the release of her first solo CD, “Girl Talk,” Jodi
Stevens adds a new dimension to her career as an entertainer.
in the theatre and on screen, she is now ready to take
her place on CD players and concert stages for years to come.
return to Braodway, as Pam in "Urban Cowboy."
Born in New Jersey, Jodi and her twin
brother and older sister moved often as their father relocated
for work. High school was in Bryn
Mawr, Pennsylvania, the place that Jodi calls “home.”
Her career most probably began when she was seven years old visiting
her grandfather, a bandleader in the forties in New York City. She
was singing “Over the Rainbow” and remembers him exclaiming,
“You have pipes!”
She had learned how to sing from her
mother, a performer with her grandfather’s band. When she
was seventeen, she entered the Miss Philadelphia Pageant but realized
she enjoyed performing above
competition. So, the
runner-up in her first pageant returned the following year as a featured
performer. Jodi started playing the French horn
because she “heard it makes you a good kisser.” In an
unrelated incident, she is also credited with saving a man from drowning.
While at Penn State University, Jodi majored in theatre with a concentration
in classics. During her senior year, she auditioned for an off-Broadway
show called MY NAME IS PABLO PICASSO produced at the South Street
Theatre. She spent weekends in New York rehearsing for the show
left school four weeks before graduation, taking her exams via correspondence.
The show ran for eight weeks and Jodi was now a New York actor.
with her BFA in theatre, she began training with Bill Esper and Tim
Phillips, while pursuing voice with David Hickox and Katie Agresta.
Her next important musical comedy role
was Sheila in the Surflight Theatre production of A CHORUS LINE.
She danced and sang “At
The Ballet” and began to attract the notice audiences and critics.
Upon returning to New York, she began jazz and ballet dance classes.
She played Antigone in ANTIGONE: THE MUSICAL at the TADA! Theatre,
then Maggie in the national tour of LEND ME A TENOR. Then, in a bold
move to capture the interest of the theatrical community, she produced
and starred in the one act play by Tennessee Williams 27 WAGONS FULL
OF COTTON at the Intar Theatre. From this she secured an agent and
things began to fall into place.
next appeared in the production of BODYSHOP at the Westbeth Theatre,
receiving outstanding notices for her portrayal of an unwed mother
who became and exotic dancer. Her classical training served her well
when she was asked to be the guest artist at the Palm Beach Shakespeare
Festival where she played Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT. The same producer
cast Jodi as the lady-in-waiting in CARDENIO at the Musical Theatre
Works in New York. Following that run, Jodi was cast to play Lily
St. Regis in the twentieth anniversary production of ANNIE at the
Goodspeed Opera House under the direction of author Martin Charnin.
was during the production of ANNIE that she secured the role in JEKYLL & HYDE
that was to be her Broadway debut. Still exploring new workshops
while performing eight shows a week, she developed the role
of Hildy Lincoln for the Hal Prince Workshop musical production of
ELLIOT NESS IN CLEVELAND. In a remarkable leap forward, Miss Stevens
doubled as first cover to Linda Eder. Soon Jodi herself took the
in the leading role of Lucy on Broadway.
During the run of JEKYLL & HYDE, she auditioned for the role of
Marlene Dietrich in the La Jolla production of Barry Manilow’s
HARMONY by singing “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Casting
agent Jay Binder gave her the role without hesitation. She also participated
in the workshop of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and was offered a role in
that production that was precluded by her commitment to HARMONY.
While working in the theatre, Jodi
has pursued a television and film career. Her TV appearances have
included a recurring role in CENTRAL
PARK WEST, ALL MY CHILDREN, LAW AND ORDER, TRIBECA, and SEX AND THE
CITY. Her film work includes Abel Ferrara’s THE FUNERAL,
and the upcoming thriller DECENDENT.
2001, Jodi returned to La Jolla for the pre-Broadway run of DRACULA,
THE MUSICAL under the direction of Des McAnuff. The fall of 2002
the beginning of her return to Broadway, this time to create the
lead role of Pam in URBAN COWBOY, slated for a brief run in Coconut
and a first run on Broadway in 2003.
Jodi also lends her talents to the
charitable efforts of several organizations. She records “Books on Tape” for the New York Public Library,
and created “USO AIDS,” an Andrews Sisters-style vocal
group that performs at the Broadway County Fair and other fundraising
The release of “Girl Talk” is accompanied by live performances
and other recordings, including a guest appearance on the track “My
Romance” recorded for Jay Leonhart’s forthcoming CD, “Rodgers
and Leonhart,” to be released in fall of 2002 in conjunction
with the Richard Rodgers Centennial celebration. Look for her on
Original Cast Recording of URBAN COWBOY in 2003.