Thursday, September 16, 2010

Broadway Ladies: Ms. Broadway September 2010

Boy, these summer months flew by didn't they?  What better way to celebrate the end of summer than by paying tribute to one of Broadway (and America's) brightest new stars, who made quite a splash in a regional summer show this year.

Broadway audiences may remember her from from her debut in The Woman in White, the spectacular if troubled Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, or as the sweet ingenue/suspect in Kander and Ebb's Curtains.  Or maybe you caught her this summer down in Virginia as Florence, in the Signature Theatre production of Chess.  She plays all types, in all eras, in any type of show you throw at her.  No matter what you may have seen her in, by now you know she is a star on the rise force to be reckoned with!

Here she is, boys!  Ms. Broadway September 2010...Jill Paice!

Her headshot and publicity pose...

Her London and Broadway debut...
... in The Woman in White
(with Maria Friedman (center) and
Angela Christian (right))

It was back to Broadway in...
the song and dance murder mystery musical...
with co-star and Tony-winner,
David Hyde Pierce!

Then it was back to London to star as
Scarlett O'Hara in the ill-fated
(and nearly 4 hour long) Gone with the Wind
Paice with her Rhett,
Darius Danesh

She took time from her busy
West End and Broadway schedule
to co-star in Signature Theatre's
Ace, here with Matthew Scott.

And her most recent Broadway return
in The 39 Steps...
in which she played
ALL of the female roles!

Currently (through October 3),
she stars as Florence in Chess.
Florence and the Russian, Anatoly,
played by Euan Morton.
Paice (center) with Chess co-stars
Euan Morton (left) and Jeremy Kushnier (right).

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  1. I saw her in The 39 Steps and thought she was great! Sad thing is, I never knew that she made her name in musicals first. I'd love to see her in one.

  2. Kdogg -

    Thanks! Feeling better...


  3. Marcus -

    I would have loved to see her in The 39 Steps, you lucky guy! I think she is a super talent. I just hope she finds the perfect vehicle that will let her shine AND be a hit - a BIG HIT!

    Thanks for writing!

  4. Glad you're feeling better, Jeff.
    I first saw Jill Paice on stage in January 2009, at the A Little Night Music benefit concert (for Roundabout). Laura Benanti had to pull out at the last minute due to illness, and Jill took her spot. I was disappointed to miss seeing Laura Benanti, again (she was out when I saw Gypsy), but Jill did a great job, especially on such short notice. I really enjoyed her performance in Chess too. (But if Laura Benanti is out when I see Women on the Verge next month, I will cry.)


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