Rebecca Spencer

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Rebecca premiered and continues in the role of Madame Giry in the new Las Vegas production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The role returns Rebecca to the haunts of the Paris Opera House, fifteen years after her debut as Carlotta, performed in German for six months at the Neue Flora Theatre in Mr. Prince’s Hamburg, Germany Company. She is an original Broadway cast member of Jekyll and Hyde in which she played the principal roles of Lady Beaconsfield and Guenivere. Her additional performances on Broadway in the role of Emma Carew completed a circle that had begun eight years earlier when she created that role at the 1990 Alley Theatre world premiere. She was also in the final Toronto workshop of Ragtime, directed by Frank Galati, and can be heard on the first cast recording.

Rebecca was awarded the 2004 BACK STAGE Bistro Award for her self-produced debut solo recording, Wide Awake and Dreaming (LML Music). Her television credits include Third Watch and Law and Order: SVU. She has performed principal roles with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Minnesota, Omaha and Connecticut Opera companies, as well as the New Voices Series at the New York City Opera. She has been a guest soloist with the Syracuse, New Haven and Detroit Symphonies, and the Florida Orchestra, and with the Indianapolis and Naples Symphonies conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops, and has performed as the guest soloist for composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Rebecca was nominated for a Florida Theatre critics award (Best Actress) for her portrayal of Rosabella in the Jupiter Theatre’s production of The Most Happy Fella, as well as an Arizona Theatre critics award (Best Supporting Actress) for her portrayal of Buttercup in HMS Pinafore at the Arizona Theatre Company. She has starred in productions at the St. Louis and Trinity Repertory Companies, Cincinnati Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. In New York she has been featured at Lyrics and Lyricists and as well as the Ira Gershwin Centennial at Carnegie Hall, recorded for PBS, and has appeared in five ENCORES! concerts at the City Center. She was featured at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 2004 & 05 NYC Cabaret Conventions., at Town Hall and at the Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Rebecca has toured twice nationally in Man of La Mancha as Antonia, starring first with John Cullum and later Hal Linden. She co-stared as Shirley in the Goodspeed Opera’s Lady Be Good, which also toured nationally.

She can be heard on several cast recordings, including Jekyll and Hyde, Ragtime, Drat the Cat, Violet, Our Heart Sings, Linda Eder's Christmas album, the Newberry Award winning children's musical series The Mandarin Duck and The Bridge to Terebithia, and Irving Berlin’s Watch Your Step. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College.

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