Alison Fraser (from Natick, Massachusetts) is an American actress and singer who has appeared in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The White House, Town Hall, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Tisch Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Wilma, The Emelin, Joe's Pub, 54 Below and Symphony space.
She was the first ever recipient of Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of "The Blonde" in Marion Adler, Scott Wentworth and Craig Boehmler’s film noir musical, Gunmetal Blues under the direction of Jiri Zizka. She reprised the role of "The Blonde" in Gunmetal Blues opposite Patrick Quinn at the George Street Playhouse. She returned there to play "Diana" in Lend Me a Tenor, directed by David Saint.
She was the original "Trina" (Marvin's ex-wife) in William Finn's March of the Falsettos and In Trousers (Playwrights Horizons). She also did vocal orchestrations for both shows. She played "Miss Drumgoole" in Todd Rundgren's adaptation of Joe Orton's Up Against It (New York Shakespeare Festival), "Uta" in Charles Busch and Rusty Magee's The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club), "Connie"/"Petula"/"Brenda" in Beehive at the Village Gate, and "Marion Ames" in Swingtime Canteen. In 1988, she appeared on Broadway in Romance/Romance, a musical starring herself and Quantum Leap star, Scott Bakula. She received a Tony nomination for her roles Josefine/Monica. In 1991, she starred in The Secret Garden as Martha, earning another Tony Nomination. The show also featured Mandy Patinkin, Daisy Eagan and Rebecca Luker. Fraser stars in the one-woman show "A Tennessee Williams Songbook" conceived and directed by David Kaplan with musical direction by Allison Leyton-Brown. It premiered at The Tennessee Williams Festival in his birthplace Columbus, Mississippi and went on to great acclaim at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.
Fraser has appeared as the flamboyant but clueless "Babs Caplan" on the award-winning series, Between the Lions on PBS. She has appeared on the TV series "Smash", Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Third Watch. Her web series work includes the recurring roles of "Aunt Heidi" in the award winning web-series "Jack In The Box", written and produced by Michael Cyril Creighton, and "Veronica Bailey" on Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis’s "It Could Be Worse".
Her feature films include Socks and Bonds, Family Games, "Blowtorch", Commentary, Jack and His Friends, Me and Him, Mixing Nia, In the Blood, and The Thing About My Folks. She can also be seen in the Bright Eyes music video for their song, First Day of My Life, directed by her Secret Garden co-star, John Cameron Mitchell. She authored an interview with Anthony Newley which was published in Time Out. Fraser also was a featured voice in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
She has made three solo albums, A New York Romance, Men In My Life and Tennessee Williams: Words and Music.
In 2009, Arthur Laurents cast Fraser in an original play, Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are which premiered at the George Street Playhouse. The play was directed by Laurents himself and featured Tony-winning actress, Shirley Knight.
In 2010, playwright and performer, Charles Busch cast Fraser in his new comedy, The Divine Sister, a play which satirized the cinematic portrayel of nuns. Fraser played Sister Walburga. David Ives and Walter Bobbie then cast her as Arsinoe in "The School For Lies" at Classic Stage Company.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude in spring 2010 from Fordham University, where she also teaches a musical theatre class.
Additional theatre credits
- In Trousers
- March of the Falsettos
- Lady In The Dark
- Lips Together, Teeth Apart
- Lend Me a Tenor
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- Up Against It
- The Green Heart
- Lizzie Borden
- Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams
- High School Musical
- A Quarrel of Sparrows
- Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are
- The Divine Sister
- Archy and Mehitabel
- Love, Loss, and What I Wore
- The School For Lies
- A Charity Case
- In Masks Outrageous and Austere
- Love Therapy