Girl of the Week: Lisa Brescia

Lisa Brescia, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is an American musical theatre actress who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows. Lisa is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Brescia has appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, Amneris inAida, Cleo in Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Marion Halcombe in The Woman in White, when she stepped in for British star Maria Friedman. Regional credits include Side Show, Evita, The Last 5 Years, A Little Night Music and Brigadoon. For five years, Lisa toured internationally with The Mamas and The Papas with original members John Phillips

Brescia has played the role of Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in several productions. Brescia joined the first national touring production in 2002 as the standby for Kelli Fournier. She assumed the role of Amneris in September 2002 when Fournier left the production. Disney later moved her to the Broadway production as the standby for Mandy Gonzales. Brescia assumed the role on January 4, 2004 upon Gonzales’ departure. She remained in the role until the final performance on September 5, 2004. Brescia returned to the role for one week in 2006 at The Muny in St. Louis along with Simone and Will Chase, both of whom also appeared in the Broadway production.

On February 13, 2007, she replaced Saycon Sengbloh as the Elphaba Standby in the Broadway production of Wicked. She left the production on May 18, 2008. She served for Julia Murney and later, Stephanie J. Block. On June 3, 2008 she replaced Dee Roscioli as the principle Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked. She left on August 24, 2008 when Roscioli returned to the role. Brescia then starred in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway: Three Generations, a three-act evening featuring condensed versions of Girl CrazyBye Bye Birdie, and Side Show. The show was presented at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater October 2-5, 2008.

Lisa was recently seen in The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown as Mom in Orange County, California.

Brescia will replace Beth Leavel as Donna Sheridan in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia! beginning October 22, 2010.


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