Lauren Kennedy

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Lauren Kennedy
Lauren Kennedy Broadway in Bryant Park.JPG
At Broadway in Bryant Park,
July 23, 2009
Born 1973/1974 (age 41–42)[1]
Raleigh, North Carolina
Occupation actress, singer
Years active 1980s - present
Spouse(s) divorced from Alan Campbell

Lauren Kennedy (born c. 1973[1] in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an actress and a singer who has performed numerous times on Broadway. She also starred in a production of Into the Woods at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore during the 2011-2012 season.[2]


Kennedy was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1991.[3][4] She started acting at the North Carolina Theatre while in high school. Kennedy attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music[5] where she was pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She left school at the age of 19, when she was cast in the 1993 Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard",[3][6] After a nine-month run, she moved to New York for the musical's 1994 Broadway opening.[3]


Kennedy appeared in the original cast of the short-lived Side Show as the standby for Emily Skinner, for whom she stepped in many times due to Skinner's frequent absences. She has also starred in Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway as a replacement for the Lady of the Lake. Additionally, she has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show, and Cinderella with New York City Opera. She originated the role of Cathy in Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years in its Chicago premiere, but opted to do South Pacific at the National Theatre in London instead of following the show Off-Broadway (she was replaced by Sherie Rene Scott). In 2004, she starred as Emma Carew in the concert-style version of Jekyll & Hyde - The Musical entitled Resurrection, opposite Kate Shindle and Rob Evan. However, she left the tour before it concluded, to be replaced by Brandi Burkhardt, who is heard on the recording of the tour.[citation needed]

In 2005, she starred in the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn & Jack Murphy's Waiting for the Moon, as Zelda Fitzgerald, which took place in Marlton, NJ.[7] She was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In 2006, Kennedy played the role of Princess Nefertari in The Ten Commandments: The Musical opposite Val Kilmer. From 2007 through 2009, Lauren has worked actively with the new Wildhorn / Murphy musical Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure.[citation needed]

She released two solo albums on PS Classics. An album of all Jason Robert Brown material entitled Songs of Jason Robert Brown, and an album dedicated to new musical writers, titled Here and Now.[citation needed]

Lauren starred in the new musical Vanities at the Pasadena Playhouse, in California from August to September 2008. She then followed the musical to its Off-Broadway venue Second Stage Theatre.[8]

Lauren is the artistic director of Theatre Raleigh, a theatre company in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company produces "Hot Summer Nights" during the summer months (June–August) and comprises its casts of local and out-of-town talent.[citation needed]

She portrayed Diana Goodman in the North Carolina Theatre's 2015 production of Next to Normal.

Personal life[edit]

She is divorced from actor Alan Campbell, whom she appeared with in Sunset Boulevard.[6] She has one daughter, Riley Rose.[9]

Theatre credits[edit]



West End[edit]

  • South Pacific - Ensign Nellie Forbush (National Theatre) (2001–2002)

Regional stage[edit]


  • Sunset Boulevard - Betty Schaeffer (1995–1997)




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