Faculty

Andrea Burns

Musical Theatre (College)

Andréa Burns is a Drama Desk Award winner, having created the role of Daniela, the saucy hairdresser, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, In The Heights.

Ms. Burns received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her show-stopping portrayal as Gloria Fajardo in Broadway’s On Your Feet! Ms. Burns began her career touring the opera houses of Europe as Maria in West Side Story when she was 18 years old. Broadway credits include: Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty, Googie Gomez in The Ritz and Carmen in The Nance, opposite Nathan Lane. Andréa also performed in concert at Carnegie Hall alongside Elaine Stritch in Noel Coward’s Sail Away! Ms. Burns was in the original company of Jason Robert Brown’s critically acclaimed Songs for a New World and has since become one of the foremost interpreters of his work. Burns portrayed Lucille Frank in the national tour of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, directed by Harold Prince, for which she received a Touring Broadway Awards nomination for Best Actress. Andréa was selected by Stephen Sondheim to create the role of Celeste in the New York premiere of his musical, Saturday Night.

Her television credits include Kevin Can Wait, Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, Mindhunter, Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, The Electric Company (2009 TV series),
 and Wonder Pets.

Ms. Burns’ debut solo album, A Deeper Shade Of Red was described
by Playbill as “superb on all counts”. “100 Stories,” a single she co-wrote with her brother, music producer Mike Burns, rose to the #2 spot on the 2006 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts. As an official concert artist of Playbill, Andréa performs her cabaret show, which has been hailed by the New York Times as “ “uproarious and ebullient “, all over the world.

Andréa is on the original cast recordings of On Your Feet!, In The Heights, Songs for a New World, This Ordinary Thursday, Saturday Night, It’s Only Life, Dear Edwina, Shine, Kitty’s Kisses, Broadway Bound, and Broadway Musicals of 1953.