January 26, 1978
Early life and family
Keenan-Bolger is an alumnus of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and a graduate of the University of Michigan's musical theatre performance program. She is one of three children, all of whom are involved in the performing arts. Her brother, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, also graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in musical theatre in 2007. Already a Broadway veteran, Andrew joined the national touring company of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the fall of 2007. Her sister, Maggie Keenan-Bolger, who wrote the noted play From the Inside, Out, studied theatre and gender and women's studies at Oberlin College and graduated in 2006.
Keenan-Bolger's regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration in 2002, along with productions at the Goodman Theatre, TheatreWorks and Sundance Theatre Program. In 2003, she originated the role of Clara Johnson in the pre-Broadway world premiere of the Craig Lucas/Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza at Seattle's Intiman Theatre and Chicago's Goodman Theatre. She has performed Off-Broadway in Kindertransport, Little Fish and Summer of '42.
In 2005, Keenan-Bolger made her Broadway debut starring in William Finn's musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where she originated the role of Olive Ostrovsky. For this performance, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She had appeared in the musical from its beginning at the Barrington Stage Company (Sheffield, Massachusetts) in July 2004, to the Off-Broadway production at the Second Stage Theatre in January through March 2005. With the original Broadway cast, she returned to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for a four-week limited engagement run at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles from May through June 2007.
Keenan-Bolger appeared in the Playwrights Horizons production of the new musical Saved with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by John Dempsey and Rinne Groff in 2008. She appeared in Bachelorette at the Second Stage Theatre and in Adam Bock's A Small Fire, opposite Michele Pawk and Reed Birney.
In 2011, she starred in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Peter and the Starcatcher, a stage adaptation of the 2004 best-selling children's novel of a similar name. She reprised the role of Molly in the Broadway transfer production of Peter and the Starcatcher, which played at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from March 28, 2012 through January 20, 2013. Keenan-Bolger received Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations for her performance.
Keenan-Bolger played Laura Wingfield in the American Repertory Theater production of The Glass Menagerie alongside Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, from February 2, 2013 through March 17, 2013. Keenan-Bolger is currently reprising her role in the production's Broadway transfer, which is in a run through February 23, 2014 at the Booth Theatre.
She has sung in concert at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series and at the Michigan Theatre with Audra McDonald. Keenan-Bolger performed as Martha in the 2005 The Secret Garden World AIDS Day benefit concert in 2005. She appeared on the concept cast album of Bright Lights, Big City. She also participated in a reading of Shrek the Musical as Princess Fiona in 2007.
|2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Unknown||Episode: "Murder of the First"|
|2007||Law & Order||Elaine Fowler||Episode: "Murder Book"|
|2008||The Battery's Down||Voter Registration Girl||Episode: "The Bronx is Up"|
|2012||Submissions Only||Michelle Loudon||Episode: "Another Interruption"|
|2005||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||Olive Ostrovsky||Second Stage Theatre
January 11 – March 20, 2005
|2005||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||Olive Ostrovsky||Circle in the Square Theatre
April 15, 2005 – September 17, 2006
|2006||Les Misérables||Éponine||Broadhurst Theatre
October 24, 2006 – April 22, 2007
|2011||Peter and the Starcatcher||Molly||New York Theatre Workshop
February 18 – April 24, 2011
|2012||Peter and the Starcatcher||Molly||Brooks Atkinson Theatre
March 28 – December 30, 2012
|2013||The Glass Menagerie||Laura Wingfield||American Repertory Theater
February 2 – March 17, 2013
|2013||The Glass Menagerie||Laura Wingfield||Booth Theatre
September 26, 2013 – February 23, 2014
Awards and nominations
|2005||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Ensemble Performance||Won|
|Theatre World Award||Won|
|2007||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Les Misérables||Nominated|
|2011/12||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play||Peter and the Starcatcher||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|2013||Elliot Norton Award||Outstanding Ensemble||The Glass Menagerie||Won|
- Internet Broadway Database: Andrew Keenan-Bolger Credits on Broadway
- The Kennedy Center Official Site
- Hernandez, Ernio.That's Amore: Guettel-Lucas Musical, The Light in the Piazza, Opens in Seattle June 14" playbill.com, June 14, 2003
- Gans, Andrew."2004-2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations" playbill.com July 11, 2005
- Hernandez, Ernio."Finals: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Closes Off-Broadway; Next Round Is Broadway" playbill.com, March 20, 2005
- Gans, Andrew and Hernandez, Ernio.Original Spelling Bee Cast to Reunite for Musical's L.A. Debut" playbill.com, April 3, 2007
- Gans, Andrew and Jones, Kenneth."More Miz: 'Les Misérables' Revival Extends Broadway Run" playbill.com, December 19, 2006
- Lipton, Brian Scott."2007 Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced" theatermania.com, April 26, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth."Gotta Have Faith: 'Saved, the Musical', Opens in NYC June 3" playbill.com, June 3, 2008
- Hetrick, Adam."Bachelorette, with Keenan-Bolger, Waterston and Herlihy, Begins Off-Broadway July 12" playbill.com, July 12, 2010
- Jones, Kenneth."Adam Bock's A Small Fire, With Pawk, Birney, Keenan-Bolger, Williams, Opens Jan.6" playbill.com, January 6, 2011
- Gans, Andrew. "Encores! Merrily to Feature Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Betsy Wolfe, Elizabeth Stanley" playbill.com, October 11, 2011
- "Christian Borle, Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger to Return for Broadway’s PETER AND THE STARCATCHER" broadwayworld.com, February 16, 2012
- "PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Sets Final Broadway Performance for January 20, 2013" broadwayworld.com, September 28, 2012
- Gans, Andrew."56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations" playbill.com, April 29, 2011
- Tony Award 2012 Nominees TonyAwards.com, accessed May 27, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam. "Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith Join Cherry Jones for A.R.T.'s Glass Menagerie" playbill.com, October 18, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam. "The Glass Menagerie With Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto Will Arrive on Broadway in September" playbill.com, April 25, 2013
- Gans, Andrew and Jones, Kenneth.Chase, Pasquale, Cavenaugh and More Join All-Star Secret Garden Benefit Concert" playbill.com, November 11, 2005
- Gans, Andrew. "Keenan-Bolger and Sieber Are Part of Aug. 10 Shrek Reading", playbill.com, 10 August 2007.
- Celia Keenan-Bolger at the Internet Broadway Database
- Celia Keenan-Bolger at the Internet Movie Database
- Internet Off-Broadway Database listing
- Celia Keenan-Bolger at Playbill Vault