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Susan Watson

Birth Place: Tulsa, OK, USA

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Susan Watson is an American actress and singer who has made a name for herself in the world of theater. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1941, Watson began performing at a young age and went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Watson made her Broadway debut in 1959 in the musical comedy "The Music Man," playing the role of Amaryllis. She went on to appear in several other Broadway productions, including "Bye Bye Birdie," "Carnival!," and "Ben Franklin in Paris."
In 1963, Watson originated the role of Kim MacAfee in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie" and received critical acclaim for her performance. She also appeared in the film adaptation of the musical, which was released the following year.
Watson continued to work in theater throughout the 1960s and 1970s, appearing in productions of "The Fantasticks," "The Grass Harp," and "No, No, Nanette." She also made appearances on television shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and "The Merv Griffin Show."
In 1978, Watson returned to Broadway to star in the musical "They're Playing Our Song," which was written by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. The show was a hit and ran for over a year, earning Watson a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
After "They're Playing Our Song," Watson continued to work in theater, appearing in productions of "Little Shop of Horrors," "Follies," and "Gypsy." She also worked as a voice actress, lending her voice to several animated television shows and films.
In recent years, Watson has continued to work in theater, appearing in regional productions of "A Little Night Music" and "Grey Gardens." She also made a guest appearance on the television show "The Good Wife" in 2014.

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Susan Watson STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2011
Emily Whitman

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Revival, 2011
Emily Whitman

[Off-Broadway]
Musicals in Mufti Concert, 2000
Countess Elena De Koeberg

Countess Elena de Keberg

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1980
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1974
Julia

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Nanette

[Broadway]
1970
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1969
Angel

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Jenny Lee

[Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1965
Laurey

Laurey (in the Ballet)

[Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1965
Carrie Pipperidge

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Janine Nicolet

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1961
Lili

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Lili [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1960
Kim MacAfee

[West End]
London Production, 1958
Velma


Susan Watson Movies

Blackout
[ 2007 ] Fatima
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
[ 2011 ] Towie
Peter and John
[ 2015 ] Patience
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
[ 2019 ] Andrea Vogel
Rumble
[ 2021 ] Maggie
Blood Brothers: Civil War
[ 2021 ] Patience

Susan Watson TV Shows

Ada Twist, Scientist
Mom Twist
Law & Order
Thea Curry, Tanya Ware
Louie
Janet
NCIS
Nikki Jardine
The Blacklist
Ellie
Third Watch
Emma St. Claire
This Is Us
Beth Pearson

Susan Watson Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Susan Watson, A Joyful Noise

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Susan Watson News


The Musical CELEBRATION Will Be Staged For Three Performances At Lakewood Theatre Company April 14-15

Lakewood Theatre Company presents the musical Celebration as part of its Lost Treasures Collection Series for three performances, April 14 & 15, 2023.

Rita Gardner, Original Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS, Passes Away at 87

Rita Gardner, who starred as Luisa in the original Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, has passed away at the age of 87 from leukemia, according to friend and collegue Alex Rybeck.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY: A PANDEMIC PAGEANT FILM to Return This Holiday Season

The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity has been a holiday tradition in Toronto since 1938. When the pandemic shut down live theatre in 2020, the cast of The Christmas Story took to the streets of Toronto to create a one-of-a-kind 'Pandemic Pageant'.

Musical Theatre Melodies Will Broadcast THE GRASS HARP

The next Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast, hosted by Rob Morrison on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, August 31st will mark the 50th anniversary of Claibe Richardson and Kenward Elmslie's THE GRASS HARP (based on the novel and play by Truman Capote), the 1971 Broadway musical which starred Barbara Cook, Karen Morrow, Carol Brice, Russ Thacker, Ruth Ford and Max Showalter.

Beloved Toronto Christmas Pageant Goes Global

In 1938, Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity received the gift of The Christmas Story Nativity pageant from St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, England.  It has been performed on stage at Holy Trinity every Christmas season since. 

Toronto Christmas Pageant Goes Online And COVID-safe For Its 83rd Season

The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity has been reinvented into a film presenting the classic Nativity story against the backdrop of life in an urban centre in the middle of a pandemic.

New Book and Music Releases For the Week of March 30 - PRINCE OF EGYPT; ALMOST, MAINE; and More!

Need something new to listen to or read? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases!

Felix Rojas Will Introduce His New Play A DAY IN THE CRIB at Teatro Circulo

Award winning playwright, Felix Rojas, will introduce his new play, A DAY IN THE CRIB, at a reading scheduled for February 7th at 7pm at Teatro Circulo, 64 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003.

Do40 Celebrates The 50th Anniversary of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

This Fall DO40 is saluting and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the 100th birthday of DO40 Advisory Board member Marge Champion. 

DO40 Celebrates JOSEPH... and Marge Champion's Birthday With 50/100

This Fall DO40 is saluting and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the 100th birthday of DO40 Advisory Board member Marge Champion. Special guests and performances from the Joseph cast include Bill Hutton (Joseph), Gordon Stanley (Jacob), Conductor David Friedman, along with Stephen McNaughton, Stephen Hope, Lorraine Barrett, Philip Carruba, Jonni Masella, Dorothy Dybisz, Katharine Buffaloe-Harris, Barry Tarallo, Michael Deane and Karen Bogan. There will be representation from the BAM production as well as Broadway. And, musical accompaniment by the always great Steven Webber.

Sterling's Upstairs At The Federal Continues To Celebrate Its 13th Year

Founded June 9, 2006 by Producer/Presenter Michael Sterling (BroadwayWorld TV's own LA-based Producer and On-Air Host), Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal carries on in its 13th consecutive summer celebration which begins August 11th with FEELING GOOD headlined by LA's Next Great Stage Star 2018 Winner Robert Collins.

MTG REWIND Revisits The Best Of MTG In A Special Benefit Concert

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will present MTG REWIND, a special benefit to support Musical Theatre Guild's extensive youth outreach programs. The event, an intimate celebration of over 20 years of Musical Theatre Guild's best musical moments, will take place at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time

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. 

Photo Flash: Remembering Jan Maxwell

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Broadway star Jan Maxwell passed away at 61 years of age after a battle with cancer. The star is survived by her husband, actor/playwright Robert Emmet Lunney, and their son William Maxwell-Lunney.

Baby Girl From Nazarene Family Subs For Jesus In Toronto Christmas Pageant

Last Sunday morning, Angela Gentili called the director of The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity to tell her that Jesus, aka her 8-month-old son Samuel, was sick and would not be showing up for the December 10th afternoon performance of the Nativity Play.

Photo Flash: Betsy Wolfe, Norm Lewis, Frances Ruffelle, Christopher Sieber and More Fete Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt at York Gala

The York Theatre Company honored legendary musical theatre writing team Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) with the 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 26th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala on Monday evening, December 4, 2017 at The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue). BroadwayWorld has more photos from the celebration below!

Photo Coverage: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award

Last night The York Theatre Company honored the musical theatre writing team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in a Fantastick gala concert and award ceremony directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. The 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented to the legendary team (The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) at the event held at the Asia Society on Park Ave in NYC and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out photo coverage below!

Richard Jay-Alexander Talks Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt for York Theatre Gala

This Weekend we reached out to Richard to fill us in on the event and what attendees can look forward to. We found him in the midst of rehearsals and planning for the event to take place at The Asia Society with cocktails beginning at 6:00 PM and the Award Presentation starting at 8:00 PM.

York Theatre Company's Star-Studded 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala Set for Monday

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, will honor legendary musical theatre writing team Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) with the 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 26th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala on Monday evening, December 4, 2017 at The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

Lee Roy Reams, Randy Rainbow, Randy Harrison, Well-Strung and More Join Roster for York's 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Gala

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has added Samantha Bruce (The Fantasticks), Ava Della Pietra (School of Rock), Julian Fleisher (February House), Randy Harrison (Cabaret), Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof), Randy Rainbow (Viral Video Sensation), Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street), Ben Rimalower (Bad with Money), the HOT singing string quartet Well-Strung, and The Manhattan School of Music Musical Theatre Ensemble (Judith Clurman, Director) to the line-up of Broadway performers who will honor legendary musical theatre writing team Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) with the 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 26th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala on Monday evening, December 4, 2017 at The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

Susan Watson FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Susan Watson been in?

Susan Watson has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Susan Watson been in?

Susan Watson has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Susan Watson's first West End show?

Susan Watson's first West End show was West Side Story which opened in 1958

What awards has Susan Watson been nominated for?

Susan Watson has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in A Joyful Noise.

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