Noll performing, 2013
Christiane Noll is an American singer and actress known for her work in musicals and on the concert stage. She is perhaps best known for originating the role of Emma Carew in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde, as well as her roles in Urinetown and Ragtime.
Life and career
Noll was born in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey, where she attended Leonia High School. She is the daughter of conductor and Emmy Award-winning Music Supervisor for CBS, the late Ron Noll (1929–2008), and soprano Sara-Ann Noll. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2006, Noll married actor Jamie LaVerdiere, who appeared in the Broadway production of the musical The Pirate Queen in 2007. The couple's first child, a girl, was born in February 2009. Noll has established the Charlotte Black Memorial Fund as an endowed award at Carnegie Mellon University.
Noll appeared as Sister Margaretta in the 2013 NBC Broadcast of The Sound of Music.
In 2010 Noll was seen on Broadway as Mother in the revival of Ragtime at the Neil Simon Theatre for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical. Additionally, she created the role of Emma in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde in 1997 after playing the role in out-of-town tryouts. She also appeared on Broadway in the revue, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues (1999). Noll earned good notices for her performances as Kathie in The Student Prince in 2000 at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Marianne in City Center Encores! The New Moon (2003). Noll received an Ovation Award for her role as Hope Cladwell in the National Tour of Urinetown (2004). She also created the roles of Vanna Vane in The Mambo Kings musical (2005), Jane Smart in the American premier of The Witches of Eastwick at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia (2007), Elizabeth Lavenza in the rock musical Frankenstein - A New Musical (2007 off-Broadway, 37 Arts) and Jordan in The Piper at the NY Music Theatre Festival (2007). Noll appeared as Ruth in 2008 in Ace at the Signature Theatre in Arlington.
Noll has starred in the national tours of Grease, as Sandy, Miss Saigon, as Ellen, and City of Angels, as Mallory/Avril, as well as a tour of Australia and Thailand as Nellie in South Pacific. She performed with Plácido Domingo in the Washington National Opera's The Merry Widow as Valencienne at The Kennedy Center (2005). Other stage credits include Mabel in Mack & Mabel (for which she won a 2004 Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Genvieve in The Baker's Wife(2002), Lizzie in Lizzie Borden (2001 at Goodspeed Opera House), The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods(2005), Carrie in Carousel, Laura in A Fine & Private Place, (2006 off-Broadway York Theater), Woman 2 in Little by Little, (1999 off-Broadway York Theater), and Mabel in Eugene Opera's The Pirates of Penzance (2006). Regional theatre productions include Oliver!, All Night Strut, Cinderella, Annie, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, and Little Shop of Horrors (American Music Theatre of San Jose (2008)). She played Mother in Ragtime at the Kennedy Center (2009) winning a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Concert, cabaret and recording work
Noll frequently performs Broadway favorites in concert and has been a guest soloist as part of Bravo Broadway with the National Symphony and Marvin Hamlisch, The Cincinnati Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony, The Philadelphia Pops and Peter Nero, and has sung with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, The Harrisburg Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony, and the Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson, in his last New York Pops performance, as part of 3 Broadway Divas.
Noll also performs a solo cabaret show and has been a featured member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir.
Noll has released four solo CD’s, Christiane Noll - A Broadway Love Story (1998), The Ira Gershwin Album (2001), Live at the Westbank Café (2003) and "Christiane Noll - My Personal Property" (2008). She supplied the singing-voice of Anna in the Warner Bros. animated feature The King and I (1999). Some of her numerous recordings are Jekyll & Hyde (1997), The King & I (1999, Sony Classics), Little by Little (1999), A Christmas Survival Guide (2000), What's a Nice Girl Like You..., Z: The Masked Musical (2000), Bravo Broadway 2, The Three Broadway Divas (with two fellow Divas - Jan Horvath and Debbie Gravitte), Far from the Madding Crowd (2000), The New Moon (2003), Neo: A Celebration of Emerging Talent in Musical Theatre, Benefiting the York Theatre Company (2005), and albums of the music of Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, Scott Alan and Stephen Schwartz, among others.
- Jekyll & Hyde (1997)
- Christiane Noll - A Broadway Love Story (1998)
- The King and I (1999)
- Little by Little (1999)
- A Christmas Survival Guide (2000)
- Far from the Madding Crowd (2000)
- Z: The Masked Musical (2000)
- The Ira Gershwin Album (2001)
- Live at the Westbank Café (2003)
- The New Moon (2003)
- Neo: A Celebration of Emerging Talent in Musical Theatre, Benefiting the York Theatre Company (2005)
- Christiane Noll - My Personal Property (2008)
- What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up by Scott Alan(2010) -- sings the song I Remember
- Filichia, Peter. "N.J. STAGE; Actress singing for joy at the Paper Mill.", The Star-Ledger, April 14, 2000. p. 23. "For Christiane Noll, performing in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of 'The Student Prince' is a homecoming beyond the usual definition. Growing up in Bergen County, she played Mrs. Barnum in a Leonia Middle School production of 'Barnum' and was a Jet girl in a Leonia High School staging of 'West Side Story.'"
- Spelling, Ian. "Not Afraid of the Stage: Christiane Noll, former Leonia resident, is the Consummate Professional", (201) magazine, May 1, 2010. Accessed March 30, 2011. "'Leonia was a wonderful little town. They always call it a bedroom community; lots of professionals, artists, teachers and musicians. A lot of the people work in New York City, but want a small-town atmosphere and a house with a yard and trees.'"
- "Ronald W. Noll 1929- 2008" vlog.org, accessed September 1, 2011
- Jones, Kenneth. "Broadway-Bound Ace Musical Takes Wing in VA", Playbill.com, September 3, 2008
- The New Picasso robertcuccioli.com, January 8, 2008
- "Christiane Noll Credits", BroadwayWorld.com, accessed September 1, 2011
- "Photo Coverage:The Songs of Scott Alan at Barnes Noble" broadwayworld.com, December 4, 2010