At BroadwayCon one of the most interesting panels was “Creating a Character for the Stage.” Moderated by Ilana Levine, pannalists Adam Rapp, Donna Murphy (Hello Dolly) and Melissa Errico shared their insight.
On Broadway, Ilana is best known to musical theater fans for her comedic turn as Lucy Van Pelt in the Broadway revival of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Ilana also starred in the Broadway productions of Jake’s Women, Wrong Mountain, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, and performed on the Tony Awards. She is a founding member of the theater company Naked Angels. On TV she was seen on the HBO series “Tanner ’88” directed by Robert Altman with Cynthia Nixon. “Seinfeld” fans know her from the infamous episode “The Contest.” Other credits include “Law and Order,” “Damages,” “The Job,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “Gigantic,” “Ira and Abby,” “Failure to Launch,” “The Nanny Diaries,” “Friends With Kids,” and “Five Flights Up.”
In May of 2016, Ilana joined the podcast universe when she began hosting “Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine.” To date there are over 125 episodes. In 2018 Ilana was cited as a “Twitter Influencer To Follow.”
Anthony Rapp is proud to be a co-founder of BroadwayCon and loves the theatre community with all of his heart. He starred in Rent, If/Then, “Star Trek: Discovery” and many others.
Award-winning star of stage and screen Donna Murphy has captivated audiences and critics alike with the depth and range of her work. She received the first of two Tony Awards, along with Drama Desk and Drama League Awards, for her spellbinding creation of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapines’s Passion. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and Igarnered Murphy a second Tony Award, as well as a Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominations. Her star turns in Wonderful Town, LoveMusik and The People in the Picturealso received Tony Award nominations, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Drama League’s 2004 Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Theater. Other theater includes: Twelve Dreams and Hello Again (Lincoln Center Theater), Helen (Public Theater),and the Witch in the Public Theater’s acclaimed production of Into the Woods. For her work in HBO’s “Someone Had to Benny,” Murphy earned a Daytime Emmy Award, and her recent TV credits include the CBS’ “Doubt,” ABC’s “Resurrection,” VH1’s “Hindsight,” “The Good Wife,” and “Royal Pains.” On the big screen, Donna was last seen in No Pay, Nudity opposite Gabriel Byrne, The Bourne Legacy, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground. Other memorable film performances include The Nanny Diaries, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, and the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney’s hit animated feature Tangled. Murphy can currently be seen on the PBS period drama Mercy Street, and she will share the role of Dolly Levi with the legendary Bette Midler in the upcoming revival of Hello Dolly!
Melissa Errico has illuminated the theatrical world with her radiant presence and her unique intelligence— on stage, in recording, and in her writing. This December, she was given a caricature at Sardi’s celebrating her theatrical performances and her concerts as well as her engaging essays for the New York Times on the actor’s art — and, especially, her ravishing new tribute album to Broadway’s greatest contemporary composer, “Sondheim Sublime,” which The Wall Street Journal has called “gorgeous & intelligently sung” and The New York Times has called “The Sondheim Album Of The Year.” Melissa will be starring in a concert version of David Shire & Adam Gopnik’s musical Our Table on January 21, 2019 at 54 Below, costarring Constantine Maroulis, and in March, she will be headlining Wordplay, directed by Jack O’Brien at Lyrics & Lyricists with all songs by Stephen Sondheim. Concert & radio dates: www.melissaerrico.com. Melissa is best known for starring in such Broadway musicals as My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, White Christmas, and Amour, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress. Her Sondheim musicals include Passion, SITPWG, and Do I Hear A Waltz? She was on Showtime’s “Billions.” She recently starred off-Broadway as Daisy Gamble in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Melissa produced 18 short films for social media called #SixtySecondSondheim & is currently filming a documentary about Sondheim with PBS television.