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Rita Harvey Biography

 
Bio:
Rita Harvey recently starred in the role of Hodel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Rosie O'Donell and Harvey Fierstein. She made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Rita Harvey recently starred in the role of Hodel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Rosie O'Donell and Harvey Fierstein. She made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second ... (read complete bio)

Rita Harvey recently starred in the role of Hodel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Rosie O'Donell and Harvey Fierstein. She made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second national tour.

She has spent the last two years (minus a maternity leave!) performing on Broadway in the original cast of the gorgeous new revival of Fiddler on the Roof. In this beautiful new production, directed by David Leveaux, Rita played the role of Fredel and covered the two older daughters, Tzeitel and Hodel.

Rita created the role of Lady Edith in the off-Broadway hit musical The Prince and the Pauper. Rita also created the role of Elizabeth in the highly acclaimed concept CD/DVD of Frankenstein the Musical available on Amazon.com.

Regional and stock productions include Laurey in Oklahoma! and Johanna in Sweeney Todd (both at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theater), Julie Jordan in Carousel, Christine in Maurey Yeston's Phantom, Amalia in She Loves Me, Fiona in Brigadoon, Ann Collier in 1940's Radio Hour, Katrin in the play I Remember Mama, and Rose in Street Scene.

Rita majored in Opera Performance at Simpson College and then received her Masters degree at Northwestern University.

Favorite opera roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Rose in Street Scene, Laurie in The Tender Land, Marcelline in Fidelio, and Monica in The Medium.

In New York City, Rita has performed in Mim: A Love Story (title role), Come Dance With Me (Laura), and as Betsy in Musicals Tonight's production of Dearest Enemy and as Pat in That's the Ticket! New York readings include: The Music of Charles Aznivour (featured soloist), Stopscandal.com (Mickinley Adams), The Prince and The Pauper (Lady Edith) and Tim (Alison).

She can be heard on recordings of The Prince and the Pauper, Tim , A Tale of Two Cities, Big the Musical, Frankenstein the Musical and now Fiddler on the Roof.

Rita has performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in the new musical, Take Flight, by Richard Maltby and David Shire. She recently was involved in the New York workshop production and eagerly awaits a Broadway run of this beautiful show about the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhardt and Charles Lindbergh.

Her solo cabaret, "Letting Go," played to rave reviews and is now available on CD.

Rita has performed as featured soloist in numerous concerts around the world with such stars as Robert Evan, Liz Callaway, Betty Buckley, Ben Vereen, Craig Schulman, Lillias White, Rita Moreno and Michael Crawford.

Most important to Rita is her talented husband, Broadway composer Neil Berg, and their gorgeous two-year-old son, Lucas David Berg.