SHE LOVES ME and UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT's Jane Krakowski's Road To Broadway and TV Stardom
But when she first started gaining national attention as the coquettish Elaine Vassal on Fox's "Ally McBeal," her newfound fame came after years of playfully seducing Broadway audiences in some memorable supporting turns.
As a member of STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Andrew Lloyd Webber's locomotive musical that had the company racing on ramps in roller skates, Krakowski made her Broadway debut as Dinah, your friendly dining car, but she held the spotlight on her own in her next venture.
Tommy Tune cast her as the typist with dreams of Hollywood stardom in GRAND HOTEL. Her Tony-nominated performance was highlighted by a tender dance with Tony winner Michael Jeter, playing the sickly clerk who takes a friendly fancy to her.
A controversial play about a musical came next. Not many audiences saw her in David Henry Hwang's FACE VALUE. The playwright's satire condemning the lack of diversity in Broadway casting, a hot topic after Jonathan Pryce was cast the the Eurasian Engineer in MISS SAIGON, closed in previews. But her career took flight once more playing stewardess April in the 1995 revival of COMPANY. In bed with Boyd Gaines' Bobby, the two of them sang Stephen Sondheim's bittersweet scene of post-coital awkwardness, "Barcelona."
Next came a turn as ingénue Mariane in director David Saint's unusual revival of Moliere's TARTUFFE, set in a modern-day evangelist's TV studio, follows by an appearance as Lady Larkin in the ONCE UPON A MATTRESS revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
That revival closed in 1997, the year "Ally McBeal" premiered, and the west coast became Krakowski's new work address. But just as soon as the series took its final bow, she returned to Broadway as a star, stopping the show eight times a week and winning a Tony Award as Carla, the wildly seductive mistress of Antonio Banderas' Guido in NINE. Her memorable entrance for "A Call From The Vatican" had her singing upside down while being lowered on a length of white silk.
Then it was off to London, where she won an Olivier Award for playing the classic comic role of Miss Adelaide in Michael Grandage's West End revival of GUYS AND DOLLS.
City Center Encores! Summer Stars nabbed her to play the comical temptress Lola, the dance-heavy role created by Gwen Verdon in DAMN YANKEES, and soon after Tina Fey nabbed her for her 4-time Emmy nominated role on NBC's "30 Rock."
And while UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT has her in the national spotlight once more, she continues to shine on Broadway, earning raves in Roundabout's new revival of She Loves Me, playing the heartbroken shop girl who tries improving her lot in life with a visit to the public library.
Roundabout Theatre Company's hit revival of She Loves Me, which opened to unanimous rave reviews, has been extended by four weeks through July 10, 2016 only.
As part of the 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tony Award winner Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi, alongside Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath and Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski in a new Broadway production of She Loves Me, directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. This classic musical comedy features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.