Schaffel, Marla 1969(?)–

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SCHAFFEL, Marla 1969(?)


Born April 17, c. 1969; raised in Miami, FL; daughter of Marty and Bette Schaffel. Education: Juilliard School, degree in drama, 1990.

Addresses: Publicist Carrie Byalick, I/D Public Relations, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Career: Actress and singer.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, all outstanding lead actress in a musical, 2001, for Jane Eyre; Leon Rabin Award, outstanding lead actress, 2002, for My Fair Lady.


Stage Appearances:

One of the Cratchit children, A Christmas Carol, Coconut Grove Playhouse, FL, c. 1979.

Natalya, The Matriarch, Juilliard School Theatre, New York City, 1990.

(Broadway debut) Fantine/Swing, Les Miserables (musical), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Jennifer Rumson, Paint Your Wagon (musical), Good-speed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1992.

Christina Alberta, Christina Alberta's Father, offBroadway production, 1994.

Anne, A Little Night Music, Main Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1994.

Jane Wiley, Lucky in the Rain (musical), Goodspeed Opera House, 1997.

Maria, West Side Story (musical), Westchester Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Caroline Neville, Titanic (musical), LuntFontanne Theatre, New York City, 19981999.

Title role, Jane Eyre (musical), workshop productions, New York City, 1998, 1999, then Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 20002001.

Judith, Glimmerglass (musical), Norma Terris Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, 1999.

Enter the Guardsman: A Musical Romance, Weissberger Theatre Group, Dimson Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Maria, West Side Story (musical), TheatrebytheSea, Mantunuck, RI, 2000.

Billie Bendix, They All Laughed! The New Gershwin Musical, Goodspeed Opera House, 2001.

Charlotte, Let Me Sing! (musical revue), George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 20022003.

Appeared as Viola, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, William-stown Theatre Festival; other regional performances include Anya, The Cherry Orchard; May, Fool for Love; Angie and Dull Gret, Top Girls; Alma (some sources cite Splendora), Summer and Smoke; and Perdita, A Winter's Tale; performed in staged readings of Camilla, In the Beginning, The Little Hours, and Snapshots, all New York City; appeared as Kate McGowan in a workshop production of Titanic. Also performs at benefit concerts and cabaret presentations.

Major Tours:

Eva Peron, Evita (musical), U.S. cities, 1995.

Title role, Jane Eyre (musical), U.S. and Canadian cities, between 1995 and 1999.

Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady (musical), U.S. cities, 2002.

Maria Rainer, The Sound of Music (musical), U.S. cities, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Katie, I Love You, Don't Touch Me!, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1998.

Beaver woman, Cradle Will Rock, Buena Vista, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Tyler Smith, "Initiation," Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, syndicated, 1991.

Tyler Smith, "Sunday at the Hotel with George," Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, syndicated, 1991.

Radio Appearances:

A Prairie Home Companion, National Public Radio, 1994.



A Prairie Home Companion Christmas, 1994.

Jane Eyre (original cast recording), 1997.

Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording), Sony Classical, 2000.

Member of the chorus for the soundtrack recording The Prince of Egypt.



Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 26, 2000.

Columbus Dispatch, October 6, 2003.

Detroit Free Press, September 29, 2003.

Houston Chronicle, July 3, 2003.

Miami Herald, February 25, 2001.

Palm Beach Post, June 3, 2001.

Electronic:, January 26, 2001.,, December 11, 2000.