Janet in the Press…

Janet Miller Launches Good People Theater from BroadwayWorld.com

“Today, a newly formed Board of Directors joined with Producing Artistic Director Janet Miller to announce the launch of a non-profit theater venture-the Good People Theater Company (GPTC)-and its opening show, LA’s first fully staged production of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE.”
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BWW Interviews: Hollywood Fringe Spotlight from BroadwayWorld.com

“…I asked Janet why she chose this show as the first production for GPTC and she said she’d been hoping to do this show for ten years. “I love the music. I love the story. I love what it has to say about being true to yourself, about the importance of finding your authentic self, and living that life – the life that’s true to who you are, especially at mid-life.”
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Wonderettes Opens at Merry-Go-Round from BroadwayWorld.com

“…Janet Miller, the choreographer from the Off-Broadway production of the show, will choreograph and Mark Goodman returns as Musical Director. From “Stupid Cupid” to “It’s My Party” to “Son of a Preacher Man” to “Respect,” this song-packed show is sure to please audiences of all ages…”
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Meet the Marvelous Wonderettes from AuburnPub.com

…Choreographer Janet Miller wrote the dance steps for the first show in Los Angeles in 2001, she spent much of last week putting the cast through “‘Wonderette’ boot camp” to get the moves just right.

“We’ll be using most of the choreography from the original show, but because we’ve got a whole new cast here I was able to tweak a few things that I’ve been wanting to experiment with,” Miller said Wednesday during a break from the rigorous rehearsal schedule. “It’s great to have a fresh, new way to look at things and the freedom to change a few things around.”

Miller said she got most of the inspiration for the moves for the show’s 33 musical numbers from the variety shows she watched as a girl.

“They are all very iconic steps that anybody from that era would recognize,” she said. “They do the pony, the hand jive and the bat watousie. Believe it or not, one step came from ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ using the moves Carol Merrill used to do when she was showing the boxes.”
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Directors Lab West 2011 LA Stage Times

“Steve Cisneros and Janet Miller of Phantom Projects talked about how they go about producing shows that are directly relevant to a school’s curriculum and provide teachers and administrators a chance for students to connect to their classroom material through the magic of live theater.”
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LA Stage Insider: January 27th, 2011 from LA Stage Times

Phantom Projects Theatre Group… a group that concentrated on matinees for school audiences, now offers regular public performances of its teen-oriented fare — beginning with the stage adaptation of… The Giver, …helmed by Ovation Award winner Janet Miller, Feb. 23-24 at La Mirada Theatre.  Miller is also staging Phantom’s next project, The Bluest Eye, adapted from the 1970 novel by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, in April at Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica…”
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2010 Ovation Nominee Profile: Janet Miller from LA Stage Times

Janet Miller is a 2009/2010 Ovation Nominee in the Choreography category for her work on The Marvelous Wonderettes with Musical Theatre West. As an Ovation Award Nominee, LA Stage asked Janet Miller the following questions…
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Directors Talk About How They Relate to Actors from LA Stage Times

Janet Miller agrees a director is responsible for creating a safe space for actors. ‘As director it’s up to me to set the working climate. It is very important my actors feel safe and supported.'”
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Top Tips for Acing a Dance Sequence? from Backstage Online

“They need to make acting choices in the choreography. If I say something like, “We’re going to do this little grapevine here, but we’re going to act like we’re falling,” they need to make choices about how their character would interpret something like that…”
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Choreographer Found Feet in Long Beach Long Beach Gazette

Janet Miller‘s career as a renowned choreographer was set into motion when her 5-year-old self slid on her first pair of dance shoes at a small studio in Long Beach.

    Though she said she’s traveled as far as China and Thailand to teach and choreograph dance, the Long Beach native has returned home as the choreographer for Musical Theatre West’s production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, playing through May 2 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center…”

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