THEATRE ALUMNI

JANINE LAMANNA

Class of 1988

Janine’s career as a performer has spanned over 25 years in theatre, film and television, and concert halls around the world.  Her Broadway credits include Janet Van De Graaff in the Tony award winning hit, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nickie in the revival of Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical (earning her a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical), Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate, The Look of Love, Swing! and Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime. She also played Velma Kelly in the First National Tour of Chicago, and was Chita Rivera’s stand-by in Kiss of the Spider Woman.  Janine is the first actor to play the infamous Carmen Sandiego on the PBS series, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?  Other credits include, Devious Maids, Two Weeks Notice and Candide with the New York Philharmonic for PBS’ Great Performances.

Numerous off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include Enter Laughing and High Spirits at the York Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neil Theater, Goodspeed Opera House and an IRNE nomination for her role as Amneris in Aida at North Shore Theater.  She can be heard on the original cast recordings of Sweet Charity, Seussical, Enter Laughing, Kris Kringle – the Musical, and The Music of the Sherman Brothers.

In 2007, after being featured on CNN’s American Morning for her roles as a Broadway star and military wife, she was invited to sing at the White House for National Military Spouse Appreciation Day.  Janine was honored in 2006 with the Wagner College Fellows Award.