Jackie Burns is an American actress working in musical theater.
Burns grew up in Middletown and Ivoryton of Connecticut and graduated from University of Connecticut in 2002 with a degree in theatre. She starred on in the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Hair as part of the "Black Boys Trio." Burns also appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Rock of Ages. From July 2010 to June 2011 she starred as Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked (Irene nomination for Best Performance). Burns played Elphaba on Broadway, replacing Teal Wicks on September 27, 2011 alongside her former national tour co-star Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda. Burns' final performance was initially scheduled for February 10, 2013 however, she could not play her last 2 weeks of performances due to suffering from the flu. Standby Donna Vivino (whom Burns succeeded on the National Tour) went on during those final 2 weeks. Burns was succeeded by International star Willemijn Verkaik following her initial last day.
Burns is currently appearing in the new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical "If/Then" as the standby for Elizabeth (Idina Menzel). The new musical, directed by Michael Greif, had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., starting with previews on November 5, 2013, and an official opening on November 24, 2013 before transferring to Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway and begin previews on March 4, 2014 and opening night on March 30, 2014. On May 14th, 2014, Burns went on for Elizabeth for the very first time following intermission (due to Menzel feeling very sick during the show's first act). Burns then went on full show for the next 3 days.
If/Then - Standby for Elizabeth (beginning March 4, 2014),
Wicked - Elphaba (September 2011- Late February 2013),
Hair - Member of Black Boys Tribe, Sheila u/s (2009-2010, Broadway Revival),
Rock of Ages - Ensemble (2008-2009, Original Off-Broadway Production),
Wicked - Elphaba (2010-2011)
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