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Meg Bussert (born October 21, 1949) is an American actress, singer and a university professor.

Meg Bussert
Birth name (1949-10-21) October 21, 1949 (age 70)
BornChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresMusical theater
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, university professor
Years active1973-present

Early lifeEdit

Born in Chicago, Illinois,[1] Bussert received her BA degree from Purchase College and her MAT from Manhattanville College.[2]


Bussert made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of Irene as the "Debutante". [3] She was the standby for "Lettie" and "Hope Langdon" in Something's Afoot in 1976.[3]

Her big break came in 1980 when she was cast in two revivals, The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke as "Marian Paroo" and Brigadoon with Martin Vidnovic as Fiona MacLaren.[3] She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in both and a Tony Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for the latter.[3] This revival of The Music Man closed after just 21 performances.

Bussert appeared as "Guinevere" opposite Richard Harris as King Arthur in a national tour and 1981 Broadway revival of Camelot.[4] The production was taped for broadcast by HBO [5] and she was nominated for a CableACE Award. In 2005 she was the standby for the character "Florence Foster Jenkins" in the Broadway production of Souvenir.[6]

Bussert's regional theatre credits include The Music Man, South Pacific (US tour, 1985 as "Nellie"),[6]Phantom (at the Westchester Broadway Theater in 1992), [7]Damn Yankees, The Most Happy Fella, and Cabaret. In 2010, she performed in The Sound of Music at the Ogunquit Playhouse as "Mother Abbess".[8] She had previously performed this role at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2003.[6]

She performs in concerts, recitals, and cabarets. In 2013 she performed in a concert performance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (New York City), titled "Two Legit to Quit: a Riff-Free Evening".[9]

She has appeared in opera and operettas, including concert performances of The New Moon and The Firefly at the Town Hall, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s The Student Prince and the Mirvish’s North American tour of H. M. S. Pinafore.[10] She appeared in the Portland Opera production of Lucy's Lapses in 1990.[2][11]

Bussert presently is a full-time associate professor in Vocal Performance teaching Acting and Music Theatre Studies at New York University, in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.[2]


  1. ^ "Meg Bussert Biography", accessed April 19, 2015
  2. ^ a b c "Meg Bussert", accessed April 19, 2015
  3. ^ a b c d "Meg Bussert Broadway Credits", accessed April 19, 2015
  4. ^ " 'Camelot' Broadway, 1981", accessed April 19, 2015
  5. ^ Suskin, Steven. "THE DVD SHELF: Lerner & Loewe's 'Camelot' With Harris; Sondheim's 'A Little Night Music' With Liz", June 17, 2007
  6. ^ a b c "Meg Bussert Credits", accessed April 19, 2015
  7. ^ Klein, Alvin. "Theater: Yet Another 'Phantom' in Elmsford" The New York Times, September 13, 1992
  8. ^ "Press Release, 'Sound of Music'" Archived 2015-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, June 22, 2010
  9. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Meg Bussert, Leenya Rideout, Jeremy Morse and More Set for Two Legit to Quit: a Riff-Free Evening in Manhattan", April 2, 2013
  10. ^ "Bussert Bio" Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine, July 19, 2007
  11. ^ "Meanwhile Down on the Peninsula", July 25, 2010

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