WHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: I think it is fairly obvious, but I'll state it for the record. Just one month ago, yesterday, she opened as the leading lady in the most talked about, news-making Broadway musical of all time. No matter what you think of the show, you certainly have to respect this young lady's work ethic and tenacity. In the past year, she's gone from a Tony-nominated gig to the role of a lifetime in the biggest, baddest, and often ugliest Broadway musical ever. She turned a mere 20 years old on the first night of previews on a complete re-boot of a show, and she did it all under the harsh, unforgiving spotlight of what today passes as American journalism. Talk about grace under pressure! Now, she's settling in for the long run and combatting rumors of a showmance with her leading man, Mr. July, Reeve Carney. Whether they are a couple or not, both of these brave souls are the very image of professionalism. And that is why Jennifer Damiano is Ms. Broadway July 2011.
- Birth date: May 12, 1991, making her 20 years young
- What you might have seen her in: She played both Samantha and Josefina in the American Girls Place show. She made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening as an ensemble member and understudy for all principal female roles, except Wendla. She was hired for that very purpose, but because that role required brief nudity and she was just 15 at the time, it was illegal for her to play the role. She went on to play Natalie in next to normal, earning her first Tony nomination. She also has played concerts at Joe's Pub with her co-star from normal, Adam Chanler-Berat, and also did an episode of the TV show, Gossip Girl. Now, of course, she can be seen 8 times a week at the Hilton Theatre as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
- Where to find her on the Internet: http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/home
In concert singing Blue Wind/I Don't Do Sadness" from Spring Awakening with Adam Chanler-Berat
Recording "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" for the Original Broadway Cast Recording of next to normal with Alice Ripley and Aaron Tveit (Courtesy of Broadway.com)
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