Lauren Kennedy (born c. 1973)[1] is an American actress, and singer who has performed numerous times on Broadway. She is now the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh in her home state of North Carolina.


Kennedy was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1991.[2][3] She started acting at the North Carolina Theatre while in high school. Kennedy attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music[4] where she pursued a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She left school at the age of 19, when she was cast in the 1993 Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard,[2][5] After a nine-month run, she moved to New York for the musical’s 1994 Broadway opening.[2]


Kennedy frequently appeared in the original cast of the short-lived Side Show as the standby for Emily Skinner. She has also starred in Monty Python’s Spamalot on Broadway as a replacement for the Lady of the Lake. She has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show, and Cinderella with the New York City Opera. She originated the role of Cathy in Jason Robert Brown‘s The Last Five Years in its Chicago premiere, but opted to do South Pacific at the National Theatre in London instead of following the show Off-Broadway (she was replaced by Sherie Rene Scott). In 2004, she starred as Emma Carew in the concert-style version of Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical entitled Resurrection, opposite Kate Shindle and Rob Evan. However, she left the tour before it concluded, to be replaced by Brandi Burkhardt, who is heard on the recording of the tour.[citation needed]

In 2005, Kennedy starred in the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn & Jack Murphy’s Waiting for the Moon, as Zelda Fitzgerald, which took place in Marlton, NJ.[6] She was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In 2006, Kennedy played the role of Princess Nefertari in The Ten Commandments: The Musical opposite Val Kilmer. From 2007 through 2009, Lauren has worked actively with the new Wildhorn / Murphy musical Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure.[citation needed]

She released two solo albums on PS Classics, an album of Jason Robert Brown material entitled Songs of Jason Robert Brown, and an album dedicated to new musical writers, titled Here and Now.[citation needed]

Kennedy starred in the musical Vanities at the Pasadena Playhouse, in California from August to September 2008. She then followed the musical to its Off-Broadway venue Second Stage Theatre.[7]

Lauren is the artistic director of Theatre Raleigh, a theatre company in Raleigh, North Carolina.[8]

She portrayed Diana Goodman, a mother struggling with bipolar disorder, in the North Carolina Theatre’s 2015 production of Next to Normal.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She has one daughter, Riley Rose, with ex-husband Alan Campbell.[10] On November 7, 2016, Kennedy married actor Charlie Brady.

Theatre credits[edit]



West End[edit]

  • South Pacific – Ensign Nellie Forbush (National Theatre) (2001–2002)

Regional stage[edit]


  • Sunset Boulevard – Betty Schaeffer (1995–1997)




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