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Carolee Carmello (born as Carolee Ann Carmello on September 1, 1962, in Albany, New York) is an American actress best known for her performances in Broadway musicals and for playing the role of Maple LaMarsh on the series Remember WENN (1996–1998). She is a three-time Tony Award nominee and a 5-time Drama Desk nominee, winning the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her role in Parade.

Carolee Carmello
Carolee Carmello at Finding Neverland.jpg
Carolee Carmello at the 2015 Broadway production of Finding Neverland.
Born (1962-09-01) September 1, 1962 (age 57)
Spouse(s)Gregg Edelman (1995-2015; divorced)


Carolee Carmello at Transport Group Gala 2013

Carmello graduated from the University of Albany with a degree in business administration. [1]

Carmello made her Broadway debut in a small role in City of Angels and returned to close the show in the role of "Oolie/Donna". She left City of Angels to take the role of Florence in the tour of Chess, from January 1990 to May 1990[2]. She played "Cordelia, the kosher caterer" in the original Broadway company of Falsettos, and also played Abigail Adams in the revival of 1776. In the Broadway company of The Scarlet Pimpernel she was a replacement in the role of "Marguerite St. Just". She created the role of Lucille Frank in Parade at Lincoln Center, for which she won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (in a tie with Bernadette Peters)[3] and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Next came "Kate" in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate and "Ms. Pennywise" in Urinetown. She starred as "Gabrielle" in Lestat, for which she received nominations for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

She appeared as Donna Sheridan in the long-running hit musical, Mamma Mia! several times, joining the show initially in October 2004.[4] She again joined the cast as Donna in September 2006,[5] taking a leave from March 14, 2007 to May 13, 2007 to appear in an early version of Saving Aimee.[6]

Carmello originated the role of Alice Beineke in the musical version of The Addams Family. For this role she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.[7]

She took over the role of the Mother Superior from Victoria Clark in the Broadway production of Sister Act on November 19, 2011.[8] In 2012, she played the role of Aimee Semple McPherson on Broadway in the musical Scandalous, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination and a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.[9] She performed the role of Mrs. du Maurier in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland from March 2015 through February 2016, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Carmello appeared in the role of Mae Tuck in the Broadway musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting, in April 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre.[10] Following its closing in May, she returned to Finding Neverland on July 5, 2016, for the show's last six weeks.[11]

Carmello will join the US national tour of Hello, Dolly, playing Dolly Levi, as of September 24, 2019.[12]

Theatre creditsEdit


Sources: Playbill[13] BroadwayWorld[14]

Year(s) Production Role Location
1989 City of Angels Ensemble/Oolie/Donna[15] Virginia Theatre
1992–93 Falsettos Cordelia John Golden Theatre
1997–98 1776 Abigail Adams replacement[16] Gershwin Theatre
1998–99 Parade Lucille Frank Vivian Beaumont Theatre
1999–00 The Scarlet Pimpernel Marguerite St. Just Neil Simon Theatre
2001 Kiss Me, Kate Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Martin Beck Theatre
2003–04 Urinetown Penelope Pennywise Henry Miller's Theatre
2004 Mamma Mia! Donna Sheridan[4] Winter Garden Theatre
2006 Lestat Gabrielle Palace Theatre
2006–07 Mamma Mia! Donna Sheridan[5] Winter Garden Theatre
2010–11 The Addams Family Alice Beineke Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
2011–12 Sister Act Mother Superior[17] Broadway Theatre
2012 Scandalous Aimee Semple McPherson[18] Neil Simon Theatre
2015–16 Finding Neverland Madame du Maurier[19] Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
2016 Tuck Everlasting Mae Tuck[20] Broadhurst Theatre
Finding Neverland Madame du Maurier[11] Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

National toursEdit