Meredith College alumna Beth Leavel has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role in The Prom. The production was also nominated for Best Musical. Nominations for the 73rd annual awards were announced today on CBS This Morning.
Leavel, a 1977 graduate of Meredith, is an accomplished Broadway actress, dancer, and singer who decided during her senior year at Meredith to pursue an acting career. As a student, she performed in several Meredith productions while earning her degree in sociology.
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 Broadway productions of Crazy for You as Tess and Ellie in Show Boat.
In 2006, Leavel received the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, for her work as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. Her work in The Drowsy Chaperone also earned Leavel an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, an Outer Critics Award, and a Drama Desk Award.