A young Chicago actress without a single Broadway credit to her name gets picked for a major new Broadway musical - that alone would be the stuff of dreams. But Jessie Mueller has done much, much better than that.
The actress last seen in "Shout" at the
Mueller, 28, is part of an Evanston theatrical family that long has been a staple of Chicago-area stages, and has demonstrated an extraordinary range of abilities in Chicago-area theaters, switching easily from ingénues (in "Meet Me in St. Louis" at the Drury Lane Theatre) to comedic roles (Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" at the Marriott). Earlier this year, she could be seen in a small space in Highland Park appearing The Music Theatre Company production of in "Merrily We Roll Along." But her main asset long has been her voice, at ease with pop and rock and mostly at home with jazz-infused scores and the kind of American songbook music composed by Burton Lane in 1965.