July 27, 2007
|Born||Mandy Vera Gonzalez
c. 1978/1979 (age 35–36)
Santa Clarita Valley, California
Early life and education
Gonzalez was born and raised in California's Santa Clarita Valley. Her father is Mexican and her mother is Jewish (of Polish and Romanian origin). Gonzalez attended Saugus High School in Saugus, California. She attended the California Institute of the Arts for one year. Gonzalez then worked as a background singer for Bette Midler's Millennium Tour (1999–2000). After that she moved to New York City, where she worked as a coat check attendant while attending open calls.
Prior to her appearances on Broadway, Gonzalez appeared in the off-Broadway production of Eli's Comin, a musical which was based on the lyrics and music of songwriter Laura Nyro that ran Off-Broadway in 2001. Gonzalez won an Obie Award for her performance.
In 2001, Gonzalez made her debut on Broadway in the role of Princess Amneris in the Tim Rice/Elton John musical Aida as the standby for Idina Menzel. In 2002, she played the role of Sarah in the short-lived Broadway musical Dance of the Vampires. She returned to Aida in 2003, now the regular Amneris, opposite Deborah Cox and Will Chase.
In 2005, she appeared in the Broadway musical Lennon, based on the life of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, She played multiple roles, including Lennon himself. The show played a limited 91 performances on Broadway.
Gonzalez then starred as Nina Rosario in the original Broadway cast of In The Heights. Gonzalez created the role of Nina in the show's Off-Broadway production and received a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal.
Gonzalez had previously been offered the role of Elphaba on the first national tour of Wicked, which she would have taken over from Shoshana Bean in January 2007; instead, she declined in order to star in In the Heights, with the role of Elphaba going instead to Victoria Matlock. In 2010, the opportunity finally arose for her to play Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. She replaced Dee Roscioli on March 23, 2010. Not long into her run as the green witch, she won the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Female Replacement. On January 30, 2011, she gave her final performance in the role, after which she was replaced by Teal Wicks. Gonzalez also had previously appeared in the ensemble in one of the musical's first readings.
Film and T.V.
On screen, Gonzalez can be seen in Across the Universe (directed by Julie Taymor), In God's Hands, The Good Wife, Third Watch, Guiding Light, and recently finished filming Pieter Gaspersz' After.
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- Obie Award Database
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- Diamond, Robert (August 11, 2005). "Lennon Roundtable: Interview with Will Chase, Julie Danao, Mandy Gonzalez and Terrence Mann". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
- "Press Release: The Coast of Utopia". Drama Desk. May 20, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
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- Mandy Gonzalez Will Fly Into Wicked in March
- Mandy Gonzalez Joins WICKED on Broadway as Elphaba Mar. 23!
- Articles from the Daily News
- Wicked's Mandy Gonzalez Is 'That Girl' With Broadway.com Audience Award Win