Orfeh

Birth Place: New York, New York, USA

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Orfeh made her Broadway debut in 1998 as a swing in Footloose. In early 1999, Orfeh joined the ten-member company of The Gershwins 'Fascinating Rhythm' with Adriane Lenox, Sara Ramirez and Patrick Wilson. She then starred in the Original Broadway Company of London musical of Saturday Night Fever as Annette, and in addition to winning positive reviews, Orfeh met her husband, Andy Karl, while playing the role. In 1999, she appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show to promote the musical and perform her solo from the show, If I Can't Have You.

After Saturday Night Fever closed, Orfeh starred in Me and Mrs. Jones and Bright Lights, Big City at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia. In 2001, she played Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway show, Love, Janis. In 2005, she starred in the off-Broadway musical The Great American Trailer Park Musical as Pippi, a stripper from the wrong side of the tracks.


Orfeh singing in the "Make It Fair" video, 2015
In 2007, Orfeh was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Legally Blonde musical. She played the role of Paulette, a down on her luck hairdresser who helps Elle on her journey, while finding love of her own. She also received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance. Her husband, Andy Karl, starred opposite her as her UPS man, Kyle. Orfeh stayed with the show until it closed on October 19, 2008. From July 20, 2018, through August 18, 2019, she played the role of Kit De Luca in Pretty Woman on Broadway.

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Orfeh STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Concert Productions Concert, 2020
Potiphar's Wife

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2018
Kit DeLuca

[Chicago]
World Premiere, 2018
Kit

[Off-Broadway]
All-Female Concert Production, 2017
Pontius Pilate

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

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Paulette

[Philadelphia, PA (Regional)]
Prince Music Theatre Revival, 2006
Clara

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Pippi

[Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles

Performer

[Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
Photographer

[Off-Broadway]
2001
Singing Janis [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1999
Annette

Annette

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Performer

Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Rusty [Replacement]

Rusty [Replacement]

Performer (Swing)

Performer (Swing)

Rusty (Understudy)

Irene (Understudy)

Rusty (Understudy)

Wendy Jo (Understudy)

Betty Blast (Understudy)

Irene (Understudy)

Betty Blast (Understudy)

Wendy Jo (Understudy)



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Orfeh FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Orfeh has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Orfeh has not appeared in the West End.

Orfeh has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "Legally Blonde." Additionally, she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her performance in "Legally Blonde The Musical."

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