This month's Broadway Who's Who is someone with relatively new, but impressive, resume which includes roles in some of this millennium's biggest titles. Like most performers, Mandy Gonzalez has branched out to movie and television roles - notably Across the Universe, Quantico, The Good Wife and Madam Secretary. But live performance seems to be where her heart lies, be it on or off-Broadway, or in the cabaret.
Though other honorees of the Broadway Who's Who may have longer credit lists and may be better known by the general public, it is clear that Ms. Gonzalez represents the very best of theater performers today and in the future.
The Broadway Who's Who:
DID YOU KNOW?
BIRTH DATE: August 2, 1978
BIRTHPLACE: Santa Clarita Valley, CA
FAMILY: Married to Douglas Melini; they have one child
EDUCATION: California Institute of the Arts
HONORS: Obie Award, Drama Desk Award
Eli's Comin' : (New York debut) April 11 - July 14, 2001. Vineyard Theatre. A musical inspired by the songs of Laura Nyro, co-starring Judy Kuhn and Anika Noni Rose, directed by Diane Paulus.
⭐ She was honored with an Obie Award.
Aida: (Broadway debut - Amneris) 2001. Palace Theatre. Amneris standby for Idina Menzel & June 30, 2003 - January 4, 2004 as Amneris.
Dance of the Vampires: (Sarah) December 9, 2002 - January 25, 2003. Minskoff Theatre. An epic musical co-starring Michael Crawford, Max Von Essen and Liz McCartney.
Lennon: (Mandy/Lennon) July 7 - September 24, 2005. Broadhurst Theatre. Also featuring Terrence Mann, Will Chase, Julia Murney, Chad Kimball and Chuck Cooper.
In the Heights: (Nina Rosario) 2007. 37 Arts Theatre. February 14, 2008 - January 31, 2010. Richard Rodgers Theatre. Co-starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo, Robin de Jesus, Christopher Jackson, Andrea Burns, Priscilla Lopez, Olga Merediz and Janet Dacal.
⭐ She was honored with an Drama Desk Award (Ensemble).
Wicked: (Elphaba) March 23, 2010 - January 30, 2011. Gershwin Theatre. Co-starring Katie Rose Clark and Andy Karl.