Kim Criswell

Kim Criswell's recent work includes CARRIE at the Southwark Playhouse, where she received rave reviews for her portrayal of the God-fearing Margaret White. She also appeared at the Royal Exchange in 2014 in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, playing Big Mama. 

Kim Criswell is a seasoned Broadway performer now living in London. Broadway audiences will remember her from the original casts of NINE, BABY, THE FIRST, STARDUST and THE THREEPENNY OPERA revival. In Los Angeles, she starred as Grizabella in CATS and West End audience have seen her in the title role of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS, DAMES AT SEA and THE SLOW DRAG. She won a Helen Hayes Award for SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM and an Olivier nomination for Annie Oakley. 

Kim has made twenty five recordings, including THE LORELEI and THE HUMAN CRY (both solo albums), ANYTHING GOES, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and KISS ME KATE for EMI. She has also recorded ON THE TOWN, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE PYJAMA GAME, ANNIE, THE SLOW DRAG and most recently a solo album BACK TO BEFORE for TER records.

She has appeared with concert symphony orchestras the world over, including concerts conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with whom she recorded Bernstein's WONDERFUL TOWN in 1998 for EMI. She had a personal triumph with her solo concert in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and has recently formed a cabaret duo with Wayne Marshall which was a tremendous success on the South Bank, in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and the Edinburgh Festival.

She has also appeared in two TV mini-series: THE MAN WHO MADE HUSBANDS JEALOUS and SAVAGE PLAY

She has given concerts and recitals in Venice, Rome, Milan Florence and Bolgna; Gala Concerts and Gershwin's OF THEE I SING for Opera North and CANDIDE with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She has also given Cabaret Recitals with Wayne Marshall in Aldeburgh and the Wigmore Hall in London and several Gershwin Centenary Concerts in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. she also gave a recital at the San San Carlo Opera in Naples.

In 1999, Kim made her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras concert conducted by Wayne Marshall. She also sang in concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hickox. She gave recitals and concerts with Wayne Marshall in Venice, Florence, Milan and Festivals throughout the UK. She made her debut in the 1999 BBC Proms with Bernstein's WONDERFUL TOWN conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. She was a featured artist in the 1999 BOC Covent Garden Festival. In 2000, she had a great success in Gershwin's LADY BE GOOD at La Fenice, Venice. She also made her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestra and gave recitals at St David's Hall, Cardiff and The Maltings Snape, Aldeburgh. She returned to the BOC Covent Garden Festival for MAN OF LA MANCHA and BIRTH OF THE BLUES and SONDHEIM Gala. She made her debut at La Scala, Milan in a recital with Wayne Marshall and appeared in concerts with the Palermo Opera. She also had a great success when she sang in a Sondheim Tribute at the BBC Proms in 2000 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, 

Other engagements in 2000 included Bernstein's ON THE TOWN with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel in the Royal Festival Hall, RADIO RHAPSODY with the City of London Sonfonia conducted by Marin Alsop at the Barbican, her debut in the Konzerthaus in Vienna with WONDERFUL TOWN conducted by Wayne Marshall, her Paris debut in a Bernstein Gala with Lauren Bacall and June Anderson for Nelson Mandela and her Berlin debut with the Berliner Rundfunk also conducted by Wayne Marshall. In 2001, she sang in a Gershwin Gala in the BOC Covent Garden Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra, GUYS AND DOLLS with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Wayne Marshall in the Royal Festival Hall, a recital at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, her debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Bernstein Gala Concerts. She also gave concerts and recitals with Wayne Marshall in Palermo, Ravello, Genoa, Mantua and Turin. 

In 2002, her engagements included further recitals with Wayne Marshall in Italy and Portugal, LADY BE GOOD at the Sao Carlo Opera in Lisbon, GUYS AND DOLLS in the Konzerthaus Vienna with the Vienna Symphony and Wayne Marshall, concerts with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, PAL JOEY and ON YOUR TOES with the BBC Concert orchestra for the Rodgers Cenenntial in the Dome, Brighton, conducted by Ziegler, concerts with Nic Raine for the NDR in Hannover and Gottingen and her debut with the BErlin Philharmonic in WONDERFUL TOWN conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

2003 plans included concerts with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra at the QEH, CALL ME MADAM for the BBC, a TV Gala for Dutch television, a concert with Wayne Marshal for the Braunschweig Festival in Hannover as well as concerts in Kaisers Lautern for the SWDR, Athens, Bolzano and a Gala Concert in the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra that she directed and performed in. She gave Master Classes and directed and performed in a Bernstein concert for the Royaumont Foundation in France. Recent engagements included concerts with the Flemish Radio Orchestra and the Suisse Romande Orchestra.

Future plans include concerts with the Bregenz Festival conducted by Wayne Marshall, a tour with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop and WONDERFUL TOWN with the Accademmia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2004 / 5, she directed a performed in a Bernstein Project for the Opera de Rouen and for the Orchestre de Piacrdie. She appeared in the title-role in GYPSY and in CANDIDE with the BBC Concert Orchestra.