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Mary Testa

 
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Bio:
Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St., Marie Christine, On the Town, Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Off-Broadway includes: Portuguese Kid, Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, A New Brain. Much film and television. Twelve ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: June 04, 1955 (67)

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Bio:
Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St., Marie Christine, On the Town, Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Off-Broadway includes: Portuguese Kid, Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, A New Brain. Much film and television. Twelve ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2019
Aunt Eller
  [Off-Broadway]
St. Ann's Warehouse Production, 2018
Aunt Eller
  [Off-Broadway]
Royal Family Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Transport Group Concert Production, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Original Off-Broadway Production, 2017
Mrs. Dragonetti
  [Off-Broadway]
Red Bull Theater Adaptation, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater World Premiere Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Barbara Bush
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [Off-Broadway], 2013
Shirley
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Production, 2013
Governor's Wife
  [Off-Broadway]
Transport Group, 2011
Anna Edson Taylor
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2011
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
General Matilda B. Cartwright
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Melpomene
Medusa
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Myra Kesselman [Replacement]
  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Melephone
Melephone
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2006
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
The Medium
Aunt Monica
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Woman #2
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 2004
Lorena Hickock
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Madame Morrible [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 2003
Performer
  [Broadway]
Richard Rodgers 100th Birthday Celebration, 2002
"The Gentleman Is a Dope" Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2001
Maggie Jones
  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Angie
  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Voice Over
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Magdalena
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Dorine
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1999
Roles originated by Fanny Brice
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer Production, 1998
Little Old Lady
Madame Maude P. Dilly
Little Old Lady/Mme. Maude P. Dilly
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1998
Lisa
Lisa
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Roz
  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Little Old Lady/Mme. Maude P. Dilly/People of New York
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Domina
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Zerbinette
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Gladys (Secrets)
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Mrs. Dewey (Finnegan's)/ Mona (Peter Breaks Through)
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1988
Taradee
Taradee
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Rita
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1988
Rita
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Subway Orator/ Cousin Elizabeth/ Shalamis (Tiny Mommy)
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987
Sally
Sally
  [Off-Broadway]
1986
Patty Ann
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1984
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
Angel (Standby) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Hedda
Factory Girl
Ensemble
Dottie
  [Off-Broadway]
1982
Singing Telegram Lady
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Pre-Show Entertainer [Replacement]
Ensemble (Understudy) [Replacement]
Joice Heth (Understudy)
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1980
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1979
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer
Miss Goldberg
  [New York]
Workshop, 2001
Performer

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2019
Aunt Eller

  [Off-Broadway]
St. Ann's Warehouse Production, 2018
Aunt Eller

  [Off-Broadway]
Royal Family Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Transport Group Concert Production, 2017
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Original Off-Broadway Production, 2017
Mrs. Dragonetti

  [Off-Broadway]
Red Bull Theater Adaptation, 2017
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater World Premiere Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Barbara Bush

  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [Off-Broadway], 2013
Shirley

  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Production, 2013
Governor's Wife

  [Off-Broadway]
Transport Group, 2011
Anna Edson Taylor

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2011
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
General Matilda B. Cartwright

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Melpomene

Medusa

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Myra Kesselman [Replacement]

  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Melephone

Melephone

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2006
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
The Medium

Aunt Monica

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Woman #2

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 2004
Lorena Hickock

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Madame Morrible [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 2003
Performer

  [Broadway]
Richard Rodgers 100th Birthday Celebration, 2002
"The Gentleman Is a Dope" Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2001
Maggie Jones

  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Angie

  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Voice Over

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Magdalena

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Dorine

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1999
Roles originated by Fanny Brice

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer Production, 1998
Little Old Lady

Madame Maude P. Dilly

Little Old Lady/Mme. Maude P. Dilly

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1998
Lisa

Lisa

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Roz

  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Little Old Lady/Mme. Maude P. Dilly/People of New York

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Domina

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Zerbinette

  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Gladys (Secrets)

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Mrs. Dewey (Finnegan's)/ Mona (Peter Breaks Through)

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1988
Taradee

Taradee

  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Rita

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1988
Rita

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Subway Orator/ Cousin Elizabeth/ Shalamis (Tiny Mommy)

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987
Sally

Sally

  [Off-Broadway]
1986
Patty Ann

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1984
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
Angel (Standby) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Hedda

Factory Girl

Ensemble

Dottie

  [Off-Broadway]
1982
Singing Telegram Lady

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Pre-Show Entertainer [Replacement]

Ensemble (Understudy) [Replacement]

Joice Heth (Understudy)

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1980
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1979
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer

Miss Goldberg

  [New York]
Workshop, 2001
Performer

Mary Testa Biography

Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St., Marie Christine, On the Town, Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Off-Broadway includes: Portuguese Kid, Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, A New Brain. Much film and television. Twelve original cast albums. Multiple Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations and a special Drama Desk award celebrating 'Three Decades of Outstanding Work.'

Mary Testa Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Mary Testa, Oklahoma!
 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Mary Testa, Oklahoma!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Mary Testa, The Government Inspector
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite
 
The Lortels - 2016 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Special Award Gold Star
Mary Testa, Queen of the Mist
 
Drama League Awards - 2012 - Distinguished Performance Award
Mary Testa, Queen of The Mist
 
The Lortels - 2012 - Outstanding Lead Actress
Mary Testa, Queen of the Mist
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Mary Testa, Xanadu
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Mary Testa, First Lady Suite
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical
Mary Testa, 42nd Street
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Mary Testa, 42nd Street
 
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Mary Testa, On the Town
 
Obie Awards - 1998 - Performance Gold Star
Mary Testa, On the Town
 
Obie Awards - 1998 - Performance Gold Star
Mary Testa, From Above

Mary Testa News

Photo Coverage: Scott Siegel Brings 'HIT SONGS FROM BROADWAY'S GREATEST REVIVALS' to  Photo Photo Coverage: Scott Siegel Brings 'HIT SONGS FROM BROADWAY'S GREATEST REVIVALS' to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 15, 2022

Last night Stella Katherine Cole, Luke Hawkins, Jason Graae, Pedro Coppeti, Ashley Ryan and Lee Roy Reams performed in Scott Siegel’s 'Hit Songs From Broadway’s Great Revivals.'

Photos: See Mary Testa, Robert Cuccioli & More at Red Bull Theater Gala Honoring Andr Photo Photos: See Mary Testa, Robert Cuccioli & More at Red Bull Theater Gala Honoring André De Shield
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2022

Red Bull Theater honored the illustrious ANDR√Č DE SHIELDS with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY, its benefit event held on Monday June 13th. Check out photos!

Royal Family Productions to Present A Re-imagining of ROMEO AND JULIET Photo Royal Family Productions to Present A Re-imagining of ROMEO AND JULIET
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

Royal Family Productions will present the inaugural production in a new Young BIPOC Directors series, Romeo and Juliet. This new adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play by Lindsay Price is directed by Lily Ventura.

Red Bull Theater REVELRY Benefit Gala Honoring André De Shields to Take Place Tonigh Photo Red Bull Theater REVELRY Benefit Gala Honoring André De Shields to Take Place Tonight
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

André De Shields will be honored with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY, Red Bull Theater's benefit event tonight, Monday June 13th, at 6pm.

COVID STILL SUX: The Musical Part 2 to be Presented at the Franco Center Photo COVID STILL SUX: The Musical Part 2 to be Presented at the Franco Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Following the sold-out success of COVID SUX: The Musical at Cumston Hall, Chris Henry, and Mark Falconer have written a new sequel to their previous original musical comedy about the pandemic featuring parodies of hit Broadway songs from shows like Hamilton, Les Miserables, Tick Tick Boom, West Side Story, Chicago, and Annie.

Photos: Bernadette Peters, Michael R, Jackson, Matt Doyle and More Hit the Stage for  Photo Photos: Bernadette Peters, Michael R, Jackson, Matt Doyle and More Hit the Stage for BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2022
by A.A. Cristi - May 24, 2022

The best of Broadway came together to salute love in all forms on May 23, 2022, singing and dancing in celebration of LGBTQ+ stories and musical theater at the first live performance of Broadway Backwards since 2019. View photos from Broadway Backwards here.

Joshua Henry, Solea Pfeiffer, Ephraim Sykes & More to Star in BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MU Photo Joshua Henry, Solea Pfeiffer, Ephraim Sykes & More to Star in BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL Industry Reading
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

Joshua Henry will head the cast of Brave New World: The Musical (as World Controller Thomas Mond) for an invitation-only industry reading on May 23rd in Midtown Manhattan. Joining Henry will be Solea Pfeiffer, Ephraim Sykes, and more.

André De Shields to Receive Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater at RE Photo André De Shields to Receive Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY Benefit Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Red Bull Theater today announced that André De Shields will be honored with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY, its benefit event on Monday June 13th at 6pm.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2022 Adds Norm Lewis, Michael R. Jackson, Joaquina Kalukango, and  Photo BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2022 Adds Norm Lewis, Michael R. Jackson, Joaquina Kalukango, and More!
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

More than a dozen of Broadway’s best have been added to the lineup performing songs from the musical theater canon through the lens of the LGBTQ+ experience at the in-person homecoming of Broadway Backwards, which is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and New York City’s LGBT Community Center.

MAN OF GOD Extension, JUST FOR US & More Announced for Williamstown Theatre Festival  Photo MAN OF GOD Extension, JUST FOR US & More Announced for Williamstown Theatre Festival 2022 Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced two special events for the 2022 summer season, an extension of Man of God due to popular demand, dates and programming for the Fridays@3 reading series, as well as creative teams and casting for Man of God, Most Happy in Concert, and we are continuous. 

Mary Testa Videos

VIDEO: Lucy Moss Shares What it Was Like Directing RATATOUILLE: THE TIKTOK MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: Lucy Moss Shares What it Was Like Directing RATATOUILLE: THE TIKTOK MUSICAL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 15, 2021

BroadwayWorld sat down with Lucy Moss, the director of the viral hit Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical to discuss what it was like bringing the show from its TikTok origins to a fully-realized virtual concept production.  

VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser! VideoVIDEO: 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: Andrea McArdle, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson & More Unite to Sing 'Tomorr VideoVIDEO: Andrea McArdle, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson & More Unite to Sing 'Tomorrow'
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2020

When you're stuck with a day that's gray and lonely, just stick up your chin, grin, and sing 'Tomorrow'! Watch below as stars of stage, screen and more unite to sing the beloved anthem in celebration of our incredible health care providers.

BWW TV: Stars from HADESTOWN, MOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More Pick Favorite C VideoBWW TV: Stars from HADESTOWN, MOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More Pick Favorite Cast Albums!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 26, 2020

Tonight, cast recordings of Ain't Too Proud, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Moulin Rouge and Oklahoma! are up for Best Musical Theatre Album, and before we find out who wins, the stars are telling us which cast recordings they loved growing up!

BWW TV: Stars of MOULIN ROUGE! HADESTOWN & More Celebrate Grammy Nominations! VideoBWW TV: Stars of MOULIN ROUGE! HADESTOWN & More Celebrate Grammy Nominations!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 14, 2020

Last night in celebration of the 62nd Annual GRAMMY nominations and the 61st Anniversary of the Recording Academy New York Chapter, the Recording Academy New York hosted a special Nominee Celebration in NYC that hosted musicians, producers, actors, singer and more!

VIDEO: The Cast of OKLAHOMA! Performs 'The Farmer and the Cowman' in New 360-Degree V VideoVIDEO: The Cast of OKLAHOMA! Performs 'The Farmer and the Cowman' in New 360-Degree Video
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2019

Get in the center of the action with an all new 360-degree video of the cast of Oklahoma! performing 'The Farmer and the Cowman'!

BWW TV: OKLAHOMA! Celebrates Grammy Nominations And New Vinyl Album VideoBWW TV: OKLAHOMA! Celebrates Grammy Nominations And New Vinyl Album
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 20, 2019

The cast of a?oeRodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!a?? celebrated today their 2020 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. 

VIDEO: OKLAHOMA's Ali Stroker Tells Us What To Do When They Say No VideoVIDEO: OKLAHOMA's Ali Stroker Tells Us What To Do When They Say No
by Stage Tube - Oct 11, 2019

Oklahoma!'s Tony-winning star Ali Stroker is talking about overcoming struggle and moving past obstacles like people saying 'you can't.' Check out the video to see her motivational speech about what to do when the world tells you no.

VIDEO: OKLAHOMA! Performs on the Today Show VideoVIDEO: OKLAHOMA! Performs on the Today Show
by Stage Tube - Jul 30, 2019

Oh, what a beautiful day because the cast of the Tony-winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! performed this morning on the Today Show! Check out the full video to see Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, and more perform 'I Cain't Say No' and 'Oklahoma'!

VIDEO: The Cast of OKLAHOMA! Performs 'I Cain't Say No/ Oklahoma' at the 2019 TONYS VideoVIDEO: The Cast of OKLAHOMA! Performs 'I Cain't Say No/ Oklahoma' at the 2019 TONYS
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2019

The cast of OKLAHOMA! showed the 2019 Tony Awards their take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic when they performed 'I Cain't Say No/ Oklahoma' during Sunday night's broadcast. The show won two Tonys during the show: Best Revival of a Musical and star Ali Stroker won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.


Mary Testa Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Mary Testa been in?
Mary Testa has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

How many West End shows has Mary Testa been in?
Mary Testa has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Mary Testa been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Oklahoma! , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Oklahoma! , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Government Inspector , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for First Daughter Suite , Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (The Lortels) for First Daughter Suite , Special Award (Drama Desk Awards) for Queen of the Mist , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Queen of The Mist , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Queen of the Mist , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Xanadu , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for First Lady Suite , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for 42nd Street , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for 42nd Street , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for On the Town Performance (Obie Awards) for On the Town and Performance (Obie Awards) for From Above .

What awards has Mary Testa won?
Special Award (Drama Desk Awards) for Queen of the Mist, Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for First Lady Suite Performance (Obie Awards) for On the Townand Performance (Obie Awards) for From Above.