| Anika Larsen|
| December 19, 1973 (age 42) (1973-12-19) |
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Jarrod Spector, Jessie Mueller, Liz Larsen, Jake Epstein, Carole King
Anika Larsen Wikipedia
Anika Larsen (born December 19, 1973) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2014 for portraying Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Larsen has made an album of recordings titled Sing You To Sleep.
Larsen was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a blended family of adopted children. She studied theatre at Yale University and performed in the a cappella choir, Shades.
In 2015 she married musician Freddie Maxwell and gave birth to their first child, a son named Kie Larsen Maxwell.
Anika made her Broadway debut in 2000 in the ensemble of Rent. In 2002 she originated the role of Roberta in the cult Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't!, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
In 2005 she again appeared on Broadway in the ensemble of All Shook Up and in 2007 performed in the original Broadway ensemble of Xanadu. She has also performed in Avenue Q playing the role of Lucy the Slut/Kate Monster on National Tour, Broadway, and Off-Broadway.
Larsen is the founder of the Jaradoa Theatre Company, which combines performance with community service. In 2009 a musical based on her own life, titled Shafrika: The White Girl, dealing with her experiences of living with a blended adoptive family, was staged at the Vineyard Theatre.