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Jennifer Hope Wills

 
Birth Place:
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Bio:
Jennifer Hope Wills was born in Baltimore, MD to proud parents William and Sue Wills. She spent the first two years of her life in and out of rehearsal halls, dressing rooms and even a closet or two due to the fact that her parents were active participants in Baltimore Actors' Theatre (BAT). ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: May 08

Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Bio:
Jennifer Hope Wills was born in Baltimore, MD to proud parents William and Sue Wills. She spent the first two years of her life in and out of rehearsal halls, dressing rooms and even a closet or two due to the fact that her parents were active participants in Baltimore Actors' Theatre (BAT). ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2005
Ensemble [Replacement]
Laura Fairlie (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2005
Della
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Eileen Sherwood [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 2003
Lady Anne
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2003
Sandy Dumbrowski
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Enchanted Object [Replacement]
Townsperson [Replacement]
Belle (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Christine Daaé (Alternate) [Replacement]
Christine Daaé [Replacement]
Christine Daaé [Replacement]

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Jennifer Hope Wills

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Date:
11/03/2018
Jennifer Hope Wills Photo

Jennifer Hope Wills

From: 
Date:
11/03/2018
Jennifer Hope Wills Photo

Jennifer Hope Wills

From: 
Date:
11/03/2018
Jennifer Hope Wills Photo

Jennifer Hope Wills

From: 
Date:
11/03/2018
Jennifer Hope Wills Photo

Jennifer Hope Wills

From: 
Date:
11/03/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2005
Ensemble [Replacement]

Laura Fairlie (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2005
Della

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Eileen Sherwood [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 2003
Lady Anne

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2003
Sandy Dumbrowski

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Enchanted Object [Replacement]

Townsperson [Replacement]

Belle (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Christine Daaé (Alternate) [Replacement]

Christine Daaé [Replacement]

Christine Daaé [Replacement]

Jennifer Hope Wills Biography

Jennifer Hope Wills was born in Baltimore, MD to proud parents William and Sue Wills. She spent the first two years of her life in and out of rehearsal halls, dressing rooms and even a closet or two due to the fact that her parents were active participants in Baltimore Actors' Theatre (BAT). Jennifer made her stage debut before her first birthday with a 102-degree temperature as the baby prince in Rumplestiltskin...what a trouper! Before her second birthday, her parents dropped the bomb when it was discovered that a baby brother was on the way. Lots of things were about to change. Not only would she no longer be the only child, but also her parents decided that they had to leave Baltimore. With two children, there was no way that they could support a family on theatrical wages and if one of them would have to leave the theatre...then both of them would have to leave. They decided to move down to the family resort town of Ocean City, MD where there were absolutely no theatrical outlets. That's what they thought anyway...

An old movie theatre down on Worcester Street right off the boardwalk went up for rent and the crazy mind of her father went to work. A children's theatre in Ocean City...what an idea! There was no theatre in town, the theatre was right off the boardwalk and after all, this was a family resort. The idea couldn't fail! Her parents sold everything and her father left his lucrative job at the Sheraton Hotel and Parker Playhouse (Parker Productions, Inc.) opened its doors. And the outcome? Well, the idea failed miserably and they lost everything. Did that stop the Wills? No indeed. "Where there's a Wills, there's a way!" Somehow they managed to keep the theatre going and after several moves (Jolly Roger Amusement Park, The Sheraton Hotel and finally the Carousel Hotel) and many years of struggle, Parker Productions became a moneymaking operation and the sole source of income for the Wills Family. For seventeen of the twenty years that Parker Productions was under operation Jennifer performed alongside her mother, father, brother Dan and sister Rebecca. Even her grandmother Dolores got into the act. It was truly a most unique childhood and one that would mold her love for theatre and music and would make it difficult for her to choose any other direction.

Jennifer attended Salisbury State University and began her college career as a History Education Major...something perhaps a little more useful was her thinking. Gradually she began taking more music classes than history classes, began taking voice lessons, had joined the college choir and the college theatre club (Sophanes). By the middle of her sophomore year she officially became a music major. She appeared in the college theatre productions of Grapes of Wrath (Elizabeth Sandry), West Side Story (Maria...yes complete with dark skin and hair) and The Secret Garden (Lily). She also won first place in several state and regional NATS Vocal Competitions. She graduated suma cum laude with a BA in Music Education.

On the encouragement of her teachers, Jennifer's next step was to attend graduate school at prestigious Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. This was her first real move from home. During her two years at IU she performed in many of the main stage and chamber productions. She quickly graduated with honors with a MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and a concentration in Theatre. It wasn't long before Jennifer came full circle with her decision to return to the world of theatre and found herself with two suitcases on a bus to NYC. She was cast in productions from her first two auditions in New York and by the end of that year she had obtained equity status and had been cast in leading roles up and down the east coast. The rest of the story can be seen at www.jenniferhopewills.com.




Jennifer Hope Wills News

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns to the Green Room 42 This Month Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns to the Green Room 42 This Month
by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from A STRANGE LOOP; HADESTOWN; MR. SATURDAY NIGHT; MRS. DOUBTFIRE; THE BOOK OF MORMON;  GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY and ROMEO & BERNADETTE on Monday, June 20th at 7 PM.   

Standbys, Understudies and Alternates From A STRANGE LOOP & More to Join AT THIS PERF Photo Standbys, Understudies and Alternates From A STRANGE LOOP & More to Join AT THIS PERFORMANCE... at The Green Room 42
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 6, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis will continue his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of AT THIS PERFORMANCE‚Ķ‚ĄĘ to be held on Monday, June 20th ¬†at The Green Room 42, Green Fig, Fourth Floor, Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York, NY 10036 at 7 PM.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  to Return to The Green Room 42 Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE… to Return to The Green Room 42
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis will continue¬†his¬†ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of¬†AT THIS PERFORMANCE‚Ķ‚ĄĘ¬†to be held on¬†Monday, April 18th¬†¬†at¬†The¬†Green Room 42,¬†Green Fig, Fourth Floor,¬†Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd¬†Street), New York, NY 10036¬†at¬†7¬†PM.¬†

AT THIS PERFORMANCE...to Make Green Room 42 Return This Winter Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE...to Make Green Room 42 Return This Winter
by Gigi Gervais - Dec 1, 2021

¬†Stephen DeAngelis¬†continues his¬†ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of¬†At This Performance‚Ķ‚ĄĘ¬†to be held on¬†Monday,¬†December 13th¬†¬†at¬†The¬†Green Room 42,¬†Green Fig, Fourth Floor,¬†Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd¬†Street), New York, NY 10036¬†at¬†7¬†PM.¬†

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... to Return to the Green Room 42 Featuring Broadway Standbys, Un Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... to Return to the Green Room 42 Featuring Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2021

Stephen DeAngelis is resuming¬†his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of¬†AT THIS PERFORMANCE‚Ķ‚ĄĘ¬†to be held on¬†Monday, September 27th¬†¬†at¬†The¬†Green Room 42,¬†Green Fig, Fourth Floor,¬†Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd¬†Street), New York, NY 10036¬†at¬†7¬†PM.¬†

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Will Return to The Green Room 42 with Shelby Acosta, John Card Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Will Return to The Green Room 42 with Shelby Acosta, John Cardoza, Jordan Dobson and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 4, 2020

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... will return to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from Jagged Little Pill; West Side Story; Ain't Too Proud:The Life and Times of the Temptations; Emojiland and Fiddler on the Roof [Fiddler Afn Dakh] on MONDAY, MARCH 9TH at 7 PM.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE… Returns To The Green Room 42 On 12/02 Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE… Returns To The Green Room 42 On 12/02
by Marianka Swain - Nov 28, 2019

AT THIS PERFORMANCEa??  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys and Understudies from LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; HAMILTON; THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL and WICKED on MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND at 7PM.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Celebrates Its 16th Anniversary and Returns To The Green Room  Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Celebrates Its 16th Anniversary and Returns To The Green Room 42
by Stephi Wild - Sep 29, 2019

AT THIS PERFORMANCEa?? celebrates its 16th anniversary and returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys and Understudies from Moulin Rouge; Ain't Too Proud; Broadway Bounty Hunter; Frozen; Kiss Me, Kate; Be More Chill; Alice By Heart; School Of Rock; and Bandstand on Monday, October 7th at 7pm.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42; Lineup Announced! Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42; Lineup Announced!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 3, 2019

AT THIS PERFORMANCEa?? returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys and Understudies from AIN'T TOO PROUD; BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER; WICKED; KISS ME KATE; BE MORE CHILL; A STRANGE LOOP and ANASTASIA on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH at 7 PM.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE...Returns to The Green Room 42 Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE...Returns to The Green Room 42
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2019

AT THIS PERFORMANCEa?? returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys and Understudies from AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS; THE PROM; BE MORE CHILL; OKLAHOMA!; CHICAGO; BEETLEJUICE; KISS ME KATE and AVENUE Q on MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH at 7 PM.

Jennifer Hope Wills Videos

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of PETER PAN at Music Circus - Jenn Colella, Jennifer Hope Wills, Paul Schoeffler and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 4, 2015

The 65th Music Circus season continues with Peter Pan, a high-flying, magical journey to Neverland that critics call 'purely delightful...ageless...a wonderful tradition.' The cast includes Broadway veterans, Music Circus audience favorites, and talented actors making their Music Circus debut this season. Performances are July 21 through Sunday, July 26. Check out a first look at highlights below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Carolee Carmello and More in GHOSTLIGHT; Show to Add Third Industry Reading?
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2013

Last Monday's industry reading of Tim Realbuto and Matthew Martin's musical 'Ghostlight at The New 42nd Street Studios was so high in demand that a second performance had to be added earlier in the day. Last Monday's starry cast included Tony nominees Carolee Carmello and Robert Cuccioli, as well as 'That's So Raven's Anneliese Van Der Pol, 'Pippin's Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Hope Wills, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, and Trevor McQueen. Click below for a sneak peek at the show!

BWW TV: First Look at Ron Bohmer, Jennifer Hope Wills and More in Highlights of Music Circus' SHOW BOAT
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 12, 2013

Show Boat, the American musical masterpiece with a grand score by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern that includes the classic songs 'Ol' Man River' and 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man,' is now playing at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 14. Generally considered America's first true musical, the show has not been at Music Circus in 12 years, and this is its first time at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The superb cast includes a Tony Award nominee and three veterans of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below.

STAGE TUBE: Walnut Street Theatre's THE MUSIC MAN - Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Nov 27, 2012

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 204th season with an all-new production of Broadway's five-time Tony Award-winning family musical, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN. Directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, this production will feature Philadelphia's very own Jeffrey Coon and Broadway's Jennifer Hope Wills. The cast also includes a live horse that will pull the Wells Fargo Wagon in the first act. THE MUSIC MAN runs now through January 6th on the WST Mainstage. Check out highlights from the production in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Walnut Street Theatre's MUSIC MAN Photo Shoot!
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2012

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 204th season with an all-new production of Broadway's five-time Tony Award-winning family musical, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN. Directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, this production will feature Philadelphia's very own Jeffrey Coon and Broadway's Jennifer Hope Wills. The cast also includes a live horse that will pull the Wells Fargo Wagon in the first act. THE MUSIC MAN opens on November 14th and runs through January 6th on the WST Mainstage. Join Jeffrey Coon (Harold Hill), Jennifer Hope Wills (Marian Paroo) and Vincent Crocilla (Winthrop Paroo) as they prepare for Walnut Street Theatre's production of THE MUSIC MAN during the pre-production photo shoot in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Jason Gotay, Ben Fankhauser and Christina Sajous Perform at St. Jude Benefit Concert
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2012

BRING IT ON's Jason Gotay performed 'Westland Avenue' and NEWSIES' Ben Fankhauser and SPIDER-MAN and AMERICAN IDIOT's Christina Sajous sang 'Ask Me Too' at last night's (August 26th) St. Jude Benefit Concert at Joe's Pub. Check out video of the performances below!

STAGE TUBE: Jennifer Hope Wills, Robert Cuccioli and Lisa Howard Talk THE SOUND OF MUSIC!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 19, 2011

The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, a young, aspiring but quirky nun who brightens the lives of the von Trapp children and captures the heart of their stern and lonely father. But, will their harmonious lives be torn apart when their beautiful homeland is ravaged by war? Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical delights audiences with the uplifting story and an irresistible score: 'Climb Every Mountain,' 'Do-Re-Mi,' 'Edelweiss' and 'My Favorite Things.'

BWW TV: 'PHANTOM' 9000 - Up Close & Personal!
by Eddie Varley - Oct 18, 2009

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA reached another new milestone as the musical became the first Broadway show ever to reach 9,000 performances.

BWW TV: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 9000th Performance on Broadway!
by Eddie Varley - Sep 16, 2009

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA reached another new milestone as musical became the first Broadway show ever to reach 9,000 performances. The occasion was marked with a special presentation during the 2PM matinee's curtain call. Now in its phenomenal 22nd Year, the Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. production, directed by Harold Prince, continues to play at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), with no end in sight.

BWW TV Exclusive: Rehearsals for Radio Broadway Sings the Hits of 1958
by Eddie Varley - Jun 28, 2008

Radio Broadway Presents 'The Radio Hits of 1958' will feature a variety of Broadway stars, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis and alumni from American Bandstand and will be presented on Monday, June 30 at 8 p.m. at The Town Hall, Times Square's landmark concert venue.


Jennifer Hope Wills Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jennifer Hope Wills been in?
Jennifer Hope Wills has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Jennifer Hope Wills been in?
Jennifer Hope Wills has not appeared in the West End