Jennifer Cody

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Jennifer Cody
Born (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 52)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1998)

Jennifer Cody (born November 10, 1969[1]) is an American actress and dancer.

Personal life[edit]

Cody was born on November 10, 1969 in Greece, New York.[2] She began dancing at an early age. She studied acting at Fredonia State University.[2] She and her husband, actor and occasional co-star Hunter Foster, live in New York City with their two dogs, both Shih Tzus.[3]

Stage[edit]

Her career began as Dainty June in the touring production of Gypsy immediately after graduating from college.[2] She then began her stage career on Broadway as a replacement in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats in the role of Rumpleteazer (after touring with the production). She was featured in Grease as Cha-Cha (replacement), Beauty and the Beast as a Silly Girl (replacement), Seussical (as Cat's Helper and Ensemble) (2000),[4] Urinetown (2001), Taboo (2003), and The Pajama Game (as Poopsie) (2006).[1] She performed as the Shoemaker's Elf and other characters in the original Broadway cast of Shrek The Musical, which starred sister-in-law Sutton Foster, from November 2008[1][5] through July 14, 2009.

She performed Off-Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of the Andrew Lippa musical The Wild Party (as Mae) in 2000.[6] Cody appeared in the role of Annie in the musical version of the children's book Henry and Mudge in 2006 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and received a Drama League Award nomination.[7][8] She played Junie B. in Junie B. Jones in 2008 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.[9] She also played Betty in the staged concert of No, No, Nanette at New York City Center Encores! in 2008 opposite Sandy Duncan and Mara Davi.[10]

In regional theatre, Cody performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey, as the wicked stepsister Joy in the musical Cinderella in October 2005 to December 2005[11] and as Hildy in On The Town in November and December 2009.[12] Cody appeared at the Cape Playhouse (Dennis, Massachusetts) in productions of Lend Me a Tenor (as Maggie) in 2007,[13] Moon Over Buffalo in 2009 (as Rosalind) with Gary Beach, John Scherer and her husband, Hunter Foster.[14] and appeared in The Odd Couple in June 2014 as one of the Pigeon sisters with Michael McGrath and Noah Racey.[15] This cast had performed The Odd Couple at the Geva Theatre Center in Cody's hometown of Rochester, New York, in April and May of that year.[16] Cody played roles in Oklahoma! (as Ado Annie) and Into the Woods (2009) (as Little Red) at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.[17] At the Ogunquit Playhouse (Ogunquit, Maine) Cody played Natalie Haller in All Shook Up opposite Sally Struthers in 2009[18] and appeared in Damn Yankees as Gloria in 2012.[19]

In addition to her role in The Odd Couple, Cody's hometown regional theater, Geva Theatre Center, has seen her play Patsy in Spamalot, Mary in the world premiere of Women in Jeopardy!, and the title character (a labradoodle) in Sylvia.[20]

She performed at the Sacramento Music Circus, starring in productions of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Oklahoma! as Ado Annie in 2004.[21]

Charity[edit]

Cody has been a part of Broadway Bares, a benefit show to raise money and awareness for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).[22][23] Cody and Don Richard frequently appear at events such as Rosie Live and the Annual BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition as their characters from Urinetown, the Musical. For example, in the April 2011 Easter Bonnet competition, "And after a two-year absence, Jen Cody and Don Richard returned to the Easter Bonnet stage as crowd favorites Officer Lockstock and Little Sally. Before their five minutes were up nearly all of Broadway had been toasted and roasted with their own special recipe of hilarious and occasionally jaw-dropping love and affection."[24]

Cody was seen as Linda Lou in the Actors Fund of America benefit concert of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas on October 6, 2006.[25]

Film[edit]

Cody voiced Charlotte La Bouff in the Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog (2009), for which she won an Annie Award.[26] She voiced Fifi the Zebra in the Triggerfish Studio animation film Khumba (2013).[27]

Television[edit]

Cody was featured on the Law & Order episode "Crimebusters", which was televised in 2009, as Vicki Sandusky.[28] Cody was a series regular on the short-lived CBS television show Untitled Paul Reiser Project (2006), playing Clarissa Ruiz.[29][30] She also provides the voice of Darcy and Roxy's mother Morgana on the Nickelodeon version of Winx Club.[31][32]

Recordings[edit]

She can be heard on the cast albums of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (2000),[33] Vincent Youmans's Through The Years (2001),[34] The Pajama Game, with Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O'Hara, Shrek The Musical with Sutton Foster and Brian d'Arcy James (2009),[35] Taboo and Seussical.

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jennifer Cody". Playbill. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Stahl, Scarlett (April 6, 2010). "The Disney Heroines: Jennifer Cody". Laughing Place.
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 18, 2008). "DIVA TALK: Chatting with Junie B. Jones' Jennifer Cody, Your 'Idol' Thoughts and News of Peters". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "Seussical – Broadway Musical – Original". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (December 14, 2008). "The Great Green Way: Shrek the Musical Opens on Broadway Dec. 14". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth (January 25, 2000). "MTC's The Wild Party Begins Previews Off-Broadway, Jan. 25". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (December 13, 2006). "Henry and Mudge — with Cody, Boll, Morales, Hess and Buonopane — Begins Dec. 13". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 25, 2007). "73rd Annual Drama League Award Nominees Announced". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 20, 2008). "Cody Is Junie B. Jones at Off-Broadway's Lortel Beginning March 20". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 16, 2008). "Kimbrough, Berresse, Cody, Anderson and More Join Encores! Nanette Cast". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 19, 2005). "'The Prince Is Giving a Ball': Cinderella Begins Performances at Paper Mill Playhouse Oct. 19". Playbill. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam (November 15, 2009). "Bernstein's On the Town Opens at Paper Mill Nov. 15". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  13. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary (April 27, 2007). "Foster, Cody, Cuccioli, Hoty and Groener Join Cape Playhouse Season". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  14. ^ Crosby, Johanna (August 21, 2009). "Cast shines in zany 'Moon Over Buffalo'". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 1, 2014). "Christiane Noll, Michael McGrath, Farah Alvin, Noah Racey, Jonathan Crombie, Jennifer Cody and More Will Be Part of Cape Playhouse Season". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 22, 2014). "Michael McGrath, Noah Racey, Jennifer Cody and Erin Lindsey Krom Star in Geva's The Odd Couple, Beginning April 22". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam (August 4, 2009). "Leavel, Foster, Cody, Ford and O'Malley Go Into the Woods at Pittsburgh CLO". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  18. ^ "Ogunquit Playhouse Blockbuster-Feel-Good Season Continues with Sally Struthers Starring in All Shook Up!". Ogunquit Playhouse. September 10, 2009. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "Ogunquit Playhouse Presents the New Boston Red Sox Version of Damn Yankees!". Ogunquit Playhouse. July 20, 2012. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014.
  20. ^ Greenwood, Marcia (January 4, 2017). "No plans? Here are some things to do". Democrat & Chronicle.
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 15, 2004). "Norm Lewis, Max von Essen, Sarah Uriarte Berry and More Featured in Sacramento Music Circus Summer Season". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  22. ^ Healy, Patrick (June 22, 2010). "Annual Broadway Bares Fund-Raiser Surpasses $1 Million". The New York Times.
  23. ^ "Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Cody". Broadway Cares. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  24. ^ "Easter Bonnet 2011". Broadway Cares. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  25. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 16, 2006). "Actors' Fund's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Benefit Concert Presented Oct. 16". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  26. ^ Hetrick, Adam (March 11, 2009). "'The Princess and the Frog,' with Rose, Winfrey, Lewis, Cody and Goodman, to Hit Theatres Dec. 11". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  27. ^ "Jennifer Cody". Voice Chasers. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  28. ^ "Law and Order. Crimebusters". TV.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  29. ^ "Untitled Paul Reiser Project". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  30. ^ "Listing" (PDF). TVWeek.com. March 20, 2006. Retrieved June 22, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "Winx Club Season 5, March 31, 2013". TV.com. Retrieved June 22, 2014. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]
  32. ^ "Jennifer Cody". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  33. ^ Jones, Kenneth (April 11, 2000). "Lippa's Wild Party Cast Album Recorded April 11; July Release Expected". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  34. ^ Jones, Kenneth (September 28, 2001). "CD of Youmans' Through the Years Gets Web Release Sept. 28; In Stores Oct. 2". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  35. ^ Gans, Andrew (February 23, 2009). "Original Cast Recording of Shrek the Musical Due in March". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  36. ^ "37th Annie Awards". AnnieAwards.org. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  37. ^ Hetrick, Adam (April 1, 2008). "Tolivar, Elder, Cody, Gattelli and More Are Among Kevin Kline Award Winners". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2021.

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