Acclaimed singer-actress Valerie Perri debuted in 1979 as Eva Person in the Broadway National Company of Evita under legendary director Harold Prince. She’s since embodied Argentina’s first lady throughout the world, and her “dazzling” and “compelling” tenure in Chicago garnered a nomination for the Sarah Siddons Award (Chicago Tribune). Perri also played in the first National Tour of Jerome Robbins Broadway directed by Robbins, and more recently with Tony award-winning director Rebecca Taichman and the original Broadway cast in Indecent for Center Theater Group.
Regionally Valerie earned rave reviews for her performances as Emma Goldman in Pasadena Playhouse’s Ovation award-winning Ragtime and as Dolly Levi in 3D Theatricals’ Hello Dolly. Her Norma Desmond in Musical Theater West’s Sunset Blvd landed her both a 2013 StageSceneLA Scenie for Best Musical Performance and BroadwayWorld Best Actress nomination; she later reprised the role for Moonlight Amphitheater.
Perri has also starred in Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Gypsy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Man of La Mancha, I Do, I Do, and City of Angels, as well as off-Broadway hits Diamonds, Angry Housewives, And the World Goes Round, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, for which she received a 1988 Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award. Equally versed in straight plays, Valerie starred opposite Melanie Griffith in Laguna Playhouse’s The Graduate, in the Maine premiere of Admissions, and the West Coast premieres of The Last Schwartz and The Sweepers.
Perri’s television roles include spots on Criminal Minds, ER, Another World, Brooklyn Bridge, and Who’s the Boss, and in film she features in The Out of Towners with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin, Disney’s George of the Jungle, Grease, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade. In 2005, Perri recorded her songbook album Sweet Conversation and has since sung with symphony orchestras across the US and Europe, from Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall to the London Palladium and Frankfurt Opera House. Perri is married to CBS staff photographer, Cliff Lipson, and together they have two remarkable sons, Benjamin and Jack.
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Broadway Nationals. Evita, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Indecent. Off-Broadway. Diamonds (Circle in the Square) Angry Housewives (Minetta Lane Theater) On the Swing Shift (Manhattan Theater Club) Southern California and Regional. Ragtime (Pasadena Playhouse) The World Goes ‘Round (Reprise 2.0) The Graduate (Laguna Playhouse) Hello Dolly ( 3D Theatricals) Sunset Blvd (Musical Theater West, Moonlight Amphitheater) Closer than Ever, The Sweepers (International City Theater) Admissions (Good Theater, ME.) TV. “Criminal Minds” (CBS) “ER” “Another World” (NBC) “Who’s the Boss”, “Geppetto” (ABC) Film. “Grease” “The Out of Towners” “Dickie Roberts” (Paramount) “George of the Jungle” (Disney) Recording. Valerie Perri: Sweet Conversation. Married to CBS photographer Cliff Lipson. Twin sons, composer/musician/vocalists Jack and Benny Lipson.
Representation: AMT Artists