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Shoshana Elise Bean (born September 1, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, recording artist, and stage actress. She has released four albums under her own name.

Shoshana Bean
Shoshana Bean performing in Los Angeles, CA (June 2011)
Shoshana Elise Bean

(1977-09-01) September 1, 1977 (age 41)
EducationUniversity of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.F.A., 1999)
OccupationStage actress, singer, songwriter Edit this at Wikidata

Bean was the actress to take over the role of Elphaba from Idina Menzel in the Broadway production of the musical Wicked.[1]


Early life and educationEdit

Bean was raised in a Jewish family in the Portland, Oregon, area[2] where she graduated from Beaverton High School.[3] She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM),[2] where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre in 1999.[4]

Recording artistEdit

Bean released her debut solo album, Superhero, on her own label Shotime Records on December 2, 2008[5] and debut single "Superhero" won an Independent Music Award for Best R&B Song.[6]

Bean's second album, O'Farrell Street, was released in February 2013 and reached #3 on the iTunes R&B charts.

Shadows to Light, Bean's third album, was released in December 2014 and reached #1 on the iTunes Blues charts. She performed her single "Runaway Train" on the Queen Latifah Show.[7]

A fourth album, Spectrum was released in February, 2018.[8]

Beginning in 2015, Bean has performed with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox,[9] performing Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and Backstreet Boys's “I Want It That Way,” among others. She joined the PMJ European Tour in the spring of 2016.[10] She has recorded vocals for the film soundtracks to Hairspray, Enchanted, the Wayans Brothers' Dance Flick, and the 2016 animated musical Sing.[11] Her music has been featured on MTV's The Hills, Mercy, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Bad Girls Club and Showtime's The Big C, and she arranged the vocals for Jennifer Lopez's performance of "I Luh Ya Papi" on American Idol.[12] Bean has sold out concerts around the globe and has sung with artists such as Bebe Winans, Brian McKnight, Ariana Grande, David Foster, and Jason Robert Brown, among others.[13][14]

Theatre actressEdit

Shortly after moving to New York City, Bean was cast in the 2000 Off-Broadway revival of Godspell. She performed in the national tour of Leader of the Pack and was an original cast member in the Tony Award-winning production of Hairspray on Broadway, originating the role of Shelley and understudying the roles of Tracy Turnblad, Velma Von Tussle, and Prudy Pingleton.

Bean joined the Broadway production of Wicked in 2004, taking over the role of Elphaba from Idina Menzel in January, 2005 and performing opposite Jennifer Laura Thompson and Megan Hilty. She reprised the role of Elphaba in the Wicked 1st national tour in 2006.[15]

In 2009, Bean joined the new production of Peepshow in Las Vegas alongside Holly Madison.[16]

In 2011, Bean wrote and starred in the musical Dear John Mayer, with music and lyrics by Bean and book by fellow CCM graduate Eydie Faye.[17]

In 2015, Bean portrayed the role of CeeCee Bloom in the musical adaptation of the book and movie Beaches at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago,[18] for which she was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.[19] She won an IRNE Award in 2017 for her performance as Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre's production of Funny Girl.[20] In 2018, she performed in the NY City Center Encores! production of Songs for a New World.

Bean returned to Broadway on March 18, 2019 to assume the role of Jenna in the production of Waitress for a limited engagement lasting through June 2, 2019.[21] On May 13, 2019 it was announced that she extended her run through July 21, 2019.[22]


As a solo artistEdit

  • Spectrum (2018) Solo Studio Album
  • ”One Way to Go” (2017) Single written by Shoshana Bean and Britten Newbill
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2015) Single
  • Jealous” (2015) Single, cover of the Labrinth song
  • ”Runaway Train” (2014) Single
  • Shadows to Light (2014) Solo studio EP, produced by Shoshana Bean and Jake Schaefer
  • O' Farrell Street (2013) Solo Studio Album, produced by Tim K
  • ”Skywriter” (2013) Single
  • O Holy Night” (2012) Single
  • Superhero (2008) Solo Studio Album

Guest appearances, cast recordings and soundtracksEdit

  • Baby It's Cold Outside” (2017) Warm Up, EP by VoicePlay
  • ”Who Would Imagine a King” (2017) Christmas Sessions, EP by Matt Bloyd
  • ”Flying Monkey Lament” (2017) Straight Outta Oz, Todrick Hall
  • ”Goodbye to You” (2017) Only Human, Matt Cusson
  • Stone Cold” (2016) Swing the Vote, Postmodern Jukebox
  • "Sorry", (2016) cover of Justin Bieber song, PMJ and Chill, Postmodern Jukebox
  • ”Ain't Life Funny” (2015) from the film Are You Joking
  • ”Poison” (2015) Emoji Antique, Postmodern Jukebox
  • I Want It That Way”, (2015) Selfies on Kodachrome, Postmodern Jukebox
  • ”I'm in Pain” (2014) Anything Worth Holding On To, Scott Alan
  • ”Monster” (2013) Alphabet Radio, The Edge Effect
  • ”Stand Up” (2012) Anthem to benefit St. Jude
  • ”Sing Me a Happy Song” (2011) My Lifelong Love, Georgia Stitt
  • ”Tiny Urban Zoo”, (2009) School House Rock: Earth
  • ”Could” (2008) Matt Cusson, Matt Cusson
  • ”House of Love” (2008) 37 Notebooks, Jeremy Schonfeld
  • Enchanted (2008 Movie Soundtrack)
  • ”Home” (2007) Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan
  • Hairspray (2007 Movie Soundtrack)
  • "I Believe in Love" (2005) from Hair, Actor's Fund Benefit Recording
  • ”Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” (2003) Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure
  • Hairspray (2002 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • Godspell (2001 Off-Broadway Revival Cast Recording)


  1. ^ "Shoshana Bean to Replace Idina Menzel in Wicked". 12 December 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Shoshana Bean". Sterling Talent.
  3. ^ Haynes, Dana (March 7, 2018). "Beaverton High to Broadway - and then back again". Beaverton Valley Times. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  4. ^ "UC alumni currently or recently on Broadway". UC Magazine. University of Cincinnati.
  5. ^ "Shoshana Bean's Solo Debut 'Superhero' to Be Released 12/2". August 22, 2008.
  6. ^ "9th IMA Winners Announced – Independent Music Awards". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Shoshana Bean performs "Runaway Train" on The Queen Latifah Show". Shoshana Bean. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Spectrum on". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. ^ Juan-Jose Gonzalez (14 April 2016). "BWW Interview: Shoshana Bean - on PMJukebox, Wicked, Hairspray and more!". Broadway World. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  10. ^ Michael Lawrence Quintos (30 January 2015). "BWW Reviews: Postmodern Jukebox Entertains in their O.C. Debut Concer". Broadway World. Retrieved 21 February 2016. As for Bean---good lawd, this gal can saaaang. Already one of the musical theater world's favorite "Elphabas" (from WICKED, of course), this flawless-sounding, remarkable soul diva feels right at home with PMJ's vintage sounds. Along with her slinky soul viral hit cover of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," (which she thankfully recreated for the concert), she also blessed the audience with outstanding, jaw-dropping covers of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
  11. ^ ""Sing" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". 9 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Beaverton's Shoshana Bean returns for Neveh Shalom performance, talk". Beaverton Valley Times. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Broadway's Shoshana Bean Commands the Mike at April Jazz Concert". 29 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Jason Robert Brown, Shoshana Bean, and Ariana Grande Take Hollywood!". 7 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Wicked's Bean and Hilty to Reunite for Wicked Tour". 14 June 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Photo Flash: Shoshana Bean Joins Jerry Mitchell's Las Vegas PEEP SHOW". 26 June 2009.
  17. ^ "CCM grads Bean and Faye debut new musical". June 24, 2011. Archived from the original on September 6, 2011.
  18. ^ "Broadway-Bound 'Beaches', Starring Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor, Opens Tonight". 2 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor outstanding 2014-2015 productions" (PDF). 21 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Shoshana Bean and Mark Rylance Among IRNE Winners". 25 April 2017.
  21. ^ Shoshana Bean Will Take Over the Role of Jenna in WAITRESS Broadway World, Retrieved February 22, 2019
  22. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "Shoshana Bean Extends Run in Broadway's Waitress Into July". Retrieved May 13, 2019.

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