Jennifer Laura Thompson

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Jennifer Laura Thompson
Born (1969-12-05) December 5, 1969 (age 45) Southfield, Michigan
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Stage actress/singer

Jennifer Laura Thompson (born December 5, 1969[1] in Southfield, Michigan) is an American stage actress and singer. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and graduated in 1991.

Thompson made her Broadway debut in 1998 as Ariel Moore in the original cast of Footloose. She also originated the role of Hope Cladwell in both the off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Urinetown. She received a Tony Award nomination for the 2002 Best Leading Actress in a Musical category for her performance as Hope in Urinetown; the award went to Sutton Foster for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

She was then cast as Kristin Chenoweth's replacement (for the role of Glinda) in the Broadway hit musical Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. Her first performance took place on July 20, 2004 and she continued in the role for over ten months, departing the company on May 29, 2005. She was replaced by Megan Hilty, who had served as her standby. Thompson would later return to the theatre on October 27, 2008, to take part in a one-off performance titled "The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken", a presentation of rough scenes and songs cut from early drafts of Wicked.[2]

Off-Broadway, Thompson played the lead role of Charlotte in the Michael John LaChiusa musical, Little Fish at the Second Stage Theatre. She also appeared in A Doll's Life at the York Theatre, Good News at the Westchester Broadway Theatre (as Connie), Pardon My English, Strike up the Band!, and most recently, Of Thee I Sing for City Center Encores!, and Tip-Toes at Carnegie Hall. She played Julie Jordan in the first national tour of Carousel, and appeared in national tours for Jesus Christ Superstar (as Mary) and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Regionally, she has played roles such as Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Corie in Barefoot in the Park and Luisa in The Fantasticks. She has also made a guest appearance on television's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She also starred in the Encores! production of On the Town which ran from November 19–23, 2008.[3]

Thompson starred as Diana in the Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor, which officially opened April 4, 2010 at the Music Box Theatre.[4]

On December 17, 2010, it was announced that she would be featured in the premiere of the musical version of the film Little Miss Sunshine at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California.[5]

Thompson starred as Eileen Evergreen in the musical Nice Work if You Can Get It, which opened on Broadway in spring 2012 at the Imperial Theatre.[6]

Thompson has a husband, John, and a son, Thomas.

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