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Jacquelyn Piro Donovan

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Birth Place:
Boston
Bio:
Jacquelyn has starred as Mama Who in Broadway's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Betty Schaefer (opposite Petula Clark) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, Lily in the Tony award winning The Secret Garden, (both directed by Susan H. Schulman), Susan Lawrence in Maltby/Shire's big, (directed by ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Boston

Bio:
Jacquelyn has starred as Mama Who in Broadway's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Betty Schaefer (opposite Petula Clark) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, Lily in the Tony award winning The Secret Garden, (both directed by Susan H. Schulman), Susan Lawrence in Maltby/Shire's big, (directed by ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Production, 2012
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Production, 2010
Mama
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 2008
Mama Who
  [Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Signature Theatre Company, 2007
Sukie
  [Off-Broadway]
New World Stages NYMF, 2006
Jackie
  [Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Signature Theatre Company, 2006
Elmira
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Sariah
  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Hedda Hopper
  [Regional (US)]
Goodspeed Revival, 2005
Milly
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Madame Calcet
  [New York]
Reading, 2001
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2001
Alison
  [New York]
Reading, 1999
Sukie
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1997
Nellie
  [New York]
Workshop, 1991
June Winchell
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1991
Ellen [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1988
Cosette
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Fantine [Replacement]
Cosette [Replacement]
  [Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Signature Theatre Production, 2003
Lizzie Curry
  [Pittsburgh, PA (Regional)]
Pittsburgh CLO Production, 2004
Abigail Adams

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Biography

Jacquelyn has starred as Mama Who in Broadway's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Betty Schaefer (opposite Petula Clark) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, Lily in the Tony award winning The Secret Garden, (both directed by Susan H. Schulman), Susan Lawrence in Maltby/Shire's big, (directed by Eric Schaeffer), Ellen in Miss Saigon; a role she later recreated on Broadway, and most recently in Andrew Lloyd Weber's new version of The Wizard of Oz as The Wicked Witch.

No stranger to Schonberg and Boublil, Jacquelyn holds the distinction of portraying both Cosette and Fantine in the mega-hit Les Miserables, the only actor in the original Broadway Company to do so. She originated the role of Cosette in the Third National and San Francisco Companies, later reprised the role for her Broadway debut, and in 1996, and most recently 2002, returned to Broadway as Fantine.

Off Broadway Jacquelyn has starred in Sweet Adeline (Nellie, City Center Encores!), Kathie Lee Gifford's Under the Bridge (Madame Calcet, Zipper Theatre, Recording - Lambchop Productions), Suburb (Alison, York Theatre), The Ark (Sariah, 37 Arts Theatre, Recording), Have a Nice Life (Jackie, New World Stages, NYMF), I Remember Mama (Mama, York Theatre), and most recently in the critically acclaimed revival of Close Than Ever (York Theatre).

She has performed in many pre-broadway workshops and readings including The Witches of Eastwick (Sukie, American Premiere at The Signature Thetatre directed by Eric Schaefer), Behind the Limelight (Hedda Hopper, NYS&F @ Vassar), Marty (Mary, Reading starring John C. Reilly), Time and Again (Kate, Reading), Winchell, the Musical (June Winchell, Workshop), the world premieres of Nevermore (Elmira, Signature Theatre) and Heartland (Sarah, Madison Rep & Dallas Summer Musicals).

She won the 2004 Helen Hayes Award, Best Actress, for her portrayal as Lizzie Curry in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's 110 in the Shade at Eric Schaeffer's Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she won the Conneticut Critics Award, Outstanding Actress, for her portrayal as Millie in Goodspeed Opera House's production of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.

Regional Favorites include the title roles in Evita and Gypsy (co-starring with JoAnne Worley), Grey Gardens (Edith/Little Edie), Funny Girl (Fanny), Hello Dolly (Dolly Levi), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Cats (Grizabella), She Loves Me (Amalia), Into The Woods (Witch), Guys and Dolls, (Sarah), and Eve Harrington in All about Eve (co-starring with Gena Rowlands). Television appearances include Paul Sorvino's Movie Development of King Lear (Reagan), Another World, Broadway on Broadway, CBS's The Early Show and the final broadcast of The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

In concert, Jacquelyn most recently sang with The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and on separate occasions, had the honor of singing for President Bush and President Reagan. Her "rafter-reaching vocal chords" were heard singing the National Anthem for the Orlando Magics and the Rochester Americans.




Jacquelyn Piro Donovan News

Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates Reopening Night with DJ, Andrew Lloyd Web Photo Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates Reopening Night with DJ, Andrew Lloyd Webber!
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 23, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera is officially back and Broadway is Broadway again! As a part of the celebration, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh took the stage for a special speech, and afterwards Webber took to the streets for a special DJ set in front of The Majestic. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night!

Broadway Rewind: Welcome Christmas with DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Photo Broadway Rewind: Welcome Christmas with DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 24, 2020

Today we rewind to 2018, when Gavin Lee was stepping into the role of the Grinch on its 2018 tour, where it played the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Chicago Theatre, and more.

York Theatre Company Presents CLOSER THAN EVER Live Panel With Jenn Colella, Christia Photo York Theatre Company Presents CLOSER THAN EVER Live Panel With Jenn Colella, Christiane Noll and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2020

Join York Theatre Company tonight for a virtual cast reunion/celebration of one of their longest-running shows ever (5 months!) -- the hit revival of Maltby and Shire's musical revue about love, friendship, security and happiness.

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by Elliot Lanes - Jul 30, 2020

VIDEO: Signature Theatre Releases THE SIGNATURE SHOW Featuring Heidi Blickenstaff, To Photo VIDEO: Signature Theatre Releases THE SIGNATURE SHOW Featuring Heidi Blickenstaff, Tom Kitt, Emily Skinner and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 30, 2020

Today, Signature Theatre released the inaugural episode of The Signature Show, a biweekly half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and tributes to the past, present and future of Signature Theatre.

Casa Manana Opens Season with HELLO, DOLLY! Photo Casa Manana Opens Season with HELLO, DOLLY!
by Julie Musbach - Aug 20, 2018

Casa Ma√Īana presents Hello, Dolly! as the first show of its 2018-2019 Broadway Season. The show runs September 8-16. Tickets are on sale now.Casa Ma√Īana presents Hello, Dolly! as the first show of its 2018-2019 Broadway Season. The show runs September 8-16. Tickets are on sale now.

Photo Flash: Carolee Carmello Stars as Mama Rose in GYPSY at Broadway at Music Circus Photo Photo Flash: Carolee Carmello Stars as Mama Rose in GYPSY at Broadway at Music Circus
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 24, 2018

The 2018 Broadway At Music Circus season continues with Gypsy, one of musical theater's most acclaimed and enduring works. Check out Broadway's Carolee Carmello and the cast in action below!

Carolee Carmello, Kara Lindsay, Ken Page and More Announced For 2018 Broadway At Musi Photo Carolee Carmello, Kara Lindsay, Ken Page and More Announced For 2018 Broadway At Music Circus Season in Sacramento
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2018

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Broadway Sacramento has confirmed casting for the six shows in the 68th Broadway At Music Circus season. The casts include a number of Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Broadway At Music Circus debuts-and audience favorites from previous Broadway At Music Circus productions.

BWW Review: Riverside Theatre Reminds Why GYPSY is the Perfect Musical Photo BWW Review: Riverside Theatre Reminds Why GYPSY is the Perfect Musical
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 19, 2018

Since its debut on Broadway in 1959, GYPSY has been hailed as one of the most perfect examples of the musical theatre artform. From the lush score of Jule Styne to the inventive lyrics of a young Stephen Sondheim to the funny- and ultimately heartbreaking- book by Arthur Laurents, it is hard to find a flaw in this show. However, as years pass and the genre evolves, it becomes easy to cynically think of the classics as dated period pieces to be looked at respectfully, but only with a sense of retrospect. However, the production of this musical fable playing at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach through March 25th reminds you from the opening moments of the power and poignancy, excitement and insight that the American musical standard-bearers still possess.

Riverside Theatre Adds Performance Of GYPSY Photo Riverside Theatre Adds Performance Of GYPSY
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 6, 2018

Riverside Theatre's production of Gypsy, adds an additional performance. Gypsy runs March 6-25, 2018 on the Stark Stage and is sponsored by Bobbie Olsen with additional support from Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers' Group

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Videos

Broadway Rewind: Welcome Christmas with DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Welcome Christmas with DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 24, 2020

Today we rewind to 2018, when Gavin Lee was stepping into the role of the Grinch on its 2018 tour, where it played the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Chicago Theatre, and more.

VIDEO: Broadway's Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Honors Teen with Original Song on TODAY Videoplay
VIDEO: Broadway's Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Honors Teen with Original Song on TODAY

by Caryn Robbins - Jul 28, 2017

Broadway performer Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, who herself was diagnosed with alopecia at age 9, honors Katie Hynekamp with an original song titled 'Say Hello,' composed for the occasion by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights of Jessica Grove and James Snyder in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season kicks off with a two-week run of Disney's beloved family classic musical Beauty and the Beast. Performances are now through Sunday, July 2 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at footage from the show below!

VIDEO: Join the Resistance! Broadway's Sarah Litzinger and Kate Reinders Sing for Planned Parenthood
by Stage Tube - May 18, 2017

Broadway's Sarah Litzinger and Kate Reinders (A.K.A. TASTiSKANK) just launched their new music video, 'We Are The Resistance'!  With the house voting to defund Planned Parenthood and 24 million Americans at risk of losing their health care, now is the time to FIGHT!  TASTiSKANK stands with PP! Watch and donate to PP by downloading their song- now LIVE on iTunes.  All profits will be given in Trump and Pence's names so PP will graciously send them thank you notes.  

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Lynne Wintersteller, Stuart Marland, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and More in Music Circus's HELLO, DOLLY
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduing musical Hello, Dolly!, Jerry Herman's award-winning tale of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Performances began June 28 through Sunday, July 3 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Laurel Harris, Jennifer Cody and More in NCT's INTO THE WOODS
by TV - On the Road - Oct 21, 2015

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing Broadway musical revivals, is thrilled to announce a strong mix of Broadway and regional talent in the casting of Into The Woods, playing October 20-25, 2015 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below!

BWW TV: Robin Evan Willis, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Lee McDougall & More on the Red Carpet of THE WIZARD OF OZ Opening at Pantages
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Sep 24, 2013

The Wizard of Oz, featuring some of movie music's most unforgettable standards, along with new music written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber; a book adapted by Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams... and everything else that is good made its way successfully to Hollywood's Pantages Theatre last week (September 18) for a high flying opening night celebration which drew a full house of young and old alike. Among those involved with the festivities were BWW TV's own Los Angeles correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans on the red carpet walk of fame. Among the celebrities in attendance were Rico Rodriquez (ABC's Modern Family) and his sister Raini Rodriguez (Disney's Austin and Ally), Fox TV's Lauren Potter (Glee), Academy Award winner George Chakiris (West Side Story), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Jane Kean (The Honeymooners), Ann Jeffrey's (General Hospital, Topper), Corbin Bleu (One Life to Live), RJ Mitte (AMC's Breaking Bad), Michelle Dockery of the BBC's Downton Abbey and others of note. Check out the video below!

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of NSMT's ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Jul 19, 2012

ANNIE, one of the best-loved family musicals of all time, takes center stage at North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) now through Sunday, July 29. Get a sneak peek at the production by clicking the video below.


Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jacquelyn Piro Donovan been in?
Jacquelyn Piro Donovan has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Jacquelyn Piro Donovan been in?
Jacquelyn Piro Donovan has not appeared in the West End