An accomplished and versatile actor and singer noted for her “soaring soprano voice” and “striking theatricality” (The New York Times), Susan Derry is at home in a wide variety of roles. She made her Broadway début in the Tony Award-winning revival of Wonderful Town and performed the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany with Neue Flora Theater. Susan garnered critical acclaim for her recent portrayal of Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County with Keegan Theatre where the Washington Post proclaimed “the ace this staging is Susan Derry” and Broadway World called it the role of her career. This past season, Susan performed in Into the Woods at Creative Cauldron and made her 54 Below solo show debut in Ingenue You When. This season, she’ll be returning to the concert stage at Creative Cauldron. [read more...]
"...delightfully wicked..." – BroadwayWorld
Into the Woods – "Susan Derry's Witch is delightfully wicked as she toys with the Baker."
"...the ace in this staging is Susan Derry..." – The Washington Post
Bridges of Madison County – “‘Bridges’ can be ravishing, and the ace in this staging is Susan Derry, whose operatic soprano is exactly right for Francesca, the Italian war bride pining away in 1965 Iowa after 20 years of marriage. Derry is wonderful with Francesca’s anxieties when her family leaves for a state fair and a handsome National Geographic photographer shows up in her driveway. Derry is naturally funny — this ultra-earnest romance needs that — and she sounds terrific as the score soars into Italian-inflected arias.”
"...lovely soprano..." – Variety
Sunset Boulevard – "Susan Derry’s lovely soprano and sparkling innocence capture just the right notes of Betty, the writer who falls for Joe."
"...a powerhouse voice..." – DC Metro Theater Arts
Bold New Works Series – “Susan Derry has a powerhouse voice,…she shows incredible vocal range.”
"...a voice to make you believe in magic...” – Ithaca Times
Brigadoon – “Susan Derry’s Fiona is a gem – winsome acting and a voice to make you believe in magic.”
"...her joy is inextinguishable..." – Evansville Courier & Press
My Fair Lady – “Susan Derry became a vital, compelling figure as the story progressed, especially when she could express herself in song. Her joy is inextinguishable in "I Could Have Danced All Night," her fury palpable in "Just You Wait" and her wistful resolve resonates through "Without You.”