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The Notebook with Maryann Plunkett and Dorian Harewood

June 4, 2024, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Backstage look at books starring on Broadway.

The Notebook: The Musical

Maryann Plunkett (Older Allie) Tony Award® Nominee for Lead Actress in a Musical

Dorian Harewood (Older Noah) Tony Award® Nominee for Lead Actor in a Musical 

Hosted by Ilana Levine, Actress and Podcaster, Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine 

Maryann Plunkett originated the role of Older Allie at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Fall 2022. Other Broadway performances include Agnes of God, Sunday in the Park with George, Me and My Girl (Tony Award), The Crucible, St. Joan, A Man for All Seasons, and The Seagull. Off-Broadway performances include Deep Blue Sound, The Sean O'Casey Dublin Trilogy at Irish Rep, The Lucky Ones, Aristocrats, and Richard Nelson's 12-play Rhinebeck Panorama (seen over a span of 11 years onstage in NYC, on tour around the world, and live on Zoom during the pandemic). Film credits include Showing Up, MAD, Blue Valentine, The Family Fang, and The Rhinebeck Panorama. She has had recurring TV roles on "Manifest", "Dr. Death", "New Amsterdam", "The Knick", "Chicago Med", "Law and Order" franchise, and "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Plunkett is a founding member of the Portland Stage Company and is a coach and mentor. She has performed in Shakespeare, Chekhov, and as a narrator with the Britten Sinfonia.  

Dorian Harewood has appeared on Broadway before in The Mighty Gents, Streamers, Don't Call Back, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has previously performed in the national tours of Kiss of the Spider Woman, Madame Lily, and Miss Moffat. Regional credits include Purley (Kennedy Center). He has appeared in films Gothika, Levity, Pacific Heights, Full Metal Jacket, The Falcon and the Snowman, and Against All Odds. His television credits include "Big Sky", "Bel-Air", "9-1-1", "Criminal Minds", "Private Practice", "7th Heaven", "The Practice", "12 Angry Men", "I'll Fly Away", "The Jesse Owens Story", and "Roots: The Next Generation". He has been awarded a NAACP Image Award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series ("I'll Fly Away") and Best Actor in a Television Mini-Series ("The Jesse Owens Story"). He has also received a Theatre World Award for Best New Actor for Don't Call Back

As an actress, Ilana Levine has performed on stage and screen to critical acclaim. On Broadway, Ilana is best known to musical theater fans for her comedic turn as "Lucy Van Pelt" in the Broadway revival of, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Ilana also starred in the Broadway productions of Jake's WomenWrong Mountain and The Last Night Of Ballyhoo.  She has performed on the Tony Awards. Her ability to portray characters with raw honesty, humor, and pathos, has sustained her career as an actress for over 25 years.  She first appeared on the scene in the HBO series Tanner ’88 directed by Robert Altman and quickly was plucked by Vanity Fair journalist James Wolcott as an “up and comer to watch.”  Seinfeld fans recognize her from the infamous episode "The Contest."  She has appeared in many television shows and films including Divorce, Law and Order, Tanner on TannerDamagesThe JobCashmere MafiaConfessions of a ShopaholicKissing Jessica SteinGigantic, Ira and AbbyFailure to LaunchThe Nanny DiariesFriends With Kids and Five Flights Up. As a voice over artist she has done commercials and audio books. For the past three years Ilana has been cited as a “Twitter Influencer To Follow”.  She resides in Brooklyn, New York  with her husband, actor Dominic Fumusa, her two children, and their dog, Lola.