May 24, 1977 |
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Leslie Kritzer (born May 24, 1977) is an American Broadway actress.
Life and career
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.
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. 
She received a 2006 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for The Great American Trailer Park Musical, followed by a 2007 Special Achievement MAC Award for her show Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, and a 2007 Clarence Derwent Award for her performance as Serena in Legally Blonde.
Kritzer starred in A Catered Affair, portraying Janey Hurley, the character played by Debbie Reynolds in the 1956 feature film of the same name. A Catered Affair had its Broadway run from March 2008 through July 27, 2008.
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. In March 2009 Kritzer played Monica in the Off-Broadway musical Rooms: A Rock Romance. 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.
- Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: Chatting with LuPone at Les Mouches's Leslie Kritzer Plus Rogers' Evita on Disc", Playbill, September 22, 2006. Accessed February 24, 2011. "Kritzer: I was born in Manhattan, and I was raised in Livingston, New Jersey."
- Celebrity Buzz: Who's Who, Playbill
- Gans, Andrew. , Playbill, September 6, 2006.
- 2007 Drama Desk Awards nominations
- Gans, Andrew."MAC Awards to Be Presented May 1; Kritzer to Receive Special Award",Playbill, March 26, 2007
- Gans, Andrew."Blonde's Kritzer and Heights' Miranda Take 2007 Clarence Derwent Awards",Playbill, May 9, 2007
- "Leslie Kritzer to Join Harvey Fierstein and Faith Prince in A Catered Affair", Broadway.com, June 4, 2007.
- A Catered Affair to Play the Kerr; Design Team Announced, Andrew Gans, Playbill, August 6, 2007.
- Gans, Andrew."A Helluva Town: Encores! Launches New Season with On the Town", playbill.com, November 19, 2008
- Judas & Me
- Genzlinger, Neil."Musical Lovebirds’ Struggles at Harmony"The New York Times, March 19, 2009
- Jones, Kenneth."Sondheim on Sondheim, a New Musical Reflection of a Life in Art, Begins on Broadway".playbill.com, March 19, 2010