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Phyllis Newman

Birth Place: Jersey City, NJ, USA

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Newman got her start in show business at 4 years old imitating Carmen Miranda in theatres and clubs. Her portrayal of Martha Vail in the Jule Styne/Comden and Green musical Subways Are For Sleeping - costumed only in a bath towel - earned her a Tony Award. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Awake and Sing, Wish You Were Here, First Impressions, and her one-woman musical The Madwoman of Central Park West, which she co-authored with Arthur Laurents. She garnered a Tony Award nomination for her highly-acclaimed performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.

Off-Broadway she earned a Drama Desk Nomination for her starring performance in James Lapine's The Moment When... at Playwrights Horizons. She received unanimous praise from critics for her role as an eccentric crisis hotline operator in Nicky Silver's off-Broadway comedy, The Food Chain, appeared with Fisher Stevens and Annabella Sciorra in the Naked Angels production of Shyster and starred in the Drama Desk-nominated revival of A Majority of One. Regionally she has been seen in Pleasures & Palaces and Rocket to the Moon as well as Arthur Laurents' My Good Name directed by Daniel Sullivan.

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Phyllis Newman STAGE CREDITS

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]


[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1998
Stella Deems

Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996



Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986

New York Concert, 1985
Stella Deems

Broadway Revival, 1984
Bessie Berger (Standby)

Original Broadway Production, 1979

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Heather [Replacement]

Heather [Replacement]

Edna Edison [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 1971
Claire DeLoone

Original Broadway Production, 1966
Eve (Alternate) [Replacement]

(Alternate) [Replacement]

Ella and Passionella (Alternate) [Replacement]

Ella and Passionella (Standby) [Replacement]

Eve (Standby) [Replacement]

(Standby) [Replacement]

Closed on the road, 1965
Countess Sura

Original Broadway Production, 1961
Martha Vail

[Regional (US)]
Los Angeles Revival, 1961
Ruth Sherwood


Original Broadway Production, 1959
Jane Bennett

Original Broadway Production, 1956
Ella Peterson (Standby)

Original Broadway Production, 1952


Fay Fromkin (Understudy)



Phyllis Newman Movies

[1958]Let's Rock Kathy Abbott

[1967]The Naked Witch Robert's Mother

[1968]Bye Bye Braverman Myra Mandelbaum

[1972]To Find a Man Betty McCarthy

[1977]A Secret Space Ann

[1987]Mannequin Emmy's Mother

[1991]Saying Kaddish Lynn

[1994]Only You Faith's Mother

[1997]The Beautician and the Beast Judy Miller

[1998]A Price Above Rubies Mrs. Gelbart

[1998]A Fish in the Bathtub Sylvia Rosen

[2000]It Had to Be You Judith Penn

[2000]Just for the Time Being Maggie

[2003]The Human Stain Iris Silk

Phyllis Newman TV Shows

100 Centre Street Sarah Rifkind

Coming of Age Ginny Hale

Thirtysomething Elaine Steadman

Phyllis Newman Videos

Phyllis Newman News

Ramin Karimloo, Anthony Rapp, Aaron Tveit & More to Join BROADWAY BETS

A royal flush of Broadway favorites will raise the stakes when Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament, returns this Monday, May 22, 2023.

The Girls Upstairs: Stories of 1998's Ill-Fated FOLLIES

What is it about juicy backstage drama that so intrigues audiences? For decades, people have flocked to films and plays portraying the exciting events that happen behind the curtain. Arguably, the most famous musical on this topic was written by the God of musical theatre: Stephen Sondheim. It’s title: Follies.

BROADWAY BARES: PLEASURE PARK To Play Hammerstein Ballroom On June 18

Prepare for an epic, fantasy-filled adventure as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS opens the gates to Broadway Bares: Pleasure Park, this year's installment of the sexiest night on Broadway.

BROADWAY BETS, Broadway's Official Poker Tournament, to Return in May

New York City theater district's beloved Sardi's restaurant will host a full house of Broadway stars, industry insiders and theater fans for the Texas Hold 'em tournament, which has been on a pandemic-induced hiatus for four years. Newcomers and aces alike will have the chance to go “all in” and win the coveted title of Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded to all players who reach the final table.

Easter Bonnet Competition Raises $3,601,335 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Stars, standouts and the most sensational ensembles of Broadway unveiled their best bonnets and skits at the long-awaited return of the Easter Bonnet Competition, which raised a total of $3,601,335. 

Goldie Dver Brings BRIDGES To Don't Tell Mama Opening June 7

Goldie Dver will play her new show BRIDGES at Don't Tell Mama with special guest Tanya Moberly for three dates in June.

Christian Borle, Ben Platt, the SIX Queens & More to Join the Return of the Easter Bonnet Competition

Stars, standouts and the most sensational ensembles of Broadway will unveil their best bonnets and skits at next week’s long-awaited return of the Easter Bonnet Competition! See who is taking part and learn how to purchase tickets.

Matthew Broderick, Laura Benanti, Melissa Errico & David Staller to Lead THE LETTERS SERIES at Irish Rep

Irish Repertory Theatre will present The Letters Series, featuring Dear Liar by Jerome Kilty & George Bernard Shaw, directed by Charlotte Moore. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

After a Four-Year Hiatus, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition Will Return in April

Across the country, bands of volunteers will once again fill theater lobbies starting tonight with iconic #Red Buckets in hand for the spring return of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in-theater fundraising.

Last Chance to Get Tickets for BROADWAY BACKWARDS Starring Corbin Bleu, Ali Stroker & More

There are only a few great seats left for Broadway Backwards, the only annual LGBTQ+ celebration on Broadway.

F. Murray Abraham, Eden Espinosa, Beth Leavel & More Join BROADWAY BACKWARDS Lineup

Another slate of stars from the worlds of stage and screen, including Tony, Oscar and Obie Award winners, will join Broadway Backwards. See who is starring, and how to purchase tickets!

Album Review: CRYER & FORD HIDDEN TREASURES, 1967-2020 Represents Past Glories & Present Triumphs From Musical Theatre's First Feminist Team

There is so much on this album that makes it well worth the time and expense to have it in our collections.

Wayne Brady, Robyn Hurder, Anthony Rapp, Lea Salonga, Ali Stroker, and More Join BROADWAY BACKWARDS Lineup

Broadway legends and emerging luminaries alike will lend their light in celebration at Broadway Backwards as they perform beloved songs from musical theater through the lens of the LGBTQ+ experience.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Awards $2.8 Million to Food and Meal Delivery Programs Nationwide

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded a record $2,827,500 in grants last week to 141 food service and meal delivery programs across the country, the product of the appeals made across Broadway, Off-Broadway and by national tours during Red Bucket fall fundraising and from the year-end campaign.

Broadway Cares' NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K and 10K Set For March 25

Hear the beat of dancing - and running - feet. Theater artists and theater lovers will trade dance shoes for running sneakers Saturday, March 25, 2023, on New York City's Governors Island for the NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares to Take Place This June at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom

Broadway Bares will once again kick off Pride week in New York City with two performances featuring more than 150 of the city’s dancers on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at Hammerstein Ballroom. See how to purchase tickets!

BROADWAY BACKWARDS to Return in March at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre

Broadway Backwards, the annual Broadway extravaganza celebrating the LGBTQ+ community through the great songs of musical theater, will return to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on Monday, March 13, 2023.

Red Bucket Fall Fundraising Campaign Raises $5,107,791 for BC/EFA; THE MUSIC MAN Tops All Fundraisers

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ in-theater Red Bucket fundraising concluded its fall campaign with 36 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions raising $5,107,791 to provide meals and medication, health care and hope for those living with HIV/AIDS, dealing with COVID-19 or facing other debilitating illnesses this holiday season.

Review: GOLDIE DVER: SWEET BEGINNING Is a Reason For Thanksgiving at Laurie Beechman Theatre

Ms. Dver looks great, sounds, great, and breezes through her treatise on gratitude with a light and confident touch. She is, as Cole Porter would say The Hostess With the Mostess’ on the Ball.

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU: ALIVE At Sony Hall Streams This Weekend

The Sanderson Sisters bewitched Sony Hall as part of Jay Armstrong Johnson's annual Halloween concert-meets-party I Put a Spell on You: ALIVE at Sony Hall, presented by Kampfire Films and Jay Armstrong Johnson and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Phyllis Newman has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

Phyllis Newman has not appeared in the West End

Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) for , Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Moment When , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Broadway Bound Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for My Mother was a Fortune Teller and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Subways Are for Sleeping .

Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) for Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Moment Whenand Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Subways Are for Sleeping.

Phyllis Newman has written 2 shows including The Madwoman of Central Park West (Bookwriter), Newman & Green (Bookwriter).

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