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Helen Gallagher

 
Date Of Birth:
July 19, 1926 (96)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Gallagher was known for decades as a Broadway performer. She appeared in Make a Wish, Hazel Flagg, Portofino, High Button Shoes, and Sweet Charity (for which she received a 1967 Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical), eventually assuming the title role, and closing the original ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: July 19, 1926 (96)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Gallagher was known for decades as a Broadway performer. She appeared in Make a Wish, Hazel Flagg, Portofino, High Button Shoes, and Sweet Charity (for which she received a 1967 Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical), eventually assuming the title role, and closing the original ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 2000
Gert
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1997
Performer
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Production, 1990
Fran Riley
  [New York]
Concert Reading, 1987
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Featured Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Maggie Simpson
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1976
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Lucille Early
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1970
Bessie Legg
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Vera Charles [Replacement]
Agnes Gooch [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Charity Hope Valentine [Replacement]
Nickie
Charity [Replacement]
Charity (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1964
Sadie (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1958
Ado Annie Carnes
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Kitty
Kitty
  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1957
Meg Brockie
  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1955
Sharon McLonergan
  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1955
Miss Adelaide
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Gladys [Replacement]
Gladys [Replacement]
Gladys [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Hazel Flagg
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1952
Gladys Bumps
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1951
Poupette
Poupette
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1949
The Girl
Theatregoer
Daughter
Neighbor
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1947
Nancy
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1947
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1945
Neighbor
Chorine
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1945
Corps de Ballet
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1944
Corps de Ballet
Performer (Understudy)

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1972]
Assistant to Mr. Saddler

Photos



Helen Gallagher

From: 
Date:
10/23/2006


Rick McKay and Helen Gallagher

From: 
Date:
10/23/2006

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 2000
Gert

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1997
Performer

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Production, 1990
Fran Riley

  [New York]
Concert Reading, 1987
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Featured Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Maggie Simpson

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1976
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Lucille Early

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1970
Bessie Legg

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Vera Charles [Replacement]

Agnes Gooch [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Charity Hope Valentine [Replacement]

Nickie

Charity [Replacement]

Charity (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1964
Sadie (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1958
Ado Annie Carnes

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Kitty

Kitty

  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1957
Meg Brockie

  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1955
Sharon McLonergan

  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1955
Miss Adelaide

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Gladys [Replacement]

Gladys [Replacement]

Gladys [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Hazel Flagg

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1952
Gladys Bumps

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1951
Poupette

Poupette

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1949
The Girl

Theatregoer

Daughter

Neighbor

Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1947
Nancy

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1947
Dancer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1945
Neighbor

Chorine

Dancer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1945
Corps de Ballet

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1944
Corps de Ballet

Performer (Understudy)

Productions

Assistant to Mr. Saddler

Helen Gallagher Biography

Gallagher was known for decades as a Broadway performer. She appeared in Make a Wish, Hazel Flagg, Portofino, High Button Shoes, and Sweet Charity (for which she received a 1967 Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical), eventually assuming the title role, and closing the original Broadway run. She also appeared in Cry for Us All.

In 1952, she won a Tony Award for her work in the revival of Pal Joey. In 1971, she won her second Tony for her role in the revival of the musical No, No, Nanette. Her song-and-dance number with Bobby Van from that show, "You Can Dance with Any Girl", is preserved on youtube through its performance on the Tony Awards television broadcast. She later took on the role of Sue Smith in the Papermill Playhouse revival of the show, playing the role Keeler played a quarter century earlier.

Her first starring role on Broadway came in 1953 as title character in Hazel Flagg, based on the 1937 Carole Lombard movie Nothing Sacred. The role earned her a feature-photo shoot for Life. Gallagher appeared in the 1977 movie Roseland opposite Christopher Walken. An aficionada of Rodgers and Hammerstein, she appeared on a special tribute to Richard Rodgers on The Bell Telephone Hour.

Helen Gallagher Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
Helen Gallagher, No, No, Nanette
 
Tony Awards - 1971 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Helen Gallagher, No, No Nanette
 
Tony Awards - 1966 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Helen Gallagher, Sweet Charity
 
Tony Awards - 1966 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Helen Gallagher, Sweet Charity
 
Tony Awards - 1952 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Helen Gallagher, Pal Joey

Helen Gallagher News

Review: FIFTY KEY STAGE MUSICALS IN CONCERT at 54 Below Is All The Things Photo Review: FIFTY KEY STAGE MUSICALS IN CONCERT at 54 Below Is All The Things
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 17, 2022

Robert W. Schneider and Michael Lavine do themselves, 54 Below, and Broadway proud with their remarkable historical concert.

Musical Theater Melodies Celebrates 120th Birthday of Legendary Composer Richard Rodg Photo Musical Theater Melodies Celebrates 120th Birthday of Legendary Composer Richard Rodgers with Broadcast and Streaming Premiere
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 24, 2022

Tuesday June 28th, 2022, marks the 120th Anniversary of the birth of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, Rob Morrison's Musical Theatre Melodies will commemorate the occasion with the broadcast and streaming premiere of the Museum of the City of New York's A CELEBRATION OF RICHARD RODGERS, recorded live at The Imperial Theatre, New York City, on March 26th, 1972.

Susanne Mack Returns To Pangea May 20 For Final Performance of FRAGMENTS Photo Susanne Mack Returns To Pangea May 20 For Final Performance of FRAGMENTS
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 24, 2022

Much-lauded cabaret singer Susanne Mack will play her 2021 show FRAGMENTS for one final encore.

BWW Interview: Barbara Bleier of LIFE, LOVE, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE? on Metropolitan Photo BWW Interview: Barbara Bleier of LIFE, LOVE, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE? on MetropolitanZoom
by Stephen Mosher - May 1, 2021

With years of cabaret experiences behind them, Barbara Bleier, Austin Pendleton, Barbara Maier Gustern and Paul Greenwood are taking to the 'net for their latest cabaret show, and Bleier has a lot to say about it.

New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of October 5 - Josh Groban, THE SPONGEBOB MUSI Photo New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of October 5 - Josh Groban, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2020

This week's list includes new music from Josh Groban and Broadway songs from Seth MacFarlane. In addition, The SpongeBob Musical is coming to DVD, and the lyrics of Hadestown are now available!

Skyline Theatre Company's 2020 Horizon Award goes to Fair Lawn Borough's Ms. Robin Schamach
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2020

Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen Countya??s most established professional theatre company, announces its 2020 Horizon Award recipient is Fair Lawn Borougha??s Robin Schamach. Skyline bestows this annual award to a true supporter of the arts.

Broadway and Film Actress Paula Kelly Dies at 76 Photo Broadway and Film Actress Paula Kelly Dies at 76
by Stephi Wild - Feb 9, 2020

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Paula Kelly, actress of stage and screen, has died. She was 76. Kelly made her Broadway debut as Mrs. Veloz in the 1964 musical Something More!, alongside Barbara Cook. Her other Broadway credits include The Dozens (1969), Paul Sills' Story Theatre (1971), Ovid's Metamorphoses (1971), and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies (1981).

Photo Flash: HB Studio 2019 Gala Celebrates UTA AT 100 Photo Photo Flash: HB Studio 2019 Gala Celebrates UTA AT 100
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 12, 2019

On Monday, June 10 nearly 250 people gathered at the Tribeca Rooftop for the HB Studio Gala celebrating the centennial of its long-time master teacher, the two-time Tony Award winning actress Uta Hagen, whose 100th birthday is Wednesday, June 12.

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY Photo Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY
by Ben Rimalower - Apr 12, 2019

Like the rest of you, I've spent this week obsessing over 'Fosse Verdon' on FX and especially Gwen Verdon, played brilliantly on the series by Michelle Williams, in a performance that makes you want to reinvestigate what made Gwen so great. Sweet Charity is the perfect place to start. Gwen became a star and won her first Tony in a featured role in Can Can and she gained worldwide acclaim (and number 2 in a total of four Tonys) as Lola in Damn Yankees on stage and screen and of course there were many other shows and movies and TV appearances, but Sweet Charity was the show Bob Fosse (and Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon) created just for her. She may have lost the Tony to Angela Lansbury in Mame, but Gwen got that iconic poster and all those songs.

BWW Exclusive: Inside the National Asian Artists Project Gala with Baayork Lee and Mo Photo BWW Exclusive: Inside the National Asian Artists Project Gala with Baayork Lee and More!
by Richard Ridge - Dec 7, 2018

The 2018 Inaugural NAAP (National Asian Artists Project) Gala took place on December 2nd celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical 'Flower Drum Song'. Cast members from numerous productions including the original 1958 Broadway company, tours, the 1961 film and the 2002 Broadway revival took over the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown for a magical evening that included a spectacular eight course Chinese banquet and a sensational show.

Helen Gallagher Videos

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY VideoThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY
by Ben Rimalower - Apr 12, 2019

Like the rest of you, I've spent this week obsessing over 'Fosse Verdon' on FX and especially Gwen Verdon, played brilliantly on the series by Michelle Williams, in a performance that makes you want to reinvestigate what made Gwen so great. Sweet Charity is the perfect place to start. Gwen became a star and won her first Tony in a featured role in Can Can and she gained worldwide acclaim (and number 2 in a total of four Tonys) as Lola in Damn Yankees on stage and screen and of course there were many other shows and movies and TV appearances, but Sweet Charity was the show Bob Fosse (and Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon) created just for her. She may have lost the Tony to Angela Lansbury in Mame, but Gwen got that iconic poster and all those songs.


Helen Gallagher Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Helen Gallagher been in?
Helen Gallagher has appeared on Broadway in 20 shows.

How many West End shows has Helen Gallagher been in?
Helen Gallagher has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Helen Gallagher been nominated for?
Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for No, No, Nanette , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for No, No Nanette , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Pal Joey .

What awards has Helen Gallagher won?
Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for No, No, Nanette Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for No, No Nanetteand Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Pal Joey.