Victoria Clark (born October 10, 1959) is, a four time Tony nominated, American musical theatre singer and actress. Clark has performed in numerous Broadway musicals and in other theatre, film and television works. Her soprano voice can also be heard on innumerable cast albums and several animated films. In 2008, she released her first solo album titled ''Fifteen Seconds of Grace''. In 2005, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in ''The Light in the Piazza''. She also won the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for her performances in the same show.
==Life and career==
Clark was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Lorraine and Banks Clark.〔() Playbill.com〕 She studied the piano and attended the Hockaday School, an all-girls school in Dallas. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy before going to Yale University, graduating in 1982. At Yale, at the age of eighteen, she sang the role of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera ''The Pirates of Penzance''. She also sang the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan's ''Patience'', and directed a production of ''Ruddigore'' for the Yale Gilbert & Sullivan Society. After college, Clark studied at New York University's Musical Theatre Master's Program〔Gioia, Michael. ("Victoria Clark's Full-Circle Moment Directing Light in the Piazza at Pace University" ) playbill.com, October 31, 2014〕as a stage director and began to direct operas and musicals professionally. Although she continues to direct, she has primarily focused on singing and acting.
Clark's stage work includes roles in the Broadway musicals ''Guys and Dolls'' (1992–93), ''A Grand Night for Singing'' (1993–94), ''How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'' (1995–96, as Smitty), ''Titanic'' (1997–99, creating the role of Alice Beane), ''Cabaret'' (1999–2000, as Fraulein Kost) and ''Urinetown'' (2003, as Penelope Pennywise),〔("Victoria Clark Broadway" ) playbillvault.com, accessed April 8, 2015〕 as well as numerous roles Off-Broadway, in national tours and in regional theatre. She played Doris MacAfee in the City Center Encores! production of ''Bye, Bye Birdie'' in 2004.〔Jones, Kenneth. ("Put on a Happy Face: 'Bye Bye Birdie' Gets Starry Encores! Concert With Ziemba, Roberts and Jenkins May 6-10" )
playbill.com, May 6, 2004〕
In 2005, Clark won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for her performance in the musical ''The Light in the Piazza'' (2005–06). Broadway.com commented on Clark's performance, "What is indisputable is that Victoria Clark has created a character for the ages. Lucas has done a superb job in fleshing out Margaret within the confines of a musical-theater libretto, and Clark responds with consummate precision and grace. Calling hers the musical performance of the year would be accurate. It would also be a drastic understatement."〔Grode, Eric. (Broadway.com review in "Broadway Watch: The Light in the Piazza" ), reprinted at the TheatreAustralia website, April 19, 2005.〕 She appeared as former showgirl Sally Durant Plummer in the Encores! staged concert presentation of ''Follies'' in February 2007 at City Center. She next created the role of Margaret Brennan in ''The Marriage of Bette and Boo'' Off-Broadway in 2008 for the Roundabout Theatre Company.〔("Entrances and Exits: Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark", ) ''The 8th Avenue Observer'', September 28, 2008〕
Clark appeared in ''Prayer for My Enemy'', a new play by Craig Lucas Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons from November 14, 2008 through December 21, 2008. The play concerned the consequences that the Iraq war has had on an American family, co-starred Michelle Pawk and Jonathan Groff, and was directed by Bartlett Sher.〔(Playwrights Horizon Current Season ), playwrightshorizons.org, accessed November 18, 2008〕
Clark has also appeared in movies, sung in several animated feature films, and appeared in roles in television episodes. She can be heard on a number of Broadway cast albums and other recordings. In 2008 she released her first solo album, ''Fifteen Seconds of Grace'', produced by PS Classics. Clark teaches voice and studies acting at the Michael Howard Studios and voice with Edward Sayegh. Clark received the 2006 Distinguished Artist Award from the New York Singing Teachers' Association.
Clark played the Mother Superior in the Broadway production of ''Sister Act'', which opened on April 20, 2011.〔Hetrick, Adam. ("Victoria Clark, Fred Applegate, Chester Gregory Will Be Part of Broadway's 'Sister Act' " ) playbill.com, February 1, 2011〕 For this role she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.〔(2011 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'Book of Mormon' Earns 14 Nominations" ), playbill.com; accessed March 5, 2014.〕 Clark portrayed Sally in the Kennedy Center/Broadway production of ''Follies'', running at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, from May 3, 2012 through June 9.〔Gans, Andrew. ("DIVA TALK: Catching Up With Follies Star and Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark" ), playbill.com, May 18, 2012〕
In 2013, Clark starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of ''The Snow Geese'' by Sharr White alongside Mary Louise Parker and Danny Burstein.〔Staff. ("The Verdict: Critics Review 'The Snow Geese' on Broadway Starring Mary-Louise Parker" ) playbill.com, October 25, 2013.〕 Previously, she starred as the Fairy Godmother in the Broadway production of ''Cinderella''.〔Geselowitz, Gabriela. ("Full Broadway Cast Announced for Cinderella, Starring Laura Osnes" ), Broadway.com, November 21, 2012.〕 For this role, she received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.〔("Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; 'Kinky Boots' Earns 13 Nominations" ), playbill.com; retrieved April 30, 2013〕 She returned to the Broadway production of ''Cinderella'' for a run lasting from January 2014 to September 2014.〔("Wish Granted! Victoria Clark Returns to Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother" ), broadway.com; retrieved February 9, 2014.〕〔("It's Possible! Judy Kaye Will Join ''Cinderella'' Cast as 'Fairy Godmother'" ), August 11, 2014, accessed September 20, 2014〕 In December 2014 Clark appeared as Carrie Mathison's mother on the Season 4 finale of Showtime's series ''Homeland''.〔("Victoria Clark Lands Role On "Homeland" ), Playbill.com; retrieved December 22, 2014.〕 Clark played Mamita in the Broadway revival of ''Gigi'', which opened in April 2015.〔("Broadway-Bound Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Begins Kennedy Center Run Tonight" ), Playbill.com; retrieved January 17, 2015.〕 For this performance, Clark received another nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
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