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  • (September 2002) : Plays Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing" play by William Shakespeare (Hartford Stage, Hartford, Connecticut, USA).
  • Won a Tony for playing the Wife in the "Did You Move?" segment of Susan Stroman's "Contact"
  • (January 2003) Plays Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing" play by William Shakespeare (The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC, USA)
  • October 1984 issue of Playboy: featured in the "Babes of Broadway" pictorial.
  • Active on Broadway in the following productions:
  • A Chorus Line (1975). Musical/drama. Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Ed Kleban [earliest Broadway credit]. Music orchestrated by Billy Byers [credited as Bill Byers], Hershy Kay and Jonathan Tunick. Musical Director: Don Pippin. Vocal arrangements by Don Pippin. Conceived by Michael Bennett. Choreographed by Michael Bennett. Co- Choreographer: Bob Avian. Scenic Design by Robin Wagner. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Lighting Design by Tharon Musser. Sound Design by Abe Jacob. Associate to Miss Aldredge: Bill Kellard. Personal Asst. to Miss Aldredge: Paul Martino. Assistant to Miss Musser: Richard Winkler. Assistant to Mr. Jacob: David Congdon. Directed by Michael Bennett. Shubert Theatre: 25 Jul 1975- 28 Apr 1990 (6137 performances). Cast: Scott Allen (as "Roy") [Broadway Debut], Renee Baughman (as "Kristine"), Carole Bishop [changed name to Kelly Bishop during run] (as "Sheila"), Pamela Blair (as "Val"), Wayne Cilento (as "Mike"), Chuck Cissel (as "Butch"), Clive Clerk (as "Larry") [Broadway debut], Kay Cole (as "Maggie"), Ronald Dennis (as "Richie"), Donna Drake (as "Tricia") [Broadway debut], Brandt Edwards (as "Tom") [Broadway debut], Trish Garland [credited as Patricia Garland] (as "Judy"), Carolyn Kirsch (as "Lois"), Ron Kuhlman (as "Don"), Nancy Lane (as "Bebe") [Broadway debut], Baayork Lee (as "Connie"), Priscilla Lopez (as "Diana"), Robert LuPone (as "Zach"), Cameron Mason (as "Mark"), Donna McKechnie (as "Cassie"), Don Percassi (as "Al"), Michael Serrecchia (as "Frank"), Michel Stuart (as "Greg"), Thomas J. Walsh (as "Bobby"), Sammy Williams (as "Paul"), Crissy Wilzak (as "Vicki"). Understudies [note: during the show's record 15-year run literally 100's) of replacement actors and understudies were utilized] included: Bebe Neuwirth (as "Cassie"), Julie Pars (as "Judy/Kristine/Val").A Chorus Line (1975). Musical. Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Ed Kleban. Music orchestrated by Bill Byers, Hershy Kay and Jonathan Tunick. Musical Director: Don Pippin. Vocal arrangements by Don Pippin. Conceived by Michael Bennett. Choreographed by Michael Bennett. Co- Choreographer: Bob Avian. Scenic Design by Robin Wagner. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Lighting Design by Tharon Musser. Sound Design by Abe Jacob. Associate to Miss Aldredge: Bill Kellard. Personal Asst. to Miss Aldredge: Paul Martino. Assistant to Miss Musser: Richard Winkler. Assistant to Mr. Jacob: David Congdon. Directed by Michael Bennett. Shubert Theatre: 25 Jul 1975- 28 Apr 1990 (6137 performances). Cast: Scott Allen (as "Roy") [Broadway Debut], Renee Baughman (as "Kristine"), Carole Bishop [changed name to Kelly Bishop during run] (as "Sheila"), Pamela Blair (as "Val"), Wayne Cilento (as "Mike"), Chuck Cissel (as "Butch"), Clive Clerk (as "Larry") [Broadway debut], Kay Cole (as "Maggie"), Ronald Dennis (as "Richie"), Donna Drake (as "Tricia") [Broadway debut], Brandt Edwards (as "Tom") [Broadway debut], Patricia Garland (as "Judy"), Carolyn Kirsch (as "Lois"), Ron Kuhlman (as "Don"), Nancy Lane (as "Bebe") [Broadway debut], Baayork Lee (as "Connie"), Priscilla Lopez (as "Diana"), Robert LuPone (as "Zach"), Cameron Mason (as "Mark"), Donna McKechnie (as "Cassie"), Don Percassi (as "Al"), Michael Serrecchia (as "Frank"), Michel Stuart (as "Greg"), Thomas J. Walsh (as "Bobby"), Sammy Williams (as "Paul"), Crissy Wilzak (as "Vicki"). Understudies [note: during the show's record 15-year run literally 100's) of replacement actors and understudies were utilized] included: Sandahl Bergman (as "Judy") [from Apr 1976- ?], Stephen Bourneuf (as "Al"), Bebe Neuwirth (as "Cassie/Shiela") [Broadway debut], Julie Pars (as "Judy/Kristine/Val"), Ann Reinking (as "Cassie") [from Apr 1976- ?], Karen Ziemba (as "Bebe/Cassie/Diana/Hilary/Maggie"). Produced by Joseph Papp. Produced in association with Plum Productions Inc. Associate Producer: Bernard Gersten.
  • 42nd Street (1980). Musical comedy. Music by Harry Warren. Lyrics by Al Dubin. Lead Ins and Crossovers by Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble and Bradford Ropes [posthumous credit]. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes. Musical Director: John Lesko. Vocal arrangements by John Lesko. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. Dance arrangements by Donald Johnston. Additional lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Mort Dixon. Choreographed by Gower Champion. Directed by Gower Champion. Winter Garden Theatre (moved to The Majestic Theatre from 30 Mar 1981 to 5 Apr 1987, then moved to The St. James Theatre from 7 Apr 1987 to close): 25 Aug 1980- 8 Jan 1989 (3486 performances + 6 previews). Cast: Tammy Grimes (as "Dorothy Brock"), Jerry Orbach (as "Julian Marsh"), Wanda Richert (as "Peggy Sawyer"), Carole Banninger, Steve Belin, Robin Black, Joel Blum, Joseph Bova, Mary Cadorette, Danny Carroll, Robert Colston, James Congdon, Carole Cook, Don Crabtree, Ronny DeVito, Denise DiRenzo, Mark Dovey, Rob Draper, Brandt Edwards, Jon Engstrom, Sharon Ferrol, Cathy Greco, Dawn Herbert, Christine Jacobsen, Jeri Kansas, Ginny King, Terri Ann Kundrat, Shan Martin, Beth McVey, Maureen Mellon, Sandra Menhart, Bill Nabel, Stan Page, Tony Parise, Don Percassi, Jean Preece, Karen Prunczik, Lee Roy Reams, Vicki Regan, Lars Rosager, Linda Sabatelli, Nikki Sahagen, Ron Schwinn, Yveline Semeria, Alison Sherve, Robin Stephens, David Storey, Karen Tamburrelli. Replacement cast during show's long run included: Gail Benedict (as "Peggy Sawyer"), Peggy Cass (as "Maggie Jones"), Don Chastain, Clare Leach, Millicent Martin (as "Dorothy Brock"), Barry Nelson (as "Julian Marsh"), Jamie Ross (as "Julian Marsh"), Cathy Wydner (as "Peggy Sawyer"), Karen Ziemba (as "Peggy Sawyer"). Produced by David Merrick.
  • Teddy & Alice (1987). Musical. Music by John Philip Sousa. Original Music by Richard Kapp. Lyrics by Hal Hackady [final Broadway credit]. Book by Jerome Alden. Music orchestrated by Jim Tyler. Vocal arrangements by Don Pippin. Dance arrangements by Gordon Lowry Harrell. Musical Director: Larry Blank. Assistant Musical Dir.: Jim May. Choreographed by Donald Saddler. Additional Musical staging by D.J. Giagni. Directed by John Driver. Minskoff Theatre: 12 Nov 1987- 17 Jan 1988 (77 performances + 11 previews that began on 3 Nov 1987). Cast: Len Cariou (as "Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt"), Beth Fowler (as "Edith Roosevelt"), Nancy Hume (as "Alice Roosevelt"), Ron Raines (as "Nick Longworth"), Ellyn Arons (as "Ensemble"), Richard H. Blake (as "Archie Roosevelt"), Ruth Bormann (as "Ensemble"), Robert D. Cavanaugh (as "Ted Roosevelt, Jr."), John Daman (as "Quentin Roosevelt"), Tony Floyd (as "James Amos"), Seth Granger (as "Kermit Roosevelt"), Kathleen Gray (as "Ensemble"), David Green (as "J.P. Morgan/Admiral Murphy"), Ken Hilliard (as "Elliot Roosevelt/Ensemble"), Mary Jay (as "Ida Tarbell"), Alex Kramarevsky (as "Franklin Roosevelt/Ensemble"), Mark Lazore (as "Ensemble"), Keith Locke (as "Ensemble"), Michael McCarty (as "William Howard Taft"), Pamela McLernon (as "Ghost/Ensemble"), Elizabeth Mozer (as "Ensemble"), Nancy Opel (as "Eleanor Roosevelt"), John Remme (as "Wheeler"), Sarah Reynolds (as "Ethel Roosevelt"), Keith Savage (as "Ensemble"), Jeff Shade (as "Ensemble"), Gordon Stanley (as "Elihu Root"), Raymond Thorne (as "Henry Cabot Lodge"), Christopher Wells (as "Officer O'Malley"), John Witham (as "Harriman/Samuel Gompers"), Karen Ziemba (as "Belle Hagner"). Swings: Kaylyn Dillehay, Travis Layne Wright. Understudies: Ellyn Arons (as "Ida Tarbell"), Ruth Bormann (as "Eleanor Roosevelt"), Tom Boyd (as "Admiral Murphy/Elihu Root/Harriman/Henry Cabot Lodge/J.P. Morgan/Samuel Gompers, William Howard Taft), Seth Granger (as "Ted Roosevelt, Jr."), Kathleen Gray (as "Belle Hagner"), Mary Jay (as "Edith Roosevelt"), Andrew Harrison Leeds (as "Archie Roosevelt/Kermit Roosevelt/Quentin Roosevelt"), Keith Locke (as "Officer O'Malley/Wheeler"), Diana Stadlen (as "Ethel Roosevelt"), Gordon Stanley (as "Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt"), Christopher Wells (as "Nick Longworth"), Travis Layne Wright (as "James Amos"), Karen Ziemba (as "Alice Roosevelt"). Produced by Hinks Shimberg. Produced in association with Jon Cutler. Associate Producer: Glen Cross, Clarice Swan Fitzgerald and Wilmor Four.
  • Crazy For You (1992). Musical comedy.
  • Chicago (1996). Musical comedy (revival).
  • Angela Lansbury - A Celebration (1996). Special presentation.
  • Steel Pier (1997). Musical.
  • Contact (2000). Musical/dance.
  • Never Gonna Dance (2003). Musical comedy.
  • A Wonderful Life (2005). Musical/benefit.
  • Curtains (2007). Musical comedy.
  • (1994) She acted in George and Ira Gershwin's musical, "Crazy for You," at the Sam S. Schubert Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Harry Groener and Bruce Adler in the cast. Mike Ockrent was director.
  • (2013) She acted in Marvin Hamlisch's musical, "They're Playing Our Songs; A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Christanne Noll, Carol Woods, and Jason Graae in the cast.
  • (Sunday August 11, 1996) She acted in the musical revue, "Thank You, John Lane (Artistic Director)," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Maureen Brennan, Kitty Carlisle, George Dvorsky, Russell Nype, Betsy Palmer, John Raitt, Lee Roy Reams, Jo Sullivan and the company of "Five Guys Named Moe" in the cast.
  • (2007) She acted in the musical, "Curtains," on Broadway in New York City with David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk in the cast. Rupert Holmes and Peter Stone wrote the book. John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes wrote the original score. Scott Ellis was director. Rob Ashford was choreographer.

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