Coleen Sexton

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Coleen Sexton (born February 5, 1979, in Westfield, New Jersey) is an American stage actress who made her Broadway debut at age 20 in Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde in 2000. She portrayed the starring role of Lucy Harris in the Broadway production, as an understudy from 1999, and took over the role from Luba Mason in January 2000. She can be seen on the DVD of the show starring Andrea Rivette as Emma Carew and David Hasselhoff in the title role. Before making her debut in Jekyll and Hyde Coleen was a singer/performer in a Germany based band called 5NY.

Theatre career[edit]

Sexton is mostly known for her portrayal of Lucy Harris in the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde, where she was the final actress to play the role. Sexton is the only actress to play Lucy who had been seen with every Jekyll/Hyde, except for the original Robert Cuccioli. When she took over the role, she had performed with Jack Wagner (January to June '00), Sebastian Bach (From June to October '00), and the show's final actor David Hasselhoff (From October to January '01). Furthermore, Joseph Mahowald was the alternate until October '00, when the original alternate Rob Evan came back to the show for its final months. In December 2000, camera crews came in to film the show, live from the audience, which starred Sexton, Andrea Rivette, and Hasselhoff, who himself funded the project. It appeared on HBO several times in early 2001, and was released in September 2001. It has since been re-released, in November 2006, but has not seen on television since 2003. Coleen has also toured with the Broadway National touring company of Chicago, from 2004 until 2005.

In 2007, Coleen was the standby for Elphaba on the first North American tour of Wicked. She joined the tour January 3 through October 28, 2007, playing the role in the absence of lead star Victoria Matlock. Her first performance took place in Providence on January 17, when she replaced Matlock mid-show.

Sexton also played Brooke Wyndham in the national tour of Legally Blonde, and the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at The Gateway Playhouse through July 30, 2011. Sexton has been cast as Velma Kelly in The Little Theatre on the Square's production of Chicago February 10–19, 2012.

In 2012 Sexton returned to the New York stage in the Off-Broadway musical Forever Dusty, about British singer Dusty Springfield. She plays dual roles of "Becky Brixton," Dusty Springfield's manager and later "Gini" a drug and alcohol counselor. Sexton also understudies the lead role of Dusty Springfield. She played the Springfield role for the first time on February 4, 2013. Coleen sings the music of David Hasselhof.

Raised in Westfield, New Jersey, Sexton went into acting after graduating from Westfield High School.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Filichia, Peter. "Westfield's Coleen Sexton follows 'Legally Blonde' tour home", The Star-Ledger, May 28, 2010. Accessed September 17, 2011. "'I'm Brooke Windham, an exercise guru,' says Sexton, a Westfield native. 'Unfortunately, Brooke is also accused of murdering her much older husband — which is where law student Elle Woods comes in to defend her.'...It's one reason why Sexton didn’t attend college after graduating from Westfield High School in 1997; the offers just kept coming."