Megan Lawrence (born 1972) is an American actress best known for her roles on Broadway. Among other honors, she has been nominated for a Tony Award. She has also appeared Off-Broadway, in regional theatre and on television.
Life and career
Lawrence grew up near Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was music professor at Towson University, and her mother taught grade-school music. She attended Cincinnati Conservatory for a year and then returned to Baltimore to attend classes at Towson, work as a waitress and consider whether to begin a career in theatre. By the early 1990s, Lawrence began to perform in children's theatre and then adult musicals at a dinner theatre in Maryland.
At Washington D.C.'s Signature Theatre in the 1990s, Lawrence played, among other roles, Marta in Company and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods and Sally Bowles in Cabaret, earning Helen Hayes Award nominations for all three roles and winning for Into the Woods. She then played Frenchy in a Grease national tour and made her Broadway debut as a replacement for various characters in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables, playing Eponine in 1998 and 1999. She was in the original Off-Broadway cast of Urinetown and returned to the show on Broadway as a replacement, eventually playing Little Sally in 2002 and 2003.
Regional roles have included Hillary Clinton in Monica! The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, a role in O. Henry's Lovers at the Goodspeed Playhouse, and the daughter in Kander and Ebb's Over and Over, at Signature. In 2005, she was in Two Gentlemen of Verona. On television, she has appeared as Joyce on the TV soap One Life to Live.
Lawrence was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Gladys in the 2006 Broadway revival of The Pajama Game. She also played Mother and Buddahdalirama in the 2009 revival of Hair. In 1999, she married actor and singer Kevin Kern.
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