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Melissa is currently reprising her role as "Blanche Barrow" in the new Broadway musical BONNIE AND CLYDE at The Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre directed by Jeff Calhoun. Melissa originated the role of "Blanche" at the La Jolla Playhouse where she earned a San Diego Critic's Circle Award (Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical) Melissa also played Blanche in the recent regional production of BONNIE AND CLYDE at The Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.

Along with her critically acclaimed portrayal of "Catherine" in the Deaf West/CTG production of PIPPIN at Los Angeles' premiere theatre The Mark Taper Forum, Melissa is best known for her role as Mary Jane in the 2003 Broadway revival of Deaf West's BIG RIVER, for which she and her cast mates received a 2004 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.

Other Theatre Includes: "Mary Jane" in BIG RIVER (National Tour of U.S. and Japan); "Mary Jane" in BIG RIVER (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre & Deaf West Theatre); "Ginny" in POST OFFICE (by "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" composer Michael J. Friedman at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Los Angeles); "Virginia/Clara" in AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT (World Premiere, South Coast Repertory Theatre); "Yelenka" in ZHIVAGO (World Premiere, La Jolla Playhouse); "Pud" in LAURA DENNIS (West Coast Premiere, Zephyr Theatre); "Kayla" in BALLAD (Ovation Nomination and Dramalogue Award, Theatre Geo, World Premiere, Los Angeles) and "The Gir"l in THE TRANSFIGURATION OF BENNO BLIMPIE (McCadden Place Theatre, Los Angeles) for which Entertainment Today named Melissa one of the top ten talents in L.A. to watch.

Melissa has appeared in numerous television and film roles, including A Lot Like Love, the leading role of "Mary" in the Showtime original movie The Great Commission, a series regular in Jason Alexander's improv. comedy pilot The Whitey Show, "Tina Corso" in the tv series Chicago Hope and as herself in Broadway the Movie. Melissa was most recently hired as a voice over artist on the new Muppets Movie The Muppets playing various roles and the voice of "Lily" for the FOX animated pilot presentation Family Band.

As a comedienne and sketch writer, Melissa was cast as a series regular to be one of the new generation of National Lampoon's Lemmings following in the footsteps of comedians like John Belushi, Christopher Guest and Chevy Chase, who all started out as "Lemmings." She is known for her impressions of celebrities such as Celine Dion, Nicole Kidman, Dolly Parton, Hillary Swank and for many original characters.

As a voice over artist, Melissa played multiple characters on the popular kids Radio Series Bedtime for Barney. Melissa has been creating lovable characters for the highly successful online animated greeting card company Rubber Chicken Cards for over 10 years, and has a loyal fan base around the world. Melissa also works for American Greetings and has done many spots as a studio singer over the years, including the Jingle for Pay Per View television. Most recently Melissa recorded the voice of "Lily" for the FOX animated pilot presentation Family Band and performed various voices for the new Muppet movie The Muppets. Melissa is thrilled to have worked on the new iPAD app for kids entitled "A Frog he would a wooing go."

Melissa is also an award winning songwriter and was voted "Artist of The Year" on She has licensed songs for tv and film including the feature film The Legend of Tillamook's Gold and Showtime's The Great Commission and was nominated for an INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for her single DIVINE. In Canada Melissa was a finalist for the YTV (Youth TV) Awards in the Vocalist Category, Received a General Motors Award of Excellence for Outstanding Jazz Vocals and has performed live on CBC Radio.

Melissa received her B.F.A. in Acting with a minor in Music at The College of Santa Fe in New Mexico (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design) as well as studying at The British American Drama Academy in London.

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Melissa van der Schyff STAGE CREDITS

Encores! Concert Revival, 2015

Original Broadway Production, 2011
Blanche Barrow

[Regional (US)]
Asolo Repertory Theatre, 2010
Blanche Barrow

[Regional (US)]
Staged Musical Workshop, 2010

[Regional (US)]
La Jolla Playhouse World Premiere, 2009
Blanche Barrow

[Regional (US)]
South Coast Repertory, 2008


[San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2006

[New York]
Reading, 2005

Roundabout Revival, 2003

Mary Jane Wilkes

Voice of Joanna Wilkes

Voice of Miss Watson

[Regional (US)]
Center Theatre Group/Deaf West Theatre Production, 2009

Melissa van der Schyff Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Melissa van der Schyff, Bonnie & Clyde

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Melissa Van Der Schyff, Bonnie & Clyde

Melissa van der Schyff News

RAGTIME THE MUSICAL Announced At Bay Street Theaterand Sag Harbor Center For The Arts

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the musical event of the summer: Ragtime The Musical.
MTC's GOLDEN SHIELD Announces Full Cast & Creative Team

Manhattan Theatre Club is presenting the American premiere of Golden Shield, written by Anchuli Felicia King (White Pearl) and directed by May Adrales (Vietgone at MTC). The ensemble will feature Cindy Cheung, Fang Du, Kristen Hung, Daniel Jenkins, Michael C. Liu, Max Gordon Moore, Ruibo Qian and Gillian Saker.
Broadway Streaming Guide: February 2022- Where to Watch THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL & More New Releases!

Check out what's coming to streaming this month, including new additions to Seth Rudetsky's concert series, Flying Over Sunset, the SIX alternates' concert at 54 Below, Sweet Magnolias season two and the highly-anticipated fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!
Disney Junior Sets ALICE'S WONDERLAND BAKERY Premiere Date

The series features Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Wicked) as Rosa's Mother, Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!) as Daisy, Melissa van der Schyff (Bonnie and Clyde) as Jojo, James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) as Oliver, Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton) as Mother Rose, Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress) as Thistle, & George Salazar (Be More Chill) as Dad Hatter.
VIDEO: The Playbillies Cover 'Elephant Love Medley' From MOULIN ROUGE! Featuring Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus, and More!

The Playbillies have released a cover of the 'Elephant Love Medley' from Moulin Rouge in collaboration with many of their friends from the Broadway community. 
DAUGHTERS OF DC Reaches Top Ten On Apple Fiction Podcasts Chart

Einhorn's Epic Productions & iHeartRadio have announces that Daughters of DC, a new, 12-episode YA political thriller scripted podcast series, has reached the Top Ten on the Apple Podcasts Chart for Fiction Podcasts today, October 7, 2020.
DAUGHTERS OF DC, New Teen Political Thriller Podcast, Launches Today

Einhorn's Epic Productions & iHeartRadio have announced that Daughters of DC, a new, 12-episode YA political thriller scripted podcast series, premieres today, September 22, 2020.
Photo Flash: Deaf & Hearing Broadway Vets Team Up For Workshop of STEPCHILD, A New Musical

Deaf West/Broadway Spring Awakening and Big River stars, Amelia Hensley, Alexandria Wailes & Melissa van der Schyff, reunited last week  for this groundbreaking original musical centering on a Deaf heroine, directed by Drama Desk nominee Kim Weild (Fetes De La Nuit, Soot and Spit) with Artistic Sign Language by Alexandria Wailes (Children Of A Lesser God, currently on Broadway).
Deaf & Hearing Broadway Vets Team Up For Workshop Of New Musical STEPCHILD

Deaf West/Broadway Spring Awakening and Big River stars, AMELIA HENSLEY, ALEXANDRIA WAILES & MELISSA VAN DER SCHYFF, reunite for this groundbreaking original musical centering on a Deaf heroine, to be directed by Drama Desk nominee KIM WEILD (Fetes De La Nuit, Soot and Spit) with Artistic Sign Language by ALEXANDRIA WAILES (Children Of A Lesser God, currently on Broadway).
Cathy Dresden Brings Solo Show to Don't Tell Mama

Cathy Dresden, Manhattan's big hearted songbird (as played by Joe Hartman) will take the stage at Don't Tell Mama, October 16th at 7PM in her performance Cathy Dresden: An Old Fashioned Girl , a musical trip back to the 1950s. The concert is directed by Daniel Adams, and features Michael Hicks on piano, accordion, and additional vocals.
Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Daniel Jenkins and Melissa van der Schyff's BORROWED CASH: BUSTED

Tony Award Nominee Daniel Jenkins (Oslo, Kid Victory, Big River, Mary Poppins) and Drama Desk Nominee Melissa van der Schyff (Big River, Bonnie & Clyde) are teaming up to perform at Le Poisson Rouge (LPR) in a creatively refreshing concert, 'BORROWED CASH: BUSTED! The Reunion Tour' on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 at 8:00 PM. The concert - performed completely in alter ego, blending comedy and documentary film within a live rock and blues concert setting - is directed by Gina Rattan (Matilda, Cinderella) with Jesse Weiner serving as music director and arranger. 
Breaking News: Keith Carradine to Star in PAINT YOUR WAGON for Encores! Cast Announced!

This just in! Two-time Tony nominee Keith Carradine will star in the Encores! production of PAINT YOUR WAGON this March. The show, set in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California, is the story of a dreaming gold miner and his daughter whose world is changed when the daughter finds gold-and love-near their camp.
Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 16-22, Featuring Joanna Gleason, Tovah Feldshuh, and More!

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Melissa van der Schyff in "The Summer In Winter;' The Songs of Yandura & Melocik; Midnight at 9:30 Featuring Joanna Gleason, Aaron David Gleason, and More; Tovah Feldshuh: Aging Is Optional; and The Skivvies.
Melissa Van der Schyff, Claybourne Elder and Darren Ritchie to Lead FORECLOSURE Reading, 6/4

2012 Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Melissa Van der Schyff (Bonnie & Clyde), fellow 2012 Drama Desk Award nominee, Claybourne Elder (One Arm, also seen in Bonnie & Clyde) and Darren Ritchie (Broadway's Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, Dracula, the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors) will star in a special industry reading of Vincent Delaney's new play Foreclosure, presented by Mondays Dark Theatre Company as part of the TRU ("Theater Resources Unlimited") New Play Reading Series, on Monday, June 4 at 7:00 PM at the Roy Arias Off-Broadway Theater in Manhattan.
Tony Interview Special: Frank Wildhorn on the Origins of BONNIE & CLYDE, Prepping JEKYLL & HYDE, and More!

Earlier this month, the 2012 Tony Awards Nominations were announced by Tony winning actress Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Parsons. The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 10, 2012. BroadwayWorld was there for this year's official Tony Brunch, and got a chance to chat with this year's nominees! Today we bring you Frank Wildhorn, nominee for Best Score for BONNIE & CLYDE.
Melissa van der Schyff and Victor Hernandez to Lead DEATH VALLEY DQ Reading, 4/29

Melissa van der Schyff (Bonnie & Clyde), Victor Hernandez (Bonnie & Clyde), and Andrea Ross (Whistle Down the Wind) will star in Death Valley DQ, a new 10-minute play by Brett Ryback (Darling, The Tavern Keeper's Daughter). The play will premiere as part of American Globe Theatre's 18th Annual 15-minute Play Festival at 8pm on April 29, 2012. Brendan Naylor directs.
Matthew Hydzik, Melissa van der Schyff and More Set for Engeman Theater's Broadway Concert Series Tonight

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport announces its next special event in their ongoing Broadway Concert Series on Saturday, March 31 at 8 PM .
Matthew Hydzik, Melissa van der Schyff and More Set for Engeman Theater's Broadway Concert Series, 3/31

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport announces its next special event in their ongoing Broadway Concert Series on Saturday, March 31 at 8 PM .
RIALTO CHATTER Update: BONNIE & CLYDE Group Sales Promo Say 12/30 Close

Now, Group Sales promo emails for the show indicate there as well that the show will play its final performance on Broadway on December 30th. The press office for the show currently has no comment or announcement on the ticket sales or the show's future.
Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

A long-standing opening night tradition on the Great White Way, the fabled Gypsy Robe is bestowed upon a veteran Broadway chorus member for each opening production. In what has now become a theatrical ritual, originating on Broadway 60 years ago, the latest receipient was SBONNIE & CLYDE cast member Tad Wilson at the Schoenberg Theatre in New York City. BroadwayWorld was there as FOLLIES recipient Jennifer Foote presented BONNIE & CLYDE's Tad Wilson with the Gypsy robe. Check out full photo coverage of the celebration below!


How many Broadway shows has Melissa van der Schyff been in?

Melissa van der Schyff has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Melissa van der Schyff been in?

Melissa van der Schyff has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Melissa van der Schyff been nominated for?

Melissa van der Schyff has been nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Bonnie & Clyde" and at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production.

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