|Years active 1973-present|
Genres Musical theatre
Name Meg Bussert
|Birth name (1949-10-21) October 21, 1949 (age 66)|
Occupation(s) Actress, singer, university professor
Education Manhattanville College, State University of New York at Purchase
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Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical
The Music Man - 1980 NY Cast - Dick Van Dyke - Marian
Meg Bussert (born October 21, 1949) is an American actress, singer and a university professor.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bussert received her BA degree from Purchase College and her MAT from Manhattanville College.
Bussert made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of Irene as the "Debutante". She was the standby for "Lettie" and "Hope Langdon" in Something's Afoot in 1976.
Her big break came in 1980 when she was cast in two revivals, The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke as "Marian Paroo" and Brigadoon with Martin Vidnovic as Fiona MacLaren. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in both and a Tony Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for the latter. This revival of The Music Man closed after just 21 performances.
Bussert appeared as "Guinevere" opposite Richard Harris as King Arthur in a national tour and 1981 Broadway revival of Camelot. The production was taped for broadcast by HBO and she was nominated for a CableACE Award. In 2005 she was the standby for the character "Florence Foster Jenkins" in the Broadway production of Souvenir.
Bussert's regional theatre credits include The Music Man, South Pacific (US tour, 1985 as "Nellie"),Phantom (at the Westchester Broadway Theater in 1992), Damn Yankees, The Most Happy Fella, and Cabaret. In 2010, she performed in The Sound of Music at the Ogunquit Playhouse as "Mother Abbess". She had previously performed this role at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2003.
She performs in concerts, recitals, and cabarets. In 2013 she performed in a concert performance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (New York City), titled "Two Legit to Quit: a Riff-Free Evening".
She has appeared in opera and operettas, including concert performances of The New Moon and The Firefly at the Town Hall, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s The Student Prince and the Mirvish’s North American tour of H. M. S. Pinafore.She appeared in the Portland Opera production of Lucy's Lapses in 1990.
Bussert presently is a full-time master teacher in Vocal Performance teaching Acting and Music Theatre Studies at New York University, in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.