Knock ‘em Dead welcomes Broadway Tony winner and TV/movie actor, Harriet Harris! Listen to her fundraising video here.
HARRIET HARRIS BIO
Harriet Harris was born and raised in Texas, where the stage captured her heart. The calling was so strong that she studied at and graduated from New York's famed Juilliard School. From there, she engaged in a successful Broadway and Off-Broadway career. Most notably, she received the 2002 Tony Award as Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Mrs. Meers in the Broadway adaptation of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She performed on Broadway as the evil stepmom in “Cinderella” and as Georgette Howard in “It Shoulda Been You”.
Harriet is also known for her television work, including Frasier (1993), where she created the memorable role of "Bebe Glazer", Frasier's cutthroat, neurotic, chain-smoking agent. Harriet starred as Felicia Tilman in 28 episodes of Desperate Housewives on and as Ellen Buckman in the movie “Adam’s Family Values”.
She now calls New York her home, but frequently travels to California for film and television appearances.
BOBBY BELFRY BIO
Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Bobby Belfry is a musical and visual artist in NYC. He is a multi-award winning vocalist including the Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, the MAC Award for outstanding Pop/R&B Vocalist, and several Critics Choice Vocalist Awards.
Bobby has performed at Lincoln Center, The Russian Tea Room, The Rainbow Room, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Kennedy Center and twice at Obama’s White House. Currently, his “main stage” in New York, is Brandy’s Piano Bar. His music is available EVERYWHERE.
CHELSI GUNSTREAM BIO
Chelsi was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and has been performing around the valley for over 20 years. She is married to the love of her life, and has four beautiful children. She works as a Software QA Engineer for the State of Idaho and owns her own successful skincare business. Some of her performing credits include: Maria in “West Side Story”, Lily in “Secret Garden”, Fiona in “Brigadoon”, Maria in “Sound of Music”, Brooke in “Legally Blonde”, Eva Peron in “Evita”, Ursula in “The Little Mermaid”, Madame Thenardier in “Les Miserables”, Roxie Hart in “Chicago”, and Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeny Todd”. She sends a big shout out to her husband Jeff, who is her side kick and supports all of her crazy! She dedicates this song to her momma, who always taught her to be true to herself.
In addition to the information given above for Chelsi, we salute her performances at various Knock 'em Dead locations in "Grease", "Big River", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Brigadoon" and most recently "A...My Name is Alice".
MISTY DAWN TAYLOR BIO
Raised in Idaho, Misty has lived in the world of music her entire life and has left no song unsung. Starting with voice lessons at age 13, she later acquired her BA in vocal performance at Boise State University. Her passion for music inspired all of her endeavors such as traveling the Eastern and Western Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera as an entertainer on the Disney Cruise Line, and becoming Miss Idaho in 2002 taking her platform, The Power of Music, to the Miss American pageant in Atlantic City. Misty is a former local radio morning show co-host for 94.9 The River and 103.3 KISS FM. She has appeared on the KED stage in the musicals “Grease”, “Les Miserables”, “A…My Name is Alice”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” She is engaged to be married to the love of her life in April 2021.
Knock ‘em Dead is stepping into the 2021 entertainment arena by offering some videos for your enjoyment at home. Unfortunately, KED isn't able to perform in these times of COVID in order to support itself as it has for the last 38 years; however, the rent is still due for our costume, prop, furniture storage and rehearsal space. As a result, we need to fundraise to pay these expenses through the summer.
Our fundraising effort centers on these videos we will post showcasing some amazing soloists you have seen on our stage, as well as video clips from a variety of past productions.
It's been such a joy creating these shows over the many years!!! We are so appreciative of your continued support and wanted to give something back while we are in the middle of this pandemic. We need about $4000 to make it until Fall (when we expect we will be able to produce a major show in a safe environment for our patrons!) In the meantime, enjoy some memories!
Anything you can give is greatly appreciated. KED is a 501-C-3 non-profit so your donations are tax deductible! For fast and easy donating, just click on the Donate Button! Or you may mail a check to KED, 1843 E Roanoke Dr, Boise 83712.