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Karen Ziemba

 
Date Of Birth:
November 12, 1957 (65)
Birth Place:
St. Joseph, MI, USA
Bio:
Tony-winning actor-singer-dancer Karen Ziemba is one of Broadway's most versatile and beloved performers. Karen received the Tony Award - along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards - starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman's hit musical, Contact, at Lincoln Center Theater. On and ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 12, 1957 (65)

Birth Place: St. Joseph, MI, USA

Bio:
Tony-winning actor-singer-dancer Karen Ziemba is one of Broadway's most versatile and beloved performers. Karen received the Tony Award - along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards - starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman's hit musical, Contact, at Lincoln Center Theater. On and ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Regional (US)]
West Coast Premiere at 5th Avenue Theatre, 2019
Martine Van Goethem
  [US Tour]
US Tour, 2018
Martha Watson
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2018
Hesione Hushabye
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival at Cherry Lane Theatre, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Vineyard Original Off-Broadway Production, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2016
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Eden Brent
  [Off-Broadway]
Flea Theater Production, 2012
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Georgia Hendricks
  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2006
Georgia Hendricks
  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
Performer
MC
  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Performers
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2004
Miss Adelaide
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2004
Rosie Alvarez
  [Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 2004
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Mabel Pritt
  [Williamstown, MA (Regional)]
Williamstown Theatre Festival Production, 2003
Lucy Brown
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2002
Babe Williams
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2000
Wife
Wife [Part II]
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
A Wife
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Wife
  [Williamstown, MA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1999
Penelope Fitzwater
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1999
Specialty Trio
  [US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1997
Roxie Hart
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Rita Racine
Couple #39
  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Mame
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1996
Agnes
Agnes
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1994
Beulah
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Polly Baker [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1991
Performer
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Belle Hagner
Alice Roosevelt (Understudy)
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986
Performer
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1985
Susie Ward
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Equity Library Theatre Revival, 1981
Performer
  [Regional (US)]
Goodspeed Revival, 1981
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Peggy Sawyer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1975
Bebe Benzenheimer [Replacement]
Hilary [Replacement]
Cassie Ferguson (Understudy) [Replacement]
Diana Morales (Understudy) [Replacement]
Bebe Benzenheimer (Understudy) [Replacement]
Maggie Winslow (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Pittsburgh, PA (Regional)]
Regional Revival, 1986
Performer
  [New York]
Workshop, 1983
Performer

Karen Ziemba Biography

Tony-winning actor-singer-dancer Karen Ziemba is one of Broadway's most versatile and beloved performers. Karen received the Tony Award - along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards - starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman's hit musical, Contact, at Lincoln Center Theater. On and Off-Broadway, Karen has played murderers and marathoners, a daughter of the West, to the daughter of an American president. She starred as "Roxie Hart" in Kander and Ebb's Chicago, and "Rita Racine" in their Steel Pier (for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), and starred in the new Gershwin musical, Crazy For You. Karen Ziemba made her debut at the The Old Globe earlier this year in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation as "Ouisa."

Karen Ziemba Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2017 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Karen Ziemba, Kid Victory
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Karen Ziemba, Curtains
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Karen Ziemba , Curtains
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Karen Ziemba, Curtains
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Karen Ziemba, Never Gonna Dance
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Karen Ziemba, Never Gonna Dance
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Karen Ziemba, Contact
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Karen Ziemba , Contact
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Karen Ziemba, Contact
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Actress - Musical
Karen Ziemba, Steel Pier
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Actress - Musical
Karen Ziemba, Steel Pier
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Karen Ziemba, Steel Pier
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Actress - Musical
Karen Ziemba, I Do! I Do!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Karen Ziemba, The World Goes Round

Karen Ziemba News

Review: MALTBY AND SHIRE: REVUE # 3 at 54 Below Is Heaven On The Way Photo Review: MALTBY AND SHIRE: REVUE # 3 at 54 Below Is Heaven On The Way
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 30, 2022

After groundbreaking and life-changing revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever, Maltby and Shire have made a start on REVUE #3

Samantha Pauly, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, and More to Play 54 Below Next We Photo Samantha Pauly, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 20, 2022

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. 

Photos: Michael Childers Presents NEW YORK, NEW YORK at the MCCallum Theatre Photo Photos: Michael Childers Presents NEW YORK, NEW YORK at the MCCallum Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 11, 2022

See photos from Michael Childers' New York, New York at the MCCallum Theatre. The performance was one night only!

Feature: NEW YORK, NEW YORK Cast & Supporters Descend on Palm Springs Photo Feature: NEW YORK, NEW YORK Cast & Supporters Descend on Palm Springs
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 9, 2022

There are parties and there are parties.  When the party is celebrating a stellar cast of performers for a great cause and they are put together with the Board Members and supporters of The BARBARA SINATRA CHILDREN’S CENTER, you have a special formula of merriment. See photos here!

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Four: The Curators Photo Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Four: The Curators
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 4, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at the work of four producers we call THE CURATORS.

Julie Benko, Santino Fontana, Leslie Uggams, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month Photo Julie Benko, Santino Fontana, Leslie Uggams, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 31, 2022

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Photos: CANDIDA Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway Photo Photos: CANDIDA Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Oct 26, 2022

Gingold Theatrical Group is now presenting Candida, one of George Bernard Shaw's most popular plays. Directed by David Staller, Bernard Shaw's Candida is set to run through November 19, 2022, at Theatre Two in Theatre Row. Check out photos from opening night here!

Broadway Press Agent Susan L. Schulman Passes Away Photo Broadway Press Agent Susan L. Schulman Passes Away
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 20, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the death of Broadway press agent Susan L. Schulman.

Maltby & Shire To Debut New Revue at 54 Below Featuring Nikki M. James, Kerry Butler  Photo Maltby & Shire To Debut New Revue at 54 Below Featuring Nikki M. James, Kerry Butler & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2022

54 BELOW will welcome the iconic creative partners Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. The songwriting legends debut a first look at their new work on November 21 at 7pm.

Listen: JERSEY BOYS Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff & Melissa Hoff Release New Jazz  Photo Listen: JERSEY BOYS Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff & Melissa Hoff Release New Jazz Duet 'We Talk Without Words'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2022

The new jazz duet,“We Talk Without Words,” recorded by Jersey Boys’ TONY ®AWARD Winner, Christian Hoff with his wife, Melissa Hoff has been released! A dreamy jazz waltz with a fun-filled, frenetic bridge, the husband and wife musical team prove that “kindred spirits” share a language all their own. Listen here!

Karen Ziemba Videos

VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser! Videoplay
VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser!

by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2021

Notables from President Bill Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg to musicians Wynton Marsalis and Sting joined together on Sunday, Jan 24th to 'Save Birdland'.

VIDEO: Watch Nick Cordero 'One of the Great Ones' Memorial Tribute Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Nick Cordero 'One of the Great Ones' Memorial Tribute

by Robert Diamond - Sep 6, 2020

In honor and celebration of Nick's memory, over 150 of his friends, colleagues, and family from all over the world came together to sing the song that will keep Nick in our hearts forever 'One of the Great Ones' from A Bronx Tale. The resulting video was featured during the streaming of the memorial.

Broadway Rewind: It's Just Another Day on Opening Night of NEXT TO NORMAL Off-Broadwa Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: It's Just Another Day on Opening Night of NEXT TO NORMAL Off-Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2020

BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge said of this 2008 episode of Broadway Rewind, 'I loved looking back at the musical Next to Normal and realizing the impact it has had on the musical theatre genre. We start off high a top Rockefeller Center to the Rainbow Room for The Drama League's Gala where they honored beloved producer Roger Berlind. It featured many of the stars and shows that he produced over his illustrious career.  Look for David Hyde Pierce, Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Donna Murphy, Karen Ziemba and Debra Monk.' 

BWW TV: Looking Back at PRINCE OF BROADWAY's Opening Night Videoplay
BWW TV: Looking Back at PRINCE OF BROADWAY's Opening Night

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 31, 2019

As the theatre community mourns the loss of the legendary producer and director Harold Prince, we're looking back at the opening night of Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Prince of Broadway, which celebrated his career spanning seven decades. Check out the video to see Hal alongside the show's stars Tony Yazbeck, Brandon Uranowitz, Emily Skinner, Chuck Cooper, and more on the special night.

Photo/Video: Get A First Look at Karen Ziemba In ANNIE At NC Theatre Videoplay
Photo/Video: Get A First Look at Karen Ziemba In ANNIE At NC Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 23, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba as Miss Hannigan at the NC Theatre, directed by producing artistic director, Eric Woodall.

#TBT: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Opens With Marin Mazzie and more! Videoplay
#TBT: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Opens With Marin Mazzie and more!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 11, 2019

Five years ago, Broadway favorites including Zach Braff, Betsy Wolfe, and the late Marin Mazzie opened the musical adaptation of the classic Woody Allen film Bullets Over Broadway! In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the show's starry opening night! Check out all the footage below!

VIDEO: Extended Scenes From MARIE, DANCING STILL at the 5th Avenue Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Extended Scenes From MARIE, DANCING STILL at the 5th Avenue Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 2, 2019

BroadwayWorld has an extended first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre'sin Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At MARIE, DANCING STILL at the 5th Avenue Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At MARIE, DANCING STILL at the 5th Avenue Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 27, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre'sin Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers.

VIDEO: Tiler Peck and Terrence Mann on MARIE at The 5th Avenue Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Tiler Peck and Terrence Mann on MARIE at The 5th Avenue Theatre

by Alan Henry - Mar 20, 2019

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring in Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers. Marie was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production that played at The Kennedy Center in 2015.

VIDEO: Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens and More Talk MARIE at the 5th Avenue Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens and More Talk MARIE at the 5th Avenue Theatre

by Alan Henry - Mar 14, 2019

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring in Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers. Marie was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production that played at The Kennedy Center in 2015.


Karen Ziemba Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Karen Ziemba been in?
Karen Ziemba has appeared on Broadway in 14 shows.

How many West End shows has Karen Ziemba been in?
Karen Ziemba has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Karen Ziemba been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (The Lortels) for Kid Victory , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Curtains , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Curtains , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Curtains , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Never Gonna Dance , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Never Gonna Dance , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Contact , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Contact , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Contact , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Steel Pier , Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steel Pier , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Steel Pier Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for I Do! I Do! and Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The World Goes Round .

What awards has Karen Ziemba won?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Curtains, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Never Gonna Dance, Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Contact, Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Contact Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Contactand Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The World Goes Round.