5 Broadway Stars from Connecticut
Connecticut is home to some of America’s greatest visionaries and world’s biggest stars, including screen legends Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis. It’s also where many Broadway performers got their start. Here are 5 of our favorite stage actors from the great Constitution State. Check out all the shows available in both Connecticut and on Broadway on TodayTix!
1. Glenn Close
The multifaceted “Fatal Attraction” actress most recently starred as Norma Desmond in the hit revival of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the same role in the first run of the Broadway musical 20 years ago and received her third Tony award for her performance. Close hails from Greenwich, CT.
2. Anika Noni Rose
This actress, singer, and Disney princess (The Princess and the Frog) was born and raised in Bloomfield. She started her illustrious Broadway career as Rusty in Footloose and then had her big break when she played Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change. Rose won a Tony award for her performance and was nominated again a few years later for her work in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.
3. Roger Bart
Bart has appeared on Broadway 8 times, most notably originating the iconic roles of Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (for which he received a Tony Award), Carmen Ghia in The Producers (Tony Award nominee), and the title role in Young Frankenstein. Bart, who is from Norwalk, Connecticut, also is the singing voice of Hercules in the animated Disney film of the same name.
4. Christy Carlson Romano
This young actress from Milford, Connecticut is best known for her starring roles on the hit Disney shows Even Stevens, Cadet Kelly, and Kim Possible. However, Romano also has performed on Broadway several times. She originated the pivotal role of Mary Phagan in Parade, as well as starring as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Kate Monster in Avenue Q.
5. Jessica Hect
Hect was born in New Jersey but grew up in Bloomfield, Connecticut. She has performed on 9 Broadway stages, starting with the original cast of The Last Night of Ballyhoo 20 years ago and most recently in The Price this past spring. Hect was nominated for Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role in A View From The Bridge and also performed in the most recent revival of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof.