Krystina Alabado

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Krystina Alabado
Born
Krystina Helena Alabado

(1989-08-07) August 7, 1989 (age 31)[citation needed]
EducationArizona State University
(did not graduate)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2009–present
Spouse(s)
Robert Lenzi
(m. 2017)

Krystina Helena Alabado is an American actress and singer known for her work in Broadway musicals. She originated the supporting role of Vanden in the 2016 Broadway production of American Psycho and starred as Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls on Broadway from March 2019 until the show's final performance on March 11, 2020.

Early life[edit]

Alabado attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, and studied musical theatre for one year at Arizona State University.[1] Alabado's parents are immigrants from Mexico and Lebanon.[2] She identifies as Latina.[3]

Career[edit]

At the age of 18, Alabado joined the national tour of Spring Awakening as part of the ensemble. She moved to New York City in 2009,[4] and she made her Broadway debut in 2011 as a replacement ensemble member and understudy in American Idiot,[5] later reprising her role in the show's first national tour.[1][6] In 2013, she joined a national tour of Evita (based on the 2012 Broadway revival) playing Juan Perón's mistress.[7] In 2016, she appeared in the short-lived Broadway production of American Psycho. Alabado performed in the ensemble and as the minor character Vanden, a nightclub singer.[1] She also understudied the principal role of Jean.[5]

In March 2019, Alabado joined the cast of Mean Girls as Gretchen Wieners, replacing Ashley Park, who originated the role.[8] In an interview in October 2019, she revealed that she had previously auditioned for the show while it was still in development, but did not get cast.[9]

In March 2020, Alabado started a YouTube channel to explain to her followers different aspects of how Broadway works and interview her fellow castmates during the COVID-19 pandemic that temporarily closed Broadway.[10]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Director(s) Ref.
2009 Spring Awakening Ensemble (u/s Wendla/Ilse) U.S. National Tour Michael Mayer
2011 Camp Wanatachi Titi O’Malley La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Matt Cowart
American Idiot Ensemble (replacement) St. James Theatre Michael Mayer
2011–12 American Idiot Ensemble North American Tour
2012 Pregnancy Pact Sansanee Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Joe Calarco
2013–14 Evita Mistress U.S. National Tour Michael Grandage
2015–16 Lazarus Teenage Girl #1 New York Theatre Workshop Ivo van Hove
2016 American Psycho Vanden/Ensemble Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Rupert Goold
2017 The Mad Ones Samantha Brown 59E59 Theaters Stephen Brackett
2018 This Ain't No Disco Meesh Atlantic Theater Company Darko Tresnjak
2019–2020 Mean Girls Gretchen Wieners (replacement) August Wilson Theatre Casey Nicholaw

Credits in bold indicate Broadway production(s)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 First Reformed Choir Member

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Tyrant Jill Episode: "A Viper in the Palace"
2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Veronica (voice) Seasons 7-8 (13 episodes)
2019 God Friended Me Olivia Episode: "Miracle on 123rd Street"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Replacement - Female Mean Girls Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lengel, Kerry (5 May 2016). "Arizona actress stars in 'American Psycho' on Broadway". azcentral. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ Lengel, Kerry (17 March 2019). "That's so fetch! Arizona actor Krystina Alabado is back on Broadway in 'Mean Girls'". azcentral. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Krystina Alabado on Instagram: "Day One ✔️ I have never been more proud to be a daughter, a Latina, a woman, and a human being. This new piece I am working on at La Jolla…"". Instagram. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  4. ^ Giannotta, Meghan (3 April 2019). "Broadway's 'Mean Girls' has a fetch new Gretchen Wieners". amNY. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Krystina Alabado". Playbill. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ Blank, Matthew; Alabado, Krystina (6 March 2012). "PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: On Tour with Krystina Alabado and American Idiot". Playbill. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Josh Young, Caroline Bowman and Sean MacLaughlin Set to Lead EVITA National Tour- Full Cast Announced!". BroadwayWorld.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b McPhee, Ryan (12 March 2019). "Krystina Alabado Joins Broadway Cast of Mean Girls March 12". Playbill. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. ^ Soltes, John (2019-10-07). "INTERVIEW: Krystina Alabado, of 'Mean Girls,' will let you sit next to her at the lunch table". Hollywood Soapbox. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  10. ^ "Krystina Alabado". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  11. ^ "Meet the Cast". Spring Awakening. December 26, 2009.
  12. ^ "Cast And Producers Announced For CAMP WANATACHI At La MaMa E.T.C. 1/21-2/6". Broadway World. January 5, 2011.
  13. ^ Jones, Kenneth (March 10, 2011). "American Idiot Will Close April 24; Billie Joe Armstrong Will Play Final Weeks". Playbill.
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth (October 26, 2011). "American Idiot Tour Has Broadway Company Members Van Hughes and Leslie McDonel; Cast Announced". Playbill.
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 12, 2012). "Casting Announced for World Premiere of New Musical Pregnancy Pact, Inspired by Real-Life Events; Joe Calarco Directs". Playbill.
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 16, 2013). "Caroline Bowman, Josh Young and Sean MacLaughlin Will Star in National Tour of Evita". Playbill.
  17. ^ Clement, Olivia (December 7, 2015). "David Bowie's Lazarus Opens Off-Broadway Tonight". Playbill.
  18. ^ Vine, Hannah (November 20, 2017). "A First Look at Jay Armstrong Johnson, Krystina Alabado, and More in The Mad Ones". Playbill.
  19. ^ Gordon, David (May 11, 2018). "Chilina Kennedy, Will Connolly, Krystina Alabado Set for This Ain't No Disco". Theater Mania.
  20. ^ "Krystina Alabado on Instagram: "Seeing myself on the big screen for the first time 👍🏽 I may not say much in this film, but I rock some SICK mens cargo pants #PaulSchrader…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  21. ^ "Krystina Alabado on Instagram: "The wait is over!! Friends, you can finally meet Veronica on the new season of #Voltron Legendary Defender on #Netflix streaming now!! She…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  22. ^ Wontorek, Paul (May 7, 2019). "Fan-Picked 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced; Be More Chill Leads With 12". Broadway.com.
  23. ^ "Be More Chill Leads Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winners; Pretty Woman, Mockingbird Also Take Top Prizes". Broadway.com. May 16, 2019.

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