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Donna Murphy

Birth Place: Queens, NY, USA

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Award winning actress-singer Donna Murphy has been building a career of striking range and diversity in the theater and on the large and small screens. This "seductive actress of major transformative powers" (New York Times) has impressed both critics and audiences with her depth and skill.



Ms. Murphy received the first of two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical, along with the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards, for her spellbinding creation of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion, garnering critical acclaim when it was broadcast on PBS's American Playhouse. She was awarded her second Tony and Drama League Awards, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her elegant and distinctive performance as Anna Leonowans in the 1996 Tony Award winning revival of The King and I.
In 2004, she was honored with the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards, the Drama League Outstanding Achievement Award for her work in Musical Theater, as well as another Tony nomination, for her hilarious tour de force as Ruth Sherwood in the Broadway Revival of Wonderful Town, a role she originated at City Center's Encores! Series.
In 2007 she returned to Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club's Biltmore Theater as the legendary actress-singer Lotte Lenya, in the world premiere of LoveMusik, directed by Harold Prince. She received her third Drama Desk Award, and second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as a Drama League Award and a Tony nomination for this mesmerizing performance. Earlier that season Murphy received raves for her portrayal of Phyllis Stone in City Center's Encores!' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies.

Ms. Murphy studied with the legendary Stella Adler, and at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She made her professional debut, after being cast from an open call, in Neil Simon's hit They're Playing Our Song, and went on to create memorable characters in comedies, dramas, and musicals on and off-Broadway, and in theaters across the country. These credits include Edwin Drood in the Broadway production of Rupert Holmes Drood, James Lapine's Twelve Dreams, and Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again at Lincoln Center Theater (Drama Desk nominations), Song of Singapore (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Peter Nichol's Privates of Parade at the Roundabout Theater Co., Strindberg's Miss Julie (McCarter Theater), and the title character of Tony Kushner's production of Ellen MacLaughlin's Helen, for the New York Shakespeare Festival (Drama League Award). She also starred in the World Premiere of Pamela's First Musical, by Wendy Wasserstein, Cy Coleman and David Zippel, at Town Hall, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and Theater Development Fund's OPEN DOORS Program. Ms. Murphy's most recent Broadway role was Dolly Levi in the 2017 revival of Hello Dolly.

Ms. Murphy's film credits include: Tangled, The Nanny Diaries, World Trade Center, The Fountain, Spiderman 2, The Door in the Floor, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Astronaut's Wife, and Jade .

Ms. Murphy's first television film, HBO's Someone Had to be Benny, earned her a Cable Ace Award as Best Actress in a Drama Special or Series, as well as a Daytime Emmy. Other TV work includes : TNT's Trust Me, ABC's What About Joan, Showtime's political drama The Last Debate , Mary Todd Lincoln in The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TNT), Francesca Cross on Stephen Bochco's Murder One (ABC), Leonard Bernstein's New York and Abigail Adams in Liberty! for PBS, the 2000 and 2002 Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) and guest appearances on Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order SVU, Damages, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, CSI, Law & Order, The Practice, Ally McBeal.

A versatile singer, she can be heard on a number of recordings including Lovemusik (Ghostlight), Wall to Wall Sondheim (Symphony Space), Wonderful Town (DRG), Leonard Bernstein's New York (Nonesuch), Hello Again (RCA Victor), The King and I (Varese Sarabande) and the Grammy Award winning Passion (Angel). For her contribution to the Arts, Culture and Public life, she's received special honors from New York Magazine, Symphony Space, Greenwich Village's Caring Community, the Women's Project, The Little Orchestra Society, Irish America Magazine, the Breukelein Institute and Emerson College.

Ms. Murphy donates her time and efforts to a number of organizations, including the Worldwide Orphan's Foundation, the All Stars Project providing Arts education and programs for inner city youth, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, and The Actors Fund.

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Donna Murphy STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Dolly Gallagher Levi (Alternate) [Replacement]

Dolly Levi [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Roundabout Production, 2011
Bubbie/Raisel

[Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2007
Lotte Lenya

[Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer

[Broadway]
10th Anniversary Concert, 2004
Fosca

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Ruth Sherwood

[New York]
Reading, 2003
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
2002
Helen

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2000
Ruth

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Anna Leonowens

[Off-Broadway]
1995
Dorothy Trowbridge

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Fosca

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993
The Whore

[New York]
Workshop, 1993
Fosca

[Off-Broadway]
1991
Rose

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1991
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1989
Sylvia Morgan

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1988
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987
Hope

Hope

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1985
Succubae / Miss Florence Gill

Beatrice/Florence Gill

Succubus (Florence Gill)

Edwin Drood/Miss Alice Nutting [Replacement]

Edwin Drood/Alice Nutting [Replacement]

Beatrice / Miss Florence Gill

Citizen of Cloisterham

Edwin Drood / Miss Alice Nutting [Replacement]

The Princess Puffer / Miss Angela Prysock (Understudy)

Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover (Understudy)

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Citizen of Cloisterham

Beatrice (Florence Gill)

Beatrice/Florence Gill

Succubus (Florence Gill)

Helena Landless (Janet Conover)/Princess Puffer (Angela Prysock) (Understudy)

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1984
Bess Macauley (Understudy)

Mary Arena (Understudy)

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Clare de Favorone

Clare de Favorone

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Voice of Sonia Walsk [Replacement]

Performer (Swing) [Replacement]


Donna Murphy Movies

Jade
[ 1995 ] Karen Heller
Star Trek: Insurrection
[ 1998 ] Anij
22-Oct
[ 1998 ] Carole
The Astronaut's Wife
[ 1999 ] Natalie Streck
Center Stage
[ 2000 ] Juliette
Spider-Man 2
[ 2004 ] Rosalie Octavius
The Door in the Floor
[ 2004 ] Frame Shop Owner
The Fountain
[ 2006 ] Betty
World Trade Center
[ 2006 ] Judy Jon
Ira & Abby
[ 2006 ] Dr. Betsy Goldman
The Nanny Diaries
[ 2007 ] Judy Braddock
Sherman's Way
[ 2008 ] Evelyn Black
Tangled
[ 2010 ] Mother Gothel
Higher Ground
[ 2011 ] Kathleen Walker
Dark Horse
[ 2011 ] Marie
The Bourne Legacy
[ 2012 ] Dita Mandy
No Pay, Nudity
[ 2016 ] Pearl
Anastasia
[ 2020 ] Yara the Enchantress

Donna Murphy TV Shows

Hack
Heather Olshansky
Law & Order
Carla Tyrell, Karen Unger
Mercy Street
Jane Green
Murder One
Francesca Cross
Power
Lorette Walsh
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
Gothel, Mother Gothel
Resurrection
The Elegant Woman, Angela
What About Joan
Dr. Ruby Stern

Donna Murphy Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Donna MurphyInto The Woods

Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award

Donna MurphyInto The Woods

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical (tie)

Donna Murphy, LoveMusik


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Donna Murphy, LoveMusik

Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Donna Murphy, LoveMusik


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Donna Murphy, Wonderful Town


winner
Drama League Awards - 2004 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre

Donna Murphy


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Donna Murphy, Wonderful Town

Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Donna Murphy, Wonderful Town

Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Donna Murphy, The King and I


winner
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Donna Murphy, The King and I


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Donna Murphy, Passion


winner
Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Donna Murphy, Passion

Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Supporting Actress - Musical

Donna Murphy, Hello Again

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1992 - Best Actress - Musical

Donna Murphy , Song of Singapore

Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Donna Murphy, Song of Singapore

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Donna Murphy FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Donna Murphy been in?

Donna Murphy has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Donna Murphy been in?

Donna Murphy has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Donna Murphy been nominated for?

Donna Murphy has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Into The Woods" and "The People in the Picture," as well as a Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for "Into The Woods." She also received nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The People in the Picture," "LoveMusik," "Wonderful Town," "The King and I," and "Passion." Additionally, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Hello Again," and won the Best Actress - Musical award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Song of Singapore."

What awards has Donna Murphy won?

Donna Murphy has won several awards, including Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "LoveMusik" and "Wonderful Town," Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "LoveMusik" and "Wonderful Town," Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre at the Drama League Awards, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The King and I" and "Passion," and Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Passion."

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