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Phillipa Soo (/ˈfɪlɪpə/; born May 31, 1990) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for originating the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton, a performance for which she was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[2][3][4] Her additional stage credits include the role of Natasha Rostova, which Soo originated in a number of New York productions of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 in 2012 and 2013, and the title role in Amélie, which Soo originated on Broadway in 2017. Most recently, Soo appeared on Broadway in The Parisian Woman, which ran from November 2017 to March 2018.

Phillipa Soo
Phillipa Soo, White House, March 2016 (cropped).jpg
Soo at the White House in 2016
Born (1990-05-31) May 31, 1990 (age 29)[1]
Alma materJuilliard School
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2012–present
Spouse(s)
Steven Pasquale (m. 2017)

Early life and educationEdit

Soo was born to a Chinese-American father and a European-American mother. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Soo spoke about her upbringing: "In terms of my own experience, my dad is first-generation, so his parents were from China, and my mom was born and raised in southern Illinois, and she was involved in the arts. My dad's a doctor. I was very much always encouraged [to pursue an acting career], but the mentality of 'get your education' was still there."[1]

Soo attended Libertyville High School from 2004 to 2008.[5] Soo graduated from The Juilliard School's acting program in 2012.[6]

CareerEdit

TheatreEdit

After graduating from Juilliard in 2012, Soo was cast as Natasha Rostova in the Ars Nova production of Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, based on Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace; the show went on to transfer from Ars Nova to another Off-Broadway space: Kazino, a tent custom built for the show.

After seeing her performance in Great Comet, director Thomas Kail and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda asked her to take part in an early 2014 reading of the musical Hamilton, where she read as the leading female role, "Eliza" (Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton). Soo remained with the show through its Off-Broadway and Broadway debuts. She received a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, along with Laura Benanti, Carmen Cusack, Jessie Mueller, and winner Cynthia Erivo.[7] Soo played her final performance in Hamilton on July 9, 2016, and the role of Eliza was taken over by Lexi Lawson.[8]

 
Members of the original Broadway cast of 'Hamilton at the White House

Soo appeared in the title role in the pre-Broadway engagement of Amélie at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from December 2016 to January 2017. Amélie then began preview performances on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 9, 2017, opening officially on April 3.[9][10] The show closed on May 21, 2017.[11]

Soo also appeared on Broadway as Rebecca in The Parisian Woman, an original play by Beau Willimon. The production began preview performances at the Hudson Theatre on November 7, 2017, and opened on November 30 for a limited run through March 11, 2018.[12]

Film and televisionEdit

In 2013 she was cast in a small recurring role in the NBC television series Smash as the character Lexi. She appeared in five episodes in the second season before the show's cancellation.[13] She had a small supporting role as Nia in the 2014 television pilot Dangerous Liaisons, but it did not get picked up to series. In 2016, Soo voiced various characters in the Disney film Moana.

In 2018 it was announced that Soo had been cast in the CBS series The Code.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Soo became engaged to actor Steven Pasquale in February 2016.[15] They married on September 24, 2017.[16] In 2019, the two starred opposite each other in an episode of The Code.[17]

Theatre creditsEdit

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2012 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Natasha Rostova Ars Nova Off-off-Broadway
2013–14 Kazino Meatpacking District Off-Broadway
2015 Hamilton Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton The Public Theater Off-Broadway
2015–16 Richard Rodgers Theatre Broadway
2016–17 Amélie Amélie Poulain Ahmanson Theatre Regional, Pre-Broadway
2017 Walter Kerr Theatre Broadway
2017–18 The Parisian Woman Rebecca Hudson Theatre Broadway

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Keep The Change Karen Short film
Smash Lexi TV series, 5 episodes
2014 Dangerous Liaisons Nia Television film
2016 Moana Additional voices Disney film
2018 Here and Now Oona
2019 The Code Lt. Harper Li TV series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Nominated
2014 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Nominated
2015 Hamilton Won
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Female Performer Won
2016 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated
Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won
Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female) Won
Favorite Onstage Pair (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) Nominated
Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical Won
2017 Amélie Nominated
2018 Favorite Featured Actress in a Play The Parisian Woman Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Asian Actors Onstage: Lea Salonga, Phillipa Soo Sound Off on Broadway, Eliza Schuyler Representation, Cultural Perceptions".
  2. ^ Windman, Matt (August 6, 2015). "Phillipa Soo on starring in Broadway's sold-out smash 'Hamilton'". amNewYork. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Nordstrom, Leigh (August 5, 2015). "Phillipa Soo Soars in Broadway Hit 'Hamilton'". WWD. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Schulman, Michael (August 6, 2015). "The Women of "Hamilton"". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "ePawPrints | District 128". d128.org. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Robbins, Caryn. "BWW Interview - Debut of the Month: HAMILTON's Phillipa Soo". Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "See Full List of 2016 Tony Award Nominations | Playbill". Playbill.
  8. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe (July 6, 2016). "'Hamilton' names replacements for Leslie Odom Jr. & Phillipa Soo". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Full Cast Announced for Broadway-Aimed Amélie Musical | Playbill". Playbill.
  10. ^ "New Musical Amélie Opens on Broadway April 3 | Playbill". Playbill.
  11. ^ "Instagram post by Amélie on Broadway • May 4, 2017 at 11:02pm UTC". Instagram.
  12. ^ "Hamilton's Phillipa Soo and Marton Csokas Join The Parisian Woman on Broadway | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Phillipa Soo". IMDb. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  14. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 21, 2018). "'Hamilton' Star Phillipa Soo Joins CBS Drama Pilot 'The Code'". Variety. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Khan, Jessica (February 16, 2016). "Broadway's Steven Pasquale and Phillipa Soo Are Engaged!". Broadway World. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "Tony Nominee Phillipa Soo and Stage and Screen Star Steven Pasquale Marry | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  17. ^ Legit Bad Day, retrieved July 29, 2019

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