Kate Reinders (born December 10, 1980) is an American actress and singer, who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows. Reinders was born in Seattle, Washington, but raised in Spring Lake, Michigan. She attended Western Michigan Christian High School, graduating in 1998.
Reinders at Broadway on Broadway in 2006
|Born||December 10, 1980|
Reinders' Broadway debut was in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a swing and understudy for characters Amy Lawrence and Becky Thatcher. She next joined the 2002 Broadway revival of Into The Woods as an understudy for Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Milky White, and Rapunzel. Her first starring role was in the 2003 revival of Gypsy as June; she went on to play Caroline in the 2005 jukebox musical Good Vibrations.
Reinders played the role of Glinda in the 2005 Chicago production of Wicked, alongside Ana Gasteyer as Elphaba; for this role, she received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress in a Principal Role. She and Gasteyer finished their runs in the Chicago company on January 22, 2006. On May 30, 2006 she replaced Megan Hilty as Glinda in the Broadway production. While playing this role she performed "Popular" in a Daily Double about Wicked on an all-celebrity episode of Jeopardy!. TV personality Nancy Grace gave the correct question. She ended her run on January 7, 2007 along with former Chicago co-star, Ana Gasteyer.
Reinders was part of the cast in the show Party Come Here, which ran as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from July 25 through August 5, 2007. She appeared in the play The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero at the Off-Broadway DR2 Theater in 2007.
Reinders was also a member of the band Tastiskank, along with Sarah Litzsinger. Reinders and Litzsinger co-starred opposite Constantine Maroulis in an independent TV pilot called Teachers. She also had a recurring role as a character named Ginger on the third season of the television series Ugly Betty. Reinders starred as a regular character, "Paula Morgan" on the Lifetime series Sherri starring former The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. The show premiered on October 5, 2009.
Reinders appears in the Mohegan Sun commercial, "Everyone's Invited" singing to the tune of the Rick James song Superfreak alongside former Wicked co-star, Saycon Sengbloh. She appears in the concert revue For The Record: Baz Luhrmann in Los Angeles, presented by ROCKLA for Show at Barre. It opened February 12, 2011, and closed June 30, 2011, with Jenna Leigh Green, Arielle Jacobs and Tracie Thoms. Reinders voices the character Jezebel in the video game Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.
Reinders was seen recently on Broadway as the standby for Corky in Meteor Shower.
It was announced on October 8, 2018 that Reinders will assume the role of Cynthia Weil in the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, replacing Kara Lindsay on October 19. As of 2019, she has been portraying Miss Jenn in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
|2001||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Swing/Amy Lawrence (u/s)/Becky Thatcher (u/s)||Broadway, April 26 – May 13, 2001|
|2002||Into the Woods||Snow White||Los Angeles|
|Cinderella (u/s), Milky White u/s, Rapunzel u/s, & Little Red Ridinghood u/s||Broadway, April 30 – November 2002|
|A Year with Frog and Toad||Various||Off-Broadway, November 2002 – January 2003|
|2003||Gypsy||June||Broadway, May 1, 2003 – May 30, 2004|
|2004||Nerds||New York Stage and Film, July 15–18, 2004|
|2005||Good Vibrations||Caroline||Broadway, February 2 – April 24, 2005|
|Wicked||Glinda||Chicago production, 2005–2006|
|2006||Broadway, May 30, 2006 – January 7, 2007|
|2007||Party Come Here||Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 25 – August 5, 2007|
|The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero||Off-Broadway|
|2008||The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken||Performer||Broadway, October 27, 2008|
|2011||For the Record: Baz Luhrmann||Show at Barre, Feb. 12 – June 30, 2011|
|2015||Something Rotten!||Portia||Broadway, April 22, 2015 – July 16, 2016|
|2018||Beautiful: The Carole King Musical||Cynthia Weil||Broadway, October 2018 – February 2019|
|1995||While You Were Sleeping||Beth|
|2004||Kinsey||Female Student #1|
|2009||Freegan Love||Her Friend||short|
|2013||Grudge Match||Groupie in Bar|
|2014||Such Good People||Chloe|
|2005||Blind Justice||Kim Chenowith||1 episode|
|2008||Teachers||Katherine Holland||TV movie|
|Ugly Betty||Ginger||2 episodes|
|2011||Modern Family||Princess||1 episode|
|2012–13||Work It||Kelly||13 episodes|
|2013||Anger Management||Hope||1 episode|
|2019–present||High School Musical: The Musical: The Series||Miss Jenn||Main role|
|2015||Saints Row: Gat out of Hell||Jezebel Mephistopheles|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||Joseph Jefferson Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Wicked||Nominated|
|2007||HBO Comedy Arts Festival||Breakout Award||TASTiSKANK comedy duo (w/ Sarah Litzsinger)||Won|
- "Profile: 'Wicked' actress Kate Reinders makes magic on stage". The Grand Rapids Press. July 5, 2009.
- Simonson, Robert. "Kate Reinders To Join Broadway's 'Wicked' On May 30 As New Glinda". Playbill.com, May 30, 2006
- Gans, Andrew. "Wicked's Reinders to Be Part of Fabulous Life of a Size Zero Cast". Playbill.com, May 18, 2007
- Gans, Andrew. "Litzsinger and Reinders to Bring TastiSkank to the George Street Playhouse". Playbill.com, April 5, 2007
- Gans, Andrew. "Henry, Parker, Reichard and Reinders Join Line-Up for Yellow Brick Road Not Taken Concert". Playbill.com, October 24, 2008.
- "Mohegan Sun – Super Freak". Splendad.com.
- Probst, Andy. "Jenna Leigh Green, Arielle Jacobs, Kate Reinders, et al. Set For the Record: Baz Luhrmann". Theatermania.com. February 3, 2011.
- " 'Something Rotten!' Cast" broadway.com
- Wiener, Iris. "Meet the New Class of Broadway’s 'Something Rotten!'" Playbill, July 18, 2016
- McPhee, Ryan. "Kate Reinders to Join Broadway's 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'" Playbill, October 8, 2018
- Denise Petski (February 15, 2019). "'High School Musical': Disney+ Sets Cast, Starts Production On Streaming Series Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Harnick, Chris (February 15, 2019). "Meet the Cast of Disney's High School Musical: The Musical: The Series". E! News. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Fierberg, Ruthie. "Broadway's Andrew Samonsky and Kate Reinders Are Engaged!" Playbill, March 28, 2016
- Spaner, Whitney. "Inside Kate Reinders and Andrew Samonsky’s Disney World Wedding" Playbill, July 3, 2016
- Dinh, Christine (February 15, 2019). "'High School Musical' TV Show Cast Announced: 'Andi Mack's Sofia Wylie & More Join". Hollywood Life. Retrieved February 15, 2019.