From the North of England to Hollywood, from Las Vegas to New York and Atlantic City, British-born TONI MORRELL has achieved international recognition as a Singer-Comedienne-Actress-Entertainer and Voice-Over Artist.
Toni began her show business career at the age of 9 and by 12 was producing her own shows. By 17 she had won 3 major nationwide talent competitions in the U.K. Honing her craft as an entertainer, Toni appeared in concert halls, cabaret venues and theatres throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Prior to her arrival in the United States, Toni toured Europe; venues included Jersey (off the coast of France) and the Canary Islands, where she headlined for a year at the Tenerife Country Club.
Toni’s international breakthrough occurred when she guest starred on Italy’s prime-time television show, Domenica In on the Rai Uno Network in Rome performing “live” to 6 million people with her husband/Musical Director, David Dial, conducting the all-Italian Rai Uno Orchestra. She made her Atlantic City debut headlining in the main showroom at the now President, Donald Trump’s, “Trump Castle.” In Las Vegas Toni headlined in her own show at The Plaza. In Los Angeles she co-starred twice with Broadway Legend, Carol Channing and starred alongside Rich Little at Hollywood’s iconic Magic Castle.
As a voice-over artist, Toni was “the Voice of the Brand” worldwide for Walt Disney’s Tinker Bell & Disney Fairies’ motion picture franchise. She also voiced the trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent,” along with TV and Radio ads for the luxury auto Jaguar and Cleopatra – The Exhibition.
As a singer-comedienne-entertainer, Toni appeared in concert at The Cinegrill in the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt, and was featured at special events for Warner Bros., Iwerks and Disney, performing for such luminaries as Jack Nicholson and William Shatner, As a stage actress, she performed in the Michael Jackson/Robert DeNiro production of Sisterella at the Pasadena Playhouse, Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater and in the rôle of Jacqueline in the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera production of “La Cage Aux Folles.”
New York appearances include an Off-Broadway rôle in Death Amid the Rich & Famous, The Original Improv, The Algonquin, The Village Gate and Caroline’s On Broadway.
In 2010 Toni, along with husband/Musical Director David, developed and starred in the highly acclaimed Tribute Concert Show, “Remembering the Ladies“, directed by celebrity television producer Karen G, Cadle, which premiered at the El Portal Theatre, in North Hollywood that December. This show toured until its finale performance in June 2014 at the Colony Theatre, located in the Media District of Burbank, California. More information about this show can be found on this website.
2015 saw the launch of Toni’s new, one-woman-show, “Come Rain Or Come Shine – The Judy Garland Songbook – Her Life, Her Loves, Her Legacy!”; dubbed a “Docu-Concert” that pays loving homage to Ms. Garland – with a carefully researched and heartfelt narrative, interwoven with a selection of this beloved star’s most well-known and signature songs.
In 2016 Toni and David revised “Remembering The Ladies“, adding new segments and changing the name of the show. After a three year hiatus, together they have returned to the stage again with their very own Version 2.0 of the original show – better than ever – now to be called, “STARSTRUCK! A Tribute to the Legendary Ladies.”
Currently residing in Southern California, Toni Morrell is also an accomplished video editor, graphic designer, musical arranger and copywriter.
“With undying love and devotion to Jean and Tony Burgess – Mum and Dad”. – Toni