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Rachel Bay Jones

Rachel Bay Jones
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Jones in 2013
Rachel Bay Jones

(1969-11-08) November 8, 1969 (age 49)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1989–present

Rachel Bay Jones (born November 8, 1969) is an American stage actress and singer. She has played the roles of Catherine in the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin and Evan Hansen's mother, Heidi Hansen, in Dear Evan Hansen. The latter earned her the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Early life

Jones was born in New York City and grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. Her parents were both Shakespearean actors. She dropped out of high school to perform in a local play, then moved to New York City to pursue acting at 19.[1]


Jones's first Broadway role was as an understudy for the lead in Meet Me in St. Louis.[1] In the early 1990s, she was in the touring company of Grand Hotel, as well as other national and international tours, performing Rent in German and Evita in Spanish.[1] She performed in the 2009 revival of Hair, then became one of the original cast members starring in the revival of Pippin;[1] she played Catherine, Pippin's lover, during the entire run.

Jones has portrayed Evan's mother Heidi in the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in July 2015.[2] She reprised the role in the New York City Off-Broadway production at the Second Stage Theatre in May 2016,[3] and then on Broadway in November 2016.[4] At the 71st Tony Awards, she won for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Heidi Hansen.[5]

After leaving the company of Dear Evan Hansen on August 5, 2018, Jones performed at several small venues in Something Beautiful, a one-woman cabaret show that draws music from her expansive career and bringing meaning from her life into the lyrics.

Personal life

Jones has one sibling, her brother Darren.[1]

Theatre credits

Year Production Role Notes
1989 Meet Me in St. Louis Ensemble The Gershwin Theatre
1990 Grand Hotel Hildegarde Bratts / Trude National tour
2000 Fiddler on the Roof Hodel National tour
2009 Hair Mother / Buddahdirama / Ensemble Al Hirschfeld Theatre
2010 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Swing Belasco Theatre
2011 A Christmas Story: The Musical Mother National tour
2012 Pippin Catherine American Repertory Theatre
2013 Music Box Theatre
2015 Dear Evan Hansen Heidi Hansen Arena Stage
2016–2018 Second Stage
Music Box Theatre

Film credits

Year Film Role Notes
2018 Ben Is Back Beth

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Work Result
2016 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [6] Dear Evan Hansen Nominated
2017 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Musical[7] Won
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance[8] Nominated
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical[9] Won
2018 Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Won
Emmy Awards – Daytime (Daytime Creative Arts Emmys) Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program Won


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tony Awards: Rachel Bay Jones' 'Dear Evan Hansen' Nomination Caps Three-Decade Quest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Pasek and Paul's Dear Evan Hansen, About the High School Struggle to Fit In, Premieres in D.C. - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tickets Go on Sale Today for Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dear Evan Hansen Opens on Broadway December 4 - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Good for You! Dear Evan Hansen's Rachel Bay Jones Wins Her First Tony Award". Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Drama Desk Awards Name Shuffle Along Best Musical - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sorry, we can't seem to find the page you're looking for". June 11, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017 – via
  8. ^ "Ben Platt, Sutton Foster, and Josh Groban Among 2017 Drama League Award Nominees - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Desk, BWW News. "OSLO Big Winner at the 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards, Full List!". Retrieved July 12, 2017.

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