Kate Reinders

Kate Reinders

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Born c. December 10, 1980[1]
Seattle, Washington
Occupation Actress, Singer
Spouse(s) Andrew Samonsky

Kate Reinders (born c. December 10, 1980[1]) is an American musical theatre actress, who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows. Reinders was born in Seattle, Washington, but raised in Spring Lake, Michigan. She attended Western Michigan Christian High School, graduating in 1998.


Reinders’ Broadway debut was in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a swing and understudy for characters Amy Lawrence and Becky Thatcher. She next joined the 2002 Broadway revival of Into The Woods as an understudy for Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Milky White, and Rapunzel. Her first starring role was in the 2003 revival of Gypsy as June; she went on to play Caroline in the 2005 jukebox musical Good Vibrations.

Reinders played the role of Glinda in the 2005 Chicago production of Wicked, alongside Ana Gasteyer as Elphaba; for this role, she received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress in a Principal Role. She and Gasteyer finished their runs in the Chicago company on January 22, 2006. On May 30, 2006 she replaced Megan Hilty as Glinda in the Broadway production.[2] While playing this role she performed “Popular” in a Daily Double about Wicked on an all-celebrity episode of Jeopardy!. TV personality Nancy Grace gave the correct question. She ended her run on January 7, 2007 along with former Chicago co-star, Ana Gasteyer.

Reinders was part of the cast in the show Party Come Here, which ran as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from July 25 through August 5, 2007. She appeared in the play The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero at the Off-Broadway DR2 Theater in 2007.[3]

Reinders was also a member of the band Tastiskank, along with Sarah Litzsinger.[4] Reinders and Litzsinger co-starred opposite Constantine Maroulis in an independent TV pilot called Teachers. She also had a recurring role as a character named Ginger on the third season of the television series Ugly Betty. Reinders starred as a regular character, “Paula Morgan” on the Lifetime series Sherri starring former The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. The show premiered on October 5, 2009.

Reinders returned to the Gershwin Theatre on October 27, 2008 and took part in The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken, a selection of scenes and songs cut from early drafts of the musical Wicked.[5]

Reinders appears in the Mohegan Sun commercial, “Everyone’s Invited” singing to the tune of the Rick James song Superfreak alongside former Wicked co-star, Saycon Sengbloh.[6] She appears in the concert revue For The Record: Baz Luhrmann in Los Angeles, presented by ROCKLA for Show at Barre. It opened February 12, 2011, and closed June 30, 2011, with Jenna Leigh Green, Arielle Jacobs and Tracie Thoms.[7] Reinders voices the character Jezebel in the video game Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.

Reinders originated the role of Portia in the Broadway musical comedy Something Rotten!, which opened April 22, 2015 at the St. James Theatre.[8] Her last performance was on July 16, 2016.[9]

Reinders was seen recently on Broadway as the standby for Corky in Meteor Shower.

It was announced on October 8, 2018 that Reinders will assume the role of Cynthia Weil in the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, replacing Kara Lindsay on October 19.[10]


Reinders married fellow actor Andrew Samonsky in May 2016.[11][12]



Year Show Role Notes
2001 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Swing/Amy Lawrence (u/s)/Becky Thatcher (u/s) Broadway, Apr. 26 – May. 13, 2001
Hair Baystreet Theater
2002 Into the Woods Snow White Los Angeles
Cinderella (u/s), Milky White u/s, Rapunzel u/s, & Little Red Ridinghood u/s Broadway, Apr. 30 – Nov. 2002
A Year with Frog and Toad Various off-Broadway, Nov. 2002 – Jan. 2003
2003 Gypsy June Broadway, May 1, 2003 – May 30, 2004
2004 Nerds New York Stage and Film, Jul. 15 – 18, 2004
2005 Good Vibrations Caroline Broadway, Feb. 2 – Apr. 24, 2005
Wicked Glinda Chicago production, 2005 – 2006
2006 Broadway, May 30, 2006 – Jan. 7, 2007
2007 Party Come Here Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jul. 25 – Aug. 5, 2007
The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero off-Broadway
2008 The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken Performer Broadway, Oct. 27, 2008
2011 For the Record: Baz Luhrmann Show at Barre, Feb. 12 – June 30, 2011
2015 Something Rotten! Portia Broadway, Apr. 22, 2015 – July 16, 2016


Year Title Role Notes
1995 While You Were Sleeping Beth
2004 Kinsey Female Student #1
2008 Gerkie Kate short
Transferants Mother short
2009 Freegan Love Her Friend short
2011 Certainty Mary
2013 Grudge Match Groupie in Bar
2014 Such Good People Chloe
#Stuck Alex
2015 Russell Madness Colleen


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Blind Justice Kim Chenowith 1 episode
2006 Jeopardy! Glinda 1 episode
2008 Teachers Katherine Holland TV movie
Ugly Betty Ginger 2 episodes
2009 Sherri Paula 7 episodes
2011 Modern Family Princess 1 episode
2012-13 Work It Kelly 13 episodes
2013 Anger Management Hope 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Jezebel Mephistopheles

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2005 Joseph Jefferson Award Best Actress in a Musical Wicked Nominated
2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival Breakout Award TASTiSKANK comedy duo (w/ Sarah Litzsinger) Won
Actress (19 credits)
 2015 Russell Madness
 2015 Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (Video Game)
Jezebel (voice)
 2014 #Stuck
 2014 Convos with My 2-Year Old (TV Series)

Dreams (2014)
 2014 Such Good People
Chloe Jones
 2013 Grudge Match
Groupie in Bar
 2012-2013 Work It (TV Series)

Cinderella Story (2013) … Kelly
Field of Schemes (2013) … Kelly
My So-Called Mid-Life Crisis (2013) … Kelly
Masquerade Balls (2013) … Kelly
Hunger Games (2013) … Kelly
 2013 Anger Management (TV Series)

Charlie and the Ex-Patient (2013) … Hope
 2011 Certainty
 2011 Modern Family (TV Series)

Princess Party (2011) … Princess
 2009 Freegan Love (Short)
Her friend
 2009 Sherri (TV Series)

Indecision ’09 (2009) … Paula
Game Changer (2009) … Paula
4 Women and a Baby (2009) … Paula
Birth (2009) … Paula
 2008 Gerkie (Short)
 2008 Ugly Betty (TV Series)

Filing for the Enemy (2008) … Ginger (uncredited)
The Manhattan Project (2008) … Ginger
 2008 Teachers (TV Movie)
Katherine Holland
 2008 Transferants (Short)
 2005 Blind Justice (TV Series)
Kim Chenowith

Pilot (2005) … Kim Chenowith
 2004 Kinsey
Female Student #1
 1995 While You Were Sleeping


Original Broadway Production, 2015
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Cynthia Weil [Replacement]
Chicago Production, 2005
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Glinda [Replacement]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Broadway Revival, 2002
Little Red Riding Hood (Understudy)
Milky White (Understudy)
Rapunzel (Understudy)
Cinderella (Understudy)
[Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Revival (Pre-Broadway), 2002
Snow White
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Performer (Swing)
Amy Lawrence/Becky Thatcher (Understudy) [Replacement]
Amy Lawrence (Understudy)
Becky Thatcher (Understudy)

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