Mallory Bechtel

Mallory Bechtel (born November 26, 1999) is an American musical theatre actress and singer based in New York City.[1] She has performed as lead and understudy in several musicals including the Tony Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway.[2] She has also appeared in multiple television shows and films. Bechtel was nominated at Broadway.com Audience Awards in 2019 for her role as Zoe Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen.[3]

Mallory Bechtel
Born (1999-11-26) November 26, 1999 (age 20)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materThe John Cooper School
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2008 - present
Known forDear Evan Hansen
Home townHouston, Texas
Websitemallorybechtel.com

BiographyEdit

Bechtel was born in 1999, in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston.[4] She spent her early years in The Woodlands where she attended and graduated from The John Cooper School.[5] Bechtel had plans to study at New York University Tisch School of the Arts after high school graduation but her plans were deferred when she was cast as Zoe Murphy in the musical Dear Evan Hansen in 2018.[2]

Bechtel started acting at the age of eight. She appeared for the first time on the professional stage in 2008 when she was cast as Susan Waverly for Theatre Under the Stars production of White Christmas.[6] In 2015, at the age of 15, Bechtel auditioned for the role of Zoe Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen, but was originally denied the part.[7] Two years later, in August 2017, Bechtel was offered a vacation standby role for original Dear Evan Hansen cast member, Laura Dreyfuss.[8][7] Bechtel never performed as Zoe during this time. However, in July 2018, she took over the role of Zoe Murphy full-time and was on stage at The Music Box Theatre for a year until July 2019.[9][7] Gabrielle Carrubba took over the role of Zoe after Bechtel's departure from the show.[10]

Apart from performing on stage, Bechtel has appeared in various shows and films. In 2018, Bechtel appeared on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 19). The same year she was cast in Ari Aster's supernatural horror film, Hereditary.[11] In 2020, Bechtel appeared in FBI: Most Wanted on CBS. Her cover of Requiem from Dear Evan Hansen garnered over 3.5 million views on YouTube and gained her a social audience of over sixty thousand followers on YouTube and Instagram collectively.[12] Bechtel is scheduled to perform in the musical, Bye Bye Birdie, as Kim MacAfee, at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in 2020. The musical has been delayed due to the concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14]

CreditsEdit

Theatre creditsEdit

  • This is an inexhaustive list of Mallory Bechtel theatre credits
Year Production Role Notes
2020 Bye Bye Birdie Kim MacAfee John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts[15]
2018-2019 Dear Evan Hansen Zoe Murphy Broadway
2018 Rent Joanne Theatre Under The Stars (Houston)
2017 Bring It On: The Musical Eva Theatre Under The Stars (Houston)

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Type
2020 Know Fear Jami Film
2020 FBI: Most Wanted Leanne Television
2018 Hereditary (film) Bridget Film
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 19) Haley Sadler Television

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite replacement (Female) Dear Evan Hansen Nominated[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Giannotta, Meghan (7 June 2019). "10 things we learned about 'Dear Evan Hansen' star Mallory Bechtel". amny.com. AM New York Metro. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b King, Eric (5 October 2018). "Mallory Bechtel on Joining Dear Evan Hansen's Newish Cast and How Her YouTube Page Led to Broadway". broadway.com. Broadway.com. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Evans, Greg (16 May 2019). "'Be More Chill', 'Pretty Woman' Top Broadway's Audience Choice Awards". deadline.com. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Hughes, Howard (17 September 2018). "Mallory Bechtel on Broadway". thewoodlands.com. The Woodlands. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Schafler, Kelly (10 April 2017). "Woodlands student nominated for Tommy Tune Awards". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam (4 December 2008). "Snow Tune: Irving Berlin's White Christmas Begins Houston Run Dec. 4". playbill.com. Playbill. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Gordon, David (24 August 2018). "Mallory Bechtel and Lisa Brescia Meet Evan Hansen". theatermania.com. Theater Mania. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Anderson, Jenny (29 November 2018). "Broadway Replacement Stars That Left Us Stunned: Dear Evan Hansen Heartbreaker Mallory Bechtel". broadwayworld.com. BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  9. ^ Green, Jesse (23 May 2019). "Review: 'Dear Evan Hansen,' With a Real Teenage Evan". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew (30 July 2019). "Gabrielle Carrubba Takes Over as Zoe Murphy in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen Starting July 30". playbill.com. Playbill. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Gronvall, Andrea (1 July 2018). "Ari Aster wrote and directed this glossy horror film". chicagoreader.com. Chicago Reader. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew (24 August 2018). "The recent high school graduate plays Zoe Murphy in the Broadway production of the Tony-winning musical". playbill.com. Playbill. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  13. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (5 March 2020). "Put on a Happy Face! James Van Der Beek, Carly Hughes & More to Lead Bye Bye Birdie at the Kennedy Center". broadway.com. Broadway.com. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  14. ^ Quinn, Dave (5 March 2020). "Mallory Bechtel (Dear Evan Hansen) will take on the role of Kim MacAfee". people.com. People (magazine). Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  15. ^ Newsdesk, BWW (5 March 2020). "James Van Der Beek will lead the company as Albert Peterson alongside Mallory Bechtel". broadwayworld.com. BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  16. ^ Wontorek, Paul (7 May 2019). "Fan-Picked 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced; Be More Chill Leads With 12". broadwayworld.com. BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 29, 2020.

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