Morgan is an accomplished musical theatre actress and has worked extensively in regional and Chicago theatres and is currently a company member of Greenbrier Valley Theatre, West Virginia's year-round professional theatre company. She is a 1999 Fellow of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's Cabaret Symposium where she studied with Margaret Whiting and Julie Wilson.
In a review that will appear in this May 2006's Cabaret Scenes, Jeff Rossen writes:
"A few years back, Morgan Duke (performing at the time as Morgan Sturges) took to the stage at Davenportâ€™s and gorgeously merged the worlds of country music and cabaret in her joyous and heartfelt This Cowgirlâ€™s Got the Blues. What she demonstrated with a beguiling charm is that cabaret can embrace any form of music -- well, ok, weâ€™re not likely to encounter a show that will feature this yearâ€™s Oscar-winning song, Hard Out Here For a Pimp -- if one puts oneâ€™s heart in the music. And on her debut recording, Duke does just that as she crafts an absolutely faultless journey of wonder.
"Itâ€™s easy to imagine the grand mountains of the great western states forming a backdrop for her performance when she begins lamenting that I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City and that sheâ€™s A Little Bit Bluer Than That. Duke effortlessly weaves standards with regional creations, settling into a romantic sway on Cole Porterâ€™s Easy to Love and simply mesmerizing plea to Talk to Me Baby, turning up the heat with Randy Newmanâ€™s Letâ€™s Burn Down the Cornfield and getting to the core of the anger and disillusion of Yusuf Islamsâ€™ (Cat Stevensâ€™) Trouble, reflecting with, alternately, melancholy and incense over lost love on Night Life and My Sweet Love Ainâ€™t Around. Ending with a simply stated Ae Fond Kiss, Duke closes a musical storybook that at times touches the heart, excites it and breaks it. The simple and uncluttered musical arrangements -- especially the exemplary stylings of guitarist Don Cordes -- create ideal settings as Duke tells her tales of love in what is nothing less than a flawless performance. (****)"
More praise: "I can tell you Duke has an ethereal voice that would prove captivating on any stage....If this CD is any indication of her future plans, Duke will be spending more time on strictly musical stages." -- gazz.com, The Weekly Arts & Entertainment Guide of the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, West Virginia
"Duke possesses a beautiful voice and a magnetic stage presence."
- Al Gordon, The News-Gazette (Lexington, Virginia)
"If I am lucky enough to get to Heaven, I hope the angels sing just like her."
-- Mountain Messenger (West Virginia)
Check out the artist's website:
1. I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City
2. A Little Bluer Than That
3. Easy To Love
4. Life's Railway to Heaven
5. Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
6. Talk To Me Baby
8. Montana Moon
9. Night Life
10. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
11. Since I Fell For You
12. Ae Fond Kiss