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Jo Sullivan

 
Birth Place:
Mounds, IL, USA
Bio:
Born in Mounds, Illinois, Sullivan played Polly Peachum in Marc Blitzstein's legendary English-language adaptation of The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht off-Broadway in 1954. She married Frank Loesser on April 29, 1959. They had two children, Hannah (1962-2007) and Emily (born ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Mounds, IL, USA

Bio:
Born in Mounds, Illinois, Sullivan played Polly Peachum in Marc Blitzstein's legendary English-language adaptation of The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht off-Broadway in 1954. She married Frank Loesser on April 29, 1959. They had two children, Hannah (1962-2007) and Emily (born ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 2000
Polly Peachum
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1961
Magnolia
Kim (in her twenties)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Rosabella
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1955
Polly Peachum
  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1954
Julie Jordan
  [Off-Broadway]
Theatre de Lys Revival, 1954
Polly Peachum
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
Juliet
Jo Sullivan
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1948
Performer
Singing Ensemble
  [Broadway]
1948
Margaret

Photos

Jo Sullivan Loesser attending The 2010 American Theatre Wing Gala celebrating the Cen Photo

Jo Sullivan Loesser attending The 2010 American Theatre Wing Gala celebrating the Centennial of Frank Loesser at Cipriani, New York City. June 7, 2010

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Date:
01/01/2020
Paul McCartney & Jo Sullivan Loesser
at The Curtain Call for Chance & Chemistry: A Ce Photo

Paul McCartney & Jo Sullivan Loesser at The Curtain Call for Chance & Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser- an Actors Fund Benefit at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. October 26, 2009

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Date:
04/29/2019
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Paul McCartney, Audra McDo Photo

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Paul McCartney, Audra McDonald at The Curtain Call for Chance & Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser- an Actors Fund Benefit at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. October 26, 2

From: 
Date:
04/29/2019
Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Paul McCartney, Audra McDonald & Marc Kudisch at  Photo

Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Paul McCartney, Audra McDonald & Marc Kudisch at The Curtain Call for Chance & Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser- an Actors Fund Benefit at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. October 26, 2009

From: 
Date:
04/29/2019
Paul McCartney & Jo Sullivan Loesser
at The Curtain Call for Chance & Chemistry: A Ce Photo

Paul McCartney & Jo Sullivan Loesser at The Curtain Call for Chance & Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser- an Actors Fund Benefit at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. October 26, 2009

From: 
Date:
04/29/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 2000
Polly Peachum

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1961
Magnolia

Kim (in her twenties)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Rosabella

  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1955
Polly Peachum

  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1954
Julie Jordan

  [Off-Broadway]
Theatre de Lys Revival, 1954
Polly Peachum

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
Juliet

Jo Sullivan

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1948
Performer

Singing Ensemble

  [Broadway]
1948
Margaret

Jo Sullivan Biography

Born in Mounds, Illinois, Sullivan played Polly Peachum in Marc Blitzstein's legendary English-language adaptation of The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht off-Broadway in 1954.

She married Frank Loesser on April 29, 1959. They had two children, Hannah (1962-2007) and Emily (born 1965), who is also a singer-actress. She also appeared as herself in an "original special" on Broadway, called Let's Make An Opera (1950), which boasted music by Benjamin Britten, a libretto by Eric Crozier, musical direction by Norman Del Mar, and was directed by Marc Blitzstein.

In the summer of 1951 she played Dorothy Gale in The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis production of The Wizard of Oz, opposite Margaret Hamilton, who reprised her film role of the Wicked Witch of the West. In 1992, Jo Loesser's daughter, Emily, played the same role at The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis, the first time in Muny history a role has been played by both mother and daughter. Sullivan later reprised her role in the 1953 production at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre.


She also appeared on numerous recordings, such as Loesser by Loesser (alongside her daughter, Emily) as well as several albums for Ben Bagley's celebrated "Revisited" series on Painted Smiles Records (most notably Kurt Weill Revisited, Leonard Bernstein Revisited, and Frank Loesser Revisited.)

Since her husband's death in 1969, she managed the Frank Loesser estate, which included guiding production of all of his musicals, including Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and The Most Happy Fella.

Jo Sullivan Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1957 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Jo Sullivan, The Most Happy Fella

Jo Sullivan News

Broadway Press Agent Terry M. Lilly Has Passed Away
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2021

Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers  retired member Terry M. Lilly. Terry was a Press Agent on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and across the country, who came into membership in September of 1977. He passed away peacefully at home on November 24, 2021 after a long illness, surrounded by loved ones.

Theater Stories: GYPSY, EVITA, THE COLOR PURPLE, the FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Revival, & M Photo Theater Stories: GYPSY, EVITA, THE COLOR PURPLE, the FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Revival, & More About The Broadway Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2021

This week's Theater Stories features the Broadway Theatre! Learn about the shows to have graced the stage of the theatre, including Gypsy, The Color Purple, Evita and more; the show that broke the theatre's box office record, and much more!

Photo Flashback: BroadwayWorld Remembers Those We've Lost in 2019 Photo Photo Flashback: BroadwayWorld Remembers Those We've Lost in 2019
by Walter McBride - Jan 2, 2020

2019 has come and gone, and we are reflecting on those we have lost in the Broadway and theatre communities throughout the year.

ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE Extends At North Coast Rep Photo ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE Extends At North Coast Rep
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 12, 2019

North Coast Repertory Theatre has extended through August 11th its highly successful World Premiere of ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, a rollicking musical with book by Mark Saltzman, reuniting the talents of songwriter Frank Loesser and author Damon Runyon, creators of the legendary Guys and Dolls. In Dice, three classic Runyon stories are intertwined with hits from the Loesser songbook, including "Heart and Soul," "I Hear Music," "Two Sleepy People," and "Let's Get Lost," performed by iconic Damon Runyon gangland characters.

BWW Interview: Playwright Mark Saltzman's A Runyonesque Accomplice In ANOTHER ROLL OF Photo BWW Interview: Playwright Mark Saltzman's A Runyonesque Accomplice In ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE
by Gil Kaan - Jul 3, 2019

Emmy-winning writer Mark Saltzman will be back on the theatrical boards with the world premiere of his ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, beginning July 10, 2019 at the North Coast Rep Theatre. Mark has based ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, his companion piece to GUYS AND DOLLS, on the short stories of Damon Runyon and the time-tested songs of Frank Loesser. Lady Lucky gave me the chance to pick Mark's prolific brain on his long road to Runyonland, as well as, on a significant Sesame Street event.

Photo Flash: Remembering Jo Sullivan Loesser Photo Photo Flash: Remembering Jo Sullivan Loesser
by Walter McBride - Apr 29, 2019

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Broadway veteran Elizabeth Josephine 'Jo' Sullivan Loesser passed away yesterday, April 28, from heart failure in her New York City Home. She was 91 years old.

Next Stop Broadway Musical Theater Program For Youth To Begin At DPAC In Summer 2019 Photo Next Stop Broadway Musical Theater Program For Youth To Begin At DPAC In Summer 2019
by Julie Musbach - Feb 20, 2019

DPAC is proud to announce Next Stop BROADWAY, a new week-long musical theater program consisting of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. A staff of esteemed Broadway professionals, headed by Broadway veteran Tony Parise, will teach participants songs and choreography from two hit shows from the 'Golden Age of Broadway' and cast members will create their own presentations based on shows in the upcoming DPAC season and other hit musicals.

Kenny Ingram Stars In SHANE BOY DARLING, Opening 10/22 at Ruth Page Center Photo Kenny Ingram Stars In SHANE BOY DARLING, Opening 10/22 at Ruth Page Center
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 1, 2018

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is proud to present Shane Boy Darling, Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. A one-man musical concert reading written and starring Kenny Ingram with music and lyrics by Peter Candela. General admission tickets are $25. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, and students over 18. Subject Matter Not Suitable for under 18.   

Nadine Wong Named to The American Theatre Wing Board Of Trustees Photo Nadine Wong Named to The American Theatre Wing Board Of Trustees
by Julie Musbach - Oct 1, 2018

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President & CEO) announced today that Nadine Wong has been appointed to the Board of Trustees after having served on the Advisory Committee.

GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to The Majestic This Summer Photo GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to The Majestic This Summer
by A.A. Cristi - May 30, 2018

Lyric Stage will close its twenty-fifth season with 1951?s Best Musical Tony Award winner, Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows' Broadway masterpiece GUYS AND DOLLS, in association with SMU Meadows School of the Arts. 

Jo Sullivan Videos

AUDIO: Jo Sullivan Loesser Talks Daniel Radcliffe & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 26, 2010

Jo Loesser, Frank Loesser's widow, recently sat down to talk on the Leonard Lopate Show about the legendary composer and lyricist among other things.


Jo Sullivan Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jo Sullivan been in?
Jo Sullivan has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Jo Sullivan been in?
Jo Sullivan has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Jo Sullivan been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Most Happy Fella .