Aug. 11, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater

Marianne Murphy OrlandOne of Chicago’s favorite and most versatile talents, Marianne Murphy Orland has performed as a singer, cabaret artist, director and voice-over talent, locally and nationally, since music came on cassettes. Notable local venues for critically acclaimed and sold-out performances include the Auditorium Theatre, Park West, Drury Lane, Victory Gardens, Metropolis, Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret, Skokie Theatre, The Acorn, Hey Nonny, Winter’s Jazz Club and Chicago Cultural Center, as well as private parties and Salon Series from Chicago to New York to Heidelberg.

Murphy Orland is a clever and compelling storyteller with a voice that’s been described as “port wine with sparkle on the side” and “like a warm blanket around your heart.” In addition to being one third of the popular trio Girls Like Us, she is well known for her tribute shows If I Were a Carpenter: The Life and Music of Karen Carpenter, and Pet Project: The Remarkable Petula Clark. She is delighted to be debuting her newest tribute From Rags to Rhinestones: The Life and Music Dolly Parton at Moraine Valley.

A long-time lead singer with society orchestras, show and dance bands including the Dan Hayes Orchestra, Spectrum, The New Seekers and XTC, Murphy Orland has sung the national anthem for the Cubs and White Sox and has been heard as the voice of various dolls, toys, commercials and even the Dolphin Show at Brookfield Zoo.

Moraine Valley Community College acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Illinois Arts Council Agency