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

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Phyllis Newman News

Broadway Cares Awards $2.83 Million To Food & Meal Delivery Programs Nationwide

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awards $2.83 million to food and meal delivery programs nationwide, supporting 146 food service organizations in providing essential nutrition and meals this winter and beyond.

BROADWAY BETS Will Return This June

All bets are off when Broadway fans, industry luminaries and stars alike shuffle up and try their luck as Broadway Bets, Broadway's official game night, returns Monday, June 3, 2024.

Maria Friedman and Friends Will Perform a Benefit Concert Celebrating Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand

Maria Friedman and friends will celebrate the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand in a one-night-only concert taking place in March.

BROADWAY BARES Will Return With Two Shows This Summer

Broadway Bares will return this summer, with two performances featuring more than 150 of New York City’s most scintillating dancers on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at Hammerstein Ballroom.

BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDS Will Return in March 2024

 Broadway Backwards will return on Monday, March 11, 2024. Tickets go on sale today for this one-night-only event produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting Broadway Cares and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) in New York City.

Broadway Cares Sends $400,000 in Emergency Grants in Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

As Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has sent $400,000 in emergency grants to organizations providing immediate, on-the-ground support to people in desperate need amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and across the Middle East.

Photos: RED BUCKET FOLLIES Raises $4,553,203 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

An exultant and effervescent Red Bucket Follies returned after a four-year, pandemic-induced hiatus to celebrate six weeks of enthusiastic and dedicated fundraising. The star-studded variety show, performed December 4 and 5, 2023, honored 46 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies that participated in fall fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. See photos from the show below!

Corbin Bleu, Roger Bart, Sierra Boggess & More to Join Broadway Cares' RED BUCKET FOLLIES

Broadway’s biggest names and brightest talents, both onstage and behind the scenes, are set to celebrate six weeks of dedicated fundraising with songs, skits and dance at the return of Red Bucket Follies, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Cares Spring Fling 5K & 10K to Take Place in April

Broadway fans and stars alike will trade jazz hands for sweatbands Saturday, April 6, 2024, on New York City’s Governors Island for the NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Chita Rivera's 'Aurora' Joins Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Broadway Legends Ornament Collection

Add the aura of Aurora from Kiss of the Spider Woman to your hearth and home with an iridescent homage to Chita Rivera and her Tony Award-winning performance as she becomes the 16th ornament in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Broadway Legends series.

Broadway Cares Makes $1 Million Grant To Entertainment Community Fund In Wake Of SAG-AFTRA And WGA Strikes

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today a $1 million emergency grant, made in the name of the Broadway community, to the Entertainment Community Fund to provide immediate assistance and services for entertainment professionals affected by the SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes.

Broadway Cares' Red Buckets Fundraising Return To Theaters Tonight

Red Buckets in the hands of dedicated volunteers, actors and theater staffs will once again pop up in theater lobbies in New York City and across the country as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' eagerly anticipated tradition of in-theater fundraising returns tonight, October 20, 2023.

Ariana DeBose, Cody Renard Richard & More Join Broadway Cares Board of Trustees

Discover the latest news as Ariana DeBose, Cody Renard Richard, and other prominent Broadway stars are appointed to the Broadway Cares Board of Trustees. Learn more about their roles and what this means for the organization's future.

Stage West Opens Season With ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

How do you tell a real princess from a wannabe?  You’ll have a grand time finding out, as Stage West, in a co-production with Theatre TCU, presents the charming, classic fairytale musical Once Upon a Mattress, which begins a 3-week run on Thursday, October 19.  Learn more about the production here!

Photos: 2023 BC/EFA Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Raises Record-Breaking $1,237,179

Broadway’s Happy Place, filled with theatrical treasures, encounters with stars and exclusive auction experiences, welcomed legions of theater lovers from near and far as the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returned Sunday, October 1, 2023. See photos from the event below!

Video: Go Inside the 2023 Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction!

In this video, get a look inside the 2023 Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge!

Photos: First Look at the 2023 Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Check out photos from this year's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which is currently being held today, Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 10am- 7pm!

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Is Today - Full Guide!

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will allow theatre lovers to discover theatrical treasures, attend starry meet-and-greets, and place their bids at unique auction experiences this Sunday. Get a rundown of all of the event information here!

2023 Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction- A Full Guide

It's just days until one of the most anticipated events of the season for theater lovers. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is about to take over the Theatre District and we have all info you need to prepare yourself for the big day, including the autograph tables schedule, whats available for auction, and more!

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with Special Table

Collectors and wannabe Cagelles, the “Best of Times” is now: one-of-a-kind auction lots and a special table celebrating the 40th anniversary of La Cage aux Folles are set for the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction on Sunday, October 1, 2023.


Phyllis Newman has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

Phyllis Newman has not appeared in the West End.

Phyllis Newman has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She received a Special Tony Award at the Tony Awards. She was also nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "The Moment When." Additionally, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for her performance in "Broadway Bound." Newman was recognized for her talent in musicals as well, receiving a nomination for Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "My Mother was a Fortune Teller." She also received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in "Subways Are for Sleeping."

Phyllis Newman has won several awards throughout her career. She received a Special Tony Award at the Tony Awards for Outstanding Featured Actress - Play. She also won the Drama Desk Award for her performance in the play "The Moment When". Additionally, she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role in "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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