Kaitlin Murdock has been so entrenched with dancing for most of her 22 years that she barely remembers her stage debut at age 4. The feelings shared between her and her audiences, though, are unforgettable.
Murdock stars as Felicia Hardy/Black Cat in Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, which comes to Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix from Friday, September 8, to Sunday, September 10.
“She’s the nemesis of Spider-Man. She’s a villain,” she says. “She’s a very flirty, a very playful, a very sleek cat burglar. She’s a very fun character to play.
“My personality is playful. Although she is a bad guy, I feel like our characters are the same. She moves like a dancer, which helps because I’m a dancer. It’s nice to have that in common with my character.”
In the live-action show, Spider-Man, the Avengers and others work to defeat Loki in his quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. The new show features a slew of Marvel super heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow.
“It’s good for all ages and you can also come dressed up,” Murdock says. “I love seeing the kids dressed up in the different costumes. When we come on stage, their little faces light up. It’s the best thing ever.”
An Alabama native, Murdock is a technically trained dancer who stumbled upon auditions for Marvel Universe Live! while living in Las Vegas, where she moved to pursue a career in entertainment at age 18.
“I had a few years training in karate,” she explains. “They were looking for martial artists and tumblers. I got the job and have been enjoying it ever since.”
She admits performing in a stunt show wasn’t at the top of her bucket list.
“I didn’t even think about this at all,” she says with a giggle. “I didn’t think about stunts at all. I just happened into it. I really enjoy performing stunts, though. My goal was to dance in a Vegas show. I wanted to be a dancer.
“I thought that if I could make someone enjoy their time watching me do what I’m doing—whether it’s dancing or stunts—and it makes them forget about their troubles, then I feel pretty fulfilled. I enjoy the great responses I get from families. The children get so excited.”
Murdock has been with Marvel Universe Live! for three years and she calls it a challenge.
“It’s very active,” Murdock says. “It takes a lot of stamina. When you have multiple shows, the muscles can get fatigued. We have an athletic trainer who travels with us and helps keep us in check. She takes very good care of us.”
Murdock knows she is convincing, she says, because audiences will chide her when she comes on stage.
“The audiences get really into it,” she says. “They boo me when I come on stage. I think it’s funny. It gets me going and I get really excited. ‘Yeah, I’m a bad guy. Look at what I can do.’”
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7 p.m. Friday, September 8, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9, and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, September 10, $15-$30.