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Bebe Neuwirth

Also Credited As: Beatrice Neuwirth
 
Birth Place:
Princeton, NJ, USA
Bio:
Neuwirth was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Neuwirth is Jewish and attended the Chapin School of Princeton, but graduated from Princeton High School (a public school) in 1976. She began to study dance at the age of ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: December 31, 1958 (63)

Birth Place: Princeton, NJ, USA

Bio:
Neuwirth was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Neuwirth is Jewish and attended the Chapin School of Princeton, but graduated from Princeton High School (a public school) in 1976. She began to study dance at the age of ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores! Production, 2018
Mimi
  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Maria Malibran
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Production, 2012
Titania
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Morticia Addams
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2004
Performer
Jenny
  [Broadway]
Special Benefit Production, 2003
Carla
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Sheila
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice
  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Performer
  [San Francisco (Regional)]
ACT Production, 1999
Jenny
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1999
Sabina [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Velma Kelly
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1996
Velma Kelly
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1995
Melba Snyder
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Lola
  [West End]
London Production, 1992
Spider Woman/Aurora [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Nickie
Charity (Standby)
  [Off-Broadway]
1982
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1982
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1982
Ensemble
Boom Boom Girl
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1975
Sheila Bryant [Replacement]
Cassie Ferguson (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Los Angeles]
West Coast Revival, 1992
Velma Kelly

Photos

Darren Goldstein, Caissie Levy, Emily Zimmerman, Zoe Glick and Bebe Neuwirth  Photo

Darren Goldstein, Caissie Levy, Emily Zimmerman, Zoe Glick and Bebe Neuwirth

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Bebe Neuwirth

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Darren Goldstein, Caissie Levy, Anne Kauffman Emily Zimmerman, Zoe Glick and Bebe Neu Photo

Darren Goldstein, Caissie Levy, Anne Kauffman Emily Zimmerman, Zoe Glick and Bebe Neuwirth

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05/24/2022
Bebe Neuwirth Photo

Bebe Neuwirth

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05/24/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores! Production, 2018
Mimi

  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Maria Malibran

  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Production, 2012
Titania

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Morticia Addams

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2004
Performer

Jenny

  [Broadway]
Special Benefit Production, 2003
Carla

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Sheila

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice

  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Performer

  [San Francisco (Regional)]
ACT Production, 1999
Jenny

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

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

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Velma Kelly

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1996
Velma Kelly

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1995
Melba Snyder

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Lola

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

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Nickie

Charity (Standby)

  [Off-Broadway]
1982
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1982
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1982
Ensemble

Boom Boom Girl

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

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1975
Sheila Bryant [Replacement]

Cassie Ferguson (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Los Angeles]
West Coast Revival, 1992
Velma Kelly

Bebe Neuwirth Biography

Neuwirth was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician.

Neuwirth is Jewish and attended the Chapin School of Princeton, but graduated from Princeton High School (a public school) in 1976. She 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 Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Bebe Neuwirth, The Addams Family
 
Drama League Awards - 1997 - Distinguished Performance Award Gold Star
Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Actress - Musical Gold Star
Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Bebe Neuwirth, Sweet Charity

Bebe Neuwirth News

Interview: Logan Floyd of CHICAGO at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater Photo Interview: Logan Floyd of CHICAGO at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - Aug 6, 2022

Broadway World talks with Dutch Apple's Velma Kelly.

Reynaldo Piniella and Pierre Marais Announced as Abingdon Theatre Company Artists in  Photo Reynaldo Piniella and Pierre Marais Announced as Abingdon Theatre Company Artists in Residence
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 2, 2022

Abingdon Theatre Company has announced two new Artists in Residence for their upcoming 30th Season beginning in the fall. Reynaldo Piniella and Pierre Marais are set to be the next participants in the Carolyn Halpert Artist in Residence Program, which began in 2017.

Photos: Julie Garnye & Michael Kostroff Celebrate New Book At The Drama Book Shop Photo Photos: Julie Garnye & Michael Kostroff Celebrate New Book At The Drama Book Shop
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 19, 2022

Authors Julie Garnye and Michael Kostroff celebrated the release of their new book The Stage Actor’s Handbook at Drama Book Shop in New York City on Sunday, July 17. See photos from the event!

Michael Kostroff And Julie Garnyé Release THE STAGE ACTOR'S HANDBOOK Photo Michael Kostroff And Julie Garnyé Release THE STAGE ACTOR'S HANDBOOK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 12, 2022

In The Stage Actor's Handbook: Traditions, Protocols, and Etiquette for the Working and Aspiring Professional written by theatre pros Michael Kostroff and Julie Garnyé, the multitude of unwritten yet well-established protocols have finally been assembled into one volume, allowing theatre artists to know in advance what is expected of them.

Torrance Theatre Company Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY, August 6 - 13 Photo Torrance Theatre Company Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY, August 6 - 13
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022

Torrance Theatre Company opens their 24th season at the James R. Armstrong Theatre with THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A New Musical Comedy; book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE, music and lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA; and based on characters created by Charles Addams.

Charlotte d'Amboise and Bianca Marroquín to Host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo Charlotte d'Amboise and Bianca Marroquín to Host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2022

Charlotte d’Amboise (Chicago; A Chorus Line) and Bianca Marroquín (Chicago; Fosse/Verdon) will host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards, it was announced today.

MTC Announces Summer Cabaret Series of Broadway and NYC Talent Photo MTC Announces Summer Cabaret Series of Broadway and NYC Talent
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre, announces the return of its summer cabaret series, MTC’s Hot Summer Nights.

Photos: Broadway Stars Align on the 2022 Tony Awards Red Carpet Photo Photos: Broadway Stars Align on the 2022 Tony Awards Red Carpet
by Bruce Glikas - Jun 12, 2022

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing) at them 2022 Tony Awards!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered! Photo How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!
by Team BWW - Jun 11, 2022

The 75th Annual Tony Awards are back this year at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2021/22 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

CHICAGO to Welcome Back Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Photo CHICAGO to Welcome Back Bianca Marroquín as Roxie
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2022

The Broadway company of Chicago¬†will welcome¬†back Latina sensation Bianca Marroqu√≠n in the role of ‚ÄúRoxie Hart‚ÄĚ starting Tuesday, June 21 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).

Bebe Neuwirth Videos

VIDEO: Sarah Silverman Discusses Why THE BEDWETTER Is an 'R-Rated ANNIE' on THE VIEW VideoVIDEO: Sarah Silverman Discusses Why THE BEDWETTER Is an 'R-Rated ANNIE' on THE VIEW
by Michael Major - May 11, 2022

Sarah Silverman sat down on The View this morning to discuss the new musical adaption of her 2011 memoir, The Bedwetter. Silverman discussed how the musical came to be, how the story approaches the concept of mental health with children, and why it's like an R-rated version of Annie.

Celine Dion Musical Comedy TITANIQUE To Play Off-Broadway This Summer VideoCeline Dion Musical Comedy TITANIQUE To Play Off-Broadway This Summer
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2022

In celebration of C√©line Dion‚Äôs birthday on March 30, Tony Award-winning producer¬†Eva Price¬†(Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!) has¬†announced that¬†Titanique¬†‚Ästthe irresistibly funny and irreverent new musical send-up of the blockbuster film¬†Titanic,¬†featuring the songs of pop icon¬†C√©line Dion¬†‚Ästwill open off-Broadway this summer at¬†The Asylum Theatre¬†(307 W 26th St.)

VIDEO: A FAM√ćLIA ADDAMS vem Ao Brasil No Pr√≥ximo M√™s VideoVIDEO: A FAM√ćLIA ADDAMS vem Ao Brasil No Pr√≥ximo M√™s
by Stage Tube - Feb 22, 2022

A fam√≠lia que cativou o cora√ß√£o de milhares de espectadores no Brasil e no mundo est√° de volta! Depois de uma pausa por conta da pandemia, a T4F abre novamente o palco do Teatro Renault para receber os personagens exc√™ntricos, assustadores, acolhedores e engra√ßados que encantam gera√ß√Ķes. A nova montagem do musical estreia dia¬†10 de mar√ßo, em S√£o Paulo.

VIDEO: Watch Star-Studded 'Sunday' Clip from TICK, TICK...BOOM! VideoVIDEO: Watch Star-Studded 'Sunday' Clip from TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by Michael Major - Nov 30, 2021

Netflix has released the complete 'Sunday' sequence from tick, tick...BOOM!, complete with numerous Broadway cameos. Sung by Andrew Garfield, the clip features appearances by Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Dé Shields, Reneé Elise Goldsberry, Daphne Rubin Vega, Phillipa Soo, Chuck Cooper, and more.

VIDEO: Charlotte D'Amboise Pays Tribute to Ann Reinking at CHICAGO 25th Anniversary C VideoVIDEO: Charlotte D'Amboise Pays Tribute to Ann Reinking at CHICAGO 25th Anniversary Celebration
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 16, 2021

Tonight, Chicago on Broadway celebrated 25 years of Razzle Dazzle on Broadway with a special celebration.

VIDEO: Original CHICAGO Stars Return for 25th Anniversary Celebration and Mayoral Pro VideoVIDEO: Original CHICAGO Stars Return for 25th Anniversary Celebration and Mayoral Proclamation
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 16, 2021

Tonight, Chicago on Broadway celebrated 25 years of Razzle Dazzle on Broadway with a special celebration. 

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings and Signs from SPRING AWAKENING VideoVIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings and Signs from SPRING AWAKENING
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2021

Seth Rudetsky and Krysta Rodriguez, the next guest on The Seth Concert Series, are sharing a look into rehearsal as Krysta sings and signs 'Blue Wind' from Spring Awakening!

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 5, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Krysta Rodriguez, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, November 7 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser! VideoVIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser!
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2021

Notables from President Bill Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg to musicians Wynton Marsalis and Sting joined together on Sunday, Jan 24th to 'Save Birdland'.

VIDEO Special: Broadway Celebrates the Legacy of the Late, Great Ann Reinking VideoVIDEO Special: Broadway Celebrates the Legacy of the Late, Great Ann Reinking
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jan 23, 2021

Just last month, Broadway lost one of its brightest stars in Ann Reinking, who sadly passed away at the age of 71. Ann, or Annie and she was called by those closest to her, leaves behind a legacy of greatness. 'We've lost a big icon in our craft...' said her friend and colleague Chita Rivera. 'But somewhere there is a light that shines, and that light is Annie. Now she shines within us and we have to keep that alive. We have to talk about her and think about her.'


Bebe Neuwirth Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Bebe Neuwirth been in?
Bebe Neuwirth has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

How many West End shows has Bebe Neuwirth been in?
Bebe Neuwirth has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

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

What awards has Bebe Neuwirth been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Addams Family , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Chicago , Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chicago , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicago Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chicago and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity .

What awards has Bebe Neuwirth won?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Chicago, Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chicago, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicago Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chicagoand Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity.