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Bebe Neuwirth

Also Credited As: Beatrice Neuwirth

Birth Place: Princeton, NJ, USA

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Neuwirth began to study dance at the age of five, and chose it as her field of concentration when she attended Juilliard in New York City in 1976 and 1977. During this period, she performed with the Princeton Ballet Company in Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia and appeared in community theater musicals.

Neuwirth made her Broadway debut in the role of Sheila in A Chorus Line in 1980. She has been featured in revivals of Little Me (1982) Sweet Charity (1986), for which she received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Damn Yankees (1994). It was with the 1996 revival of Chicago, in which she starred as showgirl and killer Velma Kelly, that she gained her greatest stage recognition. Her performance garnered her Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She voiced Binky in the series CyberChase. In 2004 she mounted a show, Here Lies Jenny, that featured songs by Kurt Weill, sung and danced by Neuwirth and a four-person supporting cast, as part of an unspoken ambiguous story in an anonymous seedy bar possibly in Berlin in the 1930s. This show was performed in the Zipper Theater on W. 37 St. in New York, initially only at 11 p.m. on weekends. It was eventually expanded to include an earlier show. Here Lies Jenny was also presented by Ms. Neuwirth in San Francisco in 2005. On December 31, 2006, her 48th birthday, Neuwirth returned to the still-running Broadway production of Chicago, this time in the role of Roxie Hart. Neuwirth recently did a reading for the upcoming musical adaption of The Addams Family as Morticia opposite Nathan Lane. The show is currently scheduled to debut next year with a 2010 Broadway opening.

Her screen credits include Green Card, Bugsy, Say Anything, Jumanji, Summer of Sam, Liberty Heights, Tadpole (for which the Seattle Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Faculty and Woody Allen's Celebrity.

On television, Neuwirth had a recurring role from 1986 to 1993 as Dr. Lilith Sternin, the conservatively dressed and emotionally repressed psychiatrist who married Dr. Frasier Crane on the hit comedy series Cheers. She auditioned for this role with her arm in a sling, following a fall a week earlier. She won two Emmy Awards for the role, in 1990 and 1991. The character also made an appearance in the series Wings and 11 episodes of the Cheers spin-off Frasier, which earned her a 1995 Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Her additional small screen credits include three short-lived dramatic series, Deadline (2000), Hack (2003) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury in (2005), as well as the miniseries Wild Palms and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has appeared as herself in episodes of Will and Grace, Strangers with Candy and Celebrity Jeopardy!.

Bebe Neuwirth Photos


City Center Encores! Production, 2018

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Maria Malibran

Classic Stage Company Production, 2012

Original Broadway Production, 2010
Morticia Addams

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2004


Special Benefit Production, 2003


Performer [Replacement]

Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice


[San Francisco (Regional)]
ACT Production, 1999

Original Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1999
Sabina [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 1996
Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Velma Kelly

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

Encores! Concert, 1996
Velma Kelly

Encores! Concert, 1995
Melba Snyder

Broadway Revival, 1994

[West End]
London Production, 1992
Spider Woman/Aurora [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 1986

Charity (Standby)


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1982

Broadway Revival, 1982

Boom Boom Girl

Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer [Replacement]

Broadway Transfer, 1975
Sheila Bryant [Replacement]

Cassie Ferguson (Understudy) [Replacement]

[Los Angeles]
West Coast Revival, 1992
Velma Kelly

Bebe Neuwirth Movies

[1989]Say Anything Mrs. Evans

[1990]Green Card Lauren

[1991]Bugsy Countess di Frso

[1992]The Paint Job Margaret

[1993]Malice Dana

[1995]Jumanji Nora Shepherd

[1996]All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Anabelle

[1996]The Associate Camille

[1996]The Adventures of Pinocchio Felinet

[1998]The Faculty Principal Valerie Drake

[1998]Celebrity Nina - the Hooker

[1999]Liberty Heights Ada Kurtzman

[1999]Getting to Know You Trix

[1999]Summer of Sam Gloria

[2002]Tadpole Diane Lodder, Eve's friend

[2003]The Divorce Julia Manchevering

[2003]How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Lana Jong

[2004]The Big Bounce Alison Ritchie

[2005]Game 6 Joanna Bourne

[2008]Adopt a Sailor Patricia

[2009]Fame Ms. Kraft

[2017]Humor Me CC Rudin

[2019]Jumanji: The Next Level Nora

[2020]Modern Persuasion Vanessa Perry

[2021]tick, tick... BOOM! Sunday Legend #9

Bebe Neuwirth TV Shows

Aladdin Mirage

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series Annabelle

Blue Bloods Kelly Peterson

Bored to Death Caroline Taylor

Cheers Dr. Lilith Sternin

Deadline Nikki Masucci

Frasier Dr. Lilith Sternin

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bureau Chief ADA Tracey Kibre, Nina Laszlo

Law & Order: Trial by Jury Bureau Chief ADA Tracey Kibre

Madam Secretary Nadine Tolliver

Pepper Ann Ms. Bladdar

The Good Fight Judge Claudia Friend

The Good Wife Judge Claudia Friend

Bebe Neuwirth Videos

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Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

The Addams Family is the current production at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights and runs through October 8. The musical, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is the first time the familiar characters created by Charles Addams appeared on stage.

Hello, Gorgeous: FUNNY GIRL is Produced for the First Time in Brazil

Funny Girl gets a Brazilian production directed by Barchilon, starring Giulia Nadruz and Eriberto Leao as protagonists. With score by J. Styne, and lyrics by B. Merrill, the semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of comedian and Broadway star Fanny Brice, featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

Ricky Ritzel Will Perform in Gettysburg at 2024 Season Announcement

Gettysburg Community Theatre will announce their 2024 Season during their Mostly Broadway Cabaret on Friday, September 22, 2023. The performance will be led by Award-Winning NYC Cabaret Pianist, Ricky Ritzel. Learn more about the event here!

Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart & More to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Labor Day Special

Join Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart, and other celebrated actors for a star-studded Labor Day Special on STARS IN THE HOUSE. Don't miss this exclusive event streaming live. Tune in for an unforgettable performance and support a great cause.

The Spire Center for Performing Arts Presents A VERY SOULFUL CHRISTMAS

The Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA announced four new shows including A Very Soulful Christmas with Morgan James on Saturday, December 9, Boston-based vintage rock band Say Darling on Thursday, December 14, Irish band Lunasa: Christmas From Ireland with Dave Curley on Saturday, December 16, and the Knickerbocker All-Stars on Saturday, January 27.


Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Photos: Inside Opening Night of PAY THE WRITER At Pershing Square Signature Center

Craig Bierko, Bebe Neuwirth, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Maulik Pancholy, Noah Ricketts, Sharon Brown, Seth Rudetsky, Erik Bottcher, Julian Elijah Martinez, Kevyn Morrow, and Frank Wood among others, attended Opening Night of Pay the Writer on August 21, 2023. See photos from the opening night celebration!


Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will welcome members of the original, Tony Award-winning company of the musical Avenue Q for a special edition of their lockdown roundtable series, Stars in the House.

STARS IN THE HOUSE To Host 20th Anniversary Reunion Of Todd Graff's Film CAMP

Join the STARS IN THE HOUSE livestreamed concert and reunion as they host the 20th Anniversary Reunion of Todd Graff's film CAMP. Featuring the film's writer and director, Todd Graff, along with cast members Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, and more.

5 curiosidades que no sabías sobre CHICAGO

Descubre algunos datos poco conocidos sobre la producción que regresa a Madrid el próximo 6 de octubre de la mano de SOM Produce.

Norm Lewis, Krysta Rodriguez, Patina Miller & More to Join 9th Annual VOICES: STARS FOR FOSTER KIDS

Get all the details about the star-studded 9th Annual VOICES: STARS FOR FOSTER KIDS event, including the latest lineup additions and information on the date and location. Don't miss out on this amazing event in support of foster kids.

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Is Coming To The Fisher Theatre in December

As artists, industry and fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop around the globe, The Hip Hop Nutcracker has announced its 2023 tour to more than 25 U.S. cities including Detroit’s Fisher Theatre for ONE SHOW ONLY on Saturday, December 9.

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Will Return on National Tour to More Than 25 Cities

A holiday dance mash-up for the whole family during hip hop's 50th year! As artists, industry and fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop around the globe today, The Hip Hop Nutcracker announced its 2023 tour to more than 25 U.S. cities.

CHICAGO on Broadway- A Complete Guide

Looking for all the latest info on one of Broadway's hottest shows? BroadwayWorld has the full scoop on everything that you need to know about Chicago on Broadway. Check out all the details here!

Isaac Mizrahi, Jason Danieley, Adam Pascal, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and expand the art of the cabaret, honor the music of Broadway, and provide an unparalleled experience to diverse communities.

Do Broadway Actors Ever Play Multiple Roles in the Same Show?

This time, the reader question was: How many different roles has one actor been contracted to play in the same Broadway production?

Photos: Go Inside BACK TO THE FUTURE Opening Night Gala

Back to the Future: The Musical just held a Gala Performance, celebrating its arrival on Broadway, and benefitting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Special guests included original film cast & creative team members Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and more. Check out photos from inside the special night.

Don't Miss Jiehae Park's PEERLESS at Princeton Summer Theater

Experience the dark comedy retelling of Macbeth in Jiehae Park's Peerless at Princeton Summer Theater. This rapid-paced and shocking satire takes a closer look at the cutthroat world of college admissions and what it means to be an Asian-American teenage girl. Don't miss this unforgettable production!

ADOPT A SAILOR - 50 State Tour Passes Halfway Mark

The 'Adopt a Sailor - 50 State Tour'-a nationwide tour of Charles Evered's acclaimed play 'Adopt a Sailor' has reached its 26th state, with twenty four to go.

Photos: Inside the 25th Annual BROADWAY BARKS Adoption Event

The 25th annual BROADWAY BARKS, Broadway's dog and cat adoption event, took place in Shubert Alley on Saturday, July 8, 2023, hosted by Bernadette Peters, satirist and animal lover Randy Rainbow, and featured a special appearance by Josh Groban. Check out photos here!


Bebe Neuwirth has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

Bebe Neuwirth has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Bebe Neuwirth's first West End show was Kiss of the Spider Woman which opened in 1992

Bebe Neuwirth has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "The Addams Family." She also received a Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for her role in "Chicago." Neuwirth was nominated for Best Actress - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards, both for her performance in "Chicago." She was also nominated for Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Chicago." Additionally, Neuwirth received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in "Sweet Charity."

Bebe Neuwirth has won several awards throughout her career. She received the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Awards for her role in the musical "Chicago." She also won the Best Actress - Musical award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "Chicago." Neuwirth's portrayal in "Chicago" also earned her the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical award at the Tony Awards. Additionally, she was recognized with the Outstanding Actress - Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "Chicago." Neuwirth's talent was further acknowledged with the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical award at the Tony Awards for her performance in "Sweet Charity."

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