most recently played Madame Thenardier in the 2014 revival of
She was a member of the Original Revival Cast as Madame Whore and Innkeeper's
Wife. She made her Broadway debut in 1995 as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with an unprecedented two days of rehearsal.
Seemingly specializing in princesses and cross-dressers, she followed this with occasional appearances as Princess Leonide in
the Original Broadway Cast of Triumph of Love opposite F. Murray Abraham and Betty Buckley. 1999 was spent touring the U.S. aboard the
1st National Tony Award-winning Titanic as Lady Caroline, and 2000 featured an exciting turn in the star-studded I Get a Kick Out of Blue (a celebration of 300 years of Yale talent) at the New Amsterdam Theatre, directed by Richard Maltby. On London's West End, she kicked up her heels as Molly in Kurt Weill's
One Touch of Venus..
In 2012 she was an original cast member
the re-imagined classic, On a Clear Day
You Can See Forever at the
St. James Theatre.
Off-Broadway Christianne premiered the role of Euclid (the father of Geometry) in the quirky Fermat’s Last Tango and revealed herself as Phoebe Davis in the naughty Fanny Hill at the York; Call Me Madam with Tyne Daly for City Center Encores!; Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y; and Trouble in Tahiti for Symphony Space’s Wall to Wall Bernstein. Workshops include The Toronto Second City Drowsy Chaperone for NAMT;
ACE, directed by Shery Kaller; The Ballad of Little Jo, directed by Tina Landau; Charles Busch’s The Green Heart for Manhattan Theatre Club; and Byzantium for Playwrights Horizons.
New Harmony Theatre
was Christianne’s favorite regional venue, having performed there as Twelfth Night’s cross-dressing Viola; Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Amalia in She Loves Me. Other regional credits include: starring in the American premiere of The Betrayal of Nora Blake (Cuillo Center); the world premiere of Say Yes! and
a revival of
Morning's at Seven
directed by Vivian Matalon
(Berkshire Theatre Festival); the titular character in
The Drowsy Chaperone at Stages St. Louis;
Alice Beane in Titanic (Hangar Theatre); Grace Farrell in Annie at the monster-sized
MUNY; Paul Gordon's Emma and
Brighton Beach Memoirs at Cincinnati
Playhouse in the Park and Repertory Theater of St. Louis: Peter Pan and Pajama Game (Baltimore Center Stage, directed by Irene Lewis); Very Good Eddie (Goodspeed, directed by BT McNicholl);
Me a Tenor
and 42nd Street (John
W. Engeman Theater),: Jam and Spice
A Christmas Carol (Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Tazewell Thompson);
Backwards in High Heels-The Ginger Musical
(directed by Scott Schwartz) at too
many theaters to count;
Side by Side by Sondheim
(Virginia Musical Theater, directed by Alan Souza); The Music Man; Doctors and Diseases; West Side Story; The Most Happy Fella; Into the Woods;
and The Sound of Music.
Barrington Stage Company has been a bit of a
summer home since 2000 with a total of five shows...Company,
South Pacific, Sweeney
Todd; The Game;
and as a last minute replacement
during the 2011 season in the extraordinary
Mormons, Mothers and Monsters.
Internationally, Christianne has performed in St. Petersburg, Russia as Amelia Earhart in Maltby & Shire's Take Flight; and as Catherine the Great in The Captain's Daughter by Russia's National Composer, Andrei Petrov, at the Ekaterina Teatr of the Hermitage. She portrayed Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom (auf Deutsch) throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Denmark and Lichtenstein.
is a producer and star of the award-winning web series
created by Kieran Turner. She created the role of Cinderella in NYSTI’s award-winning A Tale of Cinderella, recorded on Atlantic Theatre Records, taped for Warner Home Video and broadcast on PBS. She reprised her role as Euclid in CMI’s educational video of Fermat’s Last Tango, and portrayed a clumsy attorney in The Devil’s Advocate. Television credits include:
30 Rock; Law and Order, CI; Late Night with David Letterman; Howie Mandel; Another World; Guiding Light; and an infamous segment of Lingerie on E!
A reformed opera singer, Christianne has over 20 roles to her credit (including all of the sopranos in The Magic Flute) and has sung works ranging from Bach to New Age, in over ten languages, in such famed halls as New York’s City Center, Avery Fisher, Weill Recital and Alice Tully Halls, Joe's Pub, The Bottom Line, Camden Yards, the Kennedy Center, the Ekaterina Teatr of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and the Redoutensaal of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. She continues to sing with symphony orchestras throughout North America,
does pops concerts with Robert Cuccioli and Terry Burrell with Barry Levitt at
the piano, and can also be heard on recordings for Varese Sarabande, Original Cast Recordings, DRG and Atlantic Theatre Records. Christianne has released her debut solo cd, a collection of lullabies entitled Just a Map -- A Lullaby to the World. A portion of the proceeds are donated to charities promoting peace and human rights awareness.
She is a proud recipient of the Kevin Kline
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for
The Drowsy Chaperone.
A native of New York, Christianne attended Yale, where she was awarded Distinction in her Major. She resides in NY,
is an accomplished Reiki Master, and studies acting with the indomitable Sande Shurin
(whose highly accessible and bounteous books she edits).
She likes to spend her free time…freely.