Rose Hemingway

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Rose Hemingway
Rose Hemmingway 2010.jpg
Hemingway at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in November 2010.
Born Rosemary Szczesniak
(1984-01-01) January 1, 1984 (age 30)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation actress and singer
Spouse(s) Geoffrey Hemingway (2010—)
Awards Theatre World Award: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying[1]

Rose Hemingway (née Sezniak or Szczesniak) (born January 1, 1984) is an American actress, performer and singer, known for performing in musical theatre productions.

Early life[edit]

She was born and raised in Philadelphia, with "strict Catholic" parents. Hemingway, the sixth child of nine total siblings, recalls growing up around musicals:

". . . we were only allowed to watch certain television programs, and we always watched movie musicals. That was one of the things we could watch. So, growing up, we used to put on little skits and do performances on the coffee table to imitate the movies we'd been watching, and then, I was the only one that actually took it seriously."[2]

Hemingway attended an all-girls prep school just outside of Philadelphia, Mount Saint Joseph Academy.[3] A gymnast, she performed in multiple amateur theatre roles at the local community center, including adaptations of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She joined The Rainbow Company, a youth theatre company in Philadelphia, with whom she performed across the city. Hemingway said that she "was a member of that company for most of my high school years, and I think it was there that I realized that I really wanted to pursue it professionally."[2]

Career[edit]

Her first acting credit after graduating from The Catholic University of America was the lead role in the TheatreWorks[disambiguation needed] national tour of Junie B. Jones, which also played off-Broadway in 2006.[2]

In 2008, she starred as the character Sophie Sheridan in the second national tour of Mamma Mia!, which had began in Toronto, Canada, in June 2003; Hemingway left the cast in February 2009.[4]

International and regional theatre credits include The Snow Queen (Gerda/Ensemble) at the Prince Music Theatre, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) at Center Stage[disambiguation needed], and Into the Woods (Cinderella) at the Annenberg Center.[5]

Hemingway appeared in the Los Angeles transfer of the Donmar Warehouse production of the musical Parade, portraying Lila/Mary Phagan. Directed by Rob Ashford, the musical played at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, in September 2009, for a run through November 15, 2009.[6]

She currently stars as Rosemary Pillkington in the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, also directed by Parade's Rob Ashford.[7] After previews from February 26, the show opened on March 27, 2011, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, with Hemingway appearing alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss, John Larroquette, Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, and Mary Faber.[8] Steven Suskin in Variety wrote, "Newcomer Rose Hemingway is a delicious Rosemary, displaying sweet innocence mixed with an underlying sense of just what is going on in this '60s world of big business."[9] Entertainment Weekly called her "sweet-voiced" and "button-cute".[10] For her performance, Hemingway is a recipient of a Theatre World Award.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2010, she married actor Geoffrey Hemingway, who had also appeared in the national tour of Mamma Mia!.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rose Hemingway", Abouttheartists.com
  2. ^ a b c Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: Chatting With How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying's Rose Hemingway" playbill.com, March 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Howard (2011-03-31). "Rose Hemingway in 'How to Succeed,' succeeding nicely". articles.philly.com. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rose Hemingway", About the Artists, accessed 26 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Rose Hemingway", accessed 25 March 2011.
  6. ^ BWW News Desk. "Pulver, Berresse, Hoff, d'Amboise And More Join Knight in CTG's 'PARADE', Previews Begin 9/24 (Updated)" broadwayworld.com, June 23, 2009.
  7. ^ Haun, Harry (March 27, 2011). "PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Succeeding By Really Trying". Playbill. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Rose Hemingway", Internet Movie Database, accessed 17 March 2011.
  9. ^ Suskin, Steven (March 27, 2011). "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Variety. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  10. ^ Geier, Thom (March 28, 2011). "Theater Review: How to Succeed...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 10, 2011). "Ellen Barkin, Patina Miller, John Larroquette, Jim Parsons, Tony Sheldon and More Win Theatre World Awards". Playbill.com. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Henderson, Kathy. "Rose Hemingway on Entering the Broadway Big Time Opposite Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed" broadway.com, March 3, 2011.

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