Recognized worldwide for her witty satire, brilliant impressions and powerful singing style, America's premier woman of 1,000 faces and voices, Marilyn Michaels will appear on the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center stage in A Funny Girl Revisited.
Winner of an Outer Critic Circle Award and a Drama League Award for her debut in Catskills On Broadway, Marilyn Michaels is known to audiences everywhere as a gifted impressionist, actress and songstress. Marilyn's first notable performance was in the starring role of Fannie Brice in the national company of Funny Girl, where she garnered rave reviews for her singing ability, comedic timing and uncanny likeness to Barbara Streisand. Marilyn made her television debut on the Emmy winning, classic television series, The Kopykats.
She is well-known to audiences through her countless appearances on such television shows as The Tonight Show, LIVE! With Regis and Kathie Lee, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach, The Today Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Sullivan on Broadway, The Dean Martin Show, Dean Martin Roasts, Name of the Game with Sammy Davis, and many more.
Marilyn has brought her gift for satire and her powerful singing style to such diverse venues as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, starring at Harrahs Hotel in the dazzling revue, Broadway Ballyhoo. Known as a "triple threat performer" she is one of the few performers in show business who can be seen both hosting a standup show such as Girls Night Out for Lifetime and dealing with topical and pertinent social issues as host of CNBC'S Talk Live.
But it is singing that brings Marilyn her greatest pleasure and where she feels she has the most ability. She has appeared in concert at Town Hall and the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse as well as with the Philadelphia and Long Island Symphonies.
In fact, she can sing in five different languages, and frequently performed with her mother cantoress Fraydele Oysher. She was also a guest on the PBS special Another Mitzvah, along with Alan King and Erica Jong, and hosted WLIW television's Awards in Excellence Gala. Marilyn began her career singing with her mother at age seven. By 15 she was soloist in the choir led by her father, the late Metropolitan Opera basso Harold Sternberg. The cantor was her uncle, the legendary Moishe Oysher.
It was through this musical heritage that Marilyn honed her ear for sounds, dialects and languages. Her character portrayals have been seen on such classic shows as The Love Boat, and on the soap opera One Life to Live. Her rendition of Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand singing via split screen on an NBC Award show has become a cult favorite.
A many-facetted woman, Marilyn is an accomplished painter whose landscape paintings and celebrity artworks have been shown in New York and Palm Beach's finest galleries. Marilyn's CD's include, "Voices" (30 characters and voices), "An Oysher Heritage" (timeless Yiddish and Hebrew duets with her great Uncle, Cantor Moishe Oysher and Mother Fraydele Oysher), "A Mother's Voice" (title song by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan and Marilyn Bergman) singing with her son Mark Wilk, and her most recent CD, "Marilyn Michaels... Wonderful At Last." This
current CD contains original songs written by Marilyn for the musical,
"Alyss," based on Alice through the Looking Glass, as well as the Great
American Songbook. A quote on the inner liner notes from legendary Broadway composer of Funny Girl and Gypsy, Jule Styne, state "Marilyn, you're a thrilling talent." The Dix Hills audience is sure to agree.
Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College