“The Show is a must see” – Chicago Sun Times

Starring Downton Abbey’s

Lesley Nicol

 

The Show

 

Downton Abbey’s Mrs Patmore, Lesley Nicol, stars in a show that is part stand-up comedy, part poignant storytelling and part musical comedy.

With ten original songs by celebrated composer Mark Mueller, How the Hell Did I Get Here? takes the audience on the journey from Lesley’s childhood, through her time as a working actress to her success on Downton. This is an unashamedly hilarious and feel-good evening with a charismatic performer.

 

About The Artists

LESLEY NICOL

Performer and Writer

Lesley is best known for her starring role as Mrs. Patmore in the hugely successful worldwide hit TV series “Downton Abbey” and its box-office smash film sequel. The second film debuts in March, 2022.

She’s also enjoyed a wildly diverse theatrical career in the UK and the US, having started her career in musicals with a role in the original production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on London’s fabled West End, followed by singing her way ‘round the theaters of Great Britain.

Back in London on the West End, she starred as Rosie in “Mamma Mia” for two years and originated the role of Kath in “Our House – the Madness Musical.” More recently, she portrayed the redoubtable Miss Hannigan in “Annie” at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theater.

One of Lesley’s favorite stage roles involved creating the character of Auntie Annie in “East is East” at the West End’s Royal Court Theater. She later reprised the part in the BAFTA-Award winning film and its film sequel, “West is West.” Another highlight includes her co-starring performance in the acclaimed drama “The York Realist” at The Donmar Warehouse in London.

Her TV career has encompassed both drama and comedy in the US and UK. In addition to the ITV/PBS Masterpiece drama “Downton Abbey,” Lesley starred as mafia matriarch Sybil Griffiths in the ABC/Shonda Rhimes crime drama “The Catch” and as lead character Henrietta Beecham in the India-set period drama “Beecham House” for ITV/PBS Masterpiece. Other shows she’s appeared on include “Shameless,” “Blackadder,” “Dinnerladies,” the BBC’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Inspector George Gently.”

In the US, she has guest-starred on Amazon’s “The Boys,” ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Fox’s “Raising Hope,” TVLand’s “Hot in Cleveland” and The CW’s long-running hit “Supernatural,” in which she truly showed her range by playing an evil, child-eating German witch!

Her voice work includes the children’s series “Sarah and Duck” for the BBC. In the US, she can be heard regularly on “Goldie and Bear,” “Harvey Beaks,” “Tom and Jerry,” “Summer Camp Island” and “Vamperina.”

Lesley also had the huge honor of paying a “flying visit” to the “Ghostbusters” film reboot for director Paul Feig.

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MARK MUELLER

Composer and Writer

Mark’s music career includes writing #1 pop songs in the U.S., the U.K, and around the world. He’s sold more than 32 million records worldwide and has received 47 gold and platinum records. He is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Pop Award twice for writing one of the Most Performed Songs of the Year and a two-time Emmy Award nominee in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics for his work in television.

“Vanity Fair” magazine called Mark’s theme song for Disney’s animated hit DuckTales “history’s catchiest single minute of music.” The show is currently streaming in 162 countries and 34 languages.

His pop songs include the #1 hit “That’s What Love Is For” by Grammy-winner Amy Grant, #1 worldwide smash “Crush” by Jennifer Paige and Top 5 rock anthem “Nothin’ At All” (words & music), performed by iconic Grammy-winning group Heart.

In his work for the stage, Mark wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book of the original musical “Butterfly,” directed by Tony Award-winning Jack Hofsiss at the Goodspeed Opera House.” A song from the show, “The Next Dream,” was performed by two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters on NBC’s Carol Burnett show.

Mark also co-wrote and was executor producer of an all-sung musical comedy titled “Shangri-La Plaza” that aired on CBS, starring Broadway’s Terrence Mann and Melora Hardin from the NBC hit show, “The Office.”

Mark’s songs have been featured in films such as “Pokémon: The First Movie,” “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation,” “Honey, I Blew Up The Kid” and “The Last Starfighter.” For “Adventures in Babysitting,” he wrote “The Babysitting Blues,” sung by Oscar-nominee Elisabeth Shue.

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LUKE KERNAGHAN

Director

Directing credits include: Treasure Island (Lighthouse Theatre, Poole); Disney’s Freaky Friday (Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre – European premiere) From Morning To Midnight (Rose Theatre, Rose Bruford); Chaika: First Woman In Space (Edinburgh Festival); Magpies (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin) Blood And Ice (Shelley Theatre); Sunday In The Park With George (Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre); Clockwork Canaries (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Let The Right One In (Abbey Theatre Dublin/National Theatre of Scotland – Irish premiere, original production directed by John Tiffany); Unplugged (National Theatre of Scotland); Alice, Edward II, The Man of Mode (Arts University Bournemouth); Códice Ténoch (Compañia Nacional de Teatro de Mexico/Royal Shakespeare Company); Redcrosse (Royal Shakespeare Company); Heartbreak Beautiful (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Urban Girl’s Guide To Camping, No Way Out: Huis Clos (Southwark Playhouse); Vantastic & Lobster (Oval House); Rebels & Retail (Trafalgar Studios); The B File, The Rover (Etcetera Theatre).

Luke has directed workshops for new musicals including: Worlds Apart (3 Pin Productions) and All Things Must Change (Selladoor/Eden Court/Raw Material).

Luke received an MA in Directing from the Central School of Speech and Drama, and trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, as well as on the National Theatre of Great Britain Director’s Course. He was a finalist for the JMK Young Director’s Award.

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Erin Kraft

Associate Director

Recent productions include:  world premiere of Call Me Elizabeth (Porchlight Music Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Youngstown Community Playhouse, and Broadway On Demand), In A Word (Urbanite Theatre), and The Great Inconvenience (Annex Theatre, world premiere). Erin served on the artistic staff at Seattle Repertory Theatre for eight years, and has directed new play workshops and world premieres for Seattle Rep, Chicago Dramatists, 20% Theatre, Prop Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Northwest Playwrights Alliance. MFA, The Theatre School at DePaul University.

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ANSHUMAN BHATIA

Scenic Designer

Anshuman’s designs for Opera, Theater, and Dance have been seen at Santa Fe Opera, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Dublin’s Civic Theater, Soho Rep, The Public, The Atlantic, Arena Stage in Washington D.C., The Park Avenue Armory, Bard Music Festival, WP Theater, The Juilliard School, Madison Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, LoftOpera, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Keen Company, Pacific Symphony, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Virginia Arts Festival, Rattlestick Theater, The Sheen Center, Troy’s EMPAC. M.F.A. NYU. www.bhatiadesign.com

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LUCRECIA BRICENO

Lighting Designer

Lucrecia Briceno is a Peruvian artist currently based in Brooklyn.

Much of her work has been in association with artists developing innovative and original pieces. Her work includes theatre, opera, puppetry & dance, as well as collaborations in several non-performance projects.

Her designs have been presented at such venues as Oxford Playhouse (UK), The Public Theater, Arena Stage, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Theatre Center, BAM (Fischer), Kennedy Center, Atlas Performing Arts, Berlind Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, La Mama ETC, Birmingham Repertory (UK), Culture Project, Pregones Theatre, Intar, HERE Arts Center, Soho Rep, Ohio Theatre, Irondale Center, ArtsEmerson, among many others.

Internationally her work has been seen in Caracas, Peru, Turkey, Scotland, Seoul, Bogota, Norway, and England. Her design work for “Crime and Punishment” was part of the Venezuelan delegation for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial.

She is an associate artist with The Civilians, a Core Member of Anonymous Ensemble, a resident designer with Pregones Theatre/PRTT and La Micro; she has also been a guest artist/lecturer at NYU, Princeton University, Hunter College and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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RAY NARDELLI

Sound Designer

Ray Nardelli (Sound Designer) returns to the Goodman, where he previously worked on The Music Man, Having Our Say, Two Trains Running, The Jungle Book and A Christmas Carol, among many others. Chicago credits include work with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater. Select regional theater credits include work with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. New York credits include Lookingglass Alice (New Victory Theater). National Tour credits include War Horse, The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables, Jersey Boys, Wicked and The Lion King. A four-time Jeff Award winner, Nardelli has composed music for more than 400 films, television programs, DVDs and computer games. He has also recorded, mixed and edited eight original musical cast recordings.

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PEMBERLEY PERRY

Producer / General Manager

Martin Platt, Producer & General Manager

Doreen Sayegh, Producer & General Manager

Tim Smith, Producer & General Manager

Annie Shea Hulcher, Associate General Manager

 

Pemberley Perry was formed by the merger of Perry Street Theatricals and Pemberley Productions, We are producers and general managers for theatre productions in New York, Chicago, and on tour in the USA. We also specialize in touring overseas productions across North America.

As well as this engagement of the tour of How The Hell Did I Get Here? the 21/22 season sees Pemberley Perry general managing the North American premiere of the hit West End Musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, producing and general managing The New York and San Francisco productions of The Woman In Black, and general managing the new comedy When Harry Met Rehab,  currently playing in Chicago with Frazier’s Dan Butler.

For more see: www.pemberleyperry.com

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What Critics Are Saying

Part Stand up, part poignant storytelling - Chicago Sun Times
Modest, kindhearted and warm... it will do very well - Chicago Tribune
The Show is a Must See - Chicago Sun Times

What Audiences Are Saying

This show was incredible! Lesley is just as you would imagine; charming, engaging, lovely - Caroline C.
Absolutely delightful! Funny and heartwarming. Just what we need in our troubled world! - Alice H
Go see it! - Mike M