Jessie Mueller Biography
Jessie Mueller is an American actress and singer. She started her acting career in Chicago and won a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2008 for her role as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel.
Jessie Mueller Age
She was born on 20 February 1983, Evanston, Illinois, United States. She is 36 years old as of 2019.
Jessie Mueller Siblings
She has a sister by the name Abby Mueller who just took up the role of her sister in the “Beautiful”-The Carole King Musical,”.Her brothers, Andrew and Matt are also actors.
Jessie Mueller Husband
She is married to Andy Truschinski.
Jessie Mueller College
She went to Evanston Township High School and then Syracuse University.
Jessie Mueller Career
After graduation, she returned to Chicago and acted for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, traveling in 2006 to England to perform at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avonas Lady Mortimer in Henry IV.
She followed this with various roles in the Chicago area including Lizzie Fields in Baby, Once Upon a Mattress as the Lady-In-Waiting, and Esther in Meet Me in St.Louis.
At the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois, she performed roles in Shout! The Mod Musical, Shenandoah, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. In 2009 Mueller performed in two musicals at the Goodman Theatre, Animal Crackers as Grace/Mary and A Christmas Carol as Belle Catherine.
In 2011, she was named Actor of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and also was nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, winning Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me.
Jessie Mueller Broadway
She made her Broadway debut in a revised revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever as Melinda Wells, a role originated by Barbara Harris. The musical opened in December 2011. Mueller received critical praise for her performance, with one reviewer commenting “.
Her voice contains notes of Garland, but she’s no diva — this is a star of supreme self-possession”.For this role, Mueller was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
She portrayed Cinderella in a 2012 Public Theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater.
Her next was cast in the role of Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012 revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
She then took over the role of Billie Bendix in Nice Work If You Can Get It, from March 29, 2013, until the show closed on June 15, 2013. Also in 2013, she once again took on the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel at Lincoln Center in a staged concert production backed by the New York Philharmonic – a special that was filmed and aired on PBS’ Life from Lincoln Center.
Mueller appeared in the musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which opened on Broadway on January 12, 2014. She originated the title role of Carole King. She had performed this role in the try-out in San Francisco in 2013. She won the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She left the Broadway production on March 6, 2015.
Mueller reprised her role as Jenna in the musical adaptation of the film Waitress on Broadway, having previously played the role in a workshop of the musical in late 2014.
With music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and direction by Diane Paulus, the musical premiered at the American Repertory Theater in August 2015. Waitress opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016.
Mueller was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award, among others, for her performance. Mueller also received critical praise for her performance.
Charles Isherwood for the New York Times noted: “But it is when Ms. Mueller tears into the musical’s climactic number, ‘She Used to Be Mine,’ that her talents are most fully and movingly harnessed.
Jessie Mueller Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $20 million dollars.
Jessie Mueller Height
She is 1.66 m tall.
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Jessie Mueller Interview
Interview with Carousel star Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller is a Broadway favorite and a Tony Award winner to boot. She recently received her fourth Tony Award nomination (an incredible feat, especially with a résumé of just six Broadway credits). She is currently nominated for her performance in the leading (and iconic) role of Julie Jordan in the Broadway revival of Carousel at the Imperial Theatre – a role as coveted as it is complex in this day and age.
Jessie, you’re nominated for so many awards again this season. Can you believe it? It’s not your first time at the rodeo though. Maybe you can believe it…
Jessie Mueller:(Laughs) Yeah, but I feel like you always work so hard on something and then you go: “Here’s my baby!” and then you hope everyone thinks your baby’s cute. It’s always wonderful to have the kind of reception that we’ve had. The show is received in such a positive light just makes us happy. After all the hard work, you really feel like it was worth it.
As the song goes “You’re a Queer One, Julie Jordan”. In your opinion, why is she such a queer one?
Jessie Mueller: Why is she a queer one? I think she’s perceived as queer because she’s a watcher and a listener and curious and perceptive. I think for a woman, especially in that time period, people didn’t think that was what a woman should be. They thought they were supposed to be more looked at than heard. Julie is outspoken and she says what she thinks. She watches and she learns. Those are some of the things that make her so special.
Did you approach the role any differently from previous roles, perhaps in terms of what you wanted to say with such a complex character?
Jessie Mueller: I think the complexity is always the interest for me. I start with what’s on the page and then what are the complexities beneath that that make it feel alive. I feel like it’s different every time I approach a role. I think it was maybe different this time because the role is so well-known and so loved. For me, it’s always about what makes my version of her tick and trying to figure that out.
Believe it or not, this production was the first time I’ve ever seen Carousel, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, I adored the choreography and I believe that was a new addition specifically for this revival?
Jessie Mueller: Yes! That’s all down to [choreographer] Justin Peck! Historically, there’s always a ballet about three-quarters of the way through. The original one was done by Agnes de Mille, who had done the ballet part for Rodgers & Hammerstein in Oklahoma! just prior to Carousel. Justin’s work is ground-breaking. He comes from the ballet world, but the way he integrated the vocabulary of the movement with the story with intent is so exciting and fresh. It’s unlike anything Broadway audiences have seen before.
There have been many debates about Carousel in terms of its depiction of domestic violence and Julie’s attitude towards it. Have a lot of people been asking you about the themes of redemption and second chances in the show?
Jessie Mueller: Yes and that was the thing I’ve always loved about it and that has always drawn me to it – the idea of what if we are not alone. What if someone is watching us? What if someone or something is guiding us? A power bigger than ourselves. And the idea that there always is a second chance and that it’s never too late. You can always be redeemed or try to redeem yourself. Always try to do better. Always try to treat people better. That kind of behavior matters and that’s one of the reasons why I love the piece so much.