Rebecca Spencer recently
co-starred in PHANTOM - THE LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR, where she created
the role of Madame Giry in the new $35 million dollar production under
the direction of Harold Prince. The role returned Rebecca to the haunts
of the Paris Opera House fifteen years after her debut as Carlotta in
Sir Andrew and Mr. Prince’s Hamburg, Germany production, a role she
performed in German for six months.
She is an original Broadway cast member of Jekyll and Hyde in which she played the principal roles of Lady Beaconsfield and Guenivere. Her additional performances in the role of Emma Carew completed a circle that had begun eight years earlier when she created the role at the 1990 Alley Theatre world premiere. She was also in the final Toronto workshop of Ragtime, directed by Frank Galati, and can be heard on the first cast recording.
Rebecca was nominated for a Florida Theatre critics award (Best Actress) for her portrayal of Rosabella in the Jupiter Theatre’s production of The Most Happy Fella, as well as an Arizona Theatre critics award (Best Supporting Actress) for her portrayal of Buttercup in HMS Pinafore at the Arizona Theatre Company. She has starred in productions at the St. Louis and Trinity Repertory Companies, Cincinnati Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. In New York she has been featured at Lyrics and Lyricists and as well as the Ira Gershwin Centennial at Carnegie Hall, recorded for PBS, and marked her fifth ENCORES! concert at the City Center in March of 2004. She was featured at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 2004 and 2005 NYC Cabaret Conventions, and starred in Timeless Divas! Stars of the Silver Screen at the Triad Theatre. Rebecca's television credits include Third Watch and Law and Order: SVU.
Rebecca was awarded the 2004 Back Stage Bistro Award for Oustanding Achievement in a Recording for her debut solo CD, Wide Awake and Dreaming. Her second recording, Fair Warning, was relesewd in March 2006 on the LML Music label, distributed by Allegro Music nationwide.
She has toured twice nationally in Man of La Mancha as Antonia, starring first with John Cullum and later Hal Linden. She co-stared as Shirley in the Goodspeed Opera’s Lady Be Good, which also toured nationally. Rebecca has performed principal roles with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Minnesota, Omaha and Connecticut Opera companies, as well as the composers forum at the New York City Opera. She has been a guest soloist with the New Haven, Syracuse, New Haven and Detroit Symphonies, and the Florida Orchestra, and with the Indianapolis and Naples Symphonies conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops. She has also toured nationally as the guest soloist for composer Marvin Hamlisch. She can be heard on several cast recordings, including Jekyll and Hyde, Ragtime, Drat the Cat, Violet, Our Heart Sings, Linda Eder's Christmas album, the Newberry Award winning children's musical series The Mandarin Duck and The Bridge to Terebithia, and Irving Berlin’s Watch Your Step. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College.