No Stranger to the Stage
Brandi Michelle Russell is no stranger to the stage. With over 20 years of professional experience as both an on-stage Actors Equity (USA & UK) performer and off-stage creative, Brandi brings a plethora of experience and passion to every show. She has played many theatrical leading roles, including “Doctor Ava” in the one-woman show Never Sleep Alone (opening the new Virgin Voyages, USA), “Magenta” in Rocky Horror Picture Show (USA), “Flo Manero” in Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean Productions), “Wicked Stepmother” in Cinderella (Theatre Royal Wakefield, UK), “Audrey” in Little Shop of Horrors (USA), “Frenchy” in Grease (USA), “Flo Manfred” in the World Premiere of Meat Street: The Musical (USA), “Reno Sweeney” in Anything Goes (USA), “Maria” in award-winning Orlando Fringe show Mums the Musical (USA) “Sonja” in Godspell (Germany), “Maria” in Watermensen (Netherlands) and received special recognition for her acting in The Vagina Monologues (USA). She has also sang for some of the most influential entertainment companies such as: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Japan, Holland America Line, Marella Cruises & Silverseas Luxury Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Royal Caribbean.
In 2008, Brandi was crowned the winner of the Dutch televised talent show POPSTARS, where she scored a Dutch #1 hit song and signed with record label Warner Music Benelux. Her win gave her the opportunity to perform for festivals such as Stockholm Pride and Amsterdam Pride, and allowed her to create & perform her own full production show Miss Brandi: Camzots Live at the Dutch theme park Walibi World’s Fright Night event. In 2010, she was the opening act for Rick Astley at the 1980’s themed concert A Night to Remember. After her win, Brandi spent 10 years headlining on various cruise liners and theaters in mainland Europe, the United Kingdom, and at various resorts and five star hotels in the Caribbean with two vocal shows Crossing the Classics: From Bowie to Bocelli & Prince to Pavarotti, and Turn Back Time: Celebrating Influential Women in Music.
Brandi’s behind the scenes production and creative work is also vast, with credits including directing musicals Anything Goes and Little Shop of Horrors for Faust Theatre in The Netherlands. In Holland she also created, cast and directed sold out musical shows for dinner theatres Inspiration Point and Arjan van Dijk, and as Entertainment Producer, she created two main stage street shows for Walibi World Holland, which were performed daily for a crowd of 15,000 park guests. She expanded her production work to London, England, where she created new show and dinner theater concepts for various venues around town, included Bunga Bunga Covent Garden and the Aeronaut. She has recently created musical and entertainment performance concepts and shows together with PEEL Talent, which are being recreated on various Marella Cruise Line ships around the World.
Currently, Brandi is performing in the Orlando, FL area, and is heading up a new musical project, Osaka Fall together with her fiancé, vocalist and arranger Troy Dolendo.