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Rita Gardner

 

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Rosie
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2002
Cora Swanson (Understudy)
Esther Crampton (Understudy)
  [New York]
Reading, 2001
Other Roles
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1997
Mama/Elder Jane
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Kitty Fremont (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
1969
Elaine Navazio (Standby) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1965
Daisy Gamble (Standby)
Melinda (Standby)
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1964
Sister Mister
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Janine Nicolet [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1963
Linda English
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1962
Sally Nathan
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1960
Luisa [The Girl]

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Rosie

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2002
Cora Swanson (Understudy)

Esther Crampton (Understudy)

  [New York]
Reading, 2001
Other Roles

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1997
Mama/Elder Jane

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Kitty Fremont (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
1969
Elaine Navazio (Standby) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1965
Daisy Gamble (Standby)

Melinda (Standby)

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1964
Sister Mister

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Janine Nicolet [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1963
Linda English

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1962
Sally Nathan

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1960
Luisa [The Girl]






Rita Gardner News

Jeff Harnar's New Album I KNOW THINGS NOW: MY LIFE IN SONDHEIM'S WORDS is Out Today Photo Jeff Harnar's New Album I KNOW THINGS NOW: MY LIFE IN SONDHEIM'S WORDS is Out Today
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2022

PS CLASSICS, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American Popular Song, has announced the release of the new album from award-winning nightclub and concert artist JEFF HARNAR – I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words on CD and digital formats.

Ann Kittredge's Debut Album 'reIMAGINE' Available on All Digital Platforms Today Photo Ann Kittredge's Debut Album 'reIMAGINE' Available on All Digital Platforms Today
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

It's today! Award-winning vocalist Ann Kittredge's debut recording reIMAGINE, a specially curated collection of songs uniquely re-imagined and produced by award-winning songwriter and record producer Paul Rolnick, is available on all digital platforms as of today, May 16, 2022.

Ann Kittredge To Celebrate Release of Debut Album reIMAGINE at The Laurie Beechman Th Photo Ann Kittredge To Celebrate Release of Debut Album reIMAGINE at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 2, 2022

In celebration of her soon to be released album Ann Kittredge:reIMAGINE(Jazzheads, Inc./King Kozmo Music), a specially curated collection of songs uniquely re-imagined, Ms. Kittredge, will appear at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues) on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm.

Broadway Streaming Guide: May 2022 - Where to Watch GIRLS5EVA & More New Releases! Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: May 2022 - Where to Watch GIRLS5EVA & More New Releases!
by Michael Major - May 2, 2022

This May, Broadway fans will be treated to an exciting lineup of new albums, concerts, television shows, and movies to binge. From the new Spring Awakening: Those You've Known documentary on HBO to new additions to Feinstein's/54 Below's concert livestream slate, check out what's coming to streaming services this month!

Jeff Harnar to Release New Album I KNOW THINGS NOW:  MY LIFE IN SONDHEIM'S WORDS Photo Jeff Harnar to Release New Album I KNOW THINGS NOW: MY LIFE IN SONDHEIM'S WORDS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 22, 2022

PS CLASSICS, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American Popular Song, will present the new album from award-winning nightclub and concert artist JEFF HARNAR – I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words on CD and digital formats on Friday, June 17.

Ahrens & Flaherty, Joe Iconis & More Join Feinstein's/54 Below 10th Anniversary Celeb Photo Ahrens & Flaherty, Joe Iconis & More Join Feinstein's/54 Below 10th Anniversary Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022

From reviving the jewels of the canon to concerts celebrating Broadway’s theatres, Feinstein’s/54 Below audiences have taken countless trips down a magical memory lane. Now, to celebrate their tenth year in operation, Feinstein’s/54 Below will be celebrating these wonderful musical moments that appeared on their stage.

Linda Kahn to Present SAY YES! at the Laurie Beechman Theatre Photo Linda Kahn to Present SAY YES! at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

Linda Kahn will return with her solo cabaret debut show, “Say Yes!” to the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm. After well received performances at The Triad Theater last November and The Laurie Beechman Theatre in February, she is excited to keep the positivity going.

Margo Brown and Lisa Dellarossa Add Additional Show Date At Don't Tell Mama Photo Margo Brown and Lisa Dellarossa Add Additional Show Date At Don't Tell Mama
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2022

MARGO BROWN and LISA DELLAROSSA make their duo DON'T TELL MAMA debut with YOU'RE NOTHING WITHOUT ME.  The show is a musical answer to the question, “Can two women of a certain age do a show together without driving each other crazy?”  

Josephine Sanges Brings THE FUNNY GIRL IN ME to The Laurie Beechman Theatre Photo Josephine Sanges Brings THE FUNNY GIRL IN ME to The Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 3, 2022

2019 MAC Award (female vocalist) and 2017 Margaret Whiting Award Winner, Josephine Sanges, celebrates the legacy of Fanny Brice by recalling her own experience playing the leading role in the 1995 Diocesan Theater Guild production of FUNNY GIRL. She puts her own personal stamp on songs from both FUNNY GIRL and FUNNY LADY as well reinvigorating a few of Fanny’s original, trademark songs from the Ziegfeld Follies and Hollywood films.

92Y Announces Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis & Jeff Harnar in Cabaret Conversations Photo 92Y Announces Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis & Jeff Harnar in Cabaret Conversations
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

The 92Y School of Music has announced new guests for their popular interview series, Cabaret Conversations, now in its second year. Previous speakers in the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award-nominated series have included Chita Rivera , Lillias White, and Joe Iconis.

Rita Gardner Videos

Broadway Rewind: THE WEDDING SINGER Says 'I Do' on Broadway! VideoBroadway Rewind: THE WEDDING SINGER Says 'I Do' on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2020

But first, the episode starts off with a look at The Wedding Singer, based on the popular Adam Sandler film. It starred newcomer Stephen Lynch and joining him in the role of Julie, the waitress with a heart of gold, was one Broadway's loveliest leading ladies, Laura Benanti. The musical features a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and a book by Begluin and Tim Herlihy. Rounding out the cast was Kevin Cahoon, Matthew Saldivar, Amy Spanger, Rita Gardner, Felicia Finley and Richard H. Blake. Benanti told Ridge, 'I'm really proud of it. It's nice to play the girl next door. I have never done that. This is really my first brand new Broadway musical. So, I have learned a lot.'

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time VideoBWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 1, 2018

As magical as the evening was, after Freddie Gershon gave an impassioned presentation to the duo, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones hit the stage and brought the house down at ages 88 and 89 respectively. They joined forces onstage to perform a song from their musical The Bone Room, described by Jones as being about 'the pleasures of dying and being embalmed in this great country of ours.' Below, watch as they perform together for the last time. BWW feels privileged to share with you a bit of highlights of these two legends together before a rapt and ecstatic audience who precded to shower them with a (well deserved) standing ovation... RIP Harvey Schmidt. 

BWW TV: DINE & DISH with Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Special Guests Nick Blaemire, Rita Gardner & Tom Jones!
by Feinstein's/54 Below - Feb 2, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below is where it's at, and Broadway knows it. In a brand-new, exclusive series, we're taking you underground for all of the Feinstein's/54 Below scoop, directly from the Director of Programming- our host, Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Watch below as she chats with Nick Blaemire (New Musicals at 54: Fallout - February 9, 7 & 9:30pm), and Rita Gardner & Tom Jones (I Do, Do! - February 14, 7 & 9:30pm).

BWW Exclusive: Watch Broadway Veteran Phyllis Somerville in WGN America's OUTSIDERS
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2016

WGN America's new original scripted drama 'Outsiders,' premiering Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT,explores the epic battle of the Farrell Clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, as they fight to defend their land and their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them.Below, we've got an exclusive clip, in which Asa (Joe Anderson) speaks to the leader, Lady Ray (theater vet Phyllis Somerville) about the outside world from which he's just returned. Check it out below!

BWW TV: THE FANTASTICKS Celebrates 20,000th Performance in New York City on 9/15- Watch Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 5, 2013

THE FANTASTICKS, the world's longest running musical, will celebrate a record breaking 20,000th New York performance, on Sunday, September 15, 2013, announced producers Catherine Russell and Al Parinello. The milestone will mark the first time a production (on Broadway or Off-Broadway) has ever reached 20,000 performances and will be commemorated in a month long celebration that includes performing at Broadway in Bryant Park and Little Italy, and with The Museum of The City of New York's future cyber gallery highlighting the history of the production. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the current cast in action!

STAGE TUBE: Julie Halston, Everett Quinton Accept Alliance Awards
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2011

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, presented the inaugural Off Broadway Alliance Awards Reception June 21, 2011 at Sardi's. Honorees were on hand to receive their awards and Romulus Linney, Ellen Stewart and Lanford Wilson were posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.

BWW TV: 4th Annual BROADWAY CABARET FESTIVAL at Town Hall
by Eddie Varley - Nov 1, 2008

The 4th Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival concluded on Sunday, October 19th with Broadway Originals! After the concert the cast took a few short steps next door to Spanky's BBQ for a little post show celebrating, our BWW TV cameras were there to bring you all the fun!

BWW Presents: 'The Wedding Singer' First Look Video
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2006

BroadwayWorld.com is pleased to bring you this first look video of scenes from 'The Wedding Singer' currently playing in Seattle!


Rita Gardner Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Rita Gardner been in?
Rita Gardner has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Rita Gardner been in?
Rita Gardner has not appeared in the West End