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Roz Ryan

 
Bio:
Roz originated the role of Emma Jo in The 5th Avenue Theatre production of SCANDALOUS last fall. She is perhaps best known to Broadway audiences for her role as the tough-as-nails prison diva Matron ‚ÄúMama‚ÄĚ Morton in the long-running hit Chicago, a role she has played on Broadway, on tour and ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Roz originated the role of Emma Jo in The 5th Avenue Theatre production of SCANDALOUS last fall. She is perhaps best known to Broadway audiences for her role as the tough-as-nails prison diva Matron ‚ÄúMama‚ÄĚ Morton in the long-running hit Chicago, a role she has played on Broadway, on tour and ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [East Haddam, CT (Regional)]
Goodspeed Musicals Original Production, 2019
Gloria Dump
  [US Tour]
National Tour (2014-2015), 2014
"Mama" Morton
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Emma Jo Schaeffer
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2006
Mabel
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Bertha
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Sandwichboard Man/Ghost of Christmas Present
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1997
Woman Knitting
Landlady
Hotel Singer 2
Gospel Soloist
Woman Knitting/Landlady/Hotel Singer 2/Gospel Soloist
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Effie Melody White [Replacement]
Edna Burke [Replacement]
Effie Melody White (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1979
Performer 1 [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
Performer 1 [Replacement]

Photos

Roz Ryan and her pooch (and grandkid back-up singers!) offers High Hopes to fellow L. Photo

Roz Ryan and her pooch (and grandkid back-up singers!) offers High Hopes to fellow L.A. actor Obi Ndefo during a virtual cabaret benefit organized by Ryan''s Because of Winn Dixie cast mate, teen actor

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07/08/2020
Barry Bostwick, Roz Ryan, Eugene Pack Photo

Barry Bostwick, Roz Ryan, Eugene Pack

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Date:
04/18/2019
Constance Forslund, Maggie Wheeler, Lynne Stewart, Mary Birdsong, Dayle Reyfel, Dana  Photo

Constance Forslund, Maggie Wheeler, Lynne Stewart, Mary Birdsong, Dayle Reyfel, Dana Gould, Roz Ryan, Tim Ra

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Date:
04/18/2019
Mary Birdsong, Roz Ryan, Barry Bostwick, Milanka Brooks, Caspar Phillipson,. Photo

Mary Birdsong, Roz Ryan, Barry Bostwick, Milanka Brooks, Caspar Phillipson,.

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04/18/2019
Roz Ryan, Barry Bostwick. Photo

Roz Ryan, Barry Bostwick.

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04/18/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [East Haddam, CT (Regional)]
Goodspeed Musicals Original Production, 2019
Gloria Dump

  [US Tour]
National Tour (2014-2015), 2014
"Mama" Morton

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Emma Jo Schaeffer

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2006
Mabel

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Bertha

  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Sandwichboard Man/Ghost of Christmas Present

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1997
Woman Knitting

Landlady

Hotel Singer 2

Gospel Soloist

Woman Knitting/Landlady/Hotel Singer 2/Gospel Soloist

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Effie Melody White [Replacement]

Edna Burke [Replacement]

Effie Melody White (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1979
Performer 1 [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Performer 1 [Replacement]

Roz Ryan Biography

Roz originated the role of Emma Jo in The 5th Avenue Theatre production of SCANDALOUS last fall. She is perhaps best known to Broadway audiences for her role as the tough-as-nails prison diva Matron ‚ÄúMama‚ÄĚ Morton in the long-running hit Chicago, a role she has played on Broadway, on tour and internationally for more than ten years. Her other Broadway credits include Ain‚Äôt Misbehavin‚Äô, Dreamgirls, One Mo‚Äô Time, The Pajama Game and A Christmas Carol. Her national and international touring credits include Annie, South Pacific and Blues in the Night. On television, Ms. Ryan is best known for her role as Amelia Hetebrink in the long-running NBC comedy Amen, starring Sherman Hemsley. Her other television roles include Mae Palmer in Barbershop (Showtime) and Mrs. Dixon in Good News (UPN). Her many television credits as a voiceover artist include Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Looney Tunes Show (Warner Bros.), Kick Buttowski: Suburban Dardevil (Disney Channel) and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (Cartoon Network). Her film credits include Went to Coney Island, Cotton Club, I Think I Love My Wife, The Invention of Lying and Waiting for Forever.




Roz Ryan News

Guy Ritchie to Direct Live Action HERCULES for Disney Photo Guy Ritchie to Direct Live Action HERCULES for Disney
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 17, 2022

Disney's live-action remake of Hercules has found its director! Get the scoop on the upcoming film!

Jenifer Lewis, James Wesley, and Seth Rudetsky to be Honored With MAC Awards Photo Jenifer Lewis, James Wesley, and Seth Rudetsky to be Honored With MAC Awards
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2021

This year's Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) presents Tony nominee Jenifer Lewis with its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 35th Annual MAC Awards. Additionally, James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky will be honored for their creation of Stars in the House.

Virtual Theatre This Weekend: January 9-10- with Wayne Brady, Lillias White, and More Photo Virtual Theatre This Weekend: January 9-10- with Wayne Brady, Lillias White, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 9, 2021

Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, January 9-10, 2020.

VIDEO: Effies Unite on Stars in the House- Live at 8pm! Photo VIDEO: Effies Unite on Stars in the House- Live at 8pm!
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 9, 2021

Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with everything Effie with DREAMGIRLS Lillias White, Roz Ryan and Kecia-Lewis Evans.

Theater Stories: THE PAJAMA GAME's Box Office Record, Diane Paulus' 1776 Revival & Mo Photo Theater Stories: THE PAJAMA GAME's Box Office Record, Diane Paulus' 1776 Revival & More About The American Airlines Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2020

This week's Theater Stories features the American Airlines Theatre! Learn about the Tony-winning plays to grace the stage, including 12 Angry Men, The Constant Wife and more; the theatre's upcoming shows 1776 and Birthday Candles, and much more!

9 Lillias White Videos We Can't Get Enough Of! Photo 9 Lillias White Videos We Can't Get Enough Of!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Nov 13, 2020

Lillias White is stopping by the Seth Rudetsky Concert Series this weekend! We're looking back at past performances (and her Tony win) before her show on Sunday!

VIDEO: Watch a HERCULES Reunion on Stars in the House Photo VIDEO: Watch a HERCULES Reunion on Stars in the House
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 23, 2020

Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with a Disney's HERCULES Reunion with Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, Danny DeVito, Roger Bart, Lillias White, LaChanze, Roz Ryan and Cheryl Freeman!

Virtual Theatre Today: Wednesday, September 23- with Julie Taymor, Lena Hall, and Mor Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Wednesday, September 23- with Julie Taymor, Lena Hall, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 23, 2020

Today (September 23) in live streaming: Lena Hall gets obsessed, Julie Taymor visits backstage Live, and so much more!

Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, Danny DeVito and More From the Cast of HERCULES to Reunite  Photo Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, Danny DeVito and More From the Cast of HERCULES to Reunite on STARS IN THE HOUSE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 18, 2020

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that the cast of the beloved 1997 animated film 'Hercules' will go the distance to reunite on 'Stars in the House' LIVE on Wednesday, September 23rd at 8 PM ET.

Broadway Rewind: Carolee Carmello Makes a Joyful Noise in SCANDALOUS in 2012 Photo Broadway Rewind: Carolee Carmello Makes a Joyful Noise in SCANDALOUS in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012, when Scandalous opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it played for 29 performances. Led by Carolee Carmello, the musical featured a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman. It also starred Edward Watts, Andrew Samonsky, Roz Ryan and George Hearn.

Roz Ryan Videos

Broadway Rewind: Carolee Carmello Makes a Joyful Noise in SCANDALOUS in 2012 VideoBroadway Rewind: Carolee Carmello Makes a Joyful Noise in SCANDALOUS in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012, when Scandalous opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it played for 29 performances. Led by Carolee Carmello, the musical featured a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman. It also starred Edward Watts, Andrew Samonsky, Roz Ryan and George Hearn.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE Reunite to Sing 'What I Got' VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE Reunite to Sing 'What I Got'
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2020

The cast of Because of Winn Dixie reunites to perform 'What I Got' over Zoom.

VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein Preps for An Alan Menken Tribute with a Disney Villain Classi VideoVIDEO: Harvey Fierstein Preps for An Alan Menken Tribute with a Disney Villain Classic!
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2018

This month, Carnegie Hall and the New York POPS will salute composing legend, Alan Menken. Check out video from Harvey Fierstein's rehearsal for the event as he takes on a Disney villain classic! See video below!

BWW TV: CHICAGO's Roz Ryan Is Good to the Crowd at Stars in the Alley!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 8, 2016

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, took place just last week in Shubert Alley. Hosted by Tony nominee Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca, Broadway's best once again turned out for the annual performance - including Roz Ryan, who performed 'When You're Good to Mama' from Chicago.

BWW TV: Jonathan Brielle, Roz Ryan & More Perform at Annual Broadway Under the Stars
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2015

The Development Wing presented its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The exclusive, one-night-only event was hosted by acclaimed writer/lyricist Jonathan Brielle, Artistic Director of The Development Wing and Vice President of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, and featured musical performances by Broadway's best, including Roz Ryan (Chicago, Ain't Misbehavin'), Cole Burden (Murder Ballad), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera), Ken Prymus (Cats, The Wiz), Patricia Noonan (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice), along with young artists,Jenna Downs, Jake Swain, and more. With Musical Direction by Jeffrey Klitz, Broadway Under the Stars took place on the grounds of the historic Vala Maison, an exquisite country-style estate located in Tewksbury, New Jersey.

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Tom Hewitt, Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in Highlights of CHICAGO at Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2013

Its first time ever at Music Circus, the sizzling, sexy Kander and Ebb smash hit Chicago is the final show of the 2013 Music Circus season, with an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from August 20 - 29. The 1996 revival of this hit musical, one of the cornerstones of the choreographic Broadway legacy of Bob Fosse, won 6 Tony Awards and is still running on Broadway. With a plot centered on murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, on death row together fighting for the fame that may keep them from the gallows, the show features a number of popular songs including 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Cell Block Tango.' BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the production below!

STAGE TUBE: Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in CHICAGO at Music Circus - Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2013

The Music Circus production of the musical 'Chicago' at the Wells Fargo Pavilion runs now through August 29, 2013. Directed by Ron Kellum, choreographed by Randy Slovacek, the show features Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Lindsay Roginski (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Matron 'Mama' Morton) and Ric Stoneback (Amos Hart). Click below to watch highlights from the show!

VIDEO: Kathie Lee Discusses SCANDALOUS Closing on 'Today'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 6, 2012

Kathie Lee Gifford discussed the closing of her new Broadway musical SCANDALOUS on the Today show on NBC. 'So many of the brand new shows this fall really, really have struggled and are posting closings,' she lamented. 'Hurricane Sandy was just devastating to everyone in the tri-state area but Broadway was badly hit.' Check out more of Gifford's comments below.

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes for Opening Night of SCANDALOUS - Carolee Carmello, George Hearn, Kathie Lee Gifford and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 16, 2012

Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalousbegan performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on October 13, 2012 and opened last night, Thursday, November 15. BroadwayWorld brings you coverage of SCANDALOUS' opening night - hear what the stars had to say below!

BWW TV: Sneak Peek of Carlolee Carmello, George Hearn and More in SCANDALOUS- Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 13, 2012

Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous began performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52nd St.) on October 13, 2012. Opening Night is set for Thursday, November 15 (6:30 p.m.). BroadwayWorld brings you just-released performance highlights below!


Roz Ryan Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Roz Ryan been in?
Roz Ryan has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Roz Ryan been in?
Roz Ryan has not appeared in the West End