Rachel Bay Jones
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Rachel Bay Jones (born November 8, 1969) is an American actress and singer. She has played the roles of Catherine in the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin and Evan Hansen's mother, Heidi Hansen, in Dear Evan Hansen. The latter earned her the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Rachel Bay Jones
Jones in 2013
|Born||November 8, 1969|
New York City, U.S.
|Home town||Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.|
Jones was born in New York City and grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. Her parents were both Shakespearean actors. She dropped out of high school to perform in a local play, then moved to New York City to pursue acting at 19.
In the early 1990s, she was in the touring company of Grand Hotel, as well as other national and international tours, performing Rent in German and Evita in Spanish. She performed in the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair as the replacement for Mother, Buddahdalirama, and Member Of The Tribe. She was one of the original cast members starring in the revival of Pippin, playing Catherine, Pippin's lover, during the entire run.
Jones portrayed Evan's mother Heidi in the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in July 2015. She reprised the role in the Off-Broadway production at the Second Stage Theatre in May 2016, and then on Broadway starting in November 2016. At the 71st Tony Awards, she won for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Heidi Hansen.
After leaving Dear Evan Hansen on August 5, 2018, Jones performed at several small venues in Something Beautiful, a one-woman cabaret show that draws music from her expansive career and bringing meaning from her life into the lyrics.
|1989||Meet Me in St. Louis||Ensemble||The Gershwin Theatre|
|1990||Grand Hotel||Hildegarde Bratts / Trude||National tour|
|2000||Fiddler on the Roof||Hodel||National tour|
|2009||Hair||Mother / Buddahdirama / Ensemble||Al Hirschfeld Theatre|
|2010||Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown||Swing||Belasco Theatre|
|2011||A Christmas Story: The Musical||Mother||US National tour|
|2011||Hello Again||The Actress||Transport Group|
|2012||Pippin||Catherine||American Repertory Theatre|
|2013||Music Box Theatre|
|2015||First Daughter Suite||Rosalynn Carter / Laura Bush||The Public Theatre|
|2015||Dear Evan Hansen||Heidi Hansen||Arena Stage|
Music Box Theatre
|2018||Ben Is Back||Beth|
|2019||Critical Thinking||Principal Kestel|
|2018||God Friended Me||Susan (Cara's mother)||6 episodes|
|2019||Modern Family||Farrah Marshall||2 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical ||Dear Evan Hansen||Nominated|
|2017||Tony Awards||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
|2018||Grammy Awards||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
|Emmy Awards – Daytime (Daytime Creative Arts Emmys)||Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program||Won|
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- Meet Me in St. Louis playbill (vault), accessed March 29, 2019
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