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Fraser is a two-time Tony Award nominee for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance, a Drama Desk Award nominee for both The Secret Garden, and First Daughter Suite and a Carbonell Award winner for Romance/Romance. Fraser is a Callaway Award-winner for Heartbreak House.



She played "Tessie Tura" in the New York City Center and Broadway productions of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone under the direction of Arthur Laurents.

She was the first ever recipient of Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of "The Blonde" in Marion Adler, Scott Wentworth and Craig Boehmler's film noir musical, Gunmetal Blues under the direction of Jiri Zizka. She reprised the role of "The Blonde" in Gunmetal Blues opposite Patrick Quinn at the George Street Playhouse. She returned there to play "Diana" in Lend Me a Tenor, directed by David Saint.

She was the original "Trina" (Marvin's ex-wife) in William Finn's March of the Falsettos and In Trousers (Playwrights Horizons). She also did vocal orchestrations for both shows. She played "Miss Drumgoole" in Todd Rundgren's adaptation of Joe Orton's Up Against It (New York Shakespeare Festival), "Uta" in Charles Busch and Rusty Magee's The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club), "Connie"/"Petula"/"Brenda" in Beehive at the Village Gate, and "Marion Ames" in Swingtime Canteen. In 1988, she appeared on Broadway in Romance/Romance, a musical starring herself and Quantum Leap star, Scott Bakula. For her dual-role as Josefine/Monica, Fraser received her first Tony Award Nomination. In 1991, Fraser appeared in The Secret Garden, a musical based on the children's story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. For originating the role of Martha, Fraser earned a second Tony Award Nomination. The Secret Garden also featured Mandy Patinkin, Daisy Eagan, John Cameron Mitchell and Rebecca Luker. Fraser stars in the one-woman show A Tennessee Williams Songbook conceived and directed by David Kaplan with musical direction by Allison Leyton-Brown. The show premiered at The Tennessee Williams Festival in Williams' birthplace of Columbus, Mississippi and went on to great acclaim at the annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. An original cast album titled Tennessee Williams: Words and Music was released on Sh-K-Boom Records in 2013.

Fraser portrayed the flamboyant but clueless "Babs Caplan" on the award-winning PBS series, Between the Lions. She has appeared on the TV series Gotham, High Maintenance, Smash, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Happy!, and Third Watch. She played the recurring roles of "Aunt Heidi" in the award-winning web-series Jack in a Box, written and produced by Michael Cyril Creighton, and "Veronica Bailey" on Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis’s It Could Be Worse (the latter web series was broadcast on Pivot and was later picked up by Hulu).

Her feature films include Socks and Bonds, Family Games, Blowtorch, Commentary, Jack and His Friends (with Sam Rockwell), Me and Him, Mixing Nia, In the Blood, The Mice War, Tommy Battles the Silver Sea Dragon, and The Thing About My Folks. She can also be seen in the Bright Eyes music video for their song, First Day of My Life, directed by her Secret Garden co-star, John Cameron Mitchell. She authored an interview with Anthony Newley which was published in Time Out. Fraser also appeared in video games Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Mafia III.

She has made three solo albums, A New York Romance, Men in My Life and Tennessee Williams: Words and Music.

In 2004, Fraser sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park.

In 2009, Arthur Laurents cast Fraser in an original play, Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are which premiered at the George Street Playhouse. The play was directed by Laurents himself and featured Tony-winning actress, Shirley Knight. Also with Knight, Fraser appeared in the 2012 world premiere of Tennessee Williams' final full-length play In Masks Outrageous and Austere.

In 2010, playwright and performer Charles Busch cast Fraser in his new comedy, The Divine Sister, a play satirizes the cinematic portrayal of nuns. Fraser played Sister Walburga. Fraser then originated the role of Arsinoe in David Ives' comedy The School For Lies at Classic Stage Company.

On December 16, 2013, Fraser joined the First National Tour of Wicked in the role of Madame Morrible.

In 2015, Fraser appeared in four episodes of the Showtime television series Happyish as both Ma Keebler and Boots.

From October 6 to November 22, 2015, Fraser performed in the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's musical First Daughter Suite at the Public Theater, in the roles of Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford. For her performance, Fraser received nominations for both the Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

In the fall of 2017, Fraser performed a limited run of playwright Aaron Mark's new play Squeamish. The one woman show was presented by All For One Theater (AFO) at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre. Squeamish ran October 6 – November 11, 2017. For Squeamish, Fraser received a 2018 Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.

In April 2021, AudioFile named Fraser a recipient of its Earphones Award for her audiobook narration of Alexander Nemerov's novel, Fierce Pose.

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Alison Fraser STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
2022
Big Mama

[Off-Broadway]
Fellowship for the Performing Arts' Original Off-Broadway Production, 2020
Sin

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Premiere, 2020
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Off-Broadway Return Engagement, 2019
Mother

[Off-Broadway]
Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Guest Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2018
Lady Ariadne Utterword

[Off-Broadway]
All For One Theater Production, 2017
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2017
Constance

[Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre 25th Anniversary Production, 2016
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Public Theater World Premiere Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Nancy Reagan/Betty Ford

[Off-Broadway]
2013
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010
Mrs. Macduffie

Sister Walburga

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Tessie Tura

[Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2007
Tessie Tura

[Off-Broadway]
2006
Father [Replacement]

[New York]
Reading, 2005
Performer

[New York]
Reading, 2005
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
2005
Jessie Nuncle

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 2005
Madame Morrible [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2002
Celia Flannery

Celia Flannery

[Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 1999
Mrs. Lush

[Off-Broadway]
1997
Uta

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Dorine

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1995
Marian Ames

[Off-Broadway]
1993
Angela Mercer (Understudy)

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Martha

[Off-Broadway]
1989
Miss Drumgoole

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1988
Monica

Josefine Weninger

Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1986
Performer

Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1985
Helena Landless/Miss Janet Conover  [Replacement]

Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover [Replacement]

[New York]
Workshop, 1985
Performer

[Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1981
Trina

[Off-Broadway]
1981
Trina

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Trina

[Off-Broadway]
1979
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer

His Wife

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1975
Performer

[Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Performer

[Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 1994
Performer

[New York]
Reading, 1994
Performer

Alison Fraser Productions

 
[Broadway, 1992]
Vocal Music Arranger

Alison Fraser Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Solo Performance

Alison Fraser, Squeamish

Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite

The Lortels - 2016 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite

Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical

Alison Frase, The Secret Garden

Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Alison Fraser , The Secret Garden

Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Alison Fraser, Romance/Romance

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Alison Fraser FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Alison Fraser been in?

Alison Fraser has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Alison Fraser been in?

Alison Fraser has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Alison Fraser been nominated for?

Alison Fraser has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Solo Performance by the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Squeamish," Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical by the Drama Desk Awards for "First Daughter Suite," Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical by The Lortels for "First Daughter Suite," Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical by the Drama Desk Awards for "The Secret Garden," Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical by the Tony Awards for "The Secret Garden," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical by the Tony Awards for "Romance/Romance."

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