Broadway star to be honored

LONG BEACH - Tony Award nominee Susan Watson, currently performing on Broadway alongside Bernadette Peters in "Follies," will be the Artistic Honoree at California Repertory Company's second annual "Big Bash" taking place May 21 aboard the Queen Mary.Watson, a Cal Rep alumna, has had an extensive career playing many leading roles, including Kim on Broadway in "Bye Bye Birdie" and creating the role of Luisa in "The Fantasticks." Her performance as Jenny in "A Joyful Noise" was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. "Susan Watson is musical theatre," said Joanne Gordon, artistic director at Cal Rep. "You know you have become an icon when you are appearing on Broadway with Bernadette Peters and quoted as a cultural phenomenon on 'Mad Men.' Susie has achieved everything an actor could wish for and has remained one of the nicest people I have ever met." Now in its 22nd season, Cal Rep, a resident company onboard the Queen Mary, is comprised of graduate students, faculty and staff from the Theatre Arts Department at Cal State Long Beach.

********** Published: January 5, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 38