Judy Kuhn[Biography] [Pictures] [Links]
Judy Kuhn was born on May 20, 1958, in New York City. She grew up outside Washington D.C., and then returned to New York City. She graduated from Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music in 1981. Judy is married to screenwriter David Schwabb, and has a daughter (born in 1994).
Judy’s Broadway career started already in 1976, when she was the director’s advisor on Don’t Step on My Olive Branch. But in 1985 Judy got her chance to stand on the Broadway stage when she was an understudy for the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also performed several other parts in the musical. In 1986 she was in the musical Rags, and then in 1987 she played the part of Cosette in Les Misérables. In 1995 she reprised the role in London for the 10th anniversary concert. After Les Misérables, Judy appeared as Florence in Chess in 1988.
Over the years she has continued to perform on Broadway, in the following plays, musicals and special concerts: Two Shakespearean Actors (1992), She Loves Me (1993), King David (1997), Funny Girl (2002), Children and Art (2005) and A Wonderful Live (2005).
Off-Broadway, Judy has also appeared in Eli’s Comin’ (for which she received an Obie Award), The Ballad of Little Jo, Strike Up the Band, Martin Guerre, and several other productions.
Judy also played the part of Betty Schaefer in the Los Angeles production of Sunset Boulevard, which premiered in December 1993. She has also appeared in Metropolis in London (for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award).
In 1995 Judy released a solo album called Just in Time: Judy Kuhn sings Jule Styne. She can also be heard on the Unsung Sondheim and Unsung Musicals albums. She has performed in concerts in both the USA and Europe.
Judy was the singing voice of Pocahontas in both Pocahontas (1995) and the sequel movie Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998). She also appeared in the movie What’s Your Sign (1997), as well as did guest star appearances on Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992), Law and Order (1998 & 2003) and Hope & Faith (2003).
Judy has received a Tony Award nomination three times - 1987 (Les Misérables), 1988 (Chess) and 1994 (She Loves Me).