Meet Karen Murphy a Parthy
I was born in White Plains and grew up in New Canaan, CT. I took tap/ballet at Miss Margaret' s School of Dance in White Plains. In High School I had spectacular teachers who encouraged many students to pursue the theatre, A classmate of mine (Michael Krass) just got a Tony Nomination for Costume Design! My parents went to the theatre and show albums/play bills were around the house. I also had a great voice teacher in New Canaan and I was influenced by women on TV such as Leslie Uggams, Phyllis Diller. I was also a semi-finalist for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.
To prepare for these intense roles, I am usually cast for at WBT, I look to literature, photographs, movies and people on the street. I knew when I was 3 that I could sing and knew I'd spend my life doing so. Comedy came easy, perhaps because I had 5 siblings to navigate. I've seen BOTH film versions of SHOW BOAT and read the book. I did SHOWBOAT at Goodspeed Opera House where it was the TOP in ticket sales of their 50 year history.
There are many things I enjoy about WBT. A great crew, Rainbow Coalition audiences, a chance to perform roles not available to me on Broadway and I get every Monday and Tuesday off! My favorite shows are Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, The King And I, Company, The Sound Of Music, and Carousel. My dream roles are Rose in Gypsy and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Anna in The King And I.
When I am not at work, I spend time with family and friends, take lessons, watch TCM, read the NY Times, and go to museums. I have everything I my IPod...classical to Beatles to pop.....