Princess and The Frog), Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor (Tangled). He has also worked with DreamWorks since their earliest days on several hit films including Amistad, The Road to El Dorado and The Prince of Egypt. Sam recently vocal coached John Lithgow in the soon to be released Skydance animated feature Spellbound.

He is especially fond of the Pops Concert world and Sam’s appearance as either conductor or pianist include many orchestras throughout the world including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Kravis Center Pops Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota

Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, Pacific

Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony

orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

His many musical theatre credits include: Swing! (Theatre Under The Stars), A Funny Thing Happened on

the Way to the Forum (Reprise), Can-Can (Pasadena Playhouse), She Loves Me (Reprise), A Chorus

Line starring Bebe Neuwirth, Assassins starring Patrick Cassidy. Sam and his wife, Diane Vincent, are the

authors of the award-winning Nuttin’ But Hutton – A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Betty Hutton.

Sam makes his home in Los Angeles where he enjoys the privilege of working with some of the best musicians in the world.

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