Sierra Marjory Boggess
May 20, 1982
|Education||Millikin University (BFA)|
|Known for||The Phantom of the Opera|
Love Never Dies
The Little Mermaid
She is best known for originating the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway, and for her multiple appearances as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. She first appeared in the Las Vegas production of Phantom in 2006. In 2010, she reprised the role of Christine Daaé in the original London version of Love Never Dies, which continues the story of Phantom. In 2012, she played Fantine in the London production of Les Misérables. She then played the role of Christine in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera in 2013. She also originated the role of Rosalie Mullins in School of Rock in 2016.
Early life and education
Sierra Boggess was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, with her older sister, Summer, and her younger sister, Allegra. All three sisters are professional musicians. The three were members of the Colorado Children's Chorale. She attended George Washington High School. In an interview with The Interval, Boggess discussed the influence of drama studies during high school on her early development. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004 from Millikin University, where she studied voice with Cynthia Douglas.
Boggess began her career in the ensemble and as an understudy for Cosette on the U.S. national tour of Les Misérables. She also played the roles of Binky and Ram Dass in the musical Princesses at Goodspeed Opera House and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Her previous work includes West Side Story (Maria), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), The Boy Friend (Polly), and Sweet Charity (Charity).
Around the time she was performing in Les Misérables, Boggess was cast in a Las Vegas production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at The Venetian Las Vegas. The production opened on June 24, 2006. Boggess played the female leading role of Christine Daaé, co-starring with Anthony Crivello and Brent Barrett alternating in the title role. She stayed with the Las Vegas production for a year.
Boggess was then cast in her Broadway debut, originating the leading role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She performed with the show in its pre-Broadway tryout at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Ellie Caulkins Opera House, which ran from July 26, 2007, through September 9, 2007. The Broadway production began previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 3, 2007. It was temporarily closed from November 10, 2007, until November 28, 2007, as a result of the 2007 Broadway stagehand strike. Performances resumed the next day following the strike, and the official opening night was pushed from December 6, 2007, to January 10, 2008. Boggess received positive reviews for her performance. She stayed with the show for a year and a half, before playing her final performance as Ariel on May 31, 2009. Boggess was replaced by understudy Chelsea Morgan Stock.
From February 2010 to March 2011, Boggess starred as Christine Daaé in the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies. She also took part in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on August 22, 2010, which was screened on August 28. After leaving Love Never Dies and being replaced by Celia Graham, Boggess played Sharon, alongside Tyne Daly, in the Broadway revival of Master Class, beginning on June 14, 2011. The show concluded its limited engagement on September 4, 2011.
Boggess once again played Christine Daaé in the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Love Never Dies co-star Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom at the Royal Albert Hall on October 1 and 2, 2011.
In April 2012, Boggess announced that she dropped out of Rebecca and instead joined the cast of the upcoming musical revue Prince of Broadway which pays tribute to director Harold Prince. However, the project was postponed until 2013. On July 2, 2012, Boggess returned to Les Misérables until January 10, 2013. This time she joined the West End company at the Queen's Theatre and took over the role of Fantine.
On January 21, 2013, Boggess returned to the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the Broadway production's 25th anniversary and co-starred opposite Hugh Panaro as the Phantom. She performed the role for a limited six-week engagement through March 2, 2013. She was replaced by Christine alternate Samantha Hill.
Following The Phantom of the Opera, Boggess began teaching various musical theater master classes and began to workshop an upcoming musical adaptation of the 1998 film Ever After. However, Boggess was not part of the new musical's world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015. She also made her cabaret debut with a solo show titled Awakening at New York's 54 Below. The 54 Below shows were recorded for a live debut solo album Awakening: Live at 54 Below, which was released on December 10, 2013, from Broadway Records.
In January 2014, Boggess played the role of a lesbian in the short film Russian Broadway Shut Down (protesting the Russian government's response to homosexuality in theater). Since 2014, Boggess has identified herself with the often repeated motivational moniker: "You are enough. You are so enough. It's unbelievable how enough you are."
On March 20, 2014, it was announced that Boggess would once again rejoin the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera as Christine and reunite with her former Little Mermaid co-star Norm Lewis as the Phantom (who made history as the first African-American actor to play the title role in the Broadway cast). They began their runs on May 12, 2014. Boggess concluded her run as Christine on September 6, 2014, and was replaced by Christine alternate Mary Michael Patterson.
On 3 April 2014, Boggess played Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall opposite Patrick Wilson as Sky Masterson, Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit, John Treacy Egan (who played Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid on Broadway) as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, and Christopher Fitzgerald as Benny Southstreet.
After completing her role in Phantom of the Opera with Norm Lewis, Boggess returned to her alma mater Millikin University to perform a benefit concert featuring the Class of 2015 BFA Musical Theatre majors. The concert, based on her Awakening cabaret at 54 Below, was held to raise money for the school's new Theatre & Dance building.
Boggess originated the role of Rebecca Steinberg in the 2015 Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The musical, which also starred Boggess' former Master Class co-star Tyne Daly, was directed by David Hyde Pierce. The show began preview performances on March 17, opened on April 14, and closed on August 9, 2015.
Boggess performed the role of school principal Rosalie Mullins in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation of School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre. The production began previews on November 9, 2015, and opened on December 6.
In February 2016, she starred in the Manhattan Concert Productions staging of The Secret Garden, in which she sang the role of Lily. The show would reunite her with Ramin Karimloo and also have her star opposite Cheyenne Jackson.
On August 8, 2016, Boggess ended her role as Rosalie Mullins in School Of Rock and was replaced by Jennifer Gambatese. After leaving School of Rock, she was set to portray her role as Christine Daaé in Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, the French production of The Phantom of the Opera. However, the production has been postponed until further notice due to a fire in the Théâtre Mogador, where the show was supposed to be performed. The Théâtre Mogador was only a few blocks away from the Opéra Garnier, where the plot of The Phantom of the Opera takes place.
On December 5, 2016, it was announced that Boggess would embark on her first Australian concert tour in June 2017, making stops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. She began her tour on January 28, 2017, and traveled with her cellist sister Summer Boggess.
Boggess starred in The Age of Innocence as Countess Ellen Olenska at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. The show ran from April 5–May 6, 2018 before the production moved to Princeton, New Jersey's McCarter Theatre for a run from September 7–October 7, 2018. In early 2019, Boggess starred as Danielle de Barbarac in the Alliance Theatre production of Ever After The Musical. She reprised her role in Ever After for the show's third regional production at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in December 2019.
From July 26–28, 2019, Boggess reunited with her Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular co-star Anthony Crivello and Secret Garden co-star Cheyenne Jackson in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Boggess starred as Cinderella alongside Sutton Foster (The Baker's Wife), Skylar Astin (The Baker), Patina Miller (The Witch), Gaten Matarazzo (Jack), Shanice Williams (Little Red Riding Hood), Cheyenne Jackson (Cinderella's Prince/The Wolf), Anthony Crivello (Mysterious Man), and Whoopi Goldberg (The Giant).
From March 13 – May 15, 2022, Boggess starred as Mary in the New York premiere of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's musical Harmony at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. In summer 2023, it was announced that the production would transfer to the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway with Boggess attached. Boggess was also featured on the show's original cast recording, released August 31.
Boggess was also featured in the Barrington Stage Company's production of A Little Night Music as Countess Charlotte Malcolm from August 6-28, 2022. From February 19-March 26, 2023, Boggess starred as Lily Craven in the Ahmanson Theatere's production of The Secret Garden. In July of the same year, it was announced that Boggess would star as Laurey Williams on the 80th anniversary recording of Oklahoma!, singing opposite Nathaniel Hackmann and with the Sinfonia of London orchestra, which was released on September 15.
Video blog productions
Boggess has been involved in a number of extended blog series, often in association with Broadway.com. These have included a ten-part series titled Daae Days, which includes two episodes in which Boggess interviews between 15–20 fellow Broadway actresses who have also portrayed Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera over the many years of its production. Her second vlog, Going Bridal, went behind the scenes from rehearsals to opening It Shoulda Been You as Rebecca Steinberg. Boggess has also created a video series with her voice coach Mary Setrakian titled Tea and Spinklers also released in 2014.
Boggess announced her engagement to producer and film director Stefano Da Frè on January 3, 2022. The couple shared via Instagram that they were married at the Château at Coindre Hall in Huntington, New York, on April 23, 2023, with a portrait and a photo of the outdoor ceremony.
Boggess' personal website describes her as an "avid yogi, vegetarian, and animal rights activist." She has frequently participated in Broadway Barks, a cat and dog adoption event founded by Bernadette Peters.
Awards and nominations
|2008||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||The Little Mermaid||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance||Won|
|2010||BroadwayWorld UK Award||Best Leading Actress in a Musical||Love Never Dies||Nominated|
|2011||WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|2013||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Replacement||The Phantom of the Opera||Won|
|2015||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Featured Actress||It Shoulda Been You||Won|
|2016||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Featured Actress||School of Rock||Nominated|
|Favorite Onstage Pair (shared with Alex Brightman)||Nominated|
- Princess Disneymania – 2008 "Part of Your World"
- The Little Mermaid – 2008 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- New York City Christmas – A Benefit album for ASTEP – 2009 "Have yourself a merry little Christmas", "Still, Still, Still/ The first Noel" (feat. Lindsay Mendez)
- Love Never Dies – 2010 Original West End Cast Recording
- The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall – 2011 Live Cast Recording
- A Little Princess – 2011 Recording
- Scott Alan Live – 2012 Live Concert Recording "Always/Goodnight" (feat. Jane Monheit)
- Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies – 2012 Soundtrack Album
- Awakening: Live at 54 Below – 2013 Debut Album
- Love on 42nd Street – 2014 "You Caught Me Off Guard" featured on Songs of Daniel and Laura Curtis
- Where The Sky Ends – 2014 "The Devil" – The Songs of Michael Mott
- BroadwayWorld Visits Oz – 2014 "Over the Rainbow"
- It Shoulda Been You – 2015 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- School of Rock: The Musical – 2015 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Together at a Distance (Classic & Contemporary Broadway Duets) – 2021 Album feat. Julian Ovenden
- Harmony: A New Musical – 2023 Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Oklahoma! – 80th Anniversary Recording with the Sinfonia of London
- "Sierra Boggess Theatre Credits". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Boggess, Sierra (August 31, 2010). "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Love Never Dies Star Sierra Boggess". Playbill. Interviewed by Matthew Blank. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- "From Mermaid to Phantom: Celebrating the Stage Roles of Sierra Boggess". Playbill. May 20, 2021.
- Hoffman, Barbara (February 11, 2013). "Sister act onstage and off". New York Post. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
- "'Mermaid' star visits school that set her dreams afloat". The Denver Post. August 28, 2007.
- Myers, Victoria (December 21, 2015). "An Interview with Sierra Boggess". Theintervalny.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
- Riegel, Katie (January 10, 2008). "Fresh Face: The Little Mermaid Star Sierra Boggess". Broadway.com.
- Peterson, Tyler (September 19, 2014). "Sierra Boggess to Return to Alma Mater, Millikin University, 10/11". BroadwayWorld.
- Gans, Andrew (February 22, 2007). "Sierra Boggess Will Be Disney's The Little Mermaid". Playbill.
- "Sierra Boggess Confirmed as The Little Mermaid's Ariel". BroadwayWorld. February 22, 2007.
- Leach, Robin (October 20, 2009). "Former Las Vegas Phantom star headed to London show". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on September 19, 2016.
- Gans, Andrew (January 10, 2008). "Fish Got to Swim: Little Mermaid Opens on Broadway Jan. 10". Playbill. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Gans, Andrew (May 7, 2009). "Stock and Seeley to Join Broadway's Little Mermaid Cast". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew (January 12, 2009). "Chenoweth Replaces Mazzie in Encores! Music in the Air; Schramm and Sella Join Cast". Playbill.
- Shenton, Mark (March 9, 2010). "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Opens in London March 9". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- Hetrick, Adam; Shenton, Mark (October 8, 2009). "Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to Premiere in London in March 2010; New York, Australia to Follow". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 11, 2009.
- Jones, Kenneth (February 14, 2011). "Sierra Boggess, Olivier Nominee for Love Never Dies, Will Take Broadway's Master Class". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- Jones, Kenneth (September 4, 2011). "Class Dismissed! Master Class, Starring Tyne Daly, Ends Broadway Run Sept. 4". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 25th Anniversary Concert Plays at Royal Albert Hall; Karimloo & Boggess Star". BroadwayWorld. October 1, 2011.
- "Sierra Boggess, Alexandra Silber, et al. to Join Cast of LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE in March". BroadwayWorld. January 30, 2012.
- "Love, Loss and What I Wore Sets Off-Broadway Closing Date". Broadway.com. February 7, 2012.
- Ferri, Josh (April 9, 2012). "Sierra Boggess on Her 'Difficult Decision' to Leave Rebecca for Prince of Broadway". Broadway.com. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- "Hal Prince Musical Prince of Broadway Shifts Start Date to 2013". Broadway.com. May 25, 2012.
- Wolf, Matt (August 8, 2012). "Sierra Boggess on How Two Postponed Broadway Shows Led to a Star Turn in London's Les Miserables". Broadway.com.
- "Sierra Boggess to Join PHANTOM on Broadway for 25th Anniversary Engagement". BroadwayWorld. October 19, 2012.
- Gans, Edward (November 22, 2013). "Track Listing Announced for Sierra Boggess' Solo Recording, 'Awakening: Live at 54 Below'". Playbill. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- "Russian Broadway Shut Down (2014)". IMDb.
- Cain, Tim (March 25, 2013). "The relentless positivity of Sierra Boggess". Herald & Review.
- Diamond, Robert (March 20, 2014). "Breaking News: Broadway Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to Take Over in PHANTOM This May!". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- Hetrick, Adam (May 12, 2014). "Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess Join Broadway Cast of The Phantom of the Opera May 12". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- Hetrick, Adam (September 3, 2014). "Sierra Boggess Announces Phantom Departure; Norm Lewis Extends Broadway Run". Playbill. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- Guys and Dolls Concert, With Nathan Lane, Patrick Wilson, Sierra Boggess and Megan Mullally, Plays Carnegie Hall April 3
- Hetrick, Adam (October 29, 2014). "Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka to Star in It Shoulda Been You on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Gans, Andrew (June 12, 2015). "Sierra Boggess Graduates to Broadway's School of Rock". Playbill. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
- Rosky, Nicole (December 23, 2015). "BREAKING NEWS: Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, Cheyenne Jackson, Daisy Eagan & More Join MCP's THE SECRET GARDEN Concert!". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- Viagas, Robert (June 20, 2016). "Sierra Boggess Is Leaving Broadway School of Rock to Do Phantom in Paris". Playbill.
- Hetrick, Adam (September 26, 2016). "Fire Delays Paris Premiere of The Phantom of the Opera". Playbill. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- Chenoweth, Kristin "Sierra Boggess ... [is] joining me tonight!", Facebook, November 10, 2016; and "Breaking News: The special guest for Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth's My Love", NewYorkBroadwayTours.com, November 10, 2016
- Gans, Andrew (April 5, 2018). "Sierra Boggess and Boyd Gaines Star in Age of Innocence World Premiere at Hartford Stage". Playbill.
- Criscitiello, Alexa (December 20, 2018). "Photo Flash: Sierra Boggess, Rachel York, And More In Rehearsal For EVER AFTER At Alliance Stage". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
- "Sierra Boggess on Instagram: "Your Christmas plans are officially handled. 😊 December 3–29th @the_ordway #everaftermusical"". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- "Into the Woods – Annual Fully Staged Musical". Hollywood Bowl. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
- Wild, Stephi. "Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's HARMONY Will Transfer to Broadway in October". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
- Masseron, Meg; Culwell-Block, Logan (August 21, 2023). "Harmony Releases 2nd Single; Date Set for Release of Broadway Cast Recording". Playbill. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
- Marketing, B. S. C. "A Little Night Music". Barrington Stage Company. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
- "The Secret Garden". Center Theatre Group. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
- Wild, Stephi. "Sierra Boggess Will Lead New Cast Recording of OKLAHOMA!". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
- Sierra Boggess. Daae Days. July 30, 2014
- Sierra Boggess. Tea and Spinklers. September 17, 2014
- Rosky, Nicole (January 3, 2022). "Sierra Boggess Announces Engagement to Stefano da Fre". BroadwayWorld.
- "About". Sierra Boggess. Retrieved March 6, 2018.[self-published source]
- Gans, Andrew (July 30, 2016). "Broadway Barks for a Good Cause Today in Shubert Alley". Playbill. Retrieved March 6, 2018.