Heidi Blickenstaff (born December 28, 1971) is an actress based in New York City best known for playing a version of herself in the musical [title of show] during its Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, as well as for originating the role of Bea in the 2015 musical Something Rotten!. She co-starred with Cozi Zuehlsdorff in the Disney Channel musical version of Freaky Friday which was broadcast on August 10, 2018.
|Alma mater||Duke University|
Nicholas Rohlfing (m. 2015)
Blickenstaff grew up in Fresno, California, and got her start in musical theater at the Good Company Players, where her roles included "Annie" in the musical of the same name. She is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Fresno, Calif., and Duke University.
Blickenstaff is a Broadway performer who gained widespread notice for her work in [title of show] after some years of working in understudy, supporting and ensemble roles. The musical documents its own creation by Broadway fans Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, who want to enter the New York Musical Theatre Festival and struggle to complete the show in three and a half weeks with their two actress friends. The actors are also the writers and characters of the musical. Blickenstaff has said her character in [title of show], a struggling actor also named "Heidi," is a "concentrated version" of her actual personality.
She also has credited her experience in [title of show] with easing her chronic stage fright, a form of self-doubt immortalized in one of the show's songs, "Die Vampire Die." "I also have a stage fright vampire," she told TheaterMania.com in 2006, during [title of show]'s extended off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre. "Certainly, [title of show] has been great medicine, because we talk about that stuff."
Of Blickenstaff's performance in the musical—an adaptation of the 1941 Frank Capra film of the same name—Peter Marks wrote in the Washington Post: "She's a dynamite successor to the movie's Barbara Stanwyck: It's a star performance, in fact. There's an effortless kind of kick to Blickenstaff's readings of Ann's sharp-elbowed lines. And she can sing, to boot."
Blickenstaff's other regional credits include roles in The Girl in the Frame at the Goodspeed Opera House, Bat Boy: The Musical at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, Calif., and Prairie at New York Stage and Film.
She has also worked in touring productions of The Full Monty, Jekyll & Hyde (as the understudy for the role of Lucy Harris), Steel Pier, Dreamgirls and The Who's Tommy. It was during the Tommy tour that Blickenstaff met her future [title of show] co-star (and the musical's co-creator/composer) Jeff Bowen.
Blickenstaff was a member of the original cast of the review First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in 2009, and then again in the revival that played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in June 2012.
Blickenstaff played the role of Jane/Bonnie in the world premiere of Dog and Pony at The Old Globe Theatre from May–July, 2014 with Nicole Parker, Beth Leavel, Jon Patrick Walker, and Eric William Morris. Dog and Pony has a book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker, and was directed by Roger Rees.
In the fall of 2017, Blickenstaff filmed the new Disney Channel musical version of "Freaky Friday," as the mother whose personality "swaps" with her daughter played by Cozi Zuehlsdorff. The film was broadcast on Disney Channel in August 2018.
Blickenstaff can be heard on the cast recordings of [title of show], Now. Here. This., Meet John Doe, The Little Mermaid, and Something Rotten!. She can also be heard on "Sweet Bye and Bye," featuring the music of Vernon Duke; "Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go"; Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond's "Out of Our Heads"; "Keys: The Music of Scott Alan"; and Georgia Stitt's "My Lifelong Love."
|1996||The Who's Tommy||Ensemble||National tour; left in 1997|
|1997||Dreamgirls||Ensemble||National tour; left in 1998|
|1998||Steel Pier||Dora Foster||National tour; left in 1999|
|1999||Jekyll & Hyde||Ensemble/Lucy Harris (u/s)||National tour; left in 2000|
|2000||The Full Monty||Susan Hershey/Vicky Nichols (u/s)||National tour; left in 2001|
|2002||The Full Monty||Susan Hershey/Vicky Nichols (u/s)||Broadway; closed in 2002|
|2003||Bat Boy: The Musical||Theatreworks, Jul. 19 - Aug. 10, 2003|
|Prairie||New York Fringe Festival|
|2004||[title of show]||Stacia||New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sep. 2004|
|2005||The Girl in the Frame||Goodspeed Opera House|
|[title of show]||Heidi||Eugene O'Neill Theater Center|
|Heidi||off-off-Broadway; Sep. 2005|
|2006||[title of show]||off-Broadway; Feb. 26 - Oct. 1, 2006|
|Meet John Doe||Ann Mitchell||Ford's Theatre|
|The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Dogette||Broadway concert|
|2007||The Little Mermaid||Carlotta/Ursula (u/s)||Broadway; Nov. 3, 2007 - Apr. 21, 2008|
|2008||[title of show]||Heidi||Broadway; Jul. 17 - Oct. 8, 2008|
|2009||The Little Mermaid||Ursula||Broadway; Jan. 27 - Apr. 6, 2009|
|First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb||Performer||Signature Theatre|
|2011||The Addams Family||Alice Beineke||Broadway; Mar. 7 - Dec. 31, 2011|
|2012||First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb||Performer||Kennedy Center|
|Now. Here. This.||Heidi||off-Broadway; Mar. 7 - Apr. 28, 2012|
|2013||Next to Normal||Diana||Weston Playhouse Theatre Company|
|2014||The Most Happy Fella||Cleo||Encores!, Apr. 2014|
|Dog and Pony||Jane/Bonnie||Old Globe Theatre, May - July 2014 (world premiere)|
|Elf||Emily Hobbs||Paper Mill Playhouse, Nov. 2014 - Jan. 2015|
|2015||Something Rotten!||Bea Bottom||Broadway; Apr. 22, 2015 - July 16, 2016|
|2016||Freaky Friday||Katherine Blake||Signature Theatre; Oct. 4 - Nov. 20, 2016|
|2017||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2009||The Rebound||Morning Mom|
|2013||Sing Along||Ms. Kelly||short|
|2015||First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb||Performer||TV film|
|2018||Freaky Friday||Katherine Blake||Disney Channel TV film|
|2004||Hope & Faith||Woman||1 episode|
|2008||The 53rd Drama Desk Awards||Host||TV special|
|2014||Submissions Only||Diana Rioux||1 episode|
|2015||Renaissance Woman: Backstage at Something Rotten! with Heidi Blickenstaff||Self||8 episodes|
|2006||[title of show] (Original cast recording)||On fourteen tracks|
|2008||The Little Mermaid (Original Broadway cast recording)||Mainly background singing|
|2012||Now. Here. This. (Original cast recording)||On fourteen tracks|
|2015||Something Rotten! (Original Broadway cast recording)||On four tracks|
|2017||Freaky Friday (musical) (Original Cast recording)||On 13 tracks|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||Helen Hayes Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Meet John Doe||Won|
|Obie Award||Special Citations||[title of show]||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|2009||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Ensemble Cast||Won|
|Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Favorite Diva Performance||Nominated|
|Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)||Nominated|
|Favorite Replacement (Female)||The Little Mermaid||Nominated|
|2015||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Something Rotten!||Nominated|
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- Next to Normal vermont.broadwayworld.com
- "Review" chestertelegraph.org
-  nycitycenter.org
- Dog and Pony Archived 2014-12-12 at the Wayback Machine theoldglobe.org
- "Press Release" papermill.org
- Hetrick, Adam. " 'Something Rotten!' Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight" playbill.com, March 23, 2015
- "Disney Channel's Freaky Friday Movie Musical, Starring Heidi Blickenstaff, Premieres August 10 - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
- Recordings amazon.com