Michelle Federer

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Michelle Federer
Born (1973-12-05) December 5, 1973 (age 42)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Alma mater Ithaca College
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001-present
Spouse(s) Norbert Leo Butz (2007-present)
Children 1

Michelle Federer (born December 5, 1973) is an American film and theatre actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Federer is the daughter of John and Claudia Federer. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where she was a student of the Shaker Heights High School Theatre Arts Department under the direction of James Thornton, and she gained early experience working in the University School Theater Program, where she first worked and became friends with future Wicked castmate Michael Seelbach. Federer's father was a math teacher in the Shaker Heights Public School System teaching at Byron Junior High School (now Shaker Heights Middle School) and currently teaches at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland's Saperstien Campus. As a teen, Federer attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp, located in Loch Sheldrake, New York. In 1995, she graduated from Ithaca College, located in Ithaca, New York, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre.



She understudied the role of Adele Rice in the 2001 Off-Broadway production of A Man of No Importance at the Lincoln Center.

She made her Broadway debut as Nessarose in Wicked, a character she originated. The show opened October 30, 2003, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Federer, who was the longest-running original principal cast member, left the production on January 8, 2006, and was succeeded by understudy Cristy Candler. Federer can be heard on the Wicked cast recording.

She was featured in the Broadway play Three Days of Rain, in which she was the understudy for Julia Roberts in the roles of Nan and Lina.

She also appeared as Allison in the Atlantic Theatre Company's production of Anon in 2007.

On October 27, 2008, Federer took part in The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken, a fifth anniversary concert featuring a selection of scenes and songs cut from early drafts of Wicked. The concert starred former co-stars Shoshana Bean and Jennifer Laura Thompson.[1]

Federer returned to the role of Nessarose in Broadway's Wicked with performances beginning August 18, 2009, this time replacing Candler. She ended her return engagement on January 10, 2010, and was replaced by Jenny Fellner.[2]

T.V. and Film[edit]

Federer has also appeared in various small film roles, including the biographical film Kinsey (2004) and independent romance film Flannel Pajamas (2006).

Federer appeared in a recurring role on NBC's Smash in which she plays Monica Swift, the wife of Michael (Will Chase) who has an affair with Debra Messing's character Julia. The series also stars Megan Hilty, who starred on Broadway alongside Federer in Wicked. The show premiered in the United States on February 6, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Federer is married to long-time boyfriend, and former Wicked co-star, Norbert Leo Butz. Their daughter, Georgia Teresa, was born on 2 January 2011.

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