Kate Baldwin

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Kate Baldwin
Baldwin in NYC, November 2017
Born Katherine Baldwin
(1975-05-02) May 2, 1975 (age 43)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Graham Rowat (Oct. 2005–present)
Children 1

Katherine "Kate" Baldwin (born May 2, 1975)[1] is a two time Tony Award nominated actress and singer known for her work in the musical theatre circuit. She is currently co-starring opposite Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, and Gavin Creel in the hit Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, for which she holds Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic's Circle award nominations for her work as the saucy millineress, Irene Molloy.[2] Baldwin will be continuing with the production until it closes on August 25, 2018.


Born in Evanston, Illinois, Baldwin graduated from Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin in 1993, and from the theatre program at Northwestern University in 1997.[3] During her four years at Northwestern, she performed in seventeen university stage productions and studied voice with Marie Michuda, who helped to make Baldwin one of the most versatile performers of the current generation.[4] In March of her senior year, Baldwin auditioned for the musical Baby which was being produced at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and obtained her equity card for her work in the production. She stayed in the Chicago area, performing in multiple other Marriott Lincolnshire productions, before making the leap the New York City.[4]


Baldwin made her Broadway debut as a swing in the original Broadway production of The Full Monty (2000). Additional Broadway credits include:[5]

Baldwin's Off-Broadway credits include:[5]

** notes Encores! New York City Center performance

Baldwin in She Loves Me

Along with all of her Broadway and Off-Broadway credits she has also accumulated an extensive amount of regional theater credits. One of the most notable being her portrayal of Nellie Forbush in the 2002 Arena Stage production of South Pacific,[7] for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Additional credits include She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, The King and I,[8] and many others.

Baldwin played the role of Sharon in the 2009 New York City Center Encores! staged concert production of Finian's Rainbow. The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood called her a "discovery" and praised her performance, noting she sang the role "beautifully... her rich, pure soprano riding the crests of the melodies with ease."[9] She reprised the role in the Broadway revival that brought the Encores! production to the St. James Theatre in October 2009. Her performance received positive notices again, as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in Musical.[10][11]

In October 2009, Baldwin released her first solo album, Let's See What Happens, a compilation of songs written by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg.[12] More recently, she released an album dedicated solely to the work of the legendary team, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, titled She Loves Him.[13]

In the West End, the premiere of the new musical Paradise Found featured Baldwin in a production co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London (May 19 - June 26, 2010).[14] The Telegraph reviewer wrote of her performance: "The best performance comes from Kate Baldwin, who is both affecting and a succulent feast for the eye, as Mizzi."[15]

Baldwin is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! as Irene Molloy, opposite Bette Midler. The musical opened at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, 2017 and will close on August 25, 2018.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Graham Rowat and Kate Baldwin visit Northwood High School, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, as featured guests of ArtSpeak, 2014-04-30.

Baldwin met her husband, actor Graham Rowat, in 2003 during a Washington DC production of 1776, in which he played Richard Henry Lee and she played Martha Jefferson. Because they both had a lot of downtime during act two of the musical they bonded quickly and began dating post the show closing. They married on October 2, 2005,[3] and on April 19, 2011 welcomed their son, Colin James,[17] into the world. The husband and wife acting duo have done multiple regional shows together since 1776, including Bells Are Ringing and A Little Night Music.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Kevin Kline Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical The Sound of Music Nominated
2010 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Finian's Rainbow Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2013 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Giant Nominated
2015 John & Jen Nominated
2017 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Hello, Dolly! Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated

Additional credits[edit]


  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KK8Y-DKL Date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed May 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Kate Baldwin - About". Kate Baldwin. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Dennis. "Catch Kate Baldwin in St. Louis while you can", riverfronttimes.com, August 3, 2005
  4. ^ a b c Wontorek, Paul. ""John and Jen"'s Kate Baldwin". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Kate Baldwin Broadway and Theatre Credits". Broadway World. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d League, The Broadway. "Kate Baldwin – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Hi, Bali! Arena Stage's 'South Pacific' Opens Dec. 13 in DC" Playbill, December 13, 2002, retrieved December 29, 2017
  8. ^ "Kate Baldwin to Lead The King and I". TheatreMania. 
  9. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "An Irish Immigrant in Missitucky With the Lowdown on High Finance" The New York Times, March 28, 2009
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew and Hetrick, Adam. "Baldwin, Norton, Fitzgerald and Cooper to Star in Broadway's Finian's Rainbow Revival" Playbill.com, July 16, 2009
  11. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Christopher Fitzgerald, Chuck Cooper Join 'Finian's Rainbow' on Broadway" The New York Times, July 16, 2009
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Solo Discs by Baldwin Callaway and Luker On Sale Oct 20 NYC In Store Appearances Planned", playbill.com, October 20, 2009
  13. ^ "Solo Albums - Kate Baldwin". Kate Baldwin. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Prince and Stroman Unveil New Musical Paradise Found in London May 19" Playbill, May 19, 2010, retrieved December 20, 2017
  15. ^ Spencer, Charles. " 'Paradise Found' at the Menier Chocolate Factory, review" The Telegraph, 27 May 2010
  16. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "Donna Murphy Returns to Broadway’s 'Hello, Dolly!' July 22" Playbill, July 22, 2018
  17. ^ Broadway.com Staff (April 20, 2011). "Broadway Couple Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat Welcome Baby Boy". Broadway.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  18. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review. They're Putting It Together, Accentuating the Positive"The New York Times, October 7, 2004
  19. ^ Isherwood, Charles."Tovah Feldshuh at the Paper Mill: Top o' the Mornin', Dolly!"The New York Times, June 13, 2006
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew."Muny's Seven Brides — with Kate Baldwin and James Clow — Begins Run Aug. 7" playbill.com, August 7, 2006
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew."Chase and Baldwin Play The Pajama Game at the Muny Beginning July 23" playbill.com, July 23, 2007
  22. ^ Jones, Kenneth.Before They Woo in San Francisco's White Christmas, Acting Couple Will Wed" playbill.com, September 23, 2005
  23. ^ Staff."Old chestnut White Christmas heats up Toronto's Sony stage" cbc.ca, November 21, 2007
  24. ^ Gans, Andrew and Jones, Kenneth. "She Loves Me, with Ashmanskas and Baldwin, Begins Huntington Run" Playbill, May 16, 2008, retrieved December 20, 2017
  25. ^ Blank, Matthew. "Kate Baldwin Is a Fair Lady at Sacramento Music Circus" Playbill, August 8, 2008, retrieved December 20, 2017
  26. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Kudisch, Baldwin, Noll, Kimball, Racey Explore the Broadway Musicals of 1927 Feb. 22" Playbill, February 22, 2010, retrieved December 20, 2017

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