Actor and Actress Profile

Broadway's Leading Ladies: Sierra Boggess

Kelly Ostazeski

“Sierra Boggess”   by Perryrem is licensed under  CC BY-SA 4.0

“Sierra Boggess” by Perryrem is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0



Career highlights:

Sierra Boggess was born on May 20, 1982 in Colorado. She attended Millikin University. She made her national tour debut in the ensemble of Les Misérables, and she also understudied Cosette.


She was cast as Christine Daae in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera, and made her Broadway debut as Ariel in Disney’s new musical The Little Mermaid.


In 2010, she returned to the role of Christine, this time playing her in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel Love Never Dies in London. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance. She returned to Broadway in 2011, in Master Class, opposite Tyne Daly.


Boggess performed in The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, a celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary in London. This production was filmed and released in movie theatres and released on DVD and on CD.

 

In 2012, Boggess appeared off-Broadway in the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She then returned to London to play Fantine in the West End production of Les Misérables.

 

The next year, she once again played the role of Christine, this time on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, to celebrate the Broadway production’s 25th Anniversary. She played the role again for a limited engagement in 2014 as well.

 

She originated the role of Rebecca Steinburg in the new Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You in 2015, and later that year originated the role of Principal Rosalie Mullins in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical School of Rock, based on the film of the same name.

 

Boggess most recently appeared in The Age of Innocence, in Connecticut and New Jersey.

 

Fun facts:

-          In 2013 she made her solo show debut at 54 Below in NYC, and released a live album called Awakening.

-          Boggess often uses this quote: “"You are enough... You are so enough... It’s unbelievable how enough you are.”

-          She was supposed to appear in a French version of The Phantom of the Opera as Christine, but the production was cancelled due to a fire in the theatre

-          She has two sisters, Summer and Allegra.

-          Andrew Lloyd Webber claims that Sierra is objectively the best Christine

-          She appeared in the Encores! production of Music in the Air opposite Kristin Chenoweth

-          Boggess appears on the cast recordings of The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, A Little Princess, Love Never Dies, School of Rock, It Shoulda Been You

-          She also appears on Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies: The John Wilson Orchestra, Where the Sky Ends: The Songs of Michael Mott, BroadwayWorld Visits Oz,

 

Social media:

Official Website: www.SierraBoggess.com

Verified Twitter: @SierraBoggess
Instagram: @officialsierraboggess
Verified Official Facebook Page: Sierra Boggess Official

 

Songs to listen to:

“Part of Your World” – The Little Mermaid: Original Broadway Cast Recording
“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” – The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
“Think of Me” – The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

“Love Never Dies” – Love Never Dies

“Over the Rainbow” – BroadwayWorld Visits Oz

Broadway's Leading Ladies: Donna Murphy

Kelly Ostazeski

Career highlights:

Donna Murphy was born on March 7, 1959 in Queens and was raised in New York and Massachusetts. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied with Stella Adler and at the Lee Strasburg Institute before dropping out after her sophomore year to audition.

 

She made her Broadway debut in They’re Playing Our Song as an understudy, then appeared off-Broadway in Francis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Birds of Paradise, and Privates on Parade. Her breakout roles were in the off-Broadway musicals Song of Singapore and Hello Again. She appears on the Hello Again cast recording.

 

In 1994 she was honored with the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. She became lifelong friends with her co-star, Marin Mazzie. Murphy won her second Tony Award in 1996 for her role of Anna Leonowens in a revival of The King and I, opposite Lou Diamond Philips.

 

Murphy took a break from the Broadway stage and switched over to film and television, and appeared in Star Trek Insurrection as Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)’s love interest Anij, in The Nanny Diaries as Scarlett Johanssen’s mother, Spider Man 2 as Rosalie Octavius, and the iconic dance movie Center Stage as ballet teacher Juliette Simone.

 

She returned to the Broadway stage in 2003, where she appeared as Ruth Sherwood in the revival of Wonderful Town. This performance earned her a third Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk award. In 2007 she starred as Lotte Lenya opposite Michael Cerveris’s Kurt Weill, and received another Tony Nomination. She won the Drama Desk Award for playing Lenya, tying with Audra McDonald. She also appeared in the Encores! Production of Follies as Phyllis Rogers Stone. She performed Phyllis’s iconic song “Could I Leave You” at Stephen Sondheim’s birthday concert as well.

 

In 2011, Murphy appeared in The People in the Picture on Broadway, earning another Tony nomination. Also that year, she voiced the new Disney villain Mother Gothel in Tangled.  She has returned to voice Mother Gothel for the Tangled television series and for the video game Kingdom Hearts 3. The next year she appeared on stage in Central Park as the Witch in Into the Woods.

 

Murphy was cast in the PBS series Mercy Street, set during the Civil War. The show lasted for two seasons, ending in 2017.

 

In 2017 she returned to Broadway as Bette Midler’s alternate in the title role of Hello, Dolly! She played the role on Tuesday evenings and during Bette’s scheduled vacations. She left the production in January of 2018, and returned later as Bette’s alternate on Sunday matinees (and one Monday evening) for six more performances in the summer of 2018, playing her final show on August 20, 2018.

 

On October 22, 2018, the Abingdon Theatre Company honored Murphy and her career with a special gala and performance of the musical Closer Than Ever. She is set to appear in a new movie called Anastasia, about the Russian Grand Duchess, but unrelated to the Broadway musical or animated film. She reprised her role of Mother Gothel in the Disney video game Kingdom Hearts III.

 

Fun facts:

•         Murphy is the eldest of seven children

•         She was married to actor Shawn Elliott until his death in 2016. The two adopted a daughter from Guatemala. She is also the stepmother to Elliot’s two daughters.

•         Her television appearances include The Blacklist, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Murder One, What About Joan? (series regular), Ugly Betty, The Day Lincoln Was Shot (television movie), Royal Pains, and many more.

•         She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the television movie Someone Had to Be Benny, part of the series Life Stories: Families in Crisis.

•         Her other films include The Bourne Legacy, Dark Horse, No Pay Nudity, Higher Ground, World Trade Center, The Fountain, and The Astronaut’s Wife

 

Social media:

Facebook Page (Unverified): Donna Murphy (OfficialDonnaMurphyPage)

Twitter: @DMurphyOfficial
Instagram: @officialdonnamurphy

 

Songs to listen to:

“I Read” – Passion: Original Broadway Cast Recording
“Hello, Young Lovers” – The King and I: 1996 Broadway Revival Cast

“One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town: 2003 Broadway Revival Cast

“Mother Knows Best” – Tangled

“Selective Memory” – The People in the Picture: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Broadway's Leading Ladies: Laura Michelle Kelly

Kelly Ostazeski

Career highlights:

 Laura Michelle Kelly was born on March 4, 1981 and was raised on a farm on the Isle of Wight, England. She took voice lessons as a child and participated in local productions before making her West End debut at the age of 16 in Beauty and the Beast as the understudy for Belle. Her other West End credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind as Swallow, Mamma Mia! as Sophie, Les Misérables as Eponine, and My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle.

 In 2004 she made her Broadway debut as Hodel in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina. She is featured on the cast recording. She left the production because she was cast as the title role in the West End premiere of Mary Poppins. Her performance earned her the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

 She next appeared in A Twist of Fate in Singapore, and returned to the West End to play the role of Galadriel in the musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. At this time, she was also cast as the Beggar Woman in Tim Burton’s film version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – yes, the film version starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. She also played a dual role in a television film Miss Marple: Nemesis. Laura then starred with Jeff Goldblum and Kevin Spacey in Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

 In 2009 she returned to Broadway and to the role of Mary Poppins, starring alongside Christian Borle as Bert, and her original London Bert, Gavin Lee until 2011.  She took a brief hiatus from the Broadway production to film a movie in Australia called Goddess.

 At the Muny, she played the roles of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Anna Leonowens in The King and I. Laura performed in the Kennedy Center Gala performances of My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle and Camelot as Guinevere.

 In 2014 she returned to Broadway in the musical Finding Neverland as the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and stayed with the production until its closing in 2016.

 She was cast as Anna Leonowens in the national tour of the Lincoln Center production of The King and I. After leaving the tour in early 2018, she starred alongside her former Bert, Christian Borle in the Encores! production of Me and My Girl. In the summer of 2018 she also performed in the new musical The Royal Family of Broadway at the Berkshires. On February 24, 2019, she will return to London and perform a solo concert at Cadogan Hall.


 Fun facts:

•         Laura has four brothers

•         She released her debut album in 2006, called The Storm Inside, and later, an alternate version with bonus tracks called What’s It All For? Laura wrote three of the songs on the album herself: “There Was a Time”, “Butterflies” (about her late mother), and “The Storm Inside

•         Laura and Gavin Lee performed “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in the television special America Celebrates July 4th in 2010 in front of President Obama.

•         Laura has a dog named Couver

•         She has performed in two solo concerts at 54Below, once in 2016 and once in 2017.

 Social media:

Twitter: @lauramkelly
Instagram: @lauramichellekelly

 Songs to listen to:

“All That Matters” – Finding Neverland: Original Broadway Cast Recording
“Lothlórien” – The Lord of the Rings Musical: Original London Cast Recording

“Wonder” – The Lord of the Rings Musical: Original London Cast Recording

“Feed the Birds” – Mary Poppins: Original London Cast Recording

“The Storm Inside” – Laura’s debut album The Storm Inside

The Leading Ladies of Broadway: Sutton Foster

Kelly Ostazeski

Career highlights:

Many know her rags to riches story, or rather – ensemble to Tony Award winning triple threat leading lady. Foster was born on March 18, 1975, in Georgia, and relocated to Michigan, where she attended Troy High School. She took dance classes as a child, and at her first audition scored her first role as the title character in Annie. She was cast in The Will Rogers Follies tour and completed her high school diploma via correspondence. Foster then attended the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in their musical theatre program, but dropped out after a year.

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 Foster made her Broadway debut in 1996 as Sandy in Grease. She then appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel, as Star-to-Be in Annie, and then as Éponine in Les Misérables. She was then cast in the ensemble in the out of town tryout in the new musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews. When the original Millie left the production, Foster was offered the role. The show transferred to Broadway, opening in April of 2002, to rave reviews for her performance. Foster then won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Best Leading Actress in a Musical Tony Award.

 Her next Broadway role was Jo March in the short running Little Women the Musical, for which she was nominated for another Tony Award. In 2006, she starred as the bride Janet Van De Graaff in Tony Award Winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, earning another Tony nomination. Next was the role of Inga in Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein. She played Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and was nominated for yet another Tony.

 Foster released her debut album in 2009, called Wish, and did a concert tour across the country, including a stint at Café Carlyle in New York, where she recorded a live album. She appeared in the Encores! Productions of Anyone Can Whistle and The Wild Party, as well as the off-Broadway play called Trust.

 Her next Broadway role was Reno Sweeney in the 2011 revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. Her powerhouse triple threat performance won her a second Tony Award.

Kelly meeting Sutton Foster in 2007

Kelly meeting Sutton Foster in 2007


 She was cast in the television series Bunheads on ABC Family, but it was cancelled after one season. She returned to Broadway in Violet, earning yet another Tony Award nomination. She currently plays Liza Miller on the TVLand series Younger, which has been renewed for a sixth season. Her most recent stage role was in an off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.

 Foster released her second studio album Take Me to the World in 2018. Also in 2018, she reunited with the original Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie for a one night only 15th anniversary concert benefiting the Actors Fund, and she will perform in My One and Only, a Roundabout Theatre Company benefit next month.

 

Fun facts:

- Her brother is Tony Award nominated actor Hunter Foster, and her sister-in-law is Broadway actress Jennifer Cody

- She was married to Tony Award winning Christian Borle

- She is good friends with her Little Women sister, Megan McGinnis, who often performs in concerts with Foster, and is featured in a duet on Wish, and on Take Me to the World.

- She received an honorary doctorate at Ball State University, where she also teaches and collaborates with the theatre program

- Other TV appearances include: Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Law and Order: SVU, Elementary, Royal Pains, and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

- She is married to screenwriter Ted Griffin and together, they adopted a daughter, Emily, in 2017

- Sutton loves dogs!

- She is also an artist and you can find her art for sale on her website

- Foster appears on Broadway cast recordings of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Shrek, Anything Goes, and Violet.

- Foster also appears on several compilation albums: The Maury Yeston Songbook, The Broadway Musicals of 1926, Julie Styne in Hollywood, Keys – The Music of Scott Alan, and Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project

 

Social media:

Verified Facebook Page: Sutton Foster
Twitter: @sfosternyc
Instagram: @suttonlenore
Official Website: SuttonFoster.com

 

Songs to Listen to:
“Gimme Gimme” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

“Astonishing” – Little Women the Musical

“This is How a Dream Comes True” – Shrek the Musical

“Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Anything Goes

“Sunshine on My Shoulders” – Sutton’s album Wish
“Give Him the Ooh La La” – Sutton’s album Take Me to the World