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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ms. Broadway December 2013: A Gentleman's Guide's Jane Carr

Ms. December 2013
Jane Carr

WHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: Currently, she is garnering belly laughs from happy audiences as Miss Shingle in the musical comedy hit, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.  Part Miss Marple, part Jessica Fletcher, she's a riot.  Musical fans may remember her as housekeeper Mrs. Brill in the long-running Mary Poppins. With a multi-faceted career spanning six decades, I bet she's one of those people you've seen (or heard) many times, and is that kind of actor that you see in everything, but never know their name.  Such is the lot for a serious working actor.  Movie fans may remember her stunning turn in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (a role she also played on stage), or in the Angela Lansbury film Something for Everyone, or even Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.  On TV, she co-starred in the sitcom Dear John, and has appeared in such varied classics as Friends, Upstairs, Downstairs, Beverly Hills 90210, Caroline in the City, sci-fi shows Star Trek: The Next Generation and Babylon 5, plus the current Curb Your Enthusiasm and How I Met Your Mother.  Her Broadway career also includes a Drama Desk Award nominated turn in the RSC revival of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and the play A Small Family Business.  But for now, it's just nice to have her back on Broadway.  Congratulations, Ms. Broadway December 2013!

IN PHOTOS:
Candids and Head Shots



w/ the Broadway Bear from Nicholas Nickleby
FUN FACTS:

  • Her birthday is August 13.
  • Her first name is Ellen.
  • Originally from Loughton, Essex, England, she moved to the US in the mid-80's while touring in Nicholas Nickleby.

ON FILM: 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (top), Something for Everyone




ON TV: 
Dear John, Friends, How I Met Your Mother





MORE FUN FACTS:

  • She currently provides voices for recurring characters on the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb and Fish Hooks, as well as the Nickelodeon show Fairly OddParents and the Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
  • She played the body double and short term replacement for Juliet Mills on the soap Passions.

ON STAGE: 
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Mary Poppins, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder








ON VIDEO:
From a Christmas Episode of Dear John (love the hair!)




Jeff
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