About Karen Murphy who plays Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins!
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 also have a cousin who is a nun and she's a great influence for this role. 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 have toured with the 2nd National Tour of Mary Poppins which closed last June 2nd in Anchorage.
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, I get every Monday and Tuesday off and I love working with Lisa Tiso! 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.
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.
My Ipod has a wide mix. Mostly Aretha Franklin,The Beatles, classic R and B, Neil Sedaka, Whitney Houston, and Barbra Streisand.
Karen Murphy (as Mrs. Brill) in Mary Poppins. With Joe Dellger.