Becky Gulsvig

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Becky Gulsvig
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Rebecca Lynn Gulsvig

(1982-08-25) August 25, 1982 (age 41)
Tyler Fisher
(m. 2006)

Rebecca Lynn Gulsvig (born August 25, 1982)[1] is an American stage actress.

Early life[edit]

Gulsvig was born in Moorhead, Minnesota,[2] the daughter of Patricia Kay (née Nelson) and Kristofer Gulsvig. She is of Norwegian heritage. Her mother is a teacher and her father is a financial advisor.[3] She attended Moorhead High School, Trollwood Performing Arts School, and the Red River Dance and Performing Company.[4]


Gulsvig's first role was that of Wendy in a touring production of Peter Pan.[3] She has performed on Broadway in Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle and originated the role of Leilani in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde the Musical, understudying the roles of Elle Woods, Serena, and Margot. She can also be seen on a Verizon commercial. She starred as Elle Woods in the North American national tour of Legally Blonde the Musical when the tour started in September 2008,[5][6] until it ended in August 2010.[3] For this role she was nominated for the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production.[7] Gulsvig performed the song "So Much Better" live at the 2009 Tony Awards ceremony.

In 2015, Gulsvig played Cynthia Weil in the U.S. national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.[8] On October 10, 2016, Gulsvig returned to Broadway in School of Rock in the role of Patty.[9]

Beginning October 2018, Gulsvig played Beverley Bass in the national tour of Come from Away through mid-2019. In October 2019, it was announced that she would be succeeding Jenn Colella, who originated the role, in the Broadway company starting November 12, 2019. It was announced on January 22, 2020, that Gulsvig would play her final performance in the role on March 1 and would be replaced by Rachel Tucker.

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Gulsvig married Tyler Fisher, whom she met while working on a cruise ship.[3][6] Her friend is Laura Dandurand.

Stage appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Baby Case Ensemble Arden Theatre Company [10]
2002 Hairspray u/s for Amber Von Tussle and Lou Ann Broadway
2003 Grease Patty Simcox Paper Mill Playhouse [11]
2006 Broadway Close Up Performer Concert at Merkin Concert Hall [12]
2007 Legally Blonde Leilani; u/s for Elle Woods, Margot, and Serena Broadway
2008–2010 Elle Woods U.S. National Tour [5]
2013 Les Misérables Eponine Riverside Theatre [13]
2014–2015 Disenchanted Cinderella Theater at St. Clements [14]
2015 Off-Broadway: Westside Theatre
2015 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Cynthia Weil U.S. National Tour [8]
2016 School of Rock Patty Broadway [9]
2018 South Pacific Ensign Nellie Forbush Cape Playhouse [15]
2018 Come from Away Beverley and others U.S. National Tour [16]
2019 Broadway


  1. ^ Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935–2002 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2004.
  2. ^ Preston, Rohan (April 25, 2009). "Living out her dream in 'Legally Blonde'". Archived from the original on July 27, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Crew, Robert (July 3, 2010). "Legally Blonde star one of the originals". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "Raptor Studios Clients – Demo/Small Projects". Archived from the original on May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Hetrick, Adam (September 21, 2008). "Road Trip! Legally Blonde Kicks Off Tour in Providence Sept. 21". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Hagwood, Rod Stafford (March 13, 2009). "Her 'Blonde' ambition". Archived from the original on February 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (April 14, 2009). "Stacy Keach, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Aaron Tveit, and More Receive Helen Hayes Awards". TheaterMania.
  8. ^ a b Viagas, Robert; Gans, Andrew (August 10, 2015). "Full Casting and Stops Announced for National Tour of Beautiful — The Carole King Musical". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  9. ^ a b Rickwald, Bethany (October 6, 2016). "Becky Gulsvig to Replace Mamie Parris in Broadway's School of Rock". TheaterMania. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth (October 16, 2001). "Baby Case, New Musical About Lindbergh Tragedy, Opens Oct. 16 in Philly". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 4, 2003). "Grease Is the Word at the Paper Mill June 4-July 27". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew (August 16, 2006). "Zippel and Yazbek Featured in Broadway Close Up Series; Gravitte, Kaye and Scott to Perform". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew (January 24, 2013). "Becky Gulsvig Will Be Eponine in Riverside's Les Miserables; Complete Casting Announced". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  14. ^ Viagas, Robert; Purcell, Carey; Clement, Olivia (June 9, 2015). "Disenchanted!, About Fairy-Tale Princesses, To Vanish". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  15. ^ Vine, Hannah (August 8, 2018). "First Look at South Pacific at the Cape Playhouse". Playbill. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  16. ^ Wild, Stephi (October 22, 2019). "Becky Gulsvig Will Play Beverley Bass in COME FROM AWAY on Broadway". BroadwayWorld.

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