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Desi Oakley

 
Bio:
Desi Oakley most recently appeared as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. She also performed as the original Jenna in the National Tour of Waitress. Her Broadway credits include Wicked, Annie and Les Misérables. In addition to Waitress, her National Tour credits include Wicked and Evita. Desi's new ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
Desi Oakley most recently appeared as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. She also performed as the original Jenna in the National Tour of Waitress. Her Broadway credits include Wicked, Annie and Les Misérables. In addition to Waitress, her National Tour credits include Wicked and Evita. Desi's new ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2019
Jenna [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2017
Jenna
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Ensemble [Replacement]
Fantine (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
Touring Revival, 2013
Eva Perón (Alternate)
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Performer (Swing)
Lily St. Regis (Understudy)
Grace Farrell (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Ensemble [Replacement]
Ensemble [Replacement]
Elphaba (Understudy) [Replacement]
Nessarose (Understudy) [Replacement]
Elphaba (Understudy) [Replacement]
Nessarose (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
Roxie Hart [Replacement]

Photos

Desi Oakley and Andy Huntington Jones Photo

Desi Oakley and Andy Huntington Jones

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Date:
07/11/2022
Desi Oakley Photo

Desi Oakley

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Date:
07/11/2022
Desi Oakley Photo

Desi Oakley

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Date:
07/11/2022
Krystina Alabado and Desi Oakley Photo

Krystina Alabado and Desi Oakley

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Date:
04/12/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2019
Jenna [Replacement]

  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2017
Jenna

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Ensemble [Replacement]

Fantine (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [US Tour]
Touring Revival, 2013
Eva Perón (Alternate)

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Performer (Swing)

Lily St. Regis (Understudy)

Grace Farrell (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Ensemble [Replacement]

Ensemble [Replacement]

Elphaba (Understudy) [Replacement]

Nessarose (Understudy) [Replacement]

Elphaba (Understudy) [Replacement]

Nessarose (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Roxie Hart [Replacement]

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

Desi Oakley Biography

Desi Oakley most recently appeared as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. She also performed as the original Jenna in the National Tour of Waitress. Her Broadway credits include Wicked, Annie and Les Misérables. In addition to Waitress, her National Tour credits include Wicked and Evita. Desi's new original album Repeat can be found on iTunes and all streaming platforms. She was raised in Wichita, KS and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Follow her @desioakley.




Desi Oakley News

AT THIS PERFORMANCE...  Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis continues his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition in his monthly residency of AT THIS PERFORMANCE… to be held on Monday, August 8th at The Green Room 42.

Photos: The Stars Arrive at Opening Night of INTO THE WOODS Photo Photos: The Stars Arrive at Opening Night of INTO THE WOODS
by Bruce Glikas - Jul 12, 2022

The star-studded New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical, Into the Woods, officially opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos of all of the stars on the red carpet here!

'At This Performance... ' Returns to The Green Room 42 Next Week Photo 'At This Performance... ' Returns to The Green Room 42 Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from A Strange Loop; MJ The Musical; Company; Into The Woods; Funny Girl; Beetlejuice and Between The Lines   on Monday, July 18th at 7 PM. 

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from the 2022 Jimmy Awards Photo VIDEO: Watch Highlights from the 2022 Jimmy Awards
by Team BWW - Jun 28, 2022

The JImmy Awards returned for its 13th annual ceremony, which included four iconic character medleys, a tribute to female composers, a tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim, and performances from eight finalists. We've got the highlights video!

Nicholas Barrón and Kendall Becerra Win Top Prizes at the 2022 Jimmy Awards Photo Nicholas Barrón and Kendall Becerra Win Top Prizes at the 2022 Jimmy Awards
by Stephi Wild - Jun 28, 2022

The 2022 Jimmy¬ģ Award for Best Performance by an Actor was presented to Nicholas Barr√≥n representing Las Casas Foundation's Joci Awards. The 2022 Jimmy¬ģ Award for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Kendall Becerra representing The Broadway San Diego Awards.

Photos: On the Jimmy Awards 2022 Red Carpet with Montego Glover, Andrew Barth Feldman Photo Photos: On the Jimmy Awards 2022 Red Carpet with Montego Glover, Andrew Barth Feldman and More!
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 27, 2022

The Jimmy Awards are back! For the first time in three years, high school theatre's biggest night returned in-person at the Minskoff Theatre, tonight, June 27.

VIDEO: Watch the 2022 Jimmy Awards Opening Number! Photo VIDEO: Watch the 2022 Jimmy Awards Opening Number!
by Team BWW - Jun 27, 2022

The Jimmy Awards are back! For the first time in three years, high school theatre's biggest night returns in-person at the Minskoff Theatre tonight! Watch the opening number. 

VIDEO: Go Inside the 2022 Jimmy Awards! Photo VIDEO: Go Inside the 2022 Jimmy Awards!
by Team BWW - Jun 27, 2022

The Jimmy Awards are back! For the first time in three years, high school theatre's biggest night returns in-person at the Minskoff Theatre. Tune in as BroadwayWorld takes you to the red carpet, then watch the ceremony in full.

Interview: Will Nunziata, Desi Oakley of THE LIGHT EFFECT at The Green Room 42 Photo Interview: Will Nunziata, Desi Oakley of THE LIGHT EFFECT at The Green Room 42
by Michael Walters - Jun 25, 2022

A new musical makes its debut in cabaret and concert at The Green Room 42.

VIDEO: Talented Teens From Across the U.S. Prepare for The Jimmy Awards! Photo VIDEO: Talented Teens From Across the U.S. Prepare for The Jimmy Awards!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2022

Go inside rehearsal for the 2022 Jimmy Awards! Student performers have been chosen for the national program from 46 regional high school musical theatre awards ceremonies presented by Broadway League-member performance arts centers. Watch a video from inside rehearsals!

Desi Oakley Videos

VIDEO: Talented Teens From Across the U.S. Prepare for The Jimmy Awards! VideoVIDEO: Talented Teens From Across the U.S. Prepare for The Jimmy Awards!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2022

Go inside rehearsal for the 2022 Jimmy Awards! Student performers have been chosen for the national program from 46 regional high school musical theatre awards ceremonies presented by Broadway League-member performance arts centers. Watch a video from inside rehearsals!

VIDEO: Desi Oakley, Brittney Johnson, Jelani Remy and More Sing the Opening Number Fr VideoVIDEO: Desi Oakley, Brittney Johnson, Jelani Remy and More Sing the Opening Number From New Musical THE VALLEY
by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2020

A star-studded cast of Broadway performers present a virtual performance of the Opening Number from the new musical a?oeThe Valley'. The musical has Book and Lyrics by Jamie Maletz , Music by Eric Fegan, and Direction by Will Nunziata.

Living Room Concerts: Desi Oakley Sings WAITRESS! VideoLiving Room Concerts: Desi Oakley Sings WAITRESS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2020

For today's performance we've got Desi Oakley singing 'Everything Changes' from Waitress!

BWW Exclusive: Watch WAITRESS Casts Unite to Sing the Best of Bareilles! VideoBWW Exclusive: Watch WAITRESS Casts Unite to Sing the Best of Bareilles!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 4, 2020

Following a sold-out concert in 2017, stars from Broadway and the National Tours of WAITRESS came together to perform WAITRESS SINGS BAREILLES: VOL. 2 at The Green Room 42, in a concert benefitting The Hysterical Womxn's Society.

BWW TV: Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson Give Speeches at Opening Night of WAITRESS a VideoBWW TV: Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson Give Speeches at Opening Night of WAITRESS at the Pantages
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 4, 2018

The Los Angeles Premiere engagement of Waitress will play Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a four-week engagement; August 2 - 26, 2018. The show held its opening night on August 3. Following the performance, the show's writers, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, gave speeches. Watch the full speeches in the video below!

BWW TV: Desi Oakley of WAITRESS National Tour VideoBWW TV: Desi Oakley of WAITRESS National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - Mar 21, 2018

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from May 1st-6th is the national touring production of Waitress. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actress Desi Oakley, who stars as Jenna Hunterson.

TV EXCLUSIVE: Get A First Look At WAITRESS on Tour! VideoTV EXCLUSIVE: Get A First Look At WAITRESS on Tour!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 20, 2017

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at WAITRESS on Tour! Check out the cast in action in the video below!

BWW TV: WAITRESS Is Opening Up Across the US! Find Out What's Inside in Rehearsal wit VideoBWW TV: WAITRESS Is Opening Up Across the US! Find Out What's Inside in Rehearsal with the Cast!
by TV - On the Road - Oct 7, 2017

The upcoming National Touring Production of WAITRESS, the new Broadway musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelley's 2007 motion picture, will be led by Desi Oakley (Les Miserables, Evita) as Jenna, and Lenne Klingaman as Dawn with Bryan Fenkhart (Memphis) as Dr. Pomatter, Nick Bailey ('Red Oaks') as Earl and Ryan G. Dunkin ('Bull') as Cal.

Pies to Go! Getting to Know WAITRESS' Jenna on Tour, Desi Oakley VideoPies to Go! Getting to Know WAITRESS' Jenna on Tour, Desi Oakley
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 2, 2017

The upcoming National Touring Production of WAITRESS, the new Broadway musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelley's 2007 motion picture, will be led by Desi Oakley.

VIDEO: Laura Osnes, Taylor Louderman, and Desi Oakley Perform 'The Princess Power Medley'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Laura Osnes ('Bandstand,' 'Cinderella'), Taylor Louderman ('Kinky Boots,' 'Bring It On: The Musical'), and Desi Oakley ('Wicked,' 'Evita') sang 'The Princess Power Medley,' arranged by musical director Benjamin Rauhala at Feinstein's/54 Below's 5th Anniversary Celebration on June 5th, 2017. Check out the video below!


Desi Oakley Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Desi Oakley been in?
Desi Oakley has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

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

What was Desi Oakley's first West End show?
Desi Oakley's first West End show was Waitress which opened in 2019