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Debbie Shapiro Gravitte (born September 29, 1954) is an American actress and singer.

Debbie Gravitte
Born (1954-09-29) September 29, 1954 (age 64)
OccupationSinger, actress
Spouse(s)Beau Gravitte; 3 children

Shapiro was born in Los Angeles, California,



Gravitte made her Broadway debut in the chorus of They're Playing Our Song in 1979.[1] She performed on Broadway in Blues in the Night in 1982;[2] Zorba in 1983;[3] Les Misérables as Fantine replacement, 1994;[4] and Chicago as Matron "Mama" Morton replacement in 2003.[5][6]

In 1989 she appeared in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She was nominated for the Drama Desk Award.[7] She was nominated for the 1981 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, for the Frank Loesser revue Perfectly Frank (1990).[8]

She has appeared in several Encores! staged concerts at New York City Center, including Carnival (2002), The Boys from Syracuse(1997) and Tenderloin (2000).[9][10][11]

Her solo album Part of Your World celebrates the songs of Alan Menken, [12] and she is featured on the recording Unsung Sondheim.[13]

Her sole screen credit is the 2000 Jacqueline Susann biopic Isn't She Great, in which she portrayed singer Eydie Gormé.[14]

On October 27, 2012, Shapiro Gravitte starred in the Broadway-style musical Loving the Silent Tears, which premiered in Los Angeles, California.[15][16]

She performs in concerts, including with the National Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, the Boston Pops, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Utah Symphony, St. Lous, Houston, and San Diego Symphonies.[17]


She is married to actor/singer Beau Gravitte; the couple has three children.[18][12] The Bay Area Reporter noted: "Being at home to rear her three children with actor husband Beau Gravitte was a big reason she turned to the life of a traveling concert performer, with big at-home gaps built into the schedule."[19][20]


  1. ^ "'They're Playing Our Song' Broadway", accessed December 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "'Blues in the Night' Broadway", accessed December 24, 2015
  3. ^ '"Zorba' Broadway", accessed December 24, 2015
  4. ^ "'Les Misérables' Broadway", accessed December 24, 2015
  5. ^ "'Chicago' Broadway" Archived 2015-12-24 at the Wayback Machine, accessed December 24, 2015
  6. ^ gans, Andrew. "Debbie Gravitte Returns to Broadway in 'Chicago'", December 1, 2003
  7. ^ "'Jerome Robbins' Broadway' Broadway", accessed December 24, 2015
  8. ^ "'Perfectly Frank' Broadway", accessed December 24, 2015
  9. ^ Simonson, Robert and Jones, Kenneth. "Gravitte and Stiers Star in Encores!' 'Tenderloin', March 23-27", March 10, 2000
  10. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Stokes, Sills, Gravitte Star in Encores! 'Carnival', Feb. 7", February 7, 2002
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Luker & Gravitte Star in 'Encores!' Syracuse May 1-4", April 30, 1997
  12. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: Chatting with Big Time's Debbie Gravitte, Your Evita Thoughts and News of Peters and Menzel", September 9, 2005
  13. ^ "Unsung Sondheim", accessed December 24, 2015
  14. ^ Mitchell, Elvis. Review New York Times, January 28, 2000
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "website". Loving the Silent Tears. Archived from the original on September 26, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  17. ^ "Debbie Gravitte Bio", 2012
  18. ^ "Beau Gravitte is New Chair of Drama Department at Wooster School", March 12, 2011
  19. ^ Dodds, Richard. "Debbie Gravitte defies gravity", November 6, 2008
  20. ^ Fox, Sandra Diamond. "A Sunday chat with Beau Gravitte", August 14, 2010

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