WHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: Well, these days it is pretty rare for a "Broadway" name to replace a "star" name in the leading role of a Broadway musical. But that is exactly what has happened to Ms. April 2012! When her current show, Leap of Faith, was out of town, the female lead was a waitress and was played by Brooke Shields. Now, the female lead is the town sheriff and played by Broadway favorite, Jessica Phillips! Back when Jesus Christ Superstar was celebrating 25 years, she appeared in the Broadway cast, and also was in the casts of all three versions of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Most recently, in between gigs with her country music duo, 10th and Carlisle, she has made quite a splash in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and made a critically acclaimed turn as Alice Ripley's understudy in next to normal. But right now, she's previewing and looking forward to a huge Broadway opening with her name right up there with one Raul Esparza! Can you think of a better reason to name Jessica Phillips Ms. April 2012?
- Family: Married to Nicholas Rohlfing; they have sons.
- Originally from: Tennessee
- Besides Broadway: Part of the country duo 10th and Carlisle, with Priscilla co-star, Tad Wilson.
- Where you might have seen her: Regional: God of Autumn, It's Only Life; Off-Broadway: The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, next to normal; Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1.0, 2.0, 3.0), next to normal, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Leap of Faith.
- On the Internet: http://leapoffaithbroadway.com/
"Just Another Day" from next to normal with all understudies
"When You're Here from It's Only Love at Joe's Pub
"Need you Now" - 10th and Carlisle Concert "South of Broadway"