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Alyson Reed was born in Fullerton and grew up in Anaheim, California. She began ballet at age 4, started performing in musicals at age 7, and was working professionally by age 12. Reed performed as Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland theme park and was also a performer at Knott's Berry Farm. Reed attended Anaheim High School, where she graduated in 1976. Alyson played the lead role in the 1974 Servite High School Production of "Hello Dolly!" (Anaheim, Ca). An active student, Alyson Reed was a varsity songleader and played the role of Nancy in the school's stage production of Oliver! during her junior year. As a senior, Reed was the first female in school history to serve as Associated Student Body President, and played the title role in the school's stage production of Sweet Charity. In February 1978, she was in the short lived musical Barbary Coast.



Reed made her Broadway debut in Dancin' in 1978. Additional Broadway credits include "Oh Brother", Dance a Little Closer, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, and Marilyn: An American Fable. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Marilyn. In 1992, she starred opposite Michael O'Keefe in the national touring company of A Few Good Men in the role of Lt. Cmdr. Galloway, and also toured as Cassie/Val in A Chorus Line, and Catherine in Pippin. She has numerous regional credits and can be heard on various cast albums.

Reed's most notable screen role was Cassie in Richard Attenborough's film adaptation of A Chorus Line, and she also appeared in the comedy Skin Deep with John Ritter. Her many television credits range from: Modern Family, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy and Bones back to Matlock, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Frasier, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, The X-Files to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nip/Tuck, Crossing Jordan, Numb3rs, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue and Desperate Housewives.

She became known to younger viewers for the role of Ms. Darbus in the popular Disney Channel movie High School Musical and its sequels High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Reed lent her voice to the video game Diablo III, providing the spine-tingling voice of the witch Adria.

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Alyson Reed STAGE CREDITS

[Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 2001
Leona Samish

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1993
Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1987
Sally Bowles

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1986
Performer

[Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe

Norma Jean / Marilyn Monroe

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Elaine (The Delights)

Elaine

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Fatatatatatima

Revolutionary Woman

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer [Replacement]

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1986
Performer


Alyson Reed Movies

A Chorus Line
[ 1985 ] Csie
Skin Deep
[ 1989 ] Alex
Manhattan Merengue!
[ 1995 ] Susan Kelly
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
[ 2008 ] Ms. Darbus
Ad Astra
[ 2019 ] Janice Collins

Alyson Reed TV Shows

Chicago Hope
Misty Moss, Linda Morissey
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Mrs. Devereaux, Doris, the Waitress
Modern Family
Angela
Party of Five
Mrs. Reeves
The Agency
Lesley Turnbull, Mrs. Turnbull

Alyson Reed Awards and Nominations

Helen Hayes Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production

Alyson ReedCabaret

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

Alyson Reed, Cabaret

Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Alyson Reed, Marilyn

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Unpack the Tony Awards History of the 2024 Nominated Revivals

The results of this season's Tony races are still up in the air, but many of this season's nominated revivals have been through awards season before. How did they fare? The past may not always be the best indicator of the future, but accolades of years past provide interesting insight nonetheless. Check out a complete list of who was nominated, in what categories, and most importantly... if they won!
Interview: Julia Lester on Returning to HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Following Her INTO THE WOODS Tony Nomination

Julia Lester tells all on making her Broadway debut with her Tony nominated performance in Into the Woods to returning home for the final season of High School Musical: the Musical: the Series. In the video, Lester looks forward to starring in the Off-Broadway production of I Can Get It For You Wholesale, in a role originated by Barbra Streisand.
Interview: Frankie Rodriguez & Dara Reneé Reveal Their Favorite HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE SERIES Performances

This season on High School Musical: the Musical: the Series, the students of East High will be joined by some O.G. Wildcats! In this video, we sit down with fan-favorites Frankie Rodriguez and Dara Reneé to breakdown which original cast member cameo they were most excited about, along with what past performance was their favorite, and more.
Interview: Joshua Bassett & Sofia Wylie Share Their Favorite HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE SERIES Memories

After four seasons, Joshua Bassett and Sofia Wylie are saying goodbye to East High with the final episodes of High School Musical: the Musical: the Series. We sat down with the stars to discuss what they'll miss from their days on set, Ben Platt singing sessions with the cast, their favorite performances on their series, and more. Watch the video!
Interview: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE SERIES Showrunner Tim Federle Teases 'Biggest' Season Yet

Tim Federle, the showrunner of High School Musical: the Musical: the Series, is teasing the final episodes of the hit Disney+ series. Watch a video interview of Ferderle to discuss bringing musical theatre to Disney+ throughout the show's recent seasons, launching the careers of young performers like Julie Lester and Olivia Rodrigo, and more.
Broadway Streaming Guide: August 2023 - Where to Watch HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE SERIES & More

This August, Broadway fans can beat the summer heat new movies, television shows, and albums to stream. From new seasons of Only Murders in the Building and High School Musical: the Musical: the Series to solo albums by Idina Menzel and Reneé Rapp, check out what's coming to streaming services this month!
Video: First Look at 'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 4: THE REUNION' Music Video From Final Season of Disney+ Series

A preview of the opening musical number, “High School Reunion,” is a high-energy pop anthem performed by franchise alumni Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel and Kaycee Stroh and features series regulars Sofia Wylie and Matthew Sato. Watch the new music video now!
Video: Watch the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES Season Three Trailer With Corbin Bleu, Julia Lester & More

The fourth season stars an ensemble cast of Wildcats including Joshua Bassett (“Ricky”), Julia Lester (“Ashlyn”), Kate Reinders (“Miss Jenn”). “High School Musical” franchise alumni Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Bart Johnson, Alyson Reed and Kaycee Stroh also return to their iconic roles. Watch the video trailer now!
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE SERIES to End With Season Four Featuring Julia Lester, Corbin Bleu & More

The “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Wildcats will take their final bow this summer. Watch the new teaser trailer video, which features a first look at the original High School Musical stars like Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, and more joining Julia Lester and Joshua Bassett to film the fictional High School Musical 4 at East High.
Wake Up With BWW 6/14: Sara Bareilles is Working on a New Musical, THE WIZ Casting, and More!

Top stories: Sara Bareilles is working on writing another musical, Deborah Cox and Melody A. Betts join The Wiz, and more!
Photos: Original HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Cast Reunites For Season Four of Disney+ Series

Disney+ has released first look photos from the new season of High School Musical: the Musical: the Series, which will feature members of the original cast of the hit film reuniting. Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Bart Johnson, Alyson Reed and Kaycee Stroh will join Julia Lester, Kate Reinders, Joshua Basset, and more for the season.
Original HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Cast Members Join New Season of HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC THE SERIES

Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Bart Johnson, Alyson Reed and Kaycee Stroh will play themselves, resurrecting their “High School Musical” roles as “Chad Danforth,” “Taylor McKessie,” “Ryan Evans,” “Coach Jack Bolton,” “Ms. Darbus” and “Martha Cox,” respectively, and the Wildcats will play featured extras in the movie.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES: THE SPECIAL to Debut on ABC Owned TV Stations & Disney+

Nearly 14 years after the debut of Disney Channel's massively popular sensation 'High School Musical,' the beloved movie and its newest extension, the critically acclaimed, 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' for Disney+, are the subject of a special telecast, 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special,' to be presented beginning SATURDAY, DEC. 14, on ABC owned television stations and FRIDAY, DEC. 20, on Disney+.
From Disney Channel to Broadway- Stars Who Have Made Their Debut!

Everyone loves a little nostalgia, especially when it comes to their favorite television shows and movies growing up. For millennials and Gen Z-ers, these probably include a few DCOMs (Disney Channel Original Movie) and series. Several of the stars of these films and TV shows have gone on to further their acting and singing careers on Broadway, and some even got their start on the stage. Below is a list of stars that you may or may not know have a few theatre credits under their belt!
York Theatre Company's 'Musicals In Mufti' Series Will Celebrate The Alan Jay Lerner Centennial

Celebrating the centennial of Alan Jay Lerner, The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, is proud to announce that its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series will celebrate the work of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, whose hundredth birthday was August 31, 2018. The series honors one of the creators behind such classics as Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, and My Fair Lady.
VIDEO: 'High School Musical' Stars Chat Upcoming 10-Year Reunion on GMA

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VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens & More in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 10th Anniversary Reunion Featurette

Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman-the stars of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL-will reunite to celebrate the global sensation's 10-year anniversary during a special telecast of the movie Wednesday, January 20th.
Official: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Cast to Reunite for 10th Anniversary

roadwayWorld has learned the exciting news that Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman -- the stars of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - will reunite to celebrate the global sensation's 10-year anniversary

Alyson Reed FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Alyson Reed been in?

Alyson Reed has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Alyson Reed been in?

Alyson Reed has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Alyson Reed been nominated for?

Alyson Reed has been nominated for the following awards: Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Cabaret, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Cabaret, and Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Marilyn.

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