«Cusack is a revelation»
CARMEN CUSACK just concluded her critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated starring role as Alice Murphy in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Broadway musical, Bright Star. It was her first Broadway role. Carmen recently premiered her debut concert in NYC, to very strong reviews. For the 2017-2018 season, Carmen plans to tour the show throughout the United States and London. Carmen has starred in the Chicago premiere of The First Wives Club: The Musical, and she received a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
She starred in the world premiere of Bright Star at the Old Globe, followed by a run at Kennedy Center for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She played Lynn Gardner in Carrie at MCC Theatre, Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center’s national tour of South Pacific, for which she also received a Helen Hayes nomination, and Elphaba in the first US national tour and Melbourne, Australia productions of Wicked.
Her West End credits include Chesty Prospects in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow in the UK and Ireland, Fantine in Les Miserables, Rose in The Secret Garden (also for the Royal Shakespeare Company and at Stratford-upon-Avon), Kim in Personals, and Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. She studied opera at the University of Northern Texas.
Her singing, trimmed with a slight twang, is impeccable both in the bloom in her voice and the emotion she invests in the lyrics.