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Shoshana Elise Bean
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Shortly after moving to New York City, she was cast in the 2000 Off-Broadway revival of Godspell. Bean subsequently performed in the national tour of Leader of the Pack. She was also an original cast member in the Tony Award-winning production of Broadway's Hairspray, originating the role of Shelley and understudying the roles of Tracy Turnblad, Velma Von Tussle, and Prudy Pingleton. During this time she was also a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir.
In 2001, she sang back-up for Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert celebration at Madison Square Garden.
Bean joined the Broadway production of Wicked, originally cast as Idina Menzel's standby. She officially took over the role of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) on January 11, 2005. She actually began performing the lead role full-time on January 8. Bean's year-long run in the lead role concluded on January 8, 2006.
During her run in Wicked, Bean made appearances on MTV's Made, Soul Train Christmas Starfest, and performed alongside Brian McKnight to honor Aretha Franklin at the 2005 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
Bean reprised the role of Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked for a brief run in the fall of 2006, beginning September 6, 2006. She departed the touring cast on December 31, 2006. Since leaving Wicked, Bean has recorded background vocals for the film soundtracks to Hairspray, Enchanted and The Wayans Brothers' Dance Flick. Bean and Megan Hilty also began performing a variety show together called The Meg an' Sho Show. They often perform a "Wicked swap", in which Bean sings a medley of Glinda's songs and Hilty sings Elphaba's.
Bean released her debut solo album, Superhero, on December 2, 2008 on her own label Shotime Records. In its first week of sales "Superhero" hit #5 on the iTunes R&B charts making it the only independent album in the top 100. The first single, also entitled "Superhero", launched October 3, 2008 on iTunes, and was used to promote NBC's Monday night line-up in the fall of 2008. As a singer-songwriter her work has also been featured on MTV's The Hills, "Mercy", "The Bad Girl's Club" and Showtime's "The Big C".
In December 2008, she performed at the Kennedy Center in a concert of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber.
In May 2009, Bean starred as the Narrator in the Pittsburgh CLO production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and following her run in Pittsburgh, she performed at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to kick off L.A.'s Gay Pride weekend. Bean sang both the music of her idol Barbra Streisand, as well as her own original material from her album.
In June 2009, she joined the new production of Peepshow in Las Vegas alongside Holly Madison. Her three-month contract lasted through September, when she was replaced by Aubrey O'Day. Shoshana can be seen in an episode of The Girls Next Door as the girls (Kristina and Karissa Shannon and Crystal Harris) go to see Madison in the show. Also in June, her voice could be heard singing the jingle in a national Tide detergent commercial.
On November 30, 2009 Bean made her New York City concert debut at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Her single "Superhero" won an Independent Music Awards for Best R&B Song. Shoshana was also the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop winner for "Superhero".
In July 2010, Shoshana Bean made her Australian debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
On August 17, 2010, Bean made her solo concert debut in London's West End at the Ambassadors Theatre. The two concerts featured guest appearances from Oliver Tompsett, Dianne Pilkington, Gavin Creel, Michael Arden and Daniel Boys.
During the summer of 2011 Bean starred in the musical "Dear John Mayer" for which she wrote the music and lyrics.
BFA Musical Theatre, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
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Shoshana Elise Bean (born September 1, 1977) is an American stage actress, singer and songwriter known for her roles in Broadway musicals. She is best known for playing Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked.
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