Lauren Kennedy

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Lauren Kennedy
Lauren Kennedy Broadway in Bryant Park.JPG
At Broadway in Bryant Park,
July 23, 2009
Born (1973-09-03) September 3, 1973 (age 45)[1]
ResidenceRaleigh, North Carolina
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1980s - present
Alan Campbell
(m. 1999; div. 2013)

Charlie Brady (m. 2016)

Lauren Kennedy (born September 3, 1973)[1] is an American actress, and singer who has performed numerous times on Broadway. She is now the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh in her home state of North Carolina.


Kennedy was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1991.[2][3] She started acting at the North Carolina Theatre while in high school. Kennedy attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music[4] where she pursued 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,[2][5] After a nine-month run, she moved to New York for the musical's 1994 Broadway opening.[2]


Kennedy frequently appeared in the original cast of the short-lived Side Show as the standby for Emily Skinner. She has also starred in Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway as a replacement for the Lady of the Lake. She has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show, and Cinderella with the 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, Kennedy starred in the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn & Jack Murphy's Waiting for the Moon, as Zelda Fitzgerald, which took place in Marlton, NJ.[6] 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 Jason Robert Brown material entitled Songs of Jason Robert Brown, and an album dedicated to new musical writers, titled Here and Now.[citation needed]

Kennedy starred in the 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.[7]

Lauren is the artistic director of Theatre Raleigh, a theatre company in Raleigh, North Carolina.[8]

She portrayed Diana Goodman, a mother struggling with bipolar disorder, in the North Carolina Theatre's 2015 production of Next to Normal.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On October 10, 1999, Kennedy married actor Alan Campbell, with whom she appeared in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway. They are divorced and have one child, Riley Rose Campbell. On November 7, 2016, Kennedy married actor Charlie Brady.

Theatre credits[edit]



West End[edit]

  • South Pacific - Ensign Nellie Forbush (2001–02), National Theatre

Regional stage[edit]


  • Sunset Boulevard - Betty Schaeffer (1995–1997)




  1. ^ a b "Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy". August 17, 2005. 31-year-old Lauren Kennedy
  2. ^ a b c "North Carolinians in New York: Lauren Kennedy". Metro Magazine. Raleigh, North Carolina. September 2003.
  3. ^ "Lauren Kennedy: Biography". Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "UC alumni currently or recently on Broadway". UC Magazine. University of Cincinnati.
  5. ^ "An Interview with Lauren Kennedy". Talkin' Broadway. 2002.
  6. ^ "First Performance of Waiting for the Moon, Frank Wildhorn's New Musical, Bumped to July 17". July 15, 2005.
  7. ^ Hernandez, Ernio."Three Cheers: New Musical 'Vanities' Begins Off-Broadway Run July 2", July 2, 2009
  8. ^ "About Us | Bringing intimate professional theatre to Downtown Raleigh". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  9. ^ "In "Next to Normal" at NCT, Lauren Kennedy Plays a Mother Struggling with Bipolar Disorder | Triangle Arts and Entertainment". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  10. ^ Evita at Casa Mañana, February 5 - 13, 2011 Archived 2011-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Video: Lauren Kennedy - The star of Casa Mañana's Evita on revisiting the role and being a working actress in New York". February 5, 2011.
  12. ^ "'What's New Buenos Aires?': Lauren Kennedy Is Evita for Casa Mañana Starting Feb. 5". February 5, 2011.
  13. ^ "Photo Coverage: Off-Broadway's 'VANITIES' Heads To Legacy Studios For Original Cast Recording". August 22, 2009.
  14. ^ "This Ordinary Thursday".
  15. ^ Music. Official site.

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