Rebecca Naomi Jones

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Rebecca Naomi Jones
BornApril 1981 (age 37)
OccupationActress, singer

Rebecca Naomi Jones (born April 1981) is an American actress and singer best known for her performances in the Broadway rock musicals Passing Strange, American Idiot, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Life and career[edit]

Jones was born in New York City, New York, to a musician father. Her mother is Jewish and her father is African-American.[1] Jones performed in the children's chorus of the Metropolitan Opera as a youth and graduated from the Berkeley Carroll School in 1999. "I did theatre all throughout middle school and high school and was really into it, the same with singing," she said.[2] Jones received her BFA in drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and appeared in the national tours of Rent and Caroline, or Change.

In 2007 Jones made her Off-Broadway debut in Passing Strange, which transferred to Broadway on February 28, 2008. She created the role of Whatsername in the Green Day rock opera American Idiot, which opened on Broadway on April 20, 2010.[1] Paper magazine said of Jones, "She's carved out a nice niche for herself as the girl to call when there's a cooler-than-thou musical in town."[3]

In 2012 Jones played the Narrator in Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway musical Murder Ballad, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress. Jones returned for the show's engagement at the Union Square Theatre, which ran from May 22, 2013, to July 21, 2013.[4] Later that summer, Jones appeared in a new musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost at Central Park's Delacorte Theater.

On June 2, 2014, Jones received a Lilly Award, a prize designed to honor women in the theater.[5]

On April 14, 2015, Jones replaced Lena Hall as Yitzhak in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Jones played the role through the production's end on September 13.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Zana Wilder's Assistant
2009 Passing Strange Sherry / Renata / Desi
2010 The Switch Party Guest
2014 Lovesick Nancy
2014 You Must Be Joking Newscaster
2015 Mistress America Party Hostess
2015 Ratter Nicole
2016 Ordinary World Gypsy
2017 The Big Sick Jessie
2018 Most Likely to Murder Elena
2018 French Fries Sydney Short film
TBA The Outside Story Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Great Performances Sherry / Renata / Desi Episode: "Passing Strange"
2009 Fringe Risa Pears Episode: "Bad Dreams"
2010 America's Got Talent Whatsername Episode: "Top Ten Results"
2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Whatsername Season 2, episode 137
2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Herself TV special
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Leila Episode: "Bombshell"
2011 Nurse Jackie Sister Anne 2 episodes: "Game On" and "Enough Rope"
2011 Pzazz 101 Herself Episode: "Rebecca Naomi Jones"
2012 Smash Laura Episode: "Enter Mr. DiMaggio"
2012 NYC 22 Monica Pridgen Episode: "Block Party"
2013 Broadway Idiot Herself Documentary
2013 The Show Herself Season 1, episode 18
2014 Blue Bloods Barbara Keyes Episode: "Manhattan Queens"
2016 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Davvy[6] Season 2


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Passing Strange Sherry / Renata / Desi Off-Broadway; Broadway
2008 Wig Out! Fay Off-Broadway
2009 This Beautiful City Performer Off-Broadway
2010 American Idiot Whatsername Broadway
2012 Murder Ballad Narrator Off-Broadway
2013 Love's Labour's Lost Jaquenetta Off-Broadway
2014 The Fortress of Solitude Lala / Abby Off-Broadway
2015 Big Love Lydia Off-Broadway
2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Yitzhak Broadway
2016 Cost of Living Jess Williamstown Theatre Festival
2016 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Mary Moody / Blanche New York City Center Encores! Off-Center
2016 Marie and Rosetta Marie Knight Atlantic Theatre Company
2017 Significant Other Vanessa Broadway
2018 Fire In Dreamland[7] Kate Off-Broadway
2018 Oklahoma! Laurey Off-Broadway


  1. ^ a b Gamerman, Ellen (Apr 2, 2010). "'American Idiot's' Rebecca Naomi Jones on Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong and Singing in Her Underwear". The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: A Chat With Murder Ballad Star Rebecca Naomi Jones",, 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Little Miss Whatsername", Paper, 21 Apr. 2010.
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam, and Andrew Gans. "Off-Broadway Rock Musical Murder Ballad Will Close in July",, 27 June 2013.
  5. ^ Kozinn, Allan. "'Wicked' Writer Is Among Those Winning Lilly Awards", The New York Times, 19 May 2014.
  6. ^ Elizabeth Gillies Brasil. "Gillians, Parece que a personagem Gigi de Liz na serie SDRR terá um pequeno interesse amoroso na segunda temporada com a nova personagem "Davvy" (interpretando por Rebecca Naomi Jones) na serie #SDRR.",, 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Fire In Dreamland". Public Theater. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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