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Nancy Opel

 
Bio:
Nancy Opel most recently played Madame in Cinderella on Broadway, at the Broadway Theatre, where she made her Broadway debut in the original company of Evita. Previously, she starred in the world premiere of Taylor Mac√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs play, Hir, at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Recently she appeared ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Nancy Opel most recently played Madame in Cinderella on Broadway, at the Broadway Theatre, where she made her Broadway debut in the original company of Evita. Previously, she starred in the world premiere of Taylor Mac√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs play, Hir, at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Recently she appeared ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores! Production, 2018
Gramma
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2017
Bobby Goldman
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2016
Performer
  [International Tour]
World Premiere Production, 2015
Performer
  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
The Muny 2015 Production, 2015
Louise
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Bea Singer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Madame [Replacement]
  [West End]
Menier Chocolate Factory Production, 2010
The Soap Manufacturer's Wife
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Mama [Replacement]
Mama [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Mayor Babs Belgoody / Ma Ferd / A Nun
Mayor
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2007
Mazeppa/Miss Cratchitt
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Performer
Other Roles
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
Yente
  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Jolene
  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Performer
  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Madame Morrible [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Magda/Florist/Mrs. Flanagan/Olga/Zosia/Enid/Nurse
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2001
Penelope Pennywise
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2001
Penelope Pennywise
Penelope Pennywise
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2000
Mrs. Hatch
  [New York]
Workshop, 1999
Business Men
Mrs. Eva Slotesbury
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1999
Isabelle's Mother (Understudy)
Lady India (Understudy)
Capulat (Understudy)
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 1998
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Corine
  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Performer
  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Singer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1996
Pamela Prideaux (Standby)
Dossie Lustig (Standby)
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Sandy
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 1994
Betty
Frieda
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Eleanor Roosevelt
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1987
Hope Harcourt [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Louise/Others
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Louise
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
Young Man sitting on the bank
Frieda (Act One) [Replacement]
Betty (Act Two) [Replacement]
Frieda
Betty
Naomi Eisen (Understudy) [Replacement]
Yvonne (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Workshop, 1983
Dee (Act Two)
Bette (Act One)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Eva Peron (Alternate) [Replacement]
Person of Argentina
Eva Peron (Understudy)

Photos

Francois Battiste, Kris Saint-Louis, and Nancy Opel Photo

Francois Battiste, Kris Saint-Louis, and Nancy Opel

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Date:
11/29/2021
Nancy Opel, Amber Iman, Francois Battiste, and Monic Ho Photo

Nancy Opel, Amber Iman, Francois Battiste, and Monic Ho

From: 
Date:
11/29/2021
Francois Battiste with Nancy Opel, Amber Iman, and Monica Ho  Photo

Francois Battiste with Nancy Opel, Amber Iman, and Monica Ho

From: 
Date:
11/29/2021
Jason Robert Brown, Emily Skinner, Josh Grisetti, Nancy Opel, Bryonha Marie Parham, N Photo

Jason Robert Brown, Emily Skinner, Josh Grisetti, Nancy Opel, Bryonha Marie Parham, Nancy Opel, Shuler Hensley, Susan Stroman, Hal Prince, Ramin Karimloo, Mariand Torres, Tony Yazbeck, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Reon Yuzuki and David Thompson during the press day preview of 'Prince of Broadway' at SIR Studio on October 5, 2015 in New York City.

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Date:
08/06/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores! Production, 2018
Gramma

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2017
Bobby Goldman

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2016
Performer

  [International Tour]
World Premiere Production, 2015
Performer

  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
The Muny 2015 Production, 2015
Louise

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Bea Singer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Madame [Replacement]

  [West End]
Menier Chocolate Factory Production, 2010
The Soap Manufacturer's Wife

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Mama [Replacement]

Mama [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Mayor Babs Belgoody / Ma Ferd / A Nun

Mayor

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2007
Mazeppa/Miss Cratchitt

  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Performer

Other Roles

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
Yente

  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Jolene

  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Performer

  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Performer

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

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Magda/Florist/Mrs. Flanagan/Olga/Zosia/Enid/Nurse

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2001
Penelope Pennywise

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2001
Penelope Pennywise

Penelope Pennywise

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2000
Mrs. Hatch

  [New York]
Workshop, 1999
Business Men

Mrs. Eva Slotesbury

Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1999
Isabelle's Mother (Understudy)

Lady India (Understudy)

Capulat (Understudy)

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 1998
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Corine

  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Performer

  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Singer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1996
Pamela Prideaux (Standby)

Dossie Lustig (Standby)

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Sandy

  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 1994
Betty

Frieda

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Eleanor Roosevelt

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1987
Hope Harcourt [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Louise/Others

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

Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
Young Man sitting on the bank

Frieda (Act One) [Replacement]

Betty (Act Two) [Replacement]

Frieda

Betty

Naomi Eisen (Understudy) [Replacement]

Yvonne (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Workshop, 1983
Dee (Act Two)

Bette (Act One)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Eva Peron (Alternate) [Replacement]

Person of Argentina

Eva Peron (Understudy)

Nancy Opel Biography

Nancy Opel most recently played Madame in Cinderella on Broadway, at the Broadway Theatre, where she made her Broadway debut in the original company of Evita. Previously, she starred in the world premiere of Taylor Mac√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs play, Hir, at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Recently she appeared in the Barrington Stage production of On The Town and Washington D.C. audiences saw her as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Ford√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Theatre. She played Huey Calhoun√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs mama in Memphis on Broadway, and Melvin Ferd√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs mama/evil mayor Babs Belgoody in The Toxic Avenger Off-Broadway and at Houston√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Alley Theatre. Other Broadway credits include Gypsy with Patti LuPone at City Center, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony nomination, Best Actress in a Musical), Triumph of Love, the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes, the original Sunday in the Park with George, and many others. She has originated roles in a number of David Ives plays in All in the Timing, Mere Mortals, and Polish Joke (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations). Other favorite roles include the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone (national tour) and her serio-comic turn in My Deah (Obie Award). On television, she has appeared on √Ę‚ā¨ŇďThe Big C,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě all the √Ę‚ā¨ŇďLaw and Orders,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě √Ę‚ā¨ŇďFlight of the Conchords,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě √Ę‚ā¨ŇďAll My Children,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě and others. In her spare time, she knits sweaters for her poodle.

Nancy Opel Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Nancy Opel, Honeymoon in Vegas
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical
Nancy OpelHello, Dolly!
 
The Lortels - 2010 - Outstanding Featured Actress
Nancy Opel, The Toxic Avenger
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Nancy Opel, The Toxic Avenger
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nancy Opel , The Toxic Avenger
 
Obie Awards - 2007 - Performance Gold Star
Nancy OpelMy Deah
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Nancy Opel, Polish Joke
 
The Lortels - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actress
Nancy Opel, Polish Joke
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Nancy Opel, Urinetown The Musical

Nancy Opel News

Wake Up With BWW 6/9: DRAMA DESK AWARD Winners, COME FROM AWAY Sets Closing, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 6/9: DRAMA DESK AWARD Winners, COME FROM AWAY Sets Closing, and More
by - Jun 9, 2022

Today's top stories include the winners of the 66th annual Drama Desk Awards, which were won by Company, Six, and more! Check out the full list below! Plus, Come From Away has set its closing date, additional casting announced for the Broadway transfer of Into The Woods, and more!

Nancy Opel, Aymee Garcia, Alysia Velez & More Join INTO THE WOODS on Broadway Photo Nancy Opel, Aymee Garcia, Alysia Velez & More Join INTO THE WOODS on Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Additional casting has been announced today for the New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, Into the Woods, for the strictly limited, 8-week engagement on Broadway. Find out the complete cast and how to get tickets.

Chad Austin and JV Mercanti Launch New Collaborative Company 'The 29 Hour Venture' Photo Chad Austin and JV Mercanti Launch New Collaborative Company 'The 29 Hour Venture'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022

Chad Austin and JV Mercanti have launched a new collaborative company The 29 Hour Venture with the aim to provide an artistic space for writers to hear their work -- at whatever stage of the process¬† ‚Äď produced with the utmost professionalism.

BWW Review: JUSTICE Gets It Done Where Decisions are Made Photo BWW Review: JUSTICE Gets It Done Where Decisions are Made
by Robert Encila-Celdran - Apr 25, 2022

There's a lavish public appetite for musicals these days. Chalk it up, perhaps, to a creative vengeance after a stifling pandemic. In any case, it's great news to theater artists with a bent for collaboration. And when a musical takes on the urgency of the moment, the creator's inspiration becomes a genuine point of interest.

BWW Review: JUSTICE Gets It Done Where Decisions Are Made Photo BWW Review: JUSTICE Gets It Done Where Decisions Are Made
by Robert Encila-Celdran - Apr 19, 2022

What's brewing at ATC is nothing short of providential. JUSTICE feels profoundly earnest in its development, and even as the piece is rendered concert-style we're left with a fierce sensation that Arizona's regional theater company has struck gold, albeit mining is still in progress. If Broadway is in the cards, don't be surprised and remember where it all started.

Nancy Opel to Star in World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson's JUSTICE Photo Nancy Opel to Star in World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson's JUSTICE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022

Arizona Theatre Company's latest production captures an intimate snapshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor at the height of their power in an exciting world premiere.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Golden Gate Theatre Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Golden Gate Theatre
by Steve Murray - Dec 1, 2021

Charles Dicken's beloved holiday chestnut is the ultimate feel-good vehicle beautifully staged in this 5-time Tony Award winning production sure to pack em in at the Golden Gate Theatre. The feel-good theme of second chances in life that lead to happy endings resonates strongly in the timeless story of a Ebeneezer Scrooge's transformation from cold, bitter miser to generous, giddy philanthropist.

Photos: First Look at Francois Battiste, Nancy Opel & More in A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Photos: First Look at Francois Battiste, Nancy Opel & More in A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2021

Production photos are now available of the San Francisco company of the Tony Award-winning production of A Christmas Carol led by Obie Award winner Francois Battiste (Ebenezer Scrooge); beloved Broadway veteran Nancy Opel (Ghost of Christmas Past); and award-winning actor, writer, and producer Amber Iman (Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Fezziwig).

BWW Interview: Doug Varone of DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS at The Hammer Theatre Center Of Photo BWW Interview: Doug Varone of DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS at The Hammer Theatre Center Offers a Whole New Way to Experience the Iconic Score to 'West Side Story'
by Jim Munson - Oct 22, 2021

BroadwayWorld talks to award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone about his company's upcoming program in San Jose, which includes 'Somewhere,' his take on the iconic score from 'West Side Story.' They also discuss Varone's choreography for two musicals that have become cult classics - 'The Triumph of Love' and 'Murder Ballad.'

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by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2021

Nancy Opel Videos

VIDEO: Watch Bonnie Milligan, Christy Altomare, Jason Gotay & More in Highlights from VideoVIDEO: Watch Bonnie Milligan, Christy Altomare, Jason Gotay & More in Highlights from New City Music Theatre's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 7, 2021

New City Music Theatre, formerly Cleveland Musical Theatre, held the first production under its new name and reinvigorated mission on Thursday, August 26 when it presented Jason Robert Brown’s seminal work Songs for a New World. Reimagined through a contemporary storytelling lens and performed by an expanded, star-studded cast including Liz Calloway, Jason Gotay, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Mary Kate Morrissey, and Ximone Rose, among others, at Radial Park at Halletts Point in Queens.

Broadway Rewind: Rob McClure Sings 'I Love Betsy' and More from HONEYMOON IN VEGAS VideoBroadway Rewind: Rob McClure Sings 'I Love Betsy' and More from HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 18, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, with rehearsal footage from Honeymoon in Vegas, including Rob McClure's performance of 'I Love Betsy!' 

VIDEO: Watch Julia Murney, Drew Gehling & More in Scenes from ASSASSINS VideoVIDEO: Watch Julia Murney, Drew Gehling & More in Scenes from ASSASSINS
by Stage Tube - Nov 2, 2020

With Election Day just hours away, the country's attention is on the future of America's political landscape, but some of Broadway's best are looking to its past. Watch below as¬†Will Blum gathers an all star lineup to perform¬†‚ÄúWhat Does a Man Do?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúHave It Your Way‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúAnother National Anthem‚ÄĚ from ASSASSINS.

Broadway Rewind: EXIT THE KING Makes an Entrance on Broadway in 2009 VideoBroadway Rewind: EXIT THE KING Makes an Entrance on Broadway in 2009
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 12, 2020

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge says, 'That this episode of Broadway Rewind features something Toxic, something Royal and something Academic.' We drop by New World Stages for a look at the David Bryan and Joe DePietro musical, The Toxic Avenger. We also visit with two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and the cast of Roundabout's production of The Philanthropist, but we kick it off at the opening night of director Neil Armfield's production of Eugene Ionesco's Exit The King, which starred Academy Award winners Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon, Tony Award winner Andrea Martin and Lauren Ambrose. Geoffrey Rush told Ridge, 'I just phoned my wife and said, 'Darling I just made my Broadway debut and it's a marker. It's not what I aimed for. I had never really, seriously ever thought about it... I used to listen to a lot of Broadway musical theatre back in the mid 60's when I was in high school. Next to the Beatles, I was listening to Angela Lansbury in Mame or Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence or Zero Mostel in Fiddler. I'm pretty well seasoned in that kind of energy, and to be able to bring a weird and wonderful play like Exit the King into that arena, has been just so special.'

VIDEO: Ashely Parker Angel, Kyle Dean Massey & More Channel Their Inner Boy Band in W VideoVIDEO: Ashely Parker Angel, Kyle Dean Massey & More Channel Their Inner Boy Band in WICKED's Latest Out Of Oz Installment
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2019

What happens when boy band meets Broadway? In the latest installment of Out Of Oz, Ashely Parker Angel, Kyle Dean Massey, Jeff Heimbrock, Daniel Quadrino, and Jeremy Thompson perform 'What Is This Feeling?' with a twist!

VIDEO: On This Day, September 20- Run, Freedom, Run! URINETOWN Opens On Broadway! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, September 20- Run, Freedom, Run! URINETOWN Opens On Broadway!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 20, 2018

'Urinetown, The Musical' is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Bebe Neuwirth, Carolee Carmello, Vanessa Williams & More  VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights of Bebe Neuwirth, Carolee Carmello, Vanessa Williams & More in the Encores! HEY, LOOK ME OVER!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 7, 2018

Kicking off the Encores! season is Hey, Look Me Over! (Feb 7 - 11), an original production from the Tony- honored series responsible for bringing classic American musicals back to life since 1994. To celebrate Encores! at 25, Viertel and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman created Hey, Look Me Over!---a collection of opening numbers, grand finales, and other excerpts from beloved shows that have not yet found a berth on the City Center stage. They include: All American, George M!, Greenwillow, Jamaica, Mack & Mabel, Milk and Honey, Sail Away, and Wildcat.

BWW TV: Vanessa Williams & Company Push De Button in Rehearsals for Encores! HEY, LOO VideoBWW TV: Vanessa Williams & Company Push De Button in Rehearsals for Encores! HEY, LOOK ME OVER!
by TV - Press Previews - Feb 1, 2018

Check out a sneak peek of Vanessa Williams and company in rehearsal for 'Push De Button,' originally from Jamaica. 

BWW TV: Hey, Look This Over! Vanessa Williams, Carolee Carmello, Bebe Neuwirth & More VideoBWW TV: Hey, Look This Over! Vanessa Williams, Carolee Carmello, Bebe Neuwirth & More Get Ready to Kick Off the Encores! Season
by TV - Press Previews - Jan 31, 2018

Kicking off the Encores! season is Hey, Look Me Over! (Feb 7 - 11), an original production from the Tony- honored series responsible for bringing classic American musicals back to life since 1994. To celebrate Encores! at 25, Viertel and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman created Hey, Look Me Over!---a collection of opening numbers, grand finales, and other excerpts from beloved shows that have not yet found a berth on the City Center stage. They include: All American, George M!, Greenwillow, Jamaica, Mack & Mabel, Milk and Honey, Sail Away, and Wildcat.

BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Carolee Carmello in Encores! HEY, LOOK ME OVER! VideoBWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Carolee Carmello in Encores! HEY, LOOK ME OVER!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 30, 2018

Kicking off the Encores! season is Hey, Look Me Over! (Feb 7 - 11), an original production from the Tony- honored series responsible for bringing classic American musicals back to life since 1994. To celebrate Encores! at 25, Viertel and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman created Hey, Look Me Over!---a collection of opening numbers, grand finales, and other excerpts from beloved shows that have not yet found a berth on the City Center stage. They include: All American, George M!, Greenwillow, Jamaica, Mack & Mabel, Milk and Honey, Sail Away, and Wildcat.


Nancy Opel Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Nancy Opel been in?
Nancy Opel has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

How many West End shows has Nancy Opel been in?
Nancy Opel has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Nancy Opel's first West End show?
Nancy Opel's first West End show was Paradise Found which opened in 2010

What awards has Nancy Opel been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Honeymoon in Vegas , Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Outstanding Featured Actress (The Lortels) for The Toxic Avenger , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Toxic Avenger , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Toxic Avenger , Performance (Obie Awards) for My Deah , Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Polish Joke Outstanding Featured Actress (The Lortels) for Polish Joke and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Urinetown The Musical .

What awards has Nancy Opel won?
Performance (Obie Awards) for My Deahand Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Polish Joke.