August 7, 1971
Orlando, Florida, United States
Ayal Miodovnik (m. 2009)
Rachel York (born August 7, 1971) is an American actress and singer. She is known for stage roles in City of Angels, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria, Kiss Me, Kate, Sly Fox, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Anything Goes. She also has many film and television credits, including her portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS biographical film Lucy.
Early life and education
York made her professional debut in a local production of Kiss Me, Kate in the chorus. That same year, she earned a scholarship to the American Center for Music Theatre at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She moved to Los Angeles and began studying with acting coach Aaron Speiser, who then encouraged her to move to New York City.
At 19 she did so and approached agent Bill Timms. She performed monologues from Nuts and Sophie's Choice and gave him a demo tape with songs from Evita. Timms signed her immediately and described her as being able to "... do anything."
York made her Broadway debut as Mallory in the musical City of Angels, and her performance won critical acclaim. After City of Angels, she has been in many performances on stage, including Fantine in Les Misérables, Irene St. Claire in Crucifer of Blood, The Younger Woman in Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together (with Julie Andrews), which earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination, Norma Cassidy in Victor/Victoria (for which she won a Drama Desk Award), Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Lili Vanessi/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Dorothy in Summer of '42, Miss Fancy in Sly Fox, Ruth Sutton in Dessa Rose, earning her another nomination for a Drama Desk Award, Mother in Ragtime, Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and in The Sound of Music as Elsa Shraeder at the Hollywood Bowl. She appeared as Guenevere in the National Tour of Camelot in the 2006–2007 season, for which she earned the Golden Icon Award from Travolta Family Entertainment for Best Actress in a Touring Production as well as the Carbonell Award. In 2009, she played Dolly Levi in the Reagle Music Theatre production of Hello, Dolly! in Waltham, Massachusetts and won an IRNE Award for her performance.
In 2010, York returned to the Reagle Music Theatre in its production of Into the Woods where she played the Witch and won another IRNE Award for the role. That same year she played the Lady of the Lake in the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Spamalot.
She starred in Encores! concert series production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Dorothy Shaw, which earned her and the production rave reviews. The live concert lasted May 9–13, 2012 and was a New York Times Critic's Pick.
York played the role of Reno Sweeney in the national tour of the 2011 Roundabout Theatre Broadway revival of Anything Goes, which began October 2, 2012. For this role, she won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Visiting Production. In February 2014, she played Young Belle in the Encores! concert of Little Me.
In May 2015, it was announced that York would appear in the musical Grey Gardens taking the role of Little Edie Bouvier Beale at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY. She played the role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family with 3D Theatricals later that year in Los Angeles.
She returned to Broadway in the musical Disaster!, which played from February to May 2016 at the Nederlander Theatre. York appeared alongside Seth Rudetsky, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, and Tony-nominated Jennifer Simard.
In July 2016, York and Betty Buckley, with whom she previously starred in Grey Gardens in New York, began a limited run of the production at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, CA. York went on to originate the role of Gynecia in the Broadway musical, Head Over Heels. She next appeared as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent in Ever After The Musical.
Her film credits include One Fine Day, Billy Bathgate, Dead Center, Second Honeymoon, Terror Tract, Au Pair II, and the TV movie Lucy in which she played Lucille Ball. Her performance in the London production of Kiss Me, Kate is available on DVD/video. She also played Lori, The Mystery Woman in Sasha Gordon's highly praised film It Had To Be You.
She also has many credits in television, including appearances on Reba, Frasier, Arli$$, Spin City, The Naked Truth, Diagnosis: Murder, and also provides the voices of Bitty on Higglytown Heroes and Circe on Justice League Unlimited. In 2008, she also guest starred on an episode of Hannah Montana, playing Isis on the episode Yet Another Side of Me. York filmed for the TV series Power in 2015 and is featured in Episode 7 "You're Not the Man" as Tina Schulman. She was also guest starred in "Frasier" as Dinah or "Officer Nasty" on Season 7, Episode 20.
York released her debut album Let's Fall in Love in early 2005, produced by Tor Hyams under the HyLo Entertainment label and was exclusively distributed by Barnes and Noble. She can also be heard on the Cast recordings of City of Angels, Victor/Victoria, The Scarlet Pimpernel: Encore!, Dessa Rose, Putting It Together, Summer of '42, the soundtrack of Billy Bathgate, and recordings of Opal and Celebration of Life.
- City of Angels (1989) – Mallory Kingsley
- Les Misérables – Fantine
- Victor/Victoria (1995) – Norma Cassidy
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1998) – Marguerite
- Sly Fox (2004) – Miss Fancy
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2006) – Christine
- Disaster! (2016) – Jackie
- Head Over Heels (2018) – Gynecia
- Dessa Rose (2005) – Ruth
- Ghostlight (2011) – Billie Burke
- West End
- National tours
- Kiss Me, Kate (2001) – Lilli Vanessi/Kate
- Camelot (2007) – Guenevere
- 101 Dalmatians Musical (2009) – Cruella de Vil
- Anything Goes (2012) – Reno Sweeney
- Regional Theater Credits
- The Crucifer of Blood – Irene St. Claire
- Putting It Together – The Younger Woman
- Ragtime – Mother
- Hello Dolly! – Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
- Into the Woods – The Witch
- Spamalot – The Lady of the Lake
- The King and I – Anna Leonowens
- The Addams Family – Morticia Addams
- Grey Gardens – Little Edie Bouvier Beale & Edith Bouvier Beale
- Ever After The Musical – Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent
- Billy Bathgate – Embassy Club Singer
- Mad Dog Coll (aka Killer Instinct) – Lotte
- Taking the Heat – Susan
- Deadline – Marci Fenner
- Dead Center – Mary
- Second Honeymoon – Gloria
- One Fine Day – Liza
- Terror Tract – Sarah Freemont
- Au Pair II – Cassandra Hausen
- Cradle Swapping – Mrs. Burnett
- Kiss Me, Kate – Lili Vanessi/Katherine
- Lucy: The Lucille Ball Story – Lucille Ball
- The Courtship of Eddie's Father – Lisa
- Justice League Unlimited – Circe
- Diagnosis Murder No. 96. (A Mime is a Terrible Thing to Waste) – Randy Wolfe
- Hannah Montana – Isis
- Frasier – Dinah
- Power – Tina Schulman
- Elementary – Carla Giovanni
- The Mick – Dr. Goodby
- Neverwinter Nights 2 – Shandra Jerro
|Year||Role and Production||Award||Result|
|1993||The Younger Woman in Putting It Together||Drama Desk Award||Nominated|
|1995||Norma Cassidy in Victor/Victoria||Drama Desk Award||Won|
|2005||Ruth Sutton in Dessa Rose"||Drama Desk Award||Nominated|
|2007||Guenevere in Camelot||Golden Icon Award||Won|
|2009||Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!||IRNE Award||Won|
|2010||The Witch in Into The Woods||IRNE Award||Won|
|2012||Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes||Helen Hayes Award||Won|
- City of Angels – 1990 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Putting It Together – 1993 Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording
- Victor/Victoria – 1995 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- The Scarlet Pimpernel: Encore! – 1998 Broadway Revival Cast Recording
- Dessa Rose – 2005 Original Lincoln Center Cast Recording
- Summer of '42 – Sept 2006, Original Cast Recording
- Disaster! – 2016 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Opal, Honky Tonk Highway and Other Theatre Songs by Robert Nassif Lindsey
- Let's Fall in Love – Solo album released under HyLo Entertainment
- Rachel York at the Internet Broadway Database
- "About. Official Site" rachelyork.net. Retrieved November 28, 2013
- Kenny Leon, Maureen McGovern, Diane Paulus, Rachel York et al. Receive IRNE Awards theatermania. Retrieved April 22, 2014
- "Rachel York Stars in 'Into the Woods'". BroadwayWorld.com. June 23, 2010.
- Hetrick, Adam. "Rachel York, Daniel Jenkins, Estelle Parsons and Kenny Leon Win IRNE Awards" Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, April 2011
- Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York to Star in Ogunquit Spamalot Archived February 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine playbill, July 2010
- "Michael Hayden and Rachel York Join Ziegfeld Follies-Set Musical Ghostlight at NYMF". Playbill. September 1, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
- Rachel York Will "Whistle a Happy Tune" in Walnut Street's King and I, With Mel Sagrado Maghuyop Archived February 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine playbill, October 2011
- Jones, Kenneth. "National Tour of 'Anything Goes' Lays Down Its Gangplank in Cleveland; Rachel York, Fred Applegate, Erich Bergen Star" Playbill, October 2, 2012
- A CHORUS LINE, HELLO, DOLLY!, STUPID F**KING BIRD, BOOK OF MORMON, Rachel York and More Top 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards in D.C. – All the Winners! broadwayworld. Retrieved April 22, 2014
- Photo Flash: First Look at Christian Borle, Rachel York & More in Encores! LITTLE ME broadwayworld, February 2014
- Betty Buckley and Rachel York Will Tend Grey Gardens This Summer Playbill, May 28, 2015
- Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Broadway's DISASTER!; Nederlander Theatre Box Office Opens Today Broadway World. Retrieved January 13, 2016
- Disaster! Announces Closing Date, retrieved May 13, 2016
- Grey Gardens with Betty Buckley and Rachel York is LA Bound Playbill. Retrieved July 15, 2016
- They Got the Beat! Meet the Cast of HEAD OVER HEELS- Now in Previews! Broadway World. Retrieved January 28, 2019
- "Sierra Boggess, Rachel York, Among Stars of EVER AFTER in Atlanta". Broadway World. December 4, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
- "Rachel Replies". Rachelyork.net. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
- "Motherhood pushes actress Rachel York toward comedy". Orange County Register. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- "KISS ME KATE"CAST CHANGES Londontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved January 28, 2019
- Lefkowitz, David and Jones, Kenneth. "Rex Smith and Rachel York to Tour in Kiss Me, Kate" Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine January 31, 2001
- Jones, Kenneth."Rachel York Will Be Camelot's Guenevere in New North American Tour" Archived May 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, November 7, 2006
- Jones, Kenneth."Who Let the Dogs Out? 101 Dalmatians Musical Parks and Barks in Minneapolis" Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, October 13, 2009
- Rachel York to Set Sail in ANYTHING GOES National Tour; Kicks Off October 2