Rodriguez in July 2010
|Born||Krysta Anne Rodriguez
(1984-07-23) July 23, 1984 
Orange, California, U.S.
Krysta Anne Rodriguez (born July 23, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She originated the role of Wednesday Addams in the 2009 Broadway musical The Addams Family. She was a regular on the second (and final) season of the NBC series Smash in 2013.
Early life and career
Rodriguez grew up in Orange County, California. She began taking dance lessons at the age of 13, after being involved with cheerleading in middle school. After traveling to New York and seeing eight Broadway shows, she realized performers had to sing and act as well as dance, so once she returned home Rodriguez began taking singing and acting lessons. She was a cast member of the Christian television show Colby’s Clubhouse from 1995 to 2000. She attended Orange County High School of the Arts where she played many lead roles including Marian in The Music Man, as well as the lead role in Gidget: The Musical, a musical co-written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, that starred Orange County High School of the Arts students during its (ultimately unsuccessful) tryouts in 2000. She attended NYU for a couple of years, but then got cast on Broadway. She tried to make both work, but ultimately dropped out to continue her Broadway career.
Rodriguez made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 2005 jukebox musical Good Vibrations. She later became a replacement for the role of Bebe in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line in 2007. She has played numerous ensemble and understudy parts in the Broadway productions of Spring Awakening and In the Heights, as well as a regional production of The Boy Friend. She made her big screen debut in the role of Krysta in the 2010 film The Virginity Hit.
Beginning performances in fall 2009, Rodriguez originated the role of Wednesday Addams in the world premiere Chicago try-out run of the new Broadway-bound musical The Addams Family, based on the cartoons of Charles Addams. From March 2010, the show received its planned debut at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. After playing the role for over a year and lending her voice to the show’s original cast recording, Rodriguez left the musical on March 8, 2011 and was replaced by Rachel Potter.
Other credits include an Encores! production of Bye Bye Birdie. Her first television role was a guest appearance as the character Jordan Steele in Gossip Girl. In 2011, Rodriguez starred in the television movie Iceland as Rose, one of a group of friends who reunite to heal and nurture each other after the death of one of their own.
In 2012, Rodriguez starred in another television movie Shadow of Fear as Lauren. The movie is about the push and pull between a schizophrenic new waiter and a popular young waitress. In 2013, she guest starred in the web series created by Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor, It Could Be Worse. She played an assistant to a Broadway Star named Bridgett/Bridget in two episodes entitled Payment Plan and Let Your Hair Down.
Rodriguez joined the cast of the NBC series Smash for its second, and final, season in 2013, playing the role of Ana Vargas, an aspiring Broadway performer and the new roommate of Katharine McPhee‘s character Karen.
In December 2013, Rodriguez appeared in Hit List, a concert presentation of the fictional musical created for the second season of Smash, as The Diva/Sarah Smith. Rodriguez was scheduled to have a major role in the planned CBS sitcom How I Met Your Dad; a spinoff and successor to the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother, but on March 25, 2014 it was announced that Rodriguez had exited the pilot. (The proposed spin-off would ultimately not be picked up.)
Rodriguez guest starred on Married in 2014, as Kim, a friend of a couple desperately trying to save their marriage. On Ian, Rodriguez guest starred as Fly Girl. Additionally, Rodriguez starred in the Lifetime holiday movie entitled Wishin’ and Hopin’ in the role of Annette Funicello, a teen idol, movie actress and Mickey Mouse Club Mousekteer.
Also, in the fall of 2014 Rodriguez was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2015, Rodriguez started the website ChemoCouture.com to create a blog detailing her journey during chemotherapy as well as providing various fashion, beauty, and wellness tips that she employs during her battle with cancer. After going public with her diagnosis, Rodriguez was contacted by Cosmopolitan to blog for their Cosmo Online Health and Fitness readers about her experiences.
In 2015, Rodriguez was cast as Vanessa, a straight talking, no-nonsense cancer patient ready to share her truth, in a multi-episode arc in the upcoming second season of the ABC Family television show Chasing Life. This season is set to air in the summer of 2015.
Through June 14, 2015, she returned to star as Ilse in the Deaf West Theatre production of the 8 time Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. The Los Angeles Times featured her in an article about her return to the production that she helped to create on Broadway. In July 2015, it was announced that the production would be transferring to Broadway with its current cast for a limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Rodriguez performed in the Broadway revival September 8, 2015 through its closing on January 24, 2016. The show ran two weeks past its intended run due to its rave reviews, and garnered three Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical. 
|2004||Bye, Bye Birdie at Encores!||Various Ensemble/Understudy Roles|
|2005||Good Vibrations (musical) at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre||Various Ensemble/Understudy Roles|
|2005||The Boy Friend (musical) National Tour||Various Ensemble/Understudy Roles|
|2006||Spring Awakening (musical) at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre||Various Ensemble/Understudy Roles|
|2007||A Chorus Line at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre||Bebe (Replacement)|
|2008||In The Heights at the Richard Rodgers Theatre||Vanessa (Replacement)|
|2009||The Addams Family (musical) Chicago Out-of-Town Tryout||Wednesday Addams|
|2010||The Addams Family (musical) at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre||Wednesday Addams|
|2013||First Date (musical) at the Longacre Theatre||Casey|
|2013||Hit List (musical) concert at 54 Below||The Diva/Sarah Smith|
|2015||Spring Awakening (musical) Deaf West Los Angeles Transfer||Ilse (Played at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)|
|2015||Spring Awakening (musical) Deaf West Broadway Transfer||Ilse (Played at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre)|
|2016||A Chorus Line (musical) Hollywood Bowl||Diana Morales|
|2008||Gossip Girl||Jordan Steele|
|2010||Late Show with David Letterman||Herself as Wednesday Addams|
|2014||How I Met Your Dad (pilot)||Role Unknown as the pilot wasn’t picked up|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Madison|
|2015||The Mysteries of Laura||April Watkins|
|2015||Late Night with Seth Meyers||Herself as Ilse|
|2017||Trial & Error||Summer Henderson|
|2010||The Virginity Hit||Krysta|
|2012||Shadow of Fear||Laura|
|2014||Wishin’ and Hopin’||Annette Funicello|
|2016||My Bakery in Brooklyn||Chloe|
|2013||It Could Be Worse||Bridgett/Bridget|
|2013||Jared’s Broadway Boos: Episode 64||Herself|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Ovation Awards||Featured Actress in a Musical||Spring Awakening||Nominated|
|BroadwayWorld LA Awards||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|2016||Fred and Adele Astaire Awards||Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards||Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|