Preshy Marker
Biographical Information
Born August 26th, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died July 5th, 2015
Los Angeles, California, United States
Productions Hear! Hear!
Li'l Abner as Daisy Mae
Calamity Jane as Katie Brown (world premiere)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Philia (original Broadway Cast)
Recordings A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Soprano

Preshy Marker was an American actress.


Born Esther Stomne Rayna in Chicago,Illinois, she initially intending to become a teacher, before being spotted by renowned bandleader Fred Waring and becoming a featured member of the Ziegfield Follies, as well making a number of television appearances, guesting on The Steve Allen Show and acting in Death Valley Days.

She passed away in 2015.


Marker's first singing role was in the musical revue Hear! Hear! in 1955, but it was two later roles that gained her notice, originating the parts of Katie Brown in Calamity Jane, and the virgin courtesan Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


Hear! Hear! (1955)Edit

Li'l Abner (1959)Edit

  • If I Had My Druthers (reprise) (solo)
  • Namely You (duet)
  • Unnecessary Town (contains solo lines)
  • I'm Past My Prime (duet)
  • Love in a Home (duet)
  • Namely You (reprise) (solo)
  • Finale

Calamity Jane (1961)(originated the role)Edit

  • Keep it Under Your Hat (solo)
  • A Woman's Touch (duet)
  • Love You Dearly (duet)
  • The Black Hills of Dakota
  • Finale

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)(originated the role)Edit

  • Comedy Tonight
  • Lovely (duet)
  • Pretty Little Picture (contains solo lines)
  • That'll Show Him (solo)
  • Comedy Tonight (reprise)

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