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!
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 the Dolls dance captain. A native of Tucson, Arizona, she graduated from University High School and the University of Arizona with a degree in Theatre and Music. For the last several years, Miranda has traipsed all over the United States as an itinerant musical theatre performer. Some of her favorite roles include Tanya in Mamma Mia (Thingamajig Theatre Company), Magnolia in Show Boat (Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre), and as Mrs. Cratchit three different times, twice at the Gaslight Theatre 10 years apart (wow!), and once at Circa '21 Dinner Theatre. 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. This last year has given her a chance to enjoy being in one place for a while and her new full time job is cuddling her four guinea pigs.
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!
Kauri is The Manhattan Dolls manager. Having grown up in a musical family, she naturally drifted toward choir and dance throughout her school career. She performed in multiple showcases and conventions while in college and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016. Since then she has traveled the country performing the classics and she wouldn't have it any other way! Kauri Doll has always had a passion for the 1940's and 50's, and has truly found her calling in vintage entertainment- including Marilyn Monroe impersonation in her hometown of Tucson. She has recently begun arranging music for this troupe and is elated for the chance to sing these timeless tunes for each and every one of you!
Kauri Doll sends her love and gratitude to her husband and family for their continued support!
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.
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!
Ruthie has been an avid storyteller since a young age. As the child of a high school choir director, she grew up with a love for Gene Kelly films and was drawn to all things musical. During her Tucson, AZ school experience, she performed extensively in various regional/state ensembles for vocal jazz, choir, and trombone. She had an amazing experience marching on baritone and competitively touring the US in the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps marching arts ensemble. Since then, Ruthie has loved performing in local theatre productions like CATS, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Hot Mikado. You can now find her onstage, singing and dancing at Tucson’s very own Gaslight Theatre! Ruthie is thrilled to be alongside these kind, wonderful women, sharing the joy of music!