Star of the Week: Betsy Wolfe’s emergence as a leading lady and her endlessly enchanting performances


Betsy Wolfe

After receiving rave reviews for her latest performance, landing a leading role in a new Broadway musical that will open next season, and making a cameo appearance in a highly anticipated film, it’s safe to say that life is pretty sweet for Betsy Wolfe.

With her beautiful voice, impeccable comedic timing, and polished acting ability, Wolfe has been catching the eyes of many during her unceasing reign on the Great White Way. She is most noted for her performances in the off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years and the Tony nominated The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her bubbly personality and sweet disposition have also undoubtedly made her one of the loveliest performers in the business.

Wolfe started off by performing in various regional productions, including Ragtime. She played the seductive, rather elusive character Evelyn Nesbit, and was able to belt out one of Ragtime‘s most well-known songs entitled “The Crime of the Century.” As she conveyed the persona of a national celebrity, the best was only yet to come for Wolfe herself.

She went on to make her Broadway debut in the musical revival of 110 in the Shade in 2007. She starred opposite big names including Audra McDonald and Steve Kazee. After this, she performed in the Second Stage and Broadway productions of Everyday Rapture, which was Sherie Rene Scott‘s semi-autobiographical musical. She portrayed different background roles in the show (alongside Lindsay Mendez!), including one of Scott’s backup singers in the showstopper “Up the Ladder to the Roof.”

But it wasn’t until The Mystery of Edwin Drood that Wolfe really showed what she can do. She took on the role of Drood’s betrothal Rosa Bud, who may not be as innocent as she seems. Wolfe was able to show off her vocal range and impressive comedic timing through this timeless revival. During her closing night after a successful run, she brought down the house and locked lips with her cast member Jessie Mueller in a hilarious and surprise ending.

Wolfe made a triumphant return to Second Stage, this time playing a role originated by Sherie Rene Scott.

She starred in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years opposite Adam Kantor. Taking on the character Cathy, a struggling actress who is madly in love with Jamie, her story is told in reverse chronological order. She received nothing but rave reviews for her hilarious yet poignant and heartbreaking performance. She will be taking on a different role in this musical’s film adaptation starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. In the song “A Summer Ohio,” there is a reference to a “former stripper” and her pet snake. Enter Wolfe! Her fun cameo will definitely be exciting to see on the big screen.

However, if you want to see Wolfe live and in action, you’re in luck! She will be appearing in the upcoming Broadway show Bullets Over Broadway, a new musical based on the screenplay by Woody Allen. It is set to officially open in April 2014 with previews taking place the month before. Zach Braff is also set to star, marking his Broadway debut. Maybe Wolfe can give him a few tips.

With her infectious smile and undeniable talent, Wolfe has skyrocketed to Broadway fame after her years of hard work. She will be moving on to even more remarkable projects in years to come, and we couldn’t be happier for her.

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