Meredith Alumna Beth Leavel Earns Tony Nomination

Meredith College alumna Beth Leavel, ’77, is nominated for a 2011 Tony Award. Nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Leavel is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her work in “Baby It’s You!” Leavel plays Florence Greenberg, a New Jersey housewife who discovered the 1960s girl-group The Shirelles. (Click here for more information on the show.)

In 2006, Leavel won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Leavel is an accomplished Broadway actress, dancer and singer. During her senior year at Meredith she decided to pursue an acting career. While a student, she performed in Meredith productions “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “Come Blow Your Horn,” “Blithe Spirit,” “The Bald Soprano” and “Cabaret.”

She received her degree in sociology from Meredith, and then earned an MFA at UNC-Greensboro.

Leavel first gained national exposure as an understudy to Lucy Arnez in “I Do, I Do,” which led her to a role in “42nd Street,” where she appeared in its Broadway production, its National Touring Company and a run in Japan. Later she starred in “Crazy for You” as Tess and as Ellie in “Show Boat.”

The 2011 Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. on CBS. Visit http://www.tonyawards.com for more information.

Date Submitted: 2011-05-03

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