Opel, Nancy

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Opel, Nancy


Education: Graduated from The Juilliard School.


Actress. Actors Company Theatre, member of company.

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a musical, 2002, for Urinetown the Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actress in a play, 2003, for Polish Joke.


Stage Appearances:

Member of company and understudy for the role of Eva, Evita, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1979-83.

Betty and Dee, Sunday in the Park with George (workshop production), Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Young man on bank, Frieda, and Betty, Sunday in the Park with George, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1984-85.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Teddy & Alice, Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 1987-88.

Hope Harcourt, Anything Goes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1987-89.

Frieda and Betty, Sunday in the Park with George (concert performance), St. James Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Kafka in "Words, Words, Words," Betty in "Sure Thing," and Trotsky's wife in "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," All in the Timing (series), John Houseman Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Dossie and understudy for the role of Pamela, Getting Away with Murder, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1996.

"Fascinating Rhythms" (concert performance), American Music Theatre Festival, 1996-97.

Annie in "Foreplay," appeared in "Speed-the-Play," village crone in "Dr. Fritz or: The Forces of Light," and wife in "Degas, c'est moi," Mere Mortals and Others (series of one-acts), John Houseman Theatre, then Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, both 1997.

Corine, Triumph of Love, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1997-98.

Angela, Darlene (double-bill with The Guest Lecturer), George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1998.

Businesswoman in "Babel's in Arms," Sarah in "The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage," Bebe I in "Enigma Variations," the machine in "Soap Opera," and Edna in "Lives of the Saints or: Polish Joke," Lives of the Saints (series of short comedies), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, then Stockbridge, MA, 1999.

Wise Guy (workshop production), New York Theatre Workshop, 1999.

Understudy Capulat, Isabelle's mother, and Lady India, Ring Round the Moon, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Nurse, Loot, George Street Playhouse, 2000.

Nothing Like a Dame 2000 (benefit performances), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1999, then Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Mrs. Hatch, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," in Encores!, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Multiple roles, including Queenie, Honk!, North Shore Music Theatre, 2000.

Storybook: The Lyrics of Nan Knighton (benefit performance), Dream Street Cabaret, New York City, 2000.

Penelope Pennywise, Urinetown, American Theatre of Actors, New York City, 2001-2004.

Hair, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Yente, Fiddler on the Roof, Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 2004-2006.

My Deah, Abingdon Theatre Company, New York City, 2006.

Also appeared in Harmonies of the Boswell Sisters (cabaret), Rainbow and Stars; Rhythm on the Rainbow (cabaret); Don Juan in Chicago, Off-Broadway production; Hundreds of Hats, Off-Broadway production; Personals, Off-Broadway production; All in the Timing and Stay, Carl, Stay, New Hope Performing Arts Festival; Blue Window, Santa Fe Festival Theatre, Santa Fe, NM; Candide, Alliance Theatre; I Love a Piano, TriArts Theatre; Marry Me a Little, Hartman Theatre; Polish Joke.

Major Tours:

The Drowsy Chaperone Tour, North American cities, 2007.

Film Appearances:

Sue, The Ice Storm, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997.

Mom, Second Skin, 1998.

Reporter (Feld House), Marci X, Paramount, 2003.

(Uncredited) Ensemble, The Producers, Universal, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Frieda and Betty, "Sunday in the Park with George," Broadway on Showtime, Showtime, then American Playhouse, PBS, both 1986.

The 58th Annual Tony Awards (also known as The 2004 Tony Awards), CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sybil, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1975.

Henkel, "Encore," Law & Order, NBC, 1996.

Nina, "Suite Sorrow," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2003.

Teri Carthage, "Infected," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2006.

Also appeared in One Life to Live, ABC.



Sunday in the Park with George (original cast recording), RCA, 1990.

Evita, MCA, 1990.

Triumph of Love (original Broadway cast recording), Jay, 1998.

The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley, Winter and Winter, 1999.