ABOUT THE DOLLS
The Manhattan Dolls originated in New York City in 2009 and are swing-style female vocal trios with the sound of The Andrews Sisters. Started by former USO Girl, The Dolls travel the world performing for military events, air shows, award ceremonies, parades, jazz clubs, concert series, you name it! They have been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, BBC Radio London, Fox and Friends, LX 4 NY, The Tucson Morning Blend, Cincinnati Local 12 and more. They have had the pleasure of performing with famous bands including The Jive Aces in the UK, The Cotton Candies in France and The George Gee Orchestra and The Stan Rubin Orchestra in NYC. The Manhattan Dolls are available for private bookings and are constantly touring the US and abroad.
MEET THE DOLLS
Heather is the CEO and founder of The Manhattan Dolls. After touring the US as a USO Girl, Heather wanted to continue the mission of performing for our troops and veterans. Heather spent 11 years in New York City performing in off-Broadway showcases, Broadway tours, and regional theaters all over the country. Favorite productions include The Producers, Ragtime, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and many more! Heather also toured with Barry Manilow as one of his back-up singers in his Ultimate Manilow Tour. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Heather is also a skilled classical singer. Heather now resides in her hometown of Tucson, where residents may recognize her from her time as a host on The Morning Blend morning show. Heather feels privileged to travel and honor our brave men and women in the military. Love to Greg, Aurora, Keegan, Mom & Dad!
Vanessa grew up a proud Air Force "brat" with the fortune of traveling and living all over the world. Watching air shows and performances by Air Force performers, "Tops in Blue" are some of her favorite childhood memories. She settled back in Arizona (where her family is originally from) and graduated from the University of Arizona studying music, Spanish and anthropology with a focus on ethnomusicology. She studied classical and jazz vocal performance in college and after graduation continued performing in such shows as Nunsense, The Music Man and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Vanessa has since had a career in social services but is thrilled to get back into performing, especially for the armed forces active duty and veterans. She owes it all to her family, especially, Brice, Eliza and Violet.
Sheal’s passion for music and performance started early, a result of growing up in a very musical family. The first time her parents played Les Miserables, she was hooked. It wasn’t long before her mother had her singing solos in church. Her love for musical performance continued into college, where she studied classical and jazz voice with a concentration in musical theater and performed with several theaters on the coast of Maine. Favorite roles include The Witch in Into the Woods, The Plaintiff (Angelina) in Trial by Jury, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Sheal stays busy as the mother of three beautiful children and as a social worker for the very population these amazing songs pay tribute to. She considers it a blessing and privilege to be performing with The Manhattan Dolls. XOXO to Justice, London, and Aris, and her amazingly supportive Mom and Dad!
Brianna is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona's Fred Fox School of Music. As a native Tucsonan she became involved in art at an early age, first dabbling in theater then expanding to music. She has studied in Eugene Oregon with the Oregon Bach Festival. Saarburg Germany for the Saarburger Seranden chamber music festival and Mendocino California for the Redwoods Opera workshop. She spent the past summer performing 11 shows in 11 weeks with the College Light Opera Company. She is beyond thrilled to be a Doll!
Chelsee was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in the 1.1-square-mile town of Neodesha, Kansas. She returned to the desert and graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude. An old soul indeed, Chelsee found her happy place when she joined The Manhattan Dolls in 2016. Being able to sing her favorite era of music around the world is an overwhelmingly ideal opportunity for her. Chelsee is filled to the brim with gratitude for this vintage group and all those who make its success possible. Toto, she's got a feeling she's not in Kansas anymore.
Miranda is tickled pink to be a part of the Manhattan Dolls. A native of Tucson, Arizona, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Theatre and Music. For the last several years, Miranda has made it a point to traipse all over the United States as an itinerant performer. Some of her favorite roles include Magnolia in Show Boat, Nellie in South Pacific, and The Girl Who Danced Herself to Death in LOST: a Pop Opera. In addition to performing, she has a voracious appetite for science fiction/fantasy and mental puzzles, and once learned to solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute to win a bet. She is a happily single adventurer with an unbridled enthusiasm for all types of cuisine. It is a delight to perform again in her hometown.
Erin is thrilled to be joining The Manhattan Dolls! A transplant from Rehobeth Beach, DE, she grew up in Tucson, AZ. After getting her degree in Musical Theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, she returned to Tucson by way of Chicago and North Carolina, where she performed and also found her love of cuisine and wine and all things culinary! She finished her massage therapy degree and after spending countless hours practicing “quiet” she returned to the stage at the Gaslight Theatre where you can find her singing and dancing today! She is honored to be able to perform for the troops and veterans!
Gabi is ecstatic to be singing in harmony & igniting the USO spirit with The Manhattan Dolls! It’s her dream come true to perform, travel, & grow with various musicians and audiences. She wants to thank her friends and family for encouraging her to pursue her passions; without them, she’d be singing into her hairbrush.
Kauri is over the moon to be joining the Manhattan Dolls! To paraphrase ABBA, Kauri started singing as soon as she could talk and began dancing before she could walk. She sang in chorus and danced competitively throughout high school and college, but her most influential training was practicing three-part harmony on drives to school with her mom and sister and learning to read sheet music from her trumpet-playing dad as a child. From a Marilyn Monroe obsessed kid to a now vintage-entertainer, Kauri is truly beginning to live her dream. She thanks all the people in her life who have given her unwavering support and she can’t wait to bring her favorite era of music back to life!