Jennifer Leigh Warren a critically acclaimed singer/actress lauded for her show-stopping performance as "Alice's Daughter" in BIG RIVER on Broadway (singing a song written for her by Roger Miller), the original "Crystal" in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the original Lincoln Center cast of MARIE CHRISTINE and she is featured on the Grammy Award nominated albums of those shows.
She sang on the "Stephen Schwartz Album," in the Stephen Schwartz Concert at the Ford Amphitheatre, THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN (with Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson), THE EDUCATION OF RANDY NEWMAN at South Coast Rep and proudly portrayed Thelma Mothershed in LITTLE ROCK at TheatreWorks Palo Alto (the story of the Little Rock Nine).
She was the original title character in both ABYSSINIA at Cleveland Playhouse and Chan Poling’s VENUS in Minneapolis. For REPRISE (Los Angeles), she starred in KISMET, THE MOST HAPPY FELLOW and stopped the show as Shelia in HAIR (with a vocal arrangement made specifically for her by the great Peter Matz). She performed in Sir Peter Hall’s Shakespeare Rep at the Ahmanson and as Julia in HAVING IT ALL at NoHo Rep. She played both roles of Addaperle AND Evilene (a first ever) in Arkansas Rep’s new version of THE WIZ.
Jennifer performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall honoring Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Marcia Gaye Harden. She opened for Steve Tyrell at the Americana and starred as the fairy Godmother in the Lythgoe family’s premiere production of the British Panto CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS in Los Angeles. In Japan, she re-created her BIG RIVER role (in Japanese) and sang with Al Jarreau in Denmark (televised LIVE throughout Europe).
Feature films: Valentine’s Day, The Other Sister, Dear God, Grace of my Heart, The Crossing Guard, Sour Grapes. TV: Pretty Little Liars, Conan, Lipstick jungle, Dirt, ER, Scrubs, The Game, Touched by an Angel, All my Children and with “OK GO” on The Tonight Show (Conan O’Brien), Craig Ferguson & Jimmy Kimmel.
An OVATION Award winner and nominee, a GARLAND Award winner, Dartmouth College CREATIVE ARTS Award and NAACP Award nominee, her show DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: the songs of Dame Shirley Bassey premiered at the Renberg Theatre directed by Richard Jay-Alexander (Streisand, Peters) and received 7 BROADWAY WORLD Award nominations. She won 2 BROADWAY WORLD Awards (for DIAMONDS and for CINDERELLA) in the same year, a first.