Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Kerry Butler Interview Xanadu Musical On Broadway
This was a different type of Broadway musical. Not the multi million dollar sets but a ton of fun!
Xanadu allowed the cast to shine as did Kerry Butler.
Ms. Butler is a Broadway Star! She’s done everything from Blood Brothers to Catch Me If You Can.
Her voice is unique, beautiful and her stage presence is second to none. She’s adorable on every level.
Alex went to meet Broadway legend Kerry Butler…
Kerry has starred in Xanadu, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can & The Best Man……
Kerry is without question a Broadway leading lady – look at this for a CV:
- The Best Man — Mabel Cantwell, 2012
- Catch Me If You Can — Brenda Strong, 2011
- Rock of Ages — Sherrie, 2009–2010
- Xanadu — Clio/Kira, 2007–2008
- Little Shop of Horrors — Audrey, 2003–2004
- Hairspray — Penny Pingleton, 2002–2003
- Les Misérables — Eponine, 1998–1999
- Beauty and the Beast — Belle, 1995–1997
- Blood Brothers — Ms. Jones, 1993
Born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, Butler began acting in commercials at age three.
She notes that growing up, “When I saw Annie … I knew that was what I wanted to do.” After a four-year hiatus imposed by her mother, Kerry started acting again at the age of nine and has been at it since.
Butler graduated from Ithaca College in 1992, where she majored in musical theatre. She toured with the musical Oklahoma! in Europe in the role of Ado Annie. Other New York roles included Vicki in the workshop of Bright Lights, Big City, Barrow in The “I” Word and Claudia in The Folsom Head. She also has done work on various commercials.
Butler made her Broadway debut in 1993 in the role of Ms. Jones in the musical Blood Brothers, where she also understudied the role of Linda.
In 1995, Butler originated the role of Belle for the Toronto production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, where she was nominated for the DORA Award for her performance, and eventually transferred to Broadway. After playing Belle for over two years, she left the musical in July 1997 and was replaced by Debbie Gibson. She then moved over to Les Misérables to play the coveted role of Eponine.
In 2001, Butler played the love interest Shelley in the acclaimed Off Broadway original musical Bat Boy: The Musical.
Though the show had a “fanatical following,” Butler noted that “We were really building an audience before Sept. 11. And after that we never recovered. People didn’t want to go out at all, let alone downtown.” Bat Boy closed in late 2001.
Recorded 2010 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio and the BBC.