June 4, 1955 |
She made her debut as Miss Goldberg in William Finn's one-act musical In Trousers (1979), part one of his "Marvin Trilogy," winning audiences over with her rendition of "Set Those Sails" and "I Am Wearing a Hat," as well as "The Rape of Miss Goldberg by Marvin."
She is a frequent collaborator with such acclaimed musical dramatists as William Finn (Infinite Joy, A New Brain, In Trousers) and Michael John LaChiusa (Marie Christine, See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite), while also having made outings in the works of Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Flaherty & Ahrens, and Leonard Bernstein, among others. She is also a frequent soloist in the Broadway by the Year concert series and the Broadway Unplugged! concert series.
From 1999 to 2002 she appeared frequently as the voice of Shirley the Medium on Courage the Cowardly Dog.
At the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards, Testa was presented a special award in recognition of her three decades performing on and Off-Broadway.
Selected stage credits
- Miss Goldberg in In Trousers (1979)
- Angel Antonelli in The Rink (1984)
- Rita La Porta in Lucky Stiff (1988 & 2003)
- Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996)
- Lisa in A New Brain (1998)
- Madame Maude P. Dilly in On the Town (1998)
- Magdalena in Marie Christine (1999)
- Dorine in Tartuffe (2000)
- Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (2001)
- Fanny Brice in Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (2001)
- Various roles in String of Pearls (2003)
- Lorena Hickock in First Lady Suite (2004)
- Matron "Mamma" Morton in Chicago (2005)
- The Medium/Aunt Monica in See What I Wanna See (2006)
- Melpomene in Xanadu (2007)
- General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (Revival) (2009)
- Anna Edson Taylor in Queen of the Mist (2011)
- Madame Morrible in Wicked (2014)
Selected concert appearances
- Broadway Unplugged 2004 ("Hard-Hearted Hannah: The Vamp of Savannah")
- Broadway Unplugged 2005 ("The Thrill is Gone")
- The Broadway Musicals of 1930 ("I Happen to Like New York" and "My First Love—My Last Love")
- The Broadway Musicals of 1933 ("I'll Be Hard to Handle" and "Harlem on My Mind")
- Robert Viagas. A Sneak Peek at Broadway's Upcoming Xanadu Musical, Playbill Online, May 10, 2007
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