Jennifer Gambatese

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Jennifer "Gamby" Gambatese (born September 10, 1975) is an American actress and singer. Gambatese has performed in the musical production of Disney's Tarzan as Jane.[1] Gambatese also played Glinda on the first National Tour of Wicked.

Early life[edit]

Gambatese grew up in Richmond Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. Her passion for acting began during the summer of fourth grade at the Willoughby Fine Arts Center[2] where she attended theater classes. Her first performance was “playing a ‘whitewasher’” in the story of Tom Sawyer. She continued taking acting classes, and in her senior year of high school attended Beck Center as well as Cleveland State University.[2] In 1993 she moved to Manhattan, where she enrolled in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts drama department.[3] She graduated in 1997 with a double major in sociology and drama and received an "Artist & Scholar" award.[4] After graduation her first professional job was performing with Theatre for Young Audiences, a touring children's theater company.[2] She played Serena Katz in the North American Tour of Fame-The Musical with Gavin Creel as Nick Piazza. She also played the role in a European Tour of the show.[2]

Theater and Musicals[edit]

  • Sunday in the Park with George - student production at NYU, played Dot[5]
  • Uncle Vanya - student production at NYU, played Sonya[5]
  • Footloose, as Urleen replacement[6]
  • Romeo and Juliet the Musical – played Juliet, directed by Terrance Mann, St. Paul, MN, 1999[7]
  • Little Women – played Amy March, directed by Nick Corley, workshop (April 2000)[8]
  • Reefer Madness - understudy for the part of Mary Lane, directed by Andy Fickman, 2001, Off-Broadway, Variety Arts Theatre[9]
  • Devil in the Flesh - played Marthe, directed by John Caraffa at York Theatre developmental production[5]
  • Hairspray - played Penny Pingleton, 2002, Broadway
  • All Shook Up as Natalie, 2005, Broadway
  • Tarzan, played Jane, 2006, Broadway
  • Is He Dead, as Marie, 2007, Broadway
  • Little House on the Prairie - played the part of Mary Ingalls, directed by Francesca Zambello at the Guthrie Theater, 2008[10][11]
  • Annie Get Your Gun - played Annie Oakley, 2010, Goodspeed Opera House[12]
  • Carousel - played Carrie, 2012, Goodspeed Opera House[13]
  • Wicked - On February 26, 2013 Gambatese joined the 1st National Tour of Wicked as Glinda [14]
  • The Sound of Music - Maria at the Lyric Opera, Chicago, 2014[15]
  • School of Rock: The Musical (Broadway) - Principal Rosalie Mullins, start August 9, 2016

Broadway performances[edit]

Gambatese made her Broadway debut in Footloose in October 1998. She played the role of Urleen and also as an understudy to the female lead actress. “Footloose” was directed by Walter Bobbie and ran on Broadway from October 2, 1998 through July 2, 2000. Gambatese followed “Footloose” with the musical Hairspray, directed by Jack O’Brien that ran on Broadway from August 2002 through January 2009. She played the role of Penny Pingleton.[16] In April 2003, Gambatese appeared in a new Broadway musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, directed by David Petrarca; Gambatese played a few roles: Bird, Mouse, Squirrel, and a young Frog.[17] In March 2005, Gambatese played the role of Natalie Haller in the musical All Shook Up,[18] directed by Christopher Ashley. In 2006, Gambetese played "Jane" in Tarzan, which played on Broadway from May 2006 through July 2007 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. [19] Next, Gambatese played Marie Leroux in "Is He Dead," a play by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives and directed by Michael Blakemore, that opened at the Lyceum Theatre in December 2007.[20][21]

On August 9, 2016, she succeeded Sierra Boggess as Principal Rosalie Mullins in the Broadway production of School of Rock.[22]

Other stage[edit]

Gambatese played Annie Oakley in the Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, Connecticut, production of Annie Get Your Gun from April 16, 2010 to June 27.[23]

Television and Film[edit]

  • Played "Woman in Bar" in Robert De Niro’s “The Good Shepherd”. Part was edited out of the final cut.
  • All My Children (television series) in 2005 as herself[24]
  • Recorded music to the Broadway musicals of “Tarzan” and “All Shook Up”, which are currently on iTunes

Personal life[edit]

She married Curtis Cregan who was a member of a children’s television show “Hi-5” and also a Broadway performer. They wed in June 2007. In January 2009, it was announced that she and her husband are expecting their first child together in May 2009. On May 12, 2009, they welcomed a daughter, Josephine. She likes to keep active by practicing yoga and bike riding as well as playing on the field as second base with her Broadway Show League.

When she is not in Manhattan she likes to spend time with her family in their home in the Catskill Mountains.[25][26]


She is good friends with Shoshana Bean.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brantley, Ben. "'Tarzan' Arrives on Broadway, Airborne" The New York Times, May 11, 2006
  2. ^ a b c d Brown, Tony. "Talking to Jenn Gambatese. A dream lead" Cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer (famenetwork.com), March 25, 2005
  3. ^ About jenngambatese.com
  4. ^ Contact jenngambatese.com
  5. ^ a b c "Jenn Gambatese Biography" last.fm, accessed August 1, 2016
  6. ^ " 'Footloose' Replacements" ibdb.com, accessed August 1, 2016
  7. ^ "Gambatese Credits" broadwayworld.com
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Musical Little Women Has Big Changes, and Some Heartbreak" Playbill, May 19, 2000
  9. ^ Lefkowitz, David. "Bong and Dance: Reefer Madness Lights Up OB's Variety Arts, Oct. 7" Playbill, October 7, 2001
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew. "New Musical 'Little House on the Prairie' Makes World Premiere July 26 at the Guthrie" Playbill, July 26, 2008
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Goodspeed's 'Carousel', With Teal Wicks, James Snyder, Jenn Gambatese, Opens Aug. 1" Playbill, August 1, 2012
  14. ^ [3]
  15. ^ Flynn, Keely. "Lyric Opera's "The Sound of Music" star on being a mom in show business" chicagoparent.com, April 4, 2014
  16. ^ " 'Hairspray' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed August 1, 2016
  17. ^ " 'A Year with Frog and Toad' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed August 1, 2016
  18. ^ "Jennifer Gambatese" broadwayworld.com
  19. ^ " 'Tarzan' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed August 1, 2016
  20. ^ Review The New York Times, December 10, 2007
  21. ^ " 'Is He Dead' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed August 1, 2016
  22. ^ "Jenn Gambatese to Rule the School as New Principal in Broadway's 'School Of Rock' " Broadway World, Retrieved July 29, 2016
  23. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Gambatese and Earley Locked and Loaded for Goodspeed's Annie Get Your Gun, Starting April 16" playbill.com, April 16, 2010
  24. ^ [4] imdb.com
  25. ^ Official site
  26. ^ Rothstein, Mervyn. "Where Jane Goes Without 'Tarzan'" The New York Times, May 19, 2006

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