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Keala Joan Settle (born November 5, 1975) is an American actress and singer. Settle originated the role of Norma Valverde in Hands on a Hardbody, which ran on Broadway in 2013, and was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2017, she portrayed Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady, in the musical film The Greatest Showman. The song "This Is Me" from the film, principally sung by Settle, won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Keala Settle
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Settle at The Greatest Showman premiere in Japan on 13 February 2018
Born
Keala Joan Settle

(1975-11-05) November 5, 1975 (age 43)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2002–present

Contents

Personal lifeEdit

Settle was born in Hawaii, the eldest of five children of Susanne (née Riwai), who is of Māori descent from New Zealand, and British-born David Settle. She is a graduate of Kahuku High School (class of 1993), and an alumna of Southern Utah University.[1][2][3][4]

CareerEdit

BroadwayEdit

Settle made her Broadway debut in 2011 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Shirley and in the ensemble.[3][5]

Settle originated the role of Norma Valverde in Hands on a Hardbody, a musical which ran briefly on Broadway in 2013, and is based on the 1997 documentary about real people competing to win a new truck. The TheatreMania reviewer wrote: "Settle, as Norma, steals every scene she's in. The spectacularly bizarre lead-in to her big number, 'Joy of the Lord,' is more difficult to pull off than most Shakespearean monologues, and her solo vocals reveal a soulful, oversized gospel range that drives the Holy Spirit straight to the back of the theater. When she tearfully realizes what her faith in God may have wrought, it stings like a chigger bite. Settle's touching performance should go on the shortlist for every Best Featured Actress prize in town."[6] For this role, Settle was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[7][8][9][10] Additionally, she was awarded the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debut performance during the 2012-13 theatrical season.[11]

Settle played the role of Madame Thenardier in the revival of Les Misérables, starting in March 2014,[12] and ending on March 1, 2015.[13]

Settle originated the role of Becky in the musical Waitress, which opened on Broadway on April 24, 2016, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after premiering at the American Repertory Theater in August 2015.[14]

Other workEdit

Settle played the role of Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of Hairspray. In the review of the tour stop at the Kennedy Center in 2005, the Washington Post reviewer wrote: " As for Settle, she is a fine Tracy, even if she looks too old for graduate school, let alone high school."[15] She appeared in the national tour of the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific as Bloody Mary, starting in 2009.[16][17] The reviewer for the Pioneer Press, Massachusetts, wrote: "Better cast is Keala Settle, who plays the conniving Tonkinese trader lady Bloody Mary with a rolling gait, the venom of viper and—buried deeply but achingly visible in strategic moments—the maternal fierceness of a lioness."[18]

In November through December 2012, Settle played the role of Mrs. Fezziwig in the Pioneer Theatre Company (Salt Lake City) production of the musical A Christmas Carol.[19]

She played the role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Maine from July 31 to August 25, 2013.[20]

Settle performed in the Encores! concert staging of Violet on July 17, 2013 with Sutton Foster,[21] but did not move on to the Broadway revival due to taking the role Madame Thénardier in the revival of Les Misérables; she was replaced in Violet by Annie Golden.

Settle discussed her career path, noting that "...I really am not a musical theatre performer. I'm more an R&B singer and have been doing that my whole life. My mother is—well, was—also an R&B singer, in New Zealand....I was too busy wanting to sing backup or doing studio work singing chorus stuff, and singing backup for Gladys Knight in Vegas." Further, after her run in Hairspray, she stated that she "...didn't know how to live in that world..." and so for several years worked backstage with designers until she was cast in South Pacific.[22]

In 2017, Settle portrayed Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady, in the biographical musical drama film The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. The song "This Is Me" from the film, principally sung by Settle, won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song[23]. On December 22, 2017, she released an extended play entitled Chapter One.[24]

In 2018, she was featured in "Forbidden", the newest Todrick Hall visual album, especially in the song called "Forbidden", a song against homophobia.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Ricki and the Flash Sharon
2017 The Greatest Showman Lettie Lutz "This Is Me," sung by Keala Settle, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
Also, the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards.[23]

DiscographyEdit

Soundtrack albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US AUS CAN GER IRL JAP NZ KOR UK
The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1
[25]
1
[26]
3
[27]
5
[28]
1
[29]
1
[30]
1
[31]
17
[32]
1
[33]

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, showing title, date released, labels and track listing
Title Album details Track listing
Chapter One[40]
  • Released: 22 December 2017
  • Label: NoiseWells
  • Length: 22 minutes
  1. "Til I Get to You"
  2. "Neither One of Us"
  3. "Tennessee Whiskey"
  4. "Can't Run Away"
  5. "The Rose"

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US AUS CAN FRA GER IRL JAP NZ KOR UK
"This Is Me"
(with The Greatest Showman Ensemble)
2017 58
[41]
10
[42]
74
[43]
52
[44]
55
[45]
11
[46]
17
[47]
13
[48]
9
[49]
3
[50]
The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Bird Set Free" 2018 Non-album single

Other charted songsEdit

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US AUS
[54]
IRE
[55]
FRA
[56]
NZ
[57]
UK
[58]
"The Greatest Show"
(with Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and The Greatest Showman Ensemble)
2017 88 42 34 110 [a] 20 The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Come Alive"
(with Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Daniel Everidge)
[b] 70 [c] 55

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "The Greatest Show" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 3 on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[59]
  2. ^ "Come Alive" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at No. 21 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[citation needed]
  3. ^ "Come Alive" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 8 on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[59]

ReferencesEdit

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