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Jennifer Leigh Warren

About this Artist

Jennifer Leigh Warren is a critically acclaimed actress/singer lauded for her show-stopping Broadway performances as the original Alice’s Daughter in Big River (singing a song written for her by Roger Miller), the original Crystal in the Howard Ashman/Alan Menken hit Little Shop of Horrors, the original Lincoln Center cast of Marie Christine, and “the Muse” in the original Drama Desk Award-nominated Lonesome Traveler.

She recently performed in the television musical event RENT: LIVE, showcasing her acting and singing versatility as Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Cohen, Support Sue, and the infamous bag lady. She is featured on the Grammy® Award-nominated cast albums of both Big River and Little Shop of Horrors, and sang on the Stephen Schwartz Album.

She starred as the Blues Singer in all four national tours of A Night with Janis Joplin (USA, Canada), and the independent production at the La Mirada Theater was filmed and recently released in movie theaters across the country and is now streaming at

Regional credits include: Miss Emma in the beautiful new musical Passing Through (Goodspeed Musicals), Lalume in Kismet, Cleo in The Most Happy Fella and a showstopping Shelia in HAIR with a vocal arrangement made for her by the great Peter Matz (Reprise!), Medda in Newsies and Dragon in Shrek (Tuacahn), BOTH Addaperle AND Evilene in the same production of The Wiz (Arkansas Rep), proudly portrayed Thelma Mothershed in Little Rock: the Story of the Little Rock Nine (TheatreWorks), Gretchen Cryer’s I’m Still Getting My Act Together (Laguna Playhouse), her NAACP Theatre award-nominated performance as Julia in Having It All (NoHo Arts), The Education of Randy Newman (South Coast Rep), The Princess & the Black-Eyed Pea (San Diego Rep), The Muse in Lonesome Traveler (Rubicon Theatre), and she was a member of Sir Peter Hall’s Shakespeare Repertory Company at the Ahmanson Theater.

Warren’s international credits include singing a duet with Al Jarreau in Denmark in the TV special entitled Musical of The Year, televised live to 30 countries. She re-created her Broadway role of Alice’s Daughter in Big River in Japan with a Japanese cast, singing her gospel number in Japanese. She also appeared in the musical Juni Ka Getsu No Nina, (Nina & The 12 Months), in the role of Noyabre, with a song written for her by Bolshoi Ballet composer Rodion Shchedrin and choreographed by Maya Plisetskaya. This show represented the first American, Russian, and Japanese collaboration on a new musical.

Feature films include: Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day, The Other Sister, and Dear God, Allison Anders & Martin Scorsese’s Grace of my Heart, Sean Penn’s The Crossing Guard, Larry David’s Sour Grapes. Television includes: Pretty Little Liars, Lipstick Jungle, Dirt, ER, Scrubs, The Game, Touched by an Angel, and All My Children.

Awards: LA Ovation Award winner with multiple nominations, Backstage Award, Dartmouth College Creative Arts Award, two BroadwayWorld awards (seven nominations) for her solo concert show Diamonds Are Forever: Songs of Dame Shirley Bassey, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, and for the Cinderella Christmas panto in the same year. She is a proud AEA, SAG/AFTRA member. @theOriginalJLW