Kerry Butler most recently starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Xanadu, for which she received rave reviews and a 2008 Tony Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
Charles Isherwood from the New York Times said ?Kerry Butler, as the Greek demi-goddess Clio, who also roams Venice Beach as the Australian mortal Kira, is simply heaven on eight little polyurethane wheels.? Publications such as Vanity Fair, Variety, Newsday, New York Daily News, NY magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out NY, Newark Star Ledger, Associated Press, New York 1 and others, have all singled out her performance for being fresh, exciting and a ?flowing vision on rollerskates.?
Among her television and film credits are: Lipstick Jungle, Cupid, Borough of Kings, Campfire Stories, One Life to Live¸ Second Honeymoon starring Roma Downey, Sesame Street, Hometown, Another World, Twins (Pilot), as well as several live performances on national television shows.
Growing up in Brooklyn, Kerry grew up around the theater and performing arts. She became a Broadway darling known for her amazing stage talents as a singer and actress. She made her Broadway Debut as Belle in Beauty in the Beast, a role she originated with the Toronto Production. As Belle, she was nominated for a DORA award, which is given out by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) for ?Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role.? She followed that with Blood Brothers, Les Miserables and Little Shop of Horrors, in which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Award. Most notably she received rave reviews starring as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray which garnered her with the prestigious Clarence Derwent Award given to one male and one female performer a year for excellence in the theater. She also received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for that role.
Kerry has worked Off Broadway and regionally in Bat Boy: The Musical, The Opposite of Sex at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Miracle Brothers at the Vineyard Theater, The ?I? Word at the Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folsom Head at the Currican Theater, Prodigal at the York Theater and numerous readings and workshops of new musicals.
Kerry?s recordings include: Xanadu, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Bat Boy: The Musical, Prodigal, numerous demo cds and newly released solo album ?Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust.?
A devoted mother and humanitarian, Kerry is a member of ACS Children?s Services ?Family Preservation Program? where she works with families teaching them life skills to keep the family unit intact. She supports the fight to end the genocide in Darfur, and supports the necessary environmental change to breathe cleaner air and have fresh drinking water around the world.
Next up, Kerry will be reuniting with Hairspray creative team, Marc Shaiman, Scott Whitman, Jack O?Brien and Jerry Mitchell on the new musical Catch Me If You Can opposite Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit and Tom Wopat.
Kerry resides in New York with her husband and daughter.