PLAYBILL PICKS: Breakout Performances of the 2012-13 Broadway Season

By Playbill Staff
29 Apr 2013

Betsy Wolfe and Will Chase
Photo by Joan Marcus

Betsy Wolfe, in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, offered one of the best vocal performances of the 2012-13 Broadway season. Wolfe, who played Drood's fiancée, the pristine and elegant Rosa Bud, has a seemingly limitless vocal range. Her gorgeous soprano soared on Rupert Holmes' Tony Award-winning score. Following her Drood performance, the actress — formerly of smaller Broadway roles in Everyday Rapture and 110 in the Shade — went straight to her next starring role in the Off-Broadway revival of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, where she currently proves her versatility. In the more contemporary Last Five Years, Wolfe displays sassy belting on numbers like "A Summer in Ohio," "Climbing Uphill" and the show's classic power ballad "I Can Do Better Than That." Wolfe makes you laugh and makes you cry.