Erin Sullivan built her career portraying the favorite blonde bombshells of the musical theatre repertoire. This season, however, Sullivan continues to expand her abilities, making her directorial debut for Grease at The Palace Theater in Wisconsin and producing new works with her company Wagon Wheel Productions, most recently putting on Joan Crawford in… “Flesh and Blood” by Joe Major. Sullivan performed across the country in the National Tours of Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle in over 300 performances, as Frenchy in Grease, and in The Wedding Singer and Shrek. Also this season, Sullivan will be seen starring as Marilyn Monroe in With Love, Marilyn, a one woman cabaret and tribute show, at The Klein Memorial Auditorium and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Sullivan is no stranger to the role of the Hollywood starlet, as she starred in Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess, by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Mark Medoff, which had a short run at the Rio Theatre in Las Cruces, NM and enjoyed an exclusive VIP industry reading at Birdland in New York City. She recently appeared in the developmental lab of a new musical Hazel: A Maid in America directed by the legendary Lucie Arnaz and choreographed by Chet Walker. She placed in the Top 25 on MTV’s Search for Elle Woods with Jerry Mitchell and Bernard Telsey. In 2014, she released her first book entitled Theatrical Baggage: A manual, workbook, and bible on how to survive a National Tour and Other Gigs. In the book, Erin imparts her expertise regarding life on the road to the actors of the next generation, and is available on Amazon.com and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts bookstore. Sullivan graduated from the esteemed American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
The play “Marilee and Baby Lamb” is an adjunct stage rendition of recorded interviews and conversations co-producer Dennis D’Amico had with Lena Pepitone over a three-year period of time. Lena was Marilyn’s best friend, confidant and seamstress for the last six-and-a-half years of her life. Lena passed away four years ago (August 2011) and the endearing name “Baby Lamb” was a nickname Marilyn bestowed on her because of the curly black hair she had just like a “baby lamb.”