Criswell, Kim 1957–

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CRISWELL, Kim 1957–

(Kimberly Cobb)


Born July 19, 1957, in Hampton, VA; raised in Chattanooga, TN. Education: University of Cincinnati, graduated.


Actress, singer, and recording artist. Concert performer in London, England; appeared at International Festival of Musical Theatre, Cardiff, Wales, 2002.

Awards, Honors:

Helen Hayes Award, Washington Theatre awards Society, outstanding lead actress in a resident production, 1989, for Side by Side by Sondheim; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, Society of West End Theatre, best actress in a musical, c. 1992, for Annie Get Your Gun; Grammy Award nominations, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, for the albums Annie Get Your Gun and Anything Goes.


Stage Appearances:

Girl, Dodger wife, Hilda Chester, The First (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Broadway Scandals of 1928 (musical), off–Broadway production, 1982.

Francesca and understudy for Carla and Claudia, Nine (musical), Forty–Sixth Street Theatre, New York City, between 1982 and 1984.

Member of the ensemble, Baby (musical), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1983–84.

Grizabella, Cats (musical), Los Angeles, 1985.

Stardust (musical revue), Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Anything Goes (musical), c. 1988.

Lucy Brown, The Three Penny Opera (musical), Lunt–Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Side by Side by Sondheim (musical), Olney Theatre, 1989.

Dorothy Shaw, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (musical), 1991.

Doin' What Comes Naturally (solo show), Shaw Theatre, London, 1991.

Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun, West End, London, 1992.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (musical), England, 1993.

Dames at Sea (musical), Covent Garden Festival, London, 1996.

The Slow Drag (musical), Freedom Theatre and Whitehall Theatre, both London, 1997.

Diana Devereaux, Of Thee I Sing (musical), Opera North Theatre, 1998.

Side by Side by Sondheim (musical), Palace Theatre, London, 1998.

Aldanza, Man of La Mancha (musical), Covent Garden Music Festival, London, 2000.

Lady Be Good (musical), 2000.

Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes (musical), 2002.

Ruth, Wonderful Town (concert), London, 2003.

Hollywood Party (concert), South Bank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 2003.

New York, New York (concert), Royal Festival Hall, London, 2003.

Sally Adams, Call Me Madam (musical), Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 2004.

Jule Stye Gala (concert), The Hackney Empire, London, 2004.

Appeared as the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdeline, Glory of Easter; as Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls (musical); as Lalume, Kismet (musical); as Hildy the taxi driver, On the Town (musical); as Maria Reiner, The Sound of Music (musical); as Queen Mary, The Three Musketeers (musical); and in Cole Porter and the American Musical (musical), Royal Festival Hall; in the musicals Du Barry Was a Lady, I Married an Angel, Jesus Christ Superstar, One Touch of Venus, and Strike Up the Band; in the concerts Girl Crazy and Sitting Pretty; appeared in numerous cabaret performances and concerts.

Major Tours:

Hollywood and Broadway II, British cities, 1993.

Also toured in Annie.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Georgie Maguire, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Independent Television, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

George Gershwin—'s Wonderful, PBS, 1999.

Richard Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening, 2002.

Ruth, "Wonderful Town," Great Performances, PBS, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared in Evening at Pops, PBS.

Film Appearances:

Campus radical, True Colors, Paramount, 1991.

Radio Appearances; Specials:

Mrs. Mary Turner Wintergreen, Let 'Em Eat Cake, BBC Radio 3, 1994.

On Your Toes, BBC 3, 2002.

Pal Joey, BBC 3, 2002.



The Hand That Holds the Bread, 1978.

I Wants to Be an Actor Lady and Other Hits from Early Musical Comedies, 1978.

Baby (cast recording), Jay Records, 1983.

Annie Get Your Gun (studio cast), EMI, 1990.

Anything Goes (cast recording), EMI Classics, 1990.

Kiss Me Kate (cast recording), 1990.

Broadway Showstoppers, 1991.

Fifty Million Frenchmen (studio cast recording), New World Records, 1991.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, 1993.

The Human Cry (solo album), 1993.

The Lorelei (solo album), EMI, 1994.

Annie (London cast recording), 1995.

Annie: London Cast Highlights, Jay Records/Showtime, 1995.

Favourite Gershwin, Classics for Pleasur, 1995.

Miss Saigon (studio cast recording), Pickwick, 1995.

The Rocky Horror Show: Selected Highlights (studio cast recording), Madacy Records, 1995.

Broadway Now, Volume 1, Madacy Records, 1996.

Broadway Now 2, Madacy Records, 1996.

From the Musicals with Love, Madacy Records, 1996.

Guys & Dolls (studio cast recording), Jay Records, 1996.

Guys & Dolls: Selected Highlights (London studio cast recording), Madacy Records, 1996.

On the Town (studio cast recording), Jay Records, 1996.

The Rocky Horror Show (studio cast recording), Jay Records, 1996.

Songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jay Records, 1996.

Broadway Scandals of 1928 (cast recording), Aei, 1997.

The Pajama Game (London studio cast recording), Jay Records, 1997.

Thomas Hamson: A Portrait, 1997.

The Slow Drag: A Jazz Musical (cast recording), Jay Records, 1998.

West End: The Concert, TER, c. 1999.

Annie Get Your Gun (cast recording), Broadway Angel Records, 1999.

Back to Before: Kim Criswell (solo album), Jay Records, 1999.

(As Kimberly Cobb) Bernstein—Wonderful Town/Simon Rattle 1999 studio cast), EMI Classics, 1999.

A Little Bit in Love—Broadway Love Songs, Jay Records, 1999.

More West End: The Concert, Jay Records, 1999.

The Only Musicals Album You'll Ever Need!, RCA, 1999.

Greatest Ever Musicals: West End, Metro Music, 2000.

The Jay Way, Jay Records, 2000.

Guys and Dolls, Jay Records, 2001.

Man of La Mancha (Covent Garden Music Festival cast), Jay Records, 2001.

The Musical Genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Metro Music, 2001.

Musicals of the Night, Showtime, 2001.

The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Metro Music, 2002.

The Musicality of Berlin, Jay Records, 2002.

The Musicality of Lloyd Webber, Jay Records, 2002.

The Musicality of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jay Records, 2002.

The Very Best of Broadway Musicals, Metro Music, 2002.

The Musicality of Kander & Ebb, Jay Records, 2003.

The Musicality of Rodgers and Hart, Jay Records, 2003.

Nine (remastered version of original cast recording; with additional tracks), Sony, 2003.

Something to Dance About, Jay Records, 2004.

Appeared in other albums, including Essentials: Volume III, Irving Berlin: Say It with Music, Musicals! 15 Hits from Classic Musical Shows, The Pajama Game Highlights, and Still Loving You. Appeared with Alix Korey in the demo recording Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.


Singles include "Moment of Weakness."


Richard Rodgers: An Enchanted Evening, Image Entertainment, 2003.


Narrator, The History of the Musical, by Richard Fawkes, 2001.



(With others) Divas—In Their Own Words; Fifty Sopranos and Mezzo–Sopranos Talk about Their Voices and Careers, edited by Andrew Palmer, Vernon Press, 2000.