Broadway: Nina Rosario in IN THE HEIGHTS, Elphaba in WICKED
Mandy Gonzalez possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. She is best known for her emotional portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “In the Heights,” a role she originally created Off Broadway at 37 Arts and which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble. Most recently, she starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked,” blowing the roof off of New York’s Gershwin Theatre each night as she belted out the signature song “Defying Gravity” and for which she was rewarded with a Broadway.com Award for Best Replacement. Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical “Aida” and the Broadway show “Lennon” where she portrayed multiple roles including that of Beatles’ icon John Lennon. Mandy made her Broadway debut in Jim Steinman’s “Dance of the Vampires” starring opposite Michael Crawford.
Mandy received an OBIE Award and overwhelming critical praise for her performance in the Off-Broadway production of Eli’s Comin’, directed by Diane Paulus and based on the music and lyrics of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro.
Equally at home on the big and small screen, she has appeared in “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymor, “After” starring opposite Pablo Schreiber and “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington. Television viewers had the pleasure of seeing Mandy guest starring in “White Collar”, “The Good Wife”, “666 Park Avenue”, “One Life to Live” and “Third Watch”.
Many can be heard as the voice of Mei in Disney’s “Mulan 2”, on recordings of the original Broadway cast album of “In the Heights”, “Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live” and “The Man Who Would Be King”.
She performs concerts in prestigious venues across the U.S. and around the world and has started working on her first solo album with plans for a 2015 release.