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6 Broadway Debuts to Watch Out for in Spring 2019

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|by Mikey Miller |

These Broadway newbies are sure to make a splash

Along with all the incredible new shows coming to Broadway this season comes a crop of fresh faces to look out for. Check out these standout performers as they make their Broadway debuts and bring their talents to the Great White Way.


From left to right: Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann and Lauren Marcus in ‘Be More Chill’ (Photo: Maria Baranova)

From left to right: Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann and Lauren Marcus in ‘Be More Chill’ (Photo: Maria Baranova)

Mallory Portnoy, Oklahoma!
Mallory Portnoy makes her Broadway debut as the flirtatious Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma! Hailing from Chicago, Portnoy received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before attending Juilliard for graduate school. She also has an extensive background in improv and comedy, having studied at both Second City in Chicago and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Additionally, she has appeared on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. Portnoy not only has the talent, but also the necessary comedic chops to make even obnoxious Gertie likable.

Lauren Marcus, Be More Chill
Lauren Marcus received wide public attention when she announced last year that she suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. However, fans were more than supportive, and Marcus has now made her Broadway debut as Brooke Lohst in Be More Chill, composed by her husband Joe Iconis. Marcus has taken her condition in stride, and with degrees in vocal performance from NYU and acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she recently played the neurotic bride-to-be Amy in Barrington Stage Company’s production of Company, starring Aaron Tveit. Marcus will bring both her unparalleled strength and talent and will certainly find her own on the Great White Way.

Stephanie Styles, Kiss Me, Kate!
Boasting such credits as Katherine in the first North American tour of Newsies and Louisa in the 2003 national tour of The Sound of Music, this Houston native and University of Michigan graduate is finally making her Broadway debut in the roles of Lois Lane and Bianca, alongside Broadway vets Kelli O’Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu. With a voice that has been likened to that of a Disney princess, Styles will definitely use her quirkiness and her spunk to bring life to the young, sexy Lois Lane.

Katlyn Carlson, Be More Chill
Having originated the character of Chloe Valentine, one of the most popular girls in school, at the Two River Theatre in New Jersey four years ago, Katlyn Carlson is going to take Broadway by storm. Hailing from St. Louis, she earned her degree in English from the University of Chicago, and began to pursue a successful acting career, appearing in a number of television shows (such as Master of None and Billions), films, musicals and Shakespeare productions, as well as performing her own stand-up comedy. Carlson’s incredible versatility as an actress will ensure that she makes waves in her Broadway debut.

Antonio Cipriano, Jagged Little Pill
This 2017 Jimmy Award finalist (a new trend, considering Dear Evan Hansen’s Andrew Barth Feldman and SpongeBob SquarePants’s Jai’len Christine Li Josey were both Jimmy winners) is about to make his Broadway debut as Phoenix in Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill. However, this fresh-out-of-high-school Detroit native is already a regular at the popular cabaret Feinstein’s/54 Below, having shared the stage with Broadway stars like Derek Klena, Kara Lindsay and Hailey Kilgore. This fresh face is sure to rock his Broadway debut.

Jason “SweetTooth” Williams, Be More Chill
This splendidly nicknamed actor is making his Broadway debut playing five characters, from an ineffectual and depressed father to a fabulously insane drama teacher to literal gingivitis. And although this is his Broadway debut, he has an extensive résumé, ranging from performing with the likes of Jackie Hoffman (his love interest in the off-Broadway Once upon a Mattress), Heidi Blickenstaff (in the world premiere of Freaky Friday), and Bryce Pinkham (in the world premiere of Benny & Joon). Having often played hilarious character roles, there is no doubt that Jason will shine doing just the same in Be More Chill.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in February 2019.


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