MOUNT VERNON -- British singing sensation Toni Morrell and her husband/musical director, Knox County native David Dial, will present “A Tribute to the Legendary Ladies of Hollywood” at 8 p.m. June 15 in Mount Vernon’s magnificently restored historic Woodward Opera House.
Morrell’s litany of songs and comedy will pay tribute to Judy Garland, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and other stars of stage and screen.
The show has earned numerous accolades. Including being rated five stars and voted Best Special Theater Event by BroawayWorld.com.
Actress Shirley Jones of “The Partridge Family” fame, saw the Morrell-Dial production of “Legendary Ladies” at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, Calif., and said afterward, “Tonight has been one of the greatest nights of theater I have ever seen.”
Morrell’s lengthy list of headline appearances includes The Plaza in Las Vegas, Trump Castle in Atlantic City and prominent Manhattan supper clubs such as The Algonquin on 47th and Broadway.
She co-starred with Carol Channing at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood, then co-starred and co-produced a series of concerts with Channing at the James Armstrong Performing Arts Theatre.
As a voiceover actor, Morrell was chosen to be the voice of the brand worldwide for Walt Disney’s Tinker Bell/Disney Fairies motion picture franchise.
Dial, recognized as an accomplished vocalist, arranger and master of the keyboard, has worked with Burt Bacharach, James Darren and Channing, while providing musical services to a host of established singers, musicians, comedians, actors and musical productions. He has performed throughout America, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia.
The Woodward, America’s oldest authentic 19th century opera house, lay in disrepair behind locked doors for decades before a multi-million-dollar restoration began 20 years ago. The 500-seat theater, located at the corner of South Main and Vine streets in downtown Mount Vernon, had its grand reopening in February. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tickets for the June 15 performance of “The Legendary Ladies of Hollywood” are $24, $20 and $18. They may be purchased online at www.thewoodward.org or by calling 740-263-6737, ext. 2, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.