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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 “Mama” 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’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, One Mo’ 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.

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

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

Original Broadway Production, 2012
Emma Jo Schaeffer

Roundabout Revival, 2006

Original Broadway Production, 2002

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

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1997
Woman Knitting


Hotel Singer 2

Gospel Soloist

Woman Knitting/Landlady/Hotel Singer 2/Gospel Soloist

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]

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]

Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Performer 1 [Replacement]

Roz Ryan Movies

[1997]Hercules Thalia

[1998]Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Nurse

[2001]Nikita Blues Mildred, Nikita's mom

[2007]I Think I Love My Wife Landlady

[2007]Divine Intervention Mother Candice

[2007]Whatever Lola Wants Postal Worker

[2009]The Invention of Lying Nurse #1

[2010]Waiting for Forever Dorothy

[2015]Hello, My Name Is Doris Patty

Roz Ryan TV Shows

Adventure Time Cake

All About the Andersons Flo Anderson

Amen Amelia Hetebrink

Hercules Thalia

K.C. Undercover Grandma Gayle, Gayle King

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Fitzpatrick

Kim Possible Wade's Mom, Park Ranger

That Girl Lay Lay Velma

The Good News Hattie Dixon

Roz Ryan Videos

Roz Ryan News

Videos: Max Reveals First Looks For Upcoming Original Animated Series At San Diego Comic-Con

The Max Original Animation panel hosted at San Diego Comic-Con included exclusive first looks at upcoming animated series coming soon to Max. Watch first look videos from ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE, HARLEY QUINN season four, and YOUNG LOVE.

Live Action HERCULES Remake Will Be More 'Experimental' According to Disney Producer Joe Russo

Joe Russo, the producer behind Disney's upcoming live action remake of Hercules, has revealed some details about the film.

CHICAGO, A History- Part 2: A Modern Classic Makes A Bang On Stage and Screen

Discover the story behind one of the greatest musicals in history as we dive deep into the history of Broadway's longest-running American musical, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse's, 'Chicago.'


Producers Richard Bell, N'Kenge, Park Row Equity Partners, Tegan Summer, Sam Williams, Michael Loeb and Derow Enterprises, in association with Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, announce the presentation of “The Songs of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical,” selections from the upcoming production of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Trey Ellis and music and lyrics by Shelton L. Becton, directed by Tamara Tunie at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Guy Ritchie to Direct Live Action HERCULES for Disney

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

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!

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!

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 & More About The American Airlines Theatre

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!

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

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 More!

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 on STARS IN THE HOUSE

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

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.

Photo Flash: Inside the Obi Ndefo Virtual Cabaret Benefit

The Obi Ndefo Virtual Cabaret Benefit, organized by teen actor Jamie Mann (Netflix's 'Country Comfort') brought together voices from Broadway to L.A. on June 30 to raise funds for prosthetic legs for Ndefo.

Broadway Catch Up: June 11 - Josh Groban, Josh Gad, Renee Fleming, and More!

Catch up on yesterday's videos from your favorite stars, including Josh Groban, Josh Gad, Renee Fleming, and more!

Wake Up With BWW 6/11: Audra McDonald, Lea Salonga, & Melissa Errico Join Seth Concert Series, Raúl Esparza & Samira Wiley Lead TARTUFFE Stream, and More!

Today's top stories: Audra McDonald, Lea Salonga, & Melissa Errico join Seth Concert Series, Raúl Esparza & Samira Wiley will lead Tartuffe stream, and more!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE Reunite to Sing 'What I Got'

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

Disney HERCULES Live Action Remake Reportedly In Development

Disney is reportedly developing a live-action remake of Hercules!

Photo Flash: VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS Welcomes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrea Martin and More

Your Kids, Our Kids presented the 6th Annual VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars For Foster Kids on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm at The Town Hall.


Roz Ryan has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Roz Ryan has not appeared in the West End

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