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Karen Ziemba


Karen Ziemba received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of The Wife in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For her performance as Georgia Hendricks in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, she received the Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk, and L.A.’s Ovation Award. Other appearances on and Off-Broadway include, Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award); Kander and Ebb’s Steel  Pier (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); And the World Goes ‘Round (Drama Desk Award), I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Crazy for you, and leading roles at the New York City Opera in 110 in the Shade and The Most Happy Fella. For Encores! at City Center she starred in Bye Bye Birdie, The Pajama Game, Ziegfled Follies of 1936, and Allegro. Regionally she has appeared in The Three Penny Opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Six Degrees of Separation, The First Wives Club, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound (San Diego’s Old Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. and Hartford Stage), and Sylvia (New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre). Her film and TV appearances include The Producers, Once More With Feeling, Scrubs, all three NY Law and Order series, The Kennedy Center Honors, in tributes to Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris, and for PBS’ Great Performances, “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies,” “Gershwin at 100,” and “Stephen Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.” Ms. Ziemba has sung on many recordings including several original cast albums and received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Niagara University.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/25/2011: Andrew Gerle, Karen Ziemba and Betsy Wolfe

Writer, composer, and lyricist Andrew Gerle, a Helen Hayes Award nominee and four-time Richard Rodgers Award winner for new musical writing, performs an evening of musical theater cabaret with Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and Betsy Wolfe, Jon Nazdin on bass, and Rex Benincasa on percussion. Part of ASCAP’s “Songwriters: the Next Generation” series.

Karen Ziemba