Mary Testa

Biography: Mary recently starred on Broadway in 42nd Street for which she received a 2001 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Before starring in 42nd Street, Mary had just finished playing Dorine in Tartuffe at the Delacorte, directed by Mark Brokaw. She received a 1999 Tony Nomination for her work as Madame Dilly in On the Town, directed by George C. Wolfe. Mary is the recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for her work in both From Above, at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, and for On The Town for the Public Theatre at the Delacorte. Her last appearance at Lincoln Center was William Finn's musical, A New Brain, directed by Graciela Daniele. Other Broadway credits include: Domina in the Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Angel in The Rink, Hedda Hopper in Marilyn: An American Fable, and many roles in Barnum. Off-Broadway, she was Zerbinete in the CSC production of Scapin, Sarah in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Sally in The Knife at The Public Theatre and Patty Ann in Daughters at the Westside Arts Theatre.

At Playwrights Horizons, she played Miss Goldberg in In Trousers, Rita Laporta in Lucky Stiff and appeared in three Young Playwrights Festivals. Spit It Out, a show she co-wrote and co-starred with Randl Ask, ran successfully at the West Bank Café.

Regionally, she has worked at Syracuse Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, The Long Wharf Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and The Kennedy Center.

In concert she has been a vocal soloist with The Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Philly Pops, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Jersey and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Mary
can also be seen in the recent Boston Pops: A Richard Rodgers Tribute, taped in the summer of 2002 for PBS.

Film work includes The Out Of Towners, Sleepers, Queens Of The Big Time, Two Bits, Mac, Stanley And Iris, and Going In Style.

Television credits include "Sex and the City," "Witness to the Mob" (Movie of the Week), "Cagney & Lacey: The Return," "The Gray Area" (Pilot), "City Kids," "Law & Order," "A Different World," "Kojak," "True Blue," "Guiding Light," "One Life To Live," "Our Group" and "Disney At The Smithsonian."

Mary can be heard on the original cast CD of A New Brain, Broadway revival cast recording of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and on the original cast recordings of In Trousers and Lucky Stiff.

Mary Testa's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 48
Highest Metascore: 67 The Business of Strangers
Lowest Metascore: 36 Tony N' Tina's Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
4 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
39 Archaeology of a Woman Sep 12, 2014 Senior Center Director tbd
50 Eat Pray Love Aug 13, 2010 Laundromat Gal 4.7
36 Tony N' Tina's Wedding Nov 30, 2007 Sister Clare 6.3
67 The Business of Strangers Dec 7, 2001 Receptionist 5.0