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Phyllis Newman Biography

 
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)

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

(winners are in red)

 
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