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Phyllis Newman

 
Birth Place:
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Jersey City, NJ, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Paula
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1998
Stella Deems
  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Bea
  [Broadway]
1986
Blanche
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 1985
Stella Deems
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1984
Bessie Berger (Standby)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Heather [Replacement]
Heather [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1971
Edna Edison [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Claire DeLoone
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Eve (Alternate) [Replacement]
(Alternate) [Replacement]
Ella and Passionella (Alternate) [Replacement]
Ella and Passionella (Standby) [Replacement]
Eve (Standby) [Replacement]
(Standby) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1965
Countess Sura
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Martha Vail
  [Regional (US)]
Los Angeles Revival, 1961
Ruth Sherwood
  [Broadway]
1959
Sylvie
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Jane Bennett
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Ella Peterson (Standby)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1952
Sarah
Sarah
Fay Fromkin (Understudy)

Writing

Bookwriter
Lyricist
Bookwriter

Photos

Phyllis Newman attending a Broadway Opening Night Performance on August 1, 1979 in Ne Photo

Phyllis Newman attending a Broadway Opening Night Performance on August 1, 1979 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
01/01/2020
Phyllis Newman, Elaine Stritch & Bernadette Peters  attending a reception celebrating Photo

Phyllis Newman, Elaine Stritch & Bernadette Peters attending a reception celebrating Hunter's 54 Below debut with 'You Make Me Feel So Young' in New York City on 3/25/2013

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019
Phyllis Newman, Hunter Ryan Herdicka, Elaine Stritch & Bernadette Peters  attending a Photo

Phyllis Newman, Hunter Ryan Herdicka, Elaine Stritch & Bernadette Peters attending a reception celebrating Hunter's 54 Below debut with 'You Make Me Feel So Young' in New York City on 3/25/2013

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019
Phyllis Newman, Hunter Ryan Herdicka attending a reception celebrating Hunter's 54 Be Photo

Phyllis Newman, Hunter Ryan Herdicka attending a reception celebrating Hunter's 54 Below debut with 'You Make Me Feel So Young' in New York City on 3/25/2013

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019
Phyllis Newman with Cast Alumni cast during the Curtain Call for the One Night Only 1 Photo

Phyllis Newman with Cast Alumni cast during the Curtain Call for the One Night Only 10th Anniversary Concert of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' at Town Hall on July 6, 2015 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Paula

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

  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Bea

  [Broadway]
1986
Blanche

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 1985
Stella Deems

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1984
Bessie Berger (Standby)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Heather [Replacement]

Heather [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
1971
Edna Edison [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Claire DeLoone

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

(Alternate) [Replacement]

Ella and Passionella (Alternate) [Replacement]

Ella and Passionella (Standby) [Replacement]

Eve (Standby) [Replacement]

(Standby) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1965
Countess Sura

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Martha Vail

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

  [Broadway]
1959
Sylvie

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Jane Bennett

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Ella Peterson (Standby)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1952
Sarah

Sarah

Fay Fromkin (Understudy)

Writing
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Bookwriter

Phyllis Newman Biography

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.

Phyllis Newman Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2009 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
Phyllis Newman
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Phyllis Newman, The Moment When
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Phyllis Newman, Broadway Bound
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Outstanding Actress - Musical
Phyllis Newman, My Mother was a Fortune Teller
 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Phyllis Newman, Subways Are for Sleeping

Phyllis Newman News

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2022 Adds Norm Lewis, Michael R. Jackson, Joaquina Kalukango, and  Photo BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2022 Adds Norm Lewis, Michael R. Jackson, Joaquina Kalukango, and More!
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

More than a dozen of Broadway’s best have been added to the lineup performing songs from the musical theater canon through the lens of the LGBTQ+ experience at the in-person homecoming of Broadway Backwards, which is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and New York City’s LGBT Community Center.

BC/EFA Announces BROADWAY BARES: XXX Photo BC/EFA Announces BROADWAY BARES: XXX
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2022

Broadway Bares will celebrate 30 years of baring it all with Broadway Bares: XXX, a one-night-only extravaganza of provocative new production numbers inspired by the show’s sexy and sensual three-decade run. The in-person edition returns Sunday, June 26, 2022.

VIDEO: Andrew Barth Feldman Sings 'She's in Love' from THE LITTLE MERMAID Photo VIDEO: Andrew Barth Feldman Sings 'She's in Love' from THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Marissa Tomeo - May 7, 2022

Broadway's former Evan Hansen performed at a Disney on Broadway Concert back in 2019 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS posted the throwback performance on their YouTube page today.

BC/EFA Spring Fundraising Campaign Raises $4,288,994; THE MUSIC MAN Sets Record, Surp Photo BC/EFA Spring Fundraising Campaign Raises $4,288,994; THE MUSIC MAN Sets Record, Surpassing $2 Million
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ traditional in-theater red bucket fundraising concluded its long-awaited return with 40 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions raising $4,288,994 to provide meals and medication, health care and hope for those living with HIV/AIDS, dealing with COVID-19 or facing other debilitating illnesses.

Bay Street Theater Announces Four New Teen Camps
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2022

Theatre Mash-Up with Angie Harrell is scheduled for July 11–15 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Leading the Show: A Character Study Camp with Kayla Matters is scheduled for July 25–29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Creative Theater Miracles with Stuart Ross is scheduled for August 8–12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Creating Your Own Work with Cecelia Ticktin is scheduled to take place twice, from August 8–12 and August 22–26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. All camps are $450 for five days. $600 after July 1.

Alexandra Billings, Jenn Colella, Bernadette Peters, George Salazar & More Join BROAD Photo Alexandra Billings, Jenn Colella, Bernadette Peters, George Salazar & More Join BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2022

Queer icons and adored allies will perform songs from the musical theater canon through the lens of the LGBTQ+ experience at next month’s in-person return of Broadway Backwards, which is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and New York City’s LGBT Community Center.

The Acting Company Announces 50th Anniversary Gala Honoring Peter Darrow Photo The Acting Company Announces 50th Anniversary Gala Honoring Peter Darrow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 2022

The Acting Company has announced a celebration of the company’s half century of impact across America with a 50th Anniversary Gala to take place on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Capitale (130 Bowery).

Broadway Backwards Will Return In-Person This Spring Photo Broadway Backwards Will Return In-Person This Spring
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 13, 2022

Broadway Backwards, a celebration of LGBTQ+ stories told through the great songs of musical theater, returns to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street, NYC) on Monday, May 23, 2022. A star-studded evening filled with triumph and joy, Broadway Backwards salutes love in all forms through the vitality of live theater.

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 Photo VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Red Buckets Return To Theaters Today Photo Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Red Buckets Return To Theaters Today
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2022

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' traditional in-theater red bucket fundraising makes its long-awaited return today, Friday, March 18, 2022. Kicking off the fundraising this weekend are the companies of Broadway's Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked.

Phyllis Newman Videos

VIDEO: Andrew Barth Feldman Sings 'She's in Love' from THE LITTLE MERMAID VideoVIDEO: Andrew Barth Feldman Sings 'She's in Love' from THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Marissa Tomeo - May 7, 2022

Broadway's former Evan Hansen performed at a Disney on Broadway Concert back in 2019 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS posted the throwback performance on their YouTube page today.

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 VideoVIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

VIDEO: Broadway Inspirational Voices Releases Video of 'The Room Where It Happens' fr VideoVIDEO: Broadway Inspirational Voices Releases Video of 'The Room Where It Happens' from HAMILTON
by Stage Tube - Jan 3, 2020

In a video introduced by composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, BIV continues Season 3 of BOW with an elegant and liquid rendition of a?oeThe Room Where It Happensa?? from Hamilton. This sophisticated and authoritative interpretation of the iconic song helps it become catchier than ever wrapped inside of BIV's incredible musicianship. Once again Grammy award-nominated and Tony Honoree Michael McElroy has completed his inspired arrangement with orchestrations in collaboration with Isaac Harlan, and videography by Nate Wind. Founder McElroy and BIV have enjoyed 25 years of creating spaces where love, diversity, and inspiration happen. See the latest version we've made, and join us in the room!

VIDEO: Broadway Inspirational Voices' Broadway Our Way Performs 'Play' From FINDING N VideoVIDEO: Broadway Inspirational Voices' Broadway Our Way Performs 'Play' From FINDING NEVERLAND
by Stage Tube - Nov 1, 2019

With music and lyrics by the British team of Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, this most recent BOW from BIV demonstrates how wonderful “Play” is. Introduced by co-composer Kennedy, this arrangement by Grammy award-nominated and Tony Honoree Michael McElroy with Co- orchestration by Isaac Harlan has transformed the song into an entirely new listening experience. As videographer Nate Wind lets the viewer sneak in between BIV members playfully interacting with each other, the performance commences in a groovy “Heigh Ho Jam”. Celebrating 25 years as a choir in service to the Broadway community and beyond, BIV revels in the joy that comes from playing well with others, and looking at life through the eyes of a child. Now, simply press “play” and have fun!

Video: Broadway Inspirational Voices Covers “Wondering” From THE BRIDGES OF MADIS VideoVideo: Broadway Inspirational Voices Covers “Wondering” From THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 9, 2019

Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) introduces his song, “Wondering”, covered by Tony Awards honorees, Broadway Inspirational Voices

Tonys TV:  Best Costume Design of a Musical, Bob Mackie VideoTonys TV: Best Costume Design of a Musical, Bob Mackie
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 9, 2019

Bob Mackie has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Cher Show.

VIDEO: Jason Danieley Accepts Marin Mazzie's Special Tony Award VideoVIDEO: Jason Danieley Accepts Marin Mazzie's Special Tony Award
by Alan Henry - Jun 5, 2019

In September 2018, Marin's battle with cancer came to its tragic end. In this video, watch her husband Jason Danieley accept her Special Tony Award in honor of her legacy of leadership and unwavering strength.

Tonys Talk: Jason Danieley Tributes His Late Wife and 2019 Tony Honoree, Marin Mazzie VideoTonys Talk: Jason Danieley Tributes His Late Wife and 2019 Tony Honoree, Marin Mazzie
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 30, 2019

On June 9, as the greatest artists of the 2019 Broadway season are saluted for their outstanding work, the Tony Awards will also recognize the late, great Marin Mazzie for a lifetime of outstanding work. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Mazzie, who passed away in September, will be honored for her advocacy and leadership within the theatre community as a brave and dedicated voice for women's health issues and organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

VIDEO: The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin Releases “Seasons Of Love” Cover VideoVIDEO: The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin Releases “Seasons Of Love” Cover
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2019

VIDEO: Ethan Slater Performs 'The Lady is a Tramp' at BROADWAY BACKWARDS VideoVIDEO: Ethan Slater Performs 'The Lady is a Tramp' at BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2018

At Broadway Backwards 2018, Ethan Slater, the critically acclaimed actor in the titular role in SpongeBob SquarePants, turned a trendy Brooklyn party upside-down in an energetic performance of "The Lady is a Tramp" from Babes in Arms. The ensemble of fussy partygoers initially distanced themselves from their outsider guest before embracing the nimble Slater, lifting and flipping him in a flurry of glitter and confetti.


Phyllis Newman Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Phyllis Newman been in?
Phyllis Newman has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

How many West End shows has Phyllis Newman been in?
Phyllis Newman has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Phyllis Newman been nominated for?
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 .

What awards has Phyllis Newman won?
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.

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