Bianca Marroquín

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Bianca Marroquin
Birth name Bianca Pamela Marroquín Pérez
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer, actress
Website biancamarroquin.com

Bianca Marroquín is a Mexican musical theatre and television actress known as the first Mexican actress[1] to have a starring role on Broadway and one of the youngest actresses to play Roxie Hart in a Broadway production of Chicago.

Career[edit]

Bianca Marroquín became part of the Mexico City cast of Beauty and the Beast, so she decided to move to Mexico City and start her professional theatre career. She performed in Mexican productions of several Broadway musicals: Rent (1999–2001), The Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago, which landed her an invitation to perform as Roxie Hart, with George Hamilton as Billy Flynn, at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway. Afterward, she returned to Mexico City to close the Chicago season and join The Vagina Monologues Mexican cast.

She left The Vagina Monologues when she received the invitation to perform as Roxie Hart in the US and Canada tour of Chicago. This tour made her the first Mexican ever in receiving the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, D.C., as outstanding Lead Actress. In December 2003, she went back to Broadway as Roxie Hart, now at the Ambassador Theatre,[2] to rejoin the tour after his Broadway season. Marroquin has played Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago three times since then, in 2006,[3] 2007[4] and 2008.[5] Her recent off-Broadway work has included And the World Goes 'Round in October 2007[6] and the North Shore Music Theatre production of Bye Bye Birdie in summer 2008.[7]

In the Mexican production of The Sound of Music, she starred as Maria, alongside Lisardo and Olivia Bucio. After 100 performances she returned to work in the USA national tour of the Chicago company. She announced on her Twitter and Facebook page that she was joining the Broadway cast of In the Heights from June 12 to September 5, 2010 to play the role of Daniela.

Starting in 2010, Marroquín made a return to television as a judge for Mira Quien Baila (the Spanish language version of Dancing with the Stars) for four years running. She also appeared in Pequenos Gigantes in 2011. From there, Televisa picked her up as the main protagonist of the new telenovela Esperanza del Corazón. It premiered on July 18, 2011 in Mexico. She also sings the theme song to the novela, titled "Esperanza del Corazón".

She was Mary Poppins in the first production of the Disney musical in Spanish in November 14, 2012 in Mexico City.

Bianca Marroquín is a judge for the current season of "Bailando por un Sueño", a reality competition show seen on Univision.[8] She returned once more to the starring role of Roxie Hart in the long-running Broadway hit Chicago on March 31, 2014.[9] That same month, Marroquín was named the first-ever National Ambassador for Viva Broadway. The Broadway League of producers created the new audience development initiative to help bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country.

Morroquin's first solo album, El Mundo Era Mío (The World Was Mine) was released May 13, 2014. She co-wrote five of the songs on the 11-track album, which is described as a mix of contemporary pop with a healthy splash of Latin influence, with songs in both English and Spanish.[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2004: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress
  • Five Mexican Critics Association trophies, including Best Actress[11]
  • 2014 National Ambassador for Viva Broadway

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010–2013 Mira Quien Baila Herself Season 1-4; Judge
2011–2012 Pequeños Gigantes Herself Season 1-2; Judge
2011–12 Esperanza del corazón Ángela Landa. / Ángela Landa de Dupris. / Ángela Landa de Duarte. Main Role
2017 Pequeños Gigantes USA Herself Judge [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dancer with Brownsville ties now starring in musicals". The Brownsville Herald. July 31, 2003. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (2003-12-01). "Marroquin Replaces d'Amboise in Broadway's Chicago". Playbill. 
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (2006-08-22). "Broadway's Chicago Welcomes Grammy Winner Usher Aug. 22". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. 
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 18, 2007). "Lawrence to Join Broadway's Chicago; Marroquin to Return". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 3, 2007. 
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (January 2, 2008). "Marroquin, Bartlett and Ryan to Return to Broadway's Chicago". Playbill. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (2007-10-03). "Barrington's World Goes Round, with Marroquin, Rivette and Robbins, Begins Oct. 3". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 15, 2008). "North Shore's Bye Bye Birdie, with Marroquin, Patterson, Ulloa, Butler, Begins July 15". Playbill. Archived from the original on August 3, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Isn't It Grand? Bianca Marroquin Will Return to Broadway's Chicago". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Bianca Marroquin Releases Debut Album EL MUNDO ERA MIO Today". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ five Mexican Critics Association trophies, including Best Actress
  12. ^ "Big Names for Little Giants: Prince Royce, Bianca Marroquín and Luis Coronel to Judge Univision's "Pequeños Gigantes USA" Kids Talent Competition - Univision". Univision. 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 

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