Born: March 30 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Quinn Lemley star of Burlesque to Broadway and The Heat Is On! A life in concert celebrating Rita Hayworth.
How does a nice Midwestern girl end up in sequins and feathers singing The Standards? Well, Quinn came out of the womb performing. By the age of four, she was starring at her parents chicken n ribs restaurant, The Buffy, hence the feathers, singing to the diverse customers from executives to the local flasher. Far Out Foxy Lady from A Far Out Land enhanced her desire for flashy glamour. Quinn’s passion and education for classic films, especially Rita Hayworth, Big Band, Broadway, Burlesque Music and Humor came from her best friend, Granny Lemley, who shared stories and music transporting Q into another world. By 16, in Bordeaux, France, she was the youngest opera student of the great diva, Christianne Castelli. When she started swinging O mio Babbino caro, it was evident Broadway, jazz and the The American Songbook were her calling! Her first femme fatale role was in The Great American Backstage Musical at Interlochen Arts Academy before heading off to the Big Apple at NYU.
This Hoosier turned New Yorker has appeared Off-Broadway in Israel Horovitz’ Barking Sharks; Sirens Of The Silver Screen; originated the role of Colette in Born To Rhumba! at the Duo Theatre; LaMar in Wanda and The King of Hair at the Abington Theatre. Broadway workshops of Rita!; Hollywood Goddess and a Turkish tour of David Ives’ Universal Language. She has appeared on television on “Good Morning America”, “Oprah, “Geraldo”, etc. On film she played a siren in the recently released film by Hudsons River Films “The Greatest Ears in Town – The Arif Mardin Story” .
After the success of starring as Rita Hayworth in The Heat Is On!, Quinn wanted to delve into the world of characters that went from Burlesque, Broadway and beyond. Early exposure to “Burlesque with an antenna” was with Granny, where they would devour shows like Carole Burnett and Sonny and Cher.
With her incredible creative team Quinn created Burlesque to Broadway which is now touring, sharing the incredible stories, music, jokes and dance that is a rich fabric in American history.
All of her favorite things are in Burlesque to Broadway! Sequins, feathers, fans! A hot 10 piece band with sizzling music, gorgeous girls, bumps n grinds, a little history of this magical world and lots of jokes and pokes!
It is a dream come true.
Quinn performs her jazz show Sexy, Smokin’ Standards in NYC at BB Kings Blues Club and is thrilled to be “the iconic face” of The Half Note Jazz Club in Athens Greece. Her shows have toured Greece, Switzerland and China.
Quinn has recorded 5 CD’s for HepCat Records, including: Sirens, Songs of the Silver Screen, Cocktails With a Twist, Dance or Die, The Heat Is On! and Live! At The Half Note. Available on iTunes and CD Baby.
Quinn is proud to be sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Freed of London.
She is thrilled to be bumping and grinding with all of you and the amazing cast and crew of BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY! www.QuinnLemley.com
“Drop Dead Gorgeous Looks and Glam Appeal”– Village Voice
“So good, this experience becomes a revelation” – Paper Magazine
“Dazzled with her voice and versatility” – Asbury Park Press
“Sexy, Spicy and Irresistible” – Swingtime Magazine
Cocktails with A Twisth
Tracks:C'est si Bon; An Occasional Man;Love Me Or Leave Me; Destination Sunrise;Besame Mucho;The Man I Love; Java Joe; Tenderly; You Don't Know What Love Is; Quando Bailar
The Heat Is ON
Tracks:Overture; The Heat is On;Fire Down Below;Who's That Girl;Amado Mio ;Blue Pacific Blues;I've Been Kissed Before;The Shorty George;Long Ago and Far Away/I'm Old Fashioned ;Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered;Please Don't Kiss Me;Trinidad Lady;Put The Blame On Mame
Personnel: Written & directed by Carter Inskeep
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New York, NY
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Quinn is an active speaker on The Creative Process: From Acorn to Oak Tree and a creativity coach. She gives performance masterclasses and teaches privately in New York City. She is a member of Toastmasters International. http://www.acorntooaktree.com Quinn Lemley, actress, vocalist, coach & producer has performed in major clubs and theatres internationally with her show SIRENS and her MAC Nominated theatre piece, RITA HAYWORTH THE HEAT IS ON! A Life in Concert and BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY, recorded 5 CD's and appeared on Geraldo! Oprah and Good Morning America. Quinn has been featured in "HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR" and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Coach U! In addition to her performing, Quinn coaches privately and teaches on-camera acting and presentation skills privately and gives workshops around the country.
The Creative Process: From Acorn to Oak Tree A hands on workshop on the creative process http://www.AcornToOakTree.com Vocal Performance Masterclass Interpretation and Flow