LAURA MICHELLE KELLY

 

Laura Michelle Kelly

Laura Michelle Kelly’s musical theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Whistle Down The Wind as Swallow (2000), Les Misérables as Eponine at The Palace Theatre (2001), Mamma Mia! as Sophie at the Prince Edward Theatre (2002) and My Fair Lady as Eliza at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (2003). She made her Broadway debut in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof as Hodel (2004).

She played Mary Poppins in the musical of eh same name when it premiered at the Bristol Hippodrome in 2004 and subsequently transferred into the Prince Edward theatre at the end of that year.  She received rave reviews for her performance as Mary Poppins and won the award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2005 Olivier Awards. 

In 2006 she returned to the London stage performing in A Tribute to Dirty Dancing at Kenwood House and Marble Hill and then performed with Michael Ball at the Hackney Empire to celebrate Anthony Newley for BBC Radio Two. Kelly was the Special Guest of Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on tour during December 2006 and in 2007made her BBC Proms debut, performing "The Prayer" from the film Quest for Camelot with Michael Ball.

During 2007-2008 she played the role of Galadriel in the original London production of The Lord of the Rings - The Musical at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane .

Since October 2009 she has reprising the role of Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway, replacing Scarlett Strallen.

Kelly released her debut solo album The Storm Inside in May 2006. The album includes six original songs and six covers, including three songs which Kelly wrote herself.