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Betsy Wolfe

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Betsy Wolfe (born Elizabeth Marie Wolfe; June 1, 1982) is an American actress and singer.

She is known for her work on Broadway as Ellen in Bullets Over Broadway and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as for her Off-Broadway appearance as Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years, and Now has the lead role in Waitress on Broadway. 

Early Life and Education

Wolfe grew up in Visalia, California. She attended Golden West High School and graduated in 2000. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music in 2004.

Career

Wolfe played the role of Evelyn Nesbit in the Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey production of Ragtime in 2005.

Wolfe performed the role of Cathy in the Off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years, which ran at the Second Stage Theatre from March 7, 2013 (previews) to May 18, 2013. Charles Isherwood, in his review in The New York Times, wrote that Wolfe has “a bright, strong soprano with a keen belt. With her wholesome blond beauty she is well cast.”

In 2014 she appeared on Broadway in the musical by Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway as Ellen. The CurtainUp reviewer wrote: “Betsy Wolfe also has little to do as David’s girlfriend Ellen but, like Ziemba, when she does get to sing it’s lovely.”

She appeared in the new musical Up Here at the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California in July 2015. The musical is written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Variety reviewer noted that Wolfe “is charming in her role and even sings the hell out of such banalities as ‘I feel like I’ve always known you.’ ”

In May 2016, Wolfe played Elsa in the lab production of Disney’s Frozen.

She appeared in a reading of a new musical titled Flying Over Sunset by James Lapine (book and director), Tom Kitt (score) and Michael Korie (lyrics). The reading took place at the Vineyard Arts Project, Edgartown, Massachusetts, on July 29, 2016, with additional cast members Marin Mazzie and Boyd Gaines.

Wolfe played the role of Cordelia in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, which ran from September 29, 2016 (previews) to January 8, 2017. She joined the cast of Waitress on Broadway on June 13, 2017 in the role of Jenna.

Opera and Concerts

Wolfe appeared with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, directed by Erich Kunzel, at Carnegie Hall on April 1, 2003.

Wolfe appeared in the Metropolitan Opera production of Die Fledermaus as “Ida”, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane. The opera opened on December 31, 2013, and also starred Paulo Szot as “Dr. Falke” and Danny Burstein as “Frosch”.

Personal Life

Wolfe is currently engaged to Broadway musician Adam Krauthamer.

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Theatre Credits

Year Production Role Location Category
2005 Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit Paper Mill Playhouse Regional
A Wonderful Life Ensemble Shubert Theatre Actors Fund of America Staged Concert
2006 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Rona Lisa Peretti San Francisco Playhouse Regional
Wilbur Theatre
2007 Ace Louise Old Globe Theatre
110 in the Shade Katheryn Brawner Studio 54 Broadway
2009 Everyday Rapture Mennonette Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway
2010 American Airlines Theatre Broadway
2011 Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton American Conservatory Theater Regional
The Boys from Syracuse Luciana Sidney Harman Hall
2012 Merrily We Roll Along Beth New York City Center Encores! Concert Production
35mm: A Musical Exhibition Voice 1 Galapagos Art Space Off-Broadway
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rosa Bud/Miss Deirdre Peregrine Studio 54 Broadway
2013 The Last Five Years Cathy Hiatt Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway
Red Eye of Love Selma Chargesse Waterman’s Community Center Regional
2014 Bullets Over Broadway Ellen St. James Theatre Broadway
2015 Up Here Lindsay La Jolla Playhouse Regional
2016 Falsettos Cordelia Walter Kerr Theatre Broadway
2017 Waitress Jenna Hunterson Brooks Atkinson Theatre Broadway

 

Filmography

Film

Year Show Role
2014 The Last Five Years Former Stripper (uncredited)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Live from Lincoln Center Ensemble Episode: “Camelot”
2017 Cordelia Episode: “Falsettos”

 

Discography

  • 2007: 110 in the Shade (2007 New Broadway Cast Recording)
  • 2009: Everyday Rapture (Original Cast Recording)
  • 2011: Stage Door Canteen: Broadway Responds to WWII (Original Concert Cast Recording)
  • 2012: 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Original Cast Recording)
  • 2012: Merrily We Roll Along (2012 New Encores! Cast Recording)
  • 2012: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (2012 New Broadway Cast Recording)
  • 2012: “Bustle Fluffah” – single (with Andy Karl and Jessie Mueller)
  • 2013: The Last Five Years (2013 New Cast Recording)
  • 2013: Crosses: A Musical of Hope (Original Studio Cast Recording)
  • 2014: Bullets Over Broadway (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • 2016: Falsettos (2016 New Broadway Cast Recording)

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