The Lady's Got Potential: Top Ten Up-and-Coming Musical Actresses

By Ben Rimalower
04 Jan 2014

Rachel Bay Jones

Rachel Bay Jones (, @rachelbayjones)

Rachel Bay Jones has been in several Broadway shows, including understudy assignments in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and the Diane Paulus-helmed revival of Hair, but her biggest moment so far has to be her unjustly un-nominated performance as Catherine in Paulus' smash hit revival of Pippin. Jones exhibits nuance and subtlety rarely seen anywhere, let alone in a big musical, and she is the heart of the show. Her tender touch makes a soft sell even of Catherine's more brazen attempts to woo Pippin. Her charms, though — however understated — are quite effective, so much so that most of the audience falls for her as well. Jones will be an asset to every production that casts her in the future.