CONGRATULATIONS TO CRYSTAL FOR HER 2ND WIN (THIS ONE FOR HER MARIAN IN THE MUSIC MAN) IN THE 2021 BROADWAY WORLD REGIONAL CONTEST! “BEST PERFORMER IN A MUSICAL”
“With mesmerizing vocals, she fulfills her destiny, and then some — stunning!” (The Examiner)
Crystal Kurek, soon to play the role of Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into the Woods (October 2022) and to return in the title role in Dear Miss Barrett (2023), has been active in the theater since childhood. Recent roles have included the lead roles of Marian Paroo (“the librarian”) in The Music Man, Elizabeth Barrett in Dear Miss Barrett, Lily in The Secret Garden, Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Miss Honey in Matilda, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, twice in the title role in Mary Poppins, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Maria in West Side Story (for which she won the Broadway World Award “Best Actress in a Musical” in 2015), Fantine in Les Miserables, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Tuptim in The King and I, Meg in Little Women, and several others. As a child actor, she appeared on stage with Shirley Jones, Jodi Benson, The Osmonds, Phyllis Diller, Barry Williams, and others. As a model with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York and member of the Screen Actors Guild, she appeared in print ads for Gitano, JC Penney, Coca-Cola and others, and in TV commercials and shows including Live with Regis and Kathy Lee and The Today Show. Years of all forms of dance and singing lessons led her to major in music and then earn her master’s degree in education at Vanderbilt University. She teaches music and theater at St. Edward School in Nashville and lives with her husband, internationally acclaimed Composer Laureate of Tennessee, Michael Kurek , and two lovely cats.