Ivy Austin was the featured vocalist and comedienne on Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company. She has produced and performed holiday specials for National Public Radio; Christmas At Rainbow Corner and Her Funny Valentine, with musical direction by Rob Fisher. Ms. Austin starred on Broadway and in Moscow in the Joe Raposo/William Gibson musical Raggedy Ann, directed by Patricia Birch. Credits at New York City Opera under the artistic direction of Beverly Sills, include Naughty Marietta, The Merry Widow, Music Man, New Moon, Desert Song, South Pacific and Harold Prince’s Candide and Sweeney Todd.
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Ms. Austin is a voice on numerous commercials and cartoons, including Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs, Nickelodeon’s Doug and HBO’s Peter Rabbit, She sings with The Muppets on Sesame Street, and plays The Lantuch in Aaron’s Magic Village, an animated feature with music by Michel Legrand and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Ms. Austin starred in An Evening With Noel Coward at The Mark Taper Forum. She has performed at The Ballroom, The Emelin and with Peter Howard and Friends at Merkin Hall. At Town Hall, she was featured in Sweet Adeline, Love & Hard Times and The Toyota Comedy Festival's National Lampoon Radio Hour. At Symphony Space, Ms. Austin has participated in Selected Shorts broadcasts, Wall To Wall Irving Berlin, Wall to Wall Frank Loesser, and Wall to Wall Leonard Bernstein. Ivy's film credits include High Strung starring Jim Carrey and the cult classic Grease 2 with Michelle Pfeiffer.
She appeared in T.A.C.T. (The Actor’s Company Theatre) productions of Rhinoceros and The Beauty Part, in Melissa Manchester's I Sent A Letter To My Love, and in Cy Coleman’s new musical Courtroom Cantata at Westbeth. At the 92nd Street Y, programs include Maurice Levine’s Lyrics and Lyricists and Peter Ligeti’s Broadway Swings.
Ivy Austin is creator and host of six acclaimed musical series at the World Financial Center: Women In Cabaret, Women On Broadway, The Tony Awards-50 Years Of Broadway’s Best Musicals, The Men I Love: A Centennial Salute To Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin, Happy Birthday New York!-A Musical Tribute To The City's Centennial, and The Great Songwriters of Hollywood.
Ms. Austin performed Radio Rhapsody with both the Concordia Symphony Orchestra and Saint Louis Symphony conducted by Martin Alsop. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Ira Gershwin-The Art of the Lyricist, and was invited to sing at the Gershwin Symposium at the Library of Congress. This season, she performed songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rodgers and Hart in two concerts at The New York Historical Society. In November of 1999, Ivy Austin will be appearing with Rob Fisher and The Coffee Club Orchestra at City Center.
Ivy and her husband, media analyst Paul Marsh, live in New York with their two sons, Oliver and Nolan, and their chocolate-brown poodle Godiva.
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