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Debra Cardona is an actress, singer and dramaturg based out of both New York and Los Angeles. She is married to voice actor Darin De Paul.

Born and raised in New York City, this Nuyorican received her BFA in Theater at Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied with Stella Adler. Debra received her MFA in Dramaturgy at Brooklyn College, under the tutelage of L.A. Times theater critic Charles McNulty, and has studied abroad at the Royal National Theater Studio in London.

As an actress, Debra has toured extensively and has had the pleasure of working at many regional theaters, including The Guthrie, the Denver Center, Paper Mill Playhouse and Goodspeed Opera House, as well as in projects directed by Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Trevor Nunn, Jerry Mitchell, Susan Stroman, Mike Ockrent, Ted Pappas, Stafford Arima, James Rocco and Garland Wright. She has also sung in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.

As a dramaturg, Debra has worked with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Women's Project, the Lark Play Development Center and New Harmony Project. She served on the NEA/TCG Playwright Residency Grant panel, a number of play reading committees, including The Public Theater, The Ebell Playwright Prize and New Harmony Project, and was on the Board of Directors for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). A production of Waiting for Godot she dramaturged was featured on an episode of the HBO series Treme. If you're curious about what kind of work a dramaturg does, visit her website.

Debra Cardona Photos


Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway Premiere Production, 2023
Performer (Understudy)

Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Mrs. Meeker

FOX Live Televised Production, 2019

[US Tour]
First National Tour, 2017
Consuelo [Replacement]

Off-Broadway Revival, 2014

[US Tour]
National Tour, 2009
Miss Lark [Replacement]

Ensemble [Replacement]

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2005

Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Blind Hag/Scrooge's Mother


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FUNNY GIRL Broadway Revival Recoups Investment

The first-ever  Broadway revival of FUNNY GIRL has recouped its $16.5 million capitalization after opening in April 2022 at the August  Wilson Theatre. 

Photos: Tovah Feldshuh Creates The Feldshuh Fund for Women's Health

See photos of Tovah Feldshuh celebrating 50 years on Broadway with the creation of The Feldshuh Fund for Women’s Health.

Douglas Sills, Kara Lindsay, Beth Malone & More to Star in GENIUS: A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY Staged Reading

Ogunquit Playhouse will present a staged reading of GENIUS: A New Musical Comedy, which will be held on Friday, May 19.

Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan Will Join Cast of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway

Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan will assume the roles of Florenz Ziegfeld and Mrs. Strakosh in Funny Girl on Broadway. We have all the details!

VIDEO: FUNNY GIRL Announces Broadway Closing; New Performance Montage

Producers Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani announced today that Emmy Award nominee Lea Michele, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo, 2022 Tony & Drama Desk Award nominee and Chita Rivera Award winner Jared Grimes and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh have extended their critically acclaimed, record-breaking run in Broadway’s FUNNY GIRL through Sunday, September 3, 2023, when FUNNY GIRL will play its final performance at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).

Photos: Behind the Scenes of the Cast of FUNNY GIRL in the Recording Studio

The New Broadway Cast Recording of Funny Girl is now available wherever CDs are sold!  All new Behind-the-Scenes photos have been released of the cast recording session.

Video: Lea Michele Sings 'I'm the Greatest Star' & 'Don't Rain On My Parade' in New FUNNY GIRL Commercial

Watch a new commercial for Funny Girl on Broadway, featuring Lea Michele singing 'I'm the Greatest Star' and 'Don't Rain On My Parade'!

Breaking: FUNNY GIRL to Launch National Tour

BroadwayWorld has learned that Funny Girl will be launching a national tour, with dates already confirmed for 2024 as part of Atlanta's 2023/2024 Broadway touring season, which also features the pre-Broadway national tour of The Wiz.

FUNNY GIRL Sets New Box Office Record at the August Wilson Theatre

The revival of FUNNY GIRL set a new box office record at the August Wilson Theatre for the week ending January 1, 2023. Learn more about the cast of Funny Girl, and how to get tickets.

Video: FUNNY GIRL's Julie Benko, Tovah Feldshuh & Ephie Aardema Light the Menorah for Hanukkah

Watch Funny Girl on Broadway's Julie Benko, Tovah Feldshuh & Ephie Aardema light the menorah for Hanukkah backstage. 

FUNNY GIRL Shatters All-Time Box Office Record at August Wilson Theatre

The revival of FUNNY GIRL shattered the all-time box office record at the August Wilson Theatre. Read more about FUNNY GIRL's record-breaking run!

Listen: FUNNY GIRL New Broadway Cast Recording is Available Now!

The New Broadway Cast Recording of Funny Girl has been officially released digitally, November 18, 2022, on streaming platforms. Listen to the full album here!

FUNNY GIRL Cast Recording Will Be Released Tomorrow; Watch Lea Michele Sing 'Don't Rain on My Parade'

The New Broadway Cast Recording of Funny Girl will be released digitally tomorrow, Friday, November 18, 2022 at 12:01AM ET. Plus check out a teaser video, featuring Lea Michele singing Don't Rain on My Parade!

Exclusive Photos: FUNNY GIRL Adds a Hanukkah Song to Carols For A Cure

BroadwayWorld was in the recording studio with Cast Members of Funny Girl as they laid down their vocal track of “Christmas Time”.  Check out photos here!

VIDEO: Julie Benko Discusses Her 'Big Break' in FUNNY GIRL on CBS MORNINGS

Julie Benko appeared on CBS Mornings to discuss her 'big break' in Funny Girl on Broadway Barbra Streisand's 'shadow,' and recent backstage rumors regarding the show's casting. The video also features performance footage of Benko performing 'I'm the Greatest Star' and rehearsal footage of a new version of 'People' that has been added into the show.

Emmy Award-Winner Jane Lynch To Depart FUNNY GIRL August 14

Five-time Emmy Award winner and 2022 Emmy Award nominee Jane  Lynch will end her run as “Mrs. Brice” in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl.

Photos: First Look at Julie Benko as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL

All new production photos have been released of 'Fanny Brice' standby Julie Benko in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl! Julie Benko will perform the title role beginning tonight through Sunday, September 4, 2022 and on Thursdays beginning Thursday, September 8, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Beanie Feldstein Take Her Emotional Final Curtain Call in FUNNY GIRL

Watch Beanie Feldstein take her emotional final bows and curtain call in Broadway's Funny Girl and as the cast pays tribute to her onstage with speeches and more.

Beanie Feldstein Ends Her Run in FUNNY GIRL As Fanny Brice Today

Beanie Feldstein is ending her run starring as Fanny Brice in Broadway's FUNNY GIRL today, July 31st. She is the production's first original cast member to depart. Standby Julie Benko will take over the role through September 4 and before the much anticipated performance of Lea Michele as Fanny Brice beginning September 6.

VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein Talks FUNNY GIRL Audiences & Her Engagement on LATE NIGHT

Beanie Feldstein sat down with Seth Meyers to discuss the importance of telling Fanny Brice's story, how she relates to the character, and how many times her mother has come to see the show, revealing that they can see audiences from the stage. She also told the story of her recent engagement to Bonnie Chance Roberts. Watch the video!


Debra Cardona's next show will be Funny Girl which opens on 4/24/2022 on Broadway.

Debra Cardona has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Debra Cardona has not appeared in the West End

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