Alyson Reed was raised in Anaheim, California, where she graduated from the Anaheim High School in 1978. She started performing during her high school years, in school plays (such as Oliver!) and at Disneyland as the character of Alice in WonderlandAd. Two years after graduating, Alyson appeared in the Broadway play Dancin' and went on to star in many other plays, including Dance a Little Closer and Cabaret (for which she wan nominated for a Tony). Her career has also spanned movies (A Chorus Line, Skin Deep) and television (Frasier, Nip/Tuck, High School Musical).