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Lesli Margherita

 
Bio:
An Olivier Award winner for her West End debut as Inez in ZORRO THE MUSICAL , Lesli made her Broadway debut originating the role of Mrs. Wormwood in MATILDA THE MUSICAL. After over 1000 performances, she bid farewell to the Broadway company of Matilda and crossed the street to The Helen Hayes to ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
An Olivier Award winner for her West End debut as Inez in ZORRO THE MUSICAL , Lesli made her Broadway debut originating the role of Mrs. Wormwood in MATILDA THE MUSICAL. After over 1000 performances, she bid farewell to the Broadway company of Matilda and crossed the street to The Helen Hayes to ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2020
Princess
Princess [Replacement]
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Playhouse World Premiere, 2019
Ethel Gumm
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere Production at Hartford Stage, 2019
Phyllis
  [Regional (US)]
Powerhouse Season Workshop, 2018
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Off-Broadway Production, 2017
Cindy Lou Who
  [Off-Broadway]
Benefit Reading, 2017
Nurse Suzanne Medford
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Mona Kent
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Mrs. Wormwood
Mrs. Wormwood [Replacement]
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2008
Inez
  [Los Angeles]
Reprise! Concert, 2006
Performer

Lesli Margherita Biography

An Olivier Award winner for her West End debut as Inez in ZORRO THE MUSICAL , Lesli made her Broadway debut originating the role of Mrs. Wormwood in MATILDA THE MUSICAL. After over 1000 performances, she bid farewell to the Broadway company of Matilda and crossed the street to The Helen Hayes to star as the diva Mona Kent in Broadway's DAMES AT SEA. Lesli later returned to MATILDA to close out its Broadway run.

Off-Broadway, Lesli starred as Princess in EMOJILAND and Cindy Lou Who in the one woman tour-de-force WHO'S HOLIDAY. Her hilarious show-stopping performance earned her critical acclaim including a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Solo Show and an Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best Solo Performance.

Television credits include the ABC sitcom pilot "Most Likely To" opposite Yvette Nicole Brown and recurring roles on "Homeland" (Showtime), "Instinct" (CBS), "Seven Seconds" (Netflix), "Transparent" (Amazon), and "The Crew" (Netflix). Movie credits include the upcoming The Many Saints of Newark, Opening Night, Boogeyman 2 and Number 23. Lesli's voice can also be heard on several animated films and shows including Disney's Cinderella 3 and Nickelodeon's "Sponge Bob Squarepants".

Regional stage credits include Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS (Sacramento Music Circus; Bucks County Playhouse), Signora Psyche Zinobia in A SCYTHE OF TIME (NYMF), Esmeralda in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Sacramento Music Circus), Lilli / Kate in KISS ME KATE (Reprise; Ovation Award - Best Actress), THE GRONHOLM METHOD (The Falcon ; Ovation nom. - Best Ensemble), Aldonza in MAN OF LA MANCHA (MTW; Ovation & LADCC nom - Best Actress), Julie in SHOWBOAT (Goodspeed Opera), Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (La Mirada), and Lady of the Lake in SPAMALOT (Sacramento Music Circus).

She is the creator/star of 'Looks Not Books' & 'Ship Happens' the popular backstage vlogs commissioned by Broadway.com, as well as the digital short series 'Sparklepuff,' all of which can be seen on YouTube. Lesli's books, NECK PUNCH and CARRY ON and BLU!, are available on Amazon & iTunes.

Lesli's critically acclaimed solo shows Rule, Broad, and This Broad's Way continue to play to crowds across the country. Her debut live album RULE YOUR KINGDOM is currently in stores and available on all digital platforms.

Lesli Margherita Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Solo Performance
Lesli Margherita, Who's Holiday!

Lesli Margherita News

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!

Lesli Margherita, Simon Pearl & More Join YOUR OWN THING Benefit Performance at Red B Photo Lesli Margherita, Simon Pearl & More Join YOUR OWN THING Benefit Performance at Red Bull Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2022

RED BULL THEATER has announced that Lesli Margherita, Simon Pearl, Michael Pilato, and Vaden Thurgood have been added to the cast of their one-night-only benefit performance of the hit 1968 rock musical Your Own Thing.

Photos: See Santino Fontana, Lesli Margherita & More at Abingdon Theatre Company's 30 Photo Photos: See Santino Fontana, Lesli Margherita & More at Abingdon Theatre Company's 30th Anniversary Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 1, 2022

Abingdon Theatre Company rang in their 30th anniversary at their annual gala on October 24 at The Edison Ballroom. Stars came out to celebrate Abingdon’s milestone 30th anniversary as ATC honored Legacy Award Recipient Tony Award winner David Zippel and ATC Board President DMW Greer. See photos from the event here!

Anthony Rapp, Elizabeth Stanley, Major Attaway & More to Perform At BROADWAY'S GOT GU Photo Anthony Rapp, Elizabeth Stanley, Major Attaway & More to Perform At BROADWAY'S GOT GUTS Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 24, 2022

Anthony Rapp ('Rent'), Elizabeth Stanley ('Jagged Little Pill'), Tony Yazbeck ('Flying Over Sunset'), Max Von Essen ('Anastasia'), Alexandra Silber ('Fiddler On The Roof'), Major Attaway ('Aladdin'), and Becky Gulsvig ('Come From Away') will perform at the 55th annual gala of the Greater New York Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation on Monday, November 14, 2022 at Cipriani South Street.

Jeanna De Waal, AMANDA GREEN AND FRIENDS, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week Photo Jeanna De Waal, AMANDA GREEN AND FRIENDS, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 22, 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. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.

Review: Musical Theatre West Hits Another Grand Slam with Fun-Filled DAMN YANKEES Photo Review: Musical Theatre West Hits Another Grand Slam with Fun-Filled DAMN YANKEES
by Michael Quintos - Oct 21, 2022

A truly fun-filled, ecstatically-performed iteration of this classic musical, MTW's Broadway-caliber production (now on stage at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through October 30) is a definite must-see. The production's trio of terrific leads---Lesli Margherita, Jeff Skowron, and James Olivas---are themselves reason enough to see it.

Photos: The Stars of DAMN YANKEES At Musical Theatre West Hit the Red Carpet Photo Photos: The Stars of DAMN YANKEES At Musical Theatre West Hit the Red Carpet
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 18, 2022

Batter up! Baseball is back, and so is the latest production from Musical Theatre West. Long Beach's premier theatre company presents the seven-time Tony award-winning musical Damn Yankees to its stage for select nights, running through October 30th. See photos from the opening night red carpet!

Photos: Lesli Margherita and More Star In DAMN YANKEES At Musical Theatre West Photo Photos: Lesli Margherita and More Star In DAMN YANKEES At Musical Theatre West
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 18, 2022

Batter up! Baseball is back, and so is the latest production from Musical Theatre West. Long Beach's premier theatre company presents the seven-time Tony award-winning musical Damn Yankees to its stage for select nights, running through October 30th. See photos from the production!

DAMN YANKEES Opens at Musical Theatre West; All-Star Night, ASL Performance & More Up Photo DAMN YANKEES Opens at Musical Theatre West; All-Star Night, ASL Performance & More Upcoming
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 18, 2022

Musical Theatre West’s production of the classic American musical Damn Yankees premiered in Long Beach, CA this past weekend with three home run performances, including an all-star red carpet event and premier party ahead of the official opening night on Saturday, October 15th.

Long Beach's Musical Theatre West Presents DAMN YANKEES Photo Long Beach's Musical Theatre West Presents DAMN YANKEES
by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2022

Enjoy a devilish twist on America's favorite pastime this October! Musical Theatre West's (MTW) production of Damn Yankees will take audiences through a Faustian fun-fest that celebrates love, baseball, and the importance of an escape clause.

Lesli Margherita Videos

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSI Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!

by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2021

Just last night, The York Theatre Company presented an All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!, available to view on demand through April 21, 2021.

BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Lesli Margherita, Andy Einhorn & More in Pasadena Playh Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Lesli Margherita, Andy Einhorn & More in Pasadena Playhouse's Jerry Herman Tribute

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 4, 2021

Catch a sneak peek of Pasadena Playhouse's PlayhouseLive¬†production of¬†You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry¬†Herman,¬†featuring Andy Einhorn on the piano with performances by¬†Ashley Blanchet¬†(Frozen),¬†Nick Christopher¬†(Hamilton),¬†Lesli Margherita¬†(Matilda The Musical),¬†Andrea Ross¬†(‚ÄėMaria‚Äô in¬†The Sound of Music¬†National Tour) and¬†Ryan Vona¬†(Once).¬†

Broadway Rewind: DAMES AT SEA Taps All the Way to Broadway Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: DAMES AT SEA Taps All the Way to Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 4, 2020

Today we rewind to 2015, when Dames at Sea was getting ready to arrive on Broadway. The musical opened on October 22 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 85 performances. Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, it starred John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Lesli Margherita, and Cary Tedder.

VIDEO: Watch Bette Midler, Patti LuPone & More Sing with Fran Drescher for Cancer Ben Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Bette Midler, Patti LuPone & More Sing with Fran Drescher for Cancer Benefit!

by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2020

Stage and screen star Fran Drescher just celebrated twenty years of being cancer-free with a virtual cabaret benefit for Cancer Schmancer. The special event will feature appearances by Broadway favorites Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, and many more!

Broadway Rewind: MATILDA Gets a Little Bit Naughty on Broadway in 2012! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: MATILDA Gets a Little Bit Naughty on Broadway in 2012!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 18, 2020

Today we rewind to the opening night of Matilda on Broadway in 2012. The musical, which came straight from its Olivier Award-winning run in London, starred Bertie Carvel, Gabriel Ebert, Lesli Margherita, and Lauren Ward with Oona Laurence, Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro in the title role. Matilda would go on the run for 1554 performances at the Shubert Theatre.

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita Save the Day in New Episodes of Sparklepuff! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita Save the Day in New Episodes of Sparklepuff!

by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2020

When the world needs saving, there is just one lady you should call on to get the job done... Lesli Margherita Sparklepuff. Watch below as she saves the day in the first four episodes of the new series!

VIDEO: Lesli Margherita, Alex Newell, Bonnie Milligan, and Many More Broadway Stars S Videoplay
VIDEO: Lesli Margherita, Alex Newell, Bonnie Milligan, and Many More Broadway Stars Sing 'I Know it's Today' Parody

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 28, 2020

Amidst the quarantine, Ellyn Marsh and Ben Bogen have released a new hilarious parody video, featuring a slew of Broadway stars.

Living Room Concerts: Lesli Margherita Sings An 'Umbrella Medley' Videoplay
Living Room Concerts: Lesli Margherita Sings An 'Umbrella Medley'

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 6, 2020

For today's performance we've got Lesli Margherita singing with Brett Ryback (Murder For Two) performing their 'Umbrella Medley!'

BWW TV: Check Out New Video Footage From EMOJILAND Videoplay
BWW TV: Check Out New Video Footage From EMOJILAND

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 6, 2020

Emojiland has released new video footage! Check it out below!

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita Sing a BLAZING SADDLES Classic! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita Sing a BLAZING SADDLES Classic!

by Stage Tube - Jan 23, 2020

Lesli Margherita, currently starring in Emojiland off Broadway, just hit the stage at Feinstein's/54 Below to celebrate the comedy of Mel Brooks. Watch below as she hilariously takes on 'I'm Tired' -made famous by Madeline Kahn in Brooks' 1974 classic, Blazing Saddles.


Lesli Margherita Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Lesli Margherita been in?
Lesli Margherita has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Lesli Margherita been in?
Lesli Margherita has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Lesli Margherita's first West End show?
Lesli Margherita's first West End show was Zorro which opened in 2008

What awards has Lesli Margherita been nominated for?
Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Who's Holiday! .


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@QueenLesli - 11/24/22 11:21am https://t.co/zQxrUruAYx


@QueenLesli - 11/23/22 12:42am f. THESE. SHOOTINGS.


@QueenLesli - 11/22/22 11:37pm In other news I loved #Spirited @pasekandpaul @pagepatrick and I cried and was so jealous I wasn’t in it because it was sooooo gooooood


@QueenLesli - 11/22/22 10:35pm Im still here. Not the song, like I’m still here. Literally. Happy Thanksgiving


@QueenLesli - 11/17/22 11:08pm So… @queenlesli everywhere else peeps. Just in cases. #RIPTwitter


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@QueenLesli - 11/7/22 01:36pm digging myself deeper into my own holes but then easier to stay instead of get out so duck watching it is https://t.co/Hpe44xsSTF


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