Heidi Blickenstaff

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Heidi Blickenstaff
Heidi Blickenstaff 2012.jpg
Born December 28, 1971
Fresno, California
Occupation Actress/Singer
Known for [title of show], Now. Here. This., The Little Mermaid, The Addams Family

Heidi Blickenstaff is an actress based in New York City best known for playing a version of herself in the musical [title of show] during its Off-Broadway and Broadway runs.



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Blickenstaff is a Broadway performer who gained widespread notice for her work in [title of show] after some years of working in understudy, supporting and ensemble roles.[1]

The musical documents its own creation by two Broadway fans, who want to enter the New York Musical Theatre Festival and struggle to complete the show in three and a half weeks, and their two actress friends. The actors are also the writers and characters of the musical.

Blickenstaff has said her character in [title of show], a struggling actor also named "Heidi," is a "concentrated version" of her actual personality.[2]

She also has credited her experience in [title of show] with easing her chronic stage fright, a form of self-doubt immortalized in one of the show's songs, "Die Vampire Die."

"I also have a stage fright vampire," she told TheaterMania.com in 2006, during [title of show]'s extended off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre. "Certainly, [title of show] has been great medicine, because we talk about that stuff."[3]

Other work[edit]

Blickenstaff's other Broadway credits include The Full Monty on Broadway (as Susan Hershey) and The Little Mermaid (as Carlotta/Ensemble and u/s for Ursula).

In 2006, she starred in the musical Meet John Doe at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., winning a Helen Hayes Award for her performance.[4]

Of Blickenstaff's performance in the musical—an adaptation of the 1941 Frank Capra film of the same name—Peter Marks wrote in the Washington Post: "She's a dynamite successor to the movie's Barbara Stanwyck: It's a star performance, in fact. There's an effortless kind of kick to Blickenstaff's readings of Ann's sharp-elbowed lines. And she can sing, to boot."[5]

Blickenstaff's other regional credits include roles in The Girl in the Frame at the Goodspeed Opera House, Bat Boy: The Musical at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, Calif., and Prairie at New York Stage and Film.

She has also worked in touring productions of The Full Monty, Jekyll & Hyde (as the understudy for the role of Lucy Harris), Steel Pier, Dreamgirls and The Who's Tommy.[6] It was during the Tommy tour that Blickenstaff met her future [title of show] co-star (and the musical's co-creator/composer) Jeff Bowen.[2]

She has appeared in a television commercial for Nationwide Insurance.[7]

She replaced Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula in the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid on January 27, 2009 and stayed with the show till April 5, 2009.[8] She was succeeded by Faith Prince.

She replaced Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke in The Addams Family on March 8, 2011.[9]

Blickenstaff was a member of the original cast of the review First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb, which premiered at the Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia) in 2009,[10] and then again in the revival that played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in June 2012.[11]

In July 2013, Blickenstaff played the role of Diana in Next to Normal at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont. [12] See review in The Chester Telegraph. [13]

In April 2014 she played Cleo in the City Center Encores! staging of The Most Happy Fella with Laura Benanti and Cheyenne Jackson.

Blickenstaff is currently playing the roles of Jane/Bonnie in the world premiere of Dog and Pony at The Old Globe Theatre with Nicole Parker, Beth Leavel, Jon Patrick Walker, and Eric William Morris. Dog and Pony has a book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker, and is directed by Roger Rees.

Blickenstaff can be heard on the cast recordings of [title of show], Now. Here. This., Meet John Doe, and The Little Mermaid. She can also be heard on "Sweet Bye and Bye," featuring the music of Vernon Duke; "Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go"; Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond's "Out of Our Heads"; "Keys: The Music of Scott Alan"; and Georgia Stitt's "My Lifelong Love."

Personal life[edit]

Heidi grew up in Fresno, California, and got her start in musical theater at the Good Company Players, where her roles included "Annie" in the musical of the same name.[14]

Her father, Dale Blickenstaff, is the former District Attorney of Fresno County.[14]

She is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Fresno, Calif., and Duke University.[6]

She lives in NYC with her dog Olive.


  1. ^ Isherwood, Charles. Puttin’ on the Put-On, With Tunes, 18 July 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Gans, Andrews. DIVA TALK: Chatting with title of show's Heidi Blickenstaff Plus Heights and Pacific on CD, Playbill, 11 July 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Portantiere, Michael. Show Girls, TheaterMania.com, 19 July 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Lipton, Brian Scott. Blickenstaff, Irwin, Jones, Kudisch, Ruhl, et al. Win Helen Hayes Awards, TheaterMania.com, 29 April 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  5. ^ Marks, Peter. 'John Doe' Makes for Some Names to Remember, The Washington Post, 27 March 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  6. ^ a b title of show: The Players, titleofshow.com. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Nationwide Insurance commercial on YouTube
  8. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Heidi_Blickenstaff_to_Replace_Scott_as_Ursula_in_THE_LITTLE_MERMAID_in_2009_20010101 Heidi Blickenstaff to Replace Scott as 'Ursula' in THE LITTLE MERMAID in 2009
  9. ^ Healy, Patrick.Roger Rees to Replace Nathan Lane in ‘The Addams Family’"New York Times, October 28, 2010
  10. ^ http://washingtondc.showbizradio.net/2009/09/15/review-st-first-you-dream/
  11. ^ http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=TMTSG
  12. ^ http://vermont.broadwayworld.com/article/Weston-Playhouses-NEXT-TO-NORMAL-with-Heidi-Blickenstaff-to-Open-711-20130703
  13. ^ http://chestertelegraph.org/2013/07/16/next-to-normal-a-next-to-perfect-production-that-should-not-be-missed
  14. ^ a b Munro, Donald. Best of show: Theater veteran and Fresno native stars in a musical about a musical, The Fresno Bee, 10 April 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.

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