Leslie Kritzer

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Leslie Kritzer
Born (1977-05-24) May 24, 1977 (age 39)
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Stage actress
Years active 1999–present

Leslie Kritzer (born May 24, 1977) is an American Broadway actress.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Manhattan, New York and was raised in Livingston, New Jersey.[1] Her father is Jewish and her mother is of Puerto Rican ancestry. Kritzer was raised Catholic.[2]

Kritzer, a 1999 graduate of the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music, has also appeared on Broadway in Hairspray and was the character Serena in Legally Blonde The Musical. Off-Broadway she was seen in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Bat Boy and Godspell, and her regional credits include Vanities (Kathy), Babes in Arms (Baby Rose), and both Grease (Rizzo) and Funny Girl (Fanny) at Paper Mill Playhouse.[3]

Kritzer starred in Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, a recreation of Patti LuPone's famed nightclub act. The show premiered at Joe's Pub and was conceived and directed by Ben Rimalower. [4]

She received a 2006 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for The Great American Trailer Park Musical,[5] followed by a 2007 Special Achievement MAC Award for her show Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches,[6] and a 2007 Clarence Derwent Award for her performance as Serena in Legally Blonde.[7]

Kritzer starred in A Catered Affair, portraying Janey Hurley, the character played by Debbie Reynolds in the 1956 feature film of the same name.[8] A Catered Affair had its Broadway run from March 2008 through July 27, 2008.[9]

She starred in the Encores! staged concert presentation of On the Town in November 2008, as Hildy, the amorous and aggressive taxi driver.[10]

In May 2009 Kritzer performed in the musical "Cabaret" at the Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) portraying the lead role of Sally Bowles.

In the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Kritzer performed in Judas and Me in the role of the angel Gabriel.[11] In March 2009 Kritzer played Monica in the Off-Broadway musical Rooms: A Rock Romance.[12] In December 2009 Kritzer performed in the musical "Pop!" at the Yale Reportory Theatre. The musical is based on the life of Andy Warhol. Kritzer portrayed the role of "Valerie", a character based on feminist writer Valerie Solanas.

In March 2010 Kritzer, along with Tom Wopat, Vanessa L. Williams, and Barbara Cook starred in a new musical revue, Sondheim on Sondheim. The Roundabout Theatre Company limited engagement production opened at Broadway's Studio 54 on March 19, 2010 in previews and closed June 13, 2010. It was directed by James Lapine who conceived this revue of music by Stephen Sondheim.[13]


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