If you’re looking for a walking encyclopedia of musical theater history, then Good People’s own Dominic McChesney [A Man of No Importance] is your man. Sign-up to regularly enjoy his brilliance on MusicalTalk—a weekly podcast you can subscribe to through iTunes. He sounds very posh. And he knows literally everything about musical theater. For example, check out this “Musicals Meander” episode where Dom covers the obscure (like Floradora) through masterpieces like Follies, and talks about his grandfather—”the Victorian”—taking in musicals in the 19th century. (Wow…)
She said she was “just doing her job.” (That is, directing A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM as a performing arts faculty member at College of the Desert.)
And yet, Janet managed to snag an Desert Theatre League “Outstanding Director” trophy for her efforts! Plus Good People’s own Kathy Gillespie also won for “Outstanding Costume Design.”
The show also took Outstanding Musical Director, Outstanding Lead Actor, and Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Over the years, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has noticed our Producing Artistic Director’s work on specific shows. But on March 22, 2015, LADCC recognized the totality of Janet Miller’s career, presenting her with the annual Joel Hirschhorn Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre.”
With her encyclopedic knowledge of musical theater, her eye for developing talent and her commitment to storytelling, she has mastered the craft. It’s nice when critics agree.