Helen Schneider

Helen Schneider Biography

Helen Schneider has a varied and eclectic career in theater, music, recording and film. At the Bad Hersfeld Summer Festival in Germany she sold out the entire run of 75 performances as "Eva Peron" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA and was awarded the Great Hersfeld Prize for Artist of the Year by the German press. She starred in over 300 performances as "Norma Desmond" in the German language premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD and was awarded Best Musical Actress by the German public.

Ms. Schneider made her Broadway debut as "Hayyah" co-starring with George Hearn in GHETTO. She created the title role in FRIDA: THE STORY OF FRIDA KAHLO in Robert Rodriguez and Hilary Blecher's musical which was presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; was nominated Best Actress in a Musical by the New York Drama Desk Awards; and starred in the European premiere of FRIDA at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna, Austria.

In Berlin, Germany at the Theater des Westens, Helen was "Sally Bowles" opposite Hildegard Knef and Wolfgang Reichmann in Kander & Ebb's CABARET and "Reno Sweeney" in Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES. In Vienna, Austria she won critical acclaim for her portrayal of both "Anna I" and "Anna II" in Bertolt Brecht's SEVEN DEADLY SINS.

Two of Ms. Schneider's favorite projects are her one-woman shows. The award winning show A WALK ON THE WEILL SIDE toured Germany, was a feature presentation at the SPOLETO Festival in Charleston, SC and at the international Gmunden Summer Festival in Austria, and was recorded and released on the CBS/SONY classical label. She wrote and starred in A VOICE AND A PIANO, an eclectic theatrical concert, which premiered in Vienna, toured Germany and was recorded by Preiser Records.

Helen starred in the American cult film EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS opposite Tom Berenger, in the German film MAURITIUS-LOS, in the German television mini-series HAVELKAISER with G√ľnter Pfitzmann and was guest star in the newly created German television series, SISKA.

Eberhard Schoener composed and recorded a short opera for Helen based on an Isabel Allende short story, THE REVENGE; featured her on his CD PALAZZO DELL'AMORE with Andrea Bocelli; and included her in his innovative web project: Virtual Opera.

She has produced and/or co-written a number of her 17 albums (including the gold hit ROCK 'N ROLL GYPSY) spanning the worlds of pop, theater, opera and jazz.

Helen Schneider offers three special concert programs:

A Walk on the Weill Side,. a theatrical concert in two acts with pianist Bruce Coyle, features the music of Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. Helen has toured Germany with this program; it was a feature presentation at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC (1995); and was recorded and released on the CBS/Sony label. A Voice and A Piano: from Blues to Broadway , also with Bruce Coyle and in two acts, spans Helen's varied and eclectic career as a singer and actress. Act I features the music of Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim and original songs, interspersed with narrative and Act II features the music of Kander & Ebb, Kurt Weill and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This show was recorded and released on Preiser Records. Cool Heat, an evening of American blues standards featuring the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more. For this show Helen is accompanied by the jazz pianist, Bob Kaye. This show was recorded and released on Elysium Recordings.

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