Jessie Mueller

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Jessie Mueller
Born1982/1983 (age 30–31)
Evanston, Illinois
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Jessie Mueller
Born1982/1983 (age 30–31)
Evanston, Illinois

Jessie Mueller (born c. 1983)[1] is an American actress and singer.


Jessie Mueller was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Her father, Roger Mueller, mom Jill (Shellabarger), two brothers, and sister are all actors known for their work in the Chicago theatre community. Jessie performed in various shows while in high school and college including The Wiz and Working. She attended Syracuse University.[2]


After graduation, Jessie returned to Chicago and acted for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and other theatre houses, performing in various roles including Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Lizzie Fields in Baby, Once Upon a Mattress as a Lady-In Waiting, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. She also performed with the Marriot Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where she performed roles including Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Tzeital in Fiddler on the Roof. She was named Actor of the Year by the Chicago Tribune in 2011.[1][3][4][5][6]

Mueller 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 show also co-starred Harry Connick Jr. 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".[7] For this role, Mueller was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama League Award and she won a Theater World Award for an outstanding Broadway debut.[8][9][10][11]

Jessie also played the role of Cinderella in The Public Theater's production of Into the Woods in Summer 2012. The cast also featured Amy Adams as The Baker's Wife and Donna Murphy as The Witch.[12]

Jessie played the role of Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2012 Revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway at Studio 54. The cast also included Jim Norton, Stephanie J. Block, Chita Rivera and Will Chase. The show closed on March 10, 2013. For her performance Jessie was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. This marks the second time she has been nominated for the award in two consecutive years.

Jessie took over Kelli O'Hara's role of Billie Bendix in the production of Nice Work If You Can Get It on March 29, 2013.

She opened starring as Carole King in the Broadway musical "Beautiful" January 12, 2014.[13][14] Her performance received "rave reviews" from Ben Brantley at The New York Times, Elysa Gardner at USA Today, David Rooney at the Hollywood Reporter, and Joe Dziemianowicz at the New York Daily News.[15]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Chris (22 December 2011). "Theater Chicagoan of the Year is Jessie Mueller: A glass slipper, a crystalline voice". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "DIVA TALK: Chatting With On a Clear Day Star Jessie Mueller". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  3. ^ Abarbanel, Jonathan (2010-10-01). "Chicago’s New Shining Stars". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  4. ^ Jessie Mueller. "Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Bio - Mueller". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Where you've seen Jessie Mueller". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ Brown, Scott. "Theater Review: Unfogging On a Clear Day You Can See Forever". Vulture. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Nominee Reactions: ON A CLEAR DAY's Jessie Mueller - 'I Really Wasn't Expecting It...'". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Jessie Mueller – Broadway’s New Star | How to Sing Like You Speak with Sally Morgan". 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Jessie Mueller « Here She Is Boys". 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  11. ^ 6:00 PM (2011-12-13). "Jessie Mueller scores in B'way debut; local troupes move north". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  12. ^ Los Angeles Times. 2012-04-04 |url= missing title (help). 
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  14. ^ [1]Blank, Matthew "Photo call: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, starring Jessie Mueller, opens on Broadway; Red carpet arrivals, curtain call and cast party," Playbill, January 14, 2014. Retrieved 14 Jan 2014
  15. ^ [2]"Jessie Mueller wins over critics in Carole King musical," Express, 13 January 2014. Retrieved 14 Jan 014

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