Lisa Brescia

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Lisa Brescia (born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), is an American musical theatre actress who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lisa went on to pursue acting and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her husband is Craig Carnelia.

Brescia was lead singer in The New Mamas and The Papas from 1993 to 1998 with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty.

Brescia has played the role of Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida in several productions. Brescia joined the first national touring production in 2002 as the standby for Kelli Fournier. She assumed the role of Amneris in September 2002 when Fournier left the production. Disney later moved her to the Broadway production as the standby for Mandy Gonzalez. Brescia assumed the role on January 4, 2004 upon Gonzales' departure. She remained in the role until the final performance on September 5, 2004. Brescia returned to the role for one week in 2006 at The Muny in St. Louis along with Simone and Will Chase, both of whom also appeared in the Broadway production.

On February 13, 2007, she became the standby for Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, playing the role during the absence of Julia Murney and later Stephanie J. Block. She left the production on May 18, 2008 and transferred to the Chicago production from June 3, 2008, replacing Dee Roscioli in the lead role of Elphaba. She left Chicago on August 24, 2008, when Roscioli returned to the role.

Brescia then starred in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway: Three Generations, a three-act evening featuring condensed versions of Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie, and Side Show. The show was presented at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater October 2–5, 2008.

Lisa was recently seen in The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown as Mom in Orange County, California.

She starred as Claire in the new musical, Ordinary Days which was presented at the Black Blox Theatre in Manhattan from October 2 to December 13, 2009.[1] She is featured on the Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording which was recorded on April 9, 2010 and was released in the summer of 2010.

Brescia recently replaced Beth Leavel as Donna Sheridan in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia!. Her first performance took place on October 22, 2010.[1] Her final performance took place on June 2, 2012.

Theatre Roles[edit]



  • Ordinary Days (2009) as Claire



  • Aida (2002) as Amneris


  • Into the Woods (2014) as Witch (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Cabaret (2013) as Sally Bowles (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • August: Osage County (2012) as Ivy Weston (Raleigh, NC)
  • Hamlet (2012) as Gertrude (Notre Dame, IN)
  • The Unauthorised Autobiography of Samantha Brown (2009) as Mom (Orange County, CA)
  • Aida (2006) as Amneris (St Louis, MO)
  • Evita (2005) as Eva Peron (Bellport, NY)
  • The Last Five Years (2005) as Cathy (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Actor, Lawyer, and Indian Chief (2002) as Jenny (Chester, CT)
  • A Little Night Music (2001) as Petra (East Haddam, CT)
  • Brigadoon (2001) as Meg (East Haddam, CT)


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