Anika Larsen

Anika Larsen (born December 19, 1973)[1] is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2014 for portraying Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Larsen has made an album of recordings titled, Sing You To Sleep.[2]

Anika Larsen
Born (1973-12-19) December 19, 1973 (age 46)
Alma materYale University
Years active1999-present
Freddie Maxwell
m. 2015)
WebsiteOfficial website

Personal lifeEdit

Larsen was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a blended family of adopted children. She studied theatre at Yale University and performed in the a cappella choir, Shades.[3]

In 2015 she married musician Freddie Maxwell and gave birth to their first child, a son named Kie Larsen Maxwell.[4][5]


Larsen made her Broadway debut in 2000 in the ensemble of Rent. In 2002 she originated the role of Roberta in the cult Off-Broadway musical, Zanna, Don't!, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

In 2005 she again appeared on Broadway in the ensemble of All Shook Up and in 2007 performed in the original Broadway ensemble of Xanadu. She has also performed in Avenue Q playing the role of Lucy the Slut/Kate Monster on National Tour, Broadway, and Off-Broadway.

Larsen is the founder of the Jaradoa Theatre Company, which combines performance with community service. In 2009 a musical based on her own life, titled Shafrika: The White Girl, dealing with her experiences of living with a blended adoptive family, was staged at the Vineyard Theatre.[6][7]


  1. ^ Date of birth,; accessed May 31, 2014.
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  4. ^ Larsen Welcomes Baby Boy accessed 12-23-2015
  5. ^ Archived 2015-01-08 at the Wayback Machine accessed 1/5/2015
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ David, Cara Joy. "Quick Questions: Beautiful ‘s Anika Larsen is Back on Broadway" Huffington Post, January 15, 2014

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