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Birth Name

Orfeh Or


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Orfeh is best known for originating the role of Paulette in the Broadway Musical, Legally Blonde. She grew up in New York and went to a performing arts high school. Her Broadway debut was in 1998 as understudy for all of the female leads in Footloose. In 2001,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Orfeh can be heard as a voice over on the video games Max Payne 2, Grand Theft Auto/San Andreas and The Warriors.

    • Orfeh was one of the last people to get hired for a part in the original cast of the Legally Blonde musical.

    • Orfeh met her husband, Andy Karl when she was in the Broadway run of Saturday Night Fever and he joined the cast.

    • Orfeh has dyed her hair many colors, including blue when she was a teenager.

    • As of 2007, Orfeh and her husband, Andy Karl have performed together in the Broadway musical, Legally Blonde.

    • Orfeh would love to star as Eva Peron in a Broadway revival of Evita.

    • Orfeh did not miss any performances during her Broadway run in Saturday Night Fever.

    • Orfeh is a member of NARAS, which allows her to nominate and vote for the Grammy Awards.

    • Orfeh's nicknames are "Or," "Orf," and "Orfenator."

    • In 2007, Orfeh was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations in 2007 for her role in Legally Blonde.

    • In April 2008, Orfeh sang The Star-Spangled Banner at the New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Shea Stadium.

    • Orfeh was in a dance group, Or-N-More in the 1990s and the group was signed to EMI Records. Orfeh was the lead singer for Or-N-More.

    • Orfeh's mother came up with the name "Orfeh" from Orfeu Negro, the 1959 film directed by Marcel Camus who is also known as Black Orpheus.

    • Theatre:
      Legally Blonde (Broadway) 2007 Bright Lights, Big City (Philadelphia, PA) 2006 The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Off-Broadway) 2005 Nights on Broadway II (Atlantic City) 2004
      Love, Janis (Off-Broadway) 2002
      Me and Mrs. Jones (Philadelphia, PA) 2001
      Saturday Night Fever (Broadway) 1999
      The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm Performer (Broadway) 1999 Footloose (Broadway) 1998

  • Quotes

    • Orfeh: If I were going to change my name it would have to be something like Jane Smith. I never thought it was weird until I got into musical theater.

    • Orfeh: If I didn't have such a burning desire to perform, I might have gone to medical school.

    • Orfeh: I've got a big Japanese fanbase.

    • Orfeh: I am a tough chick. I'm a girl that grew up in public school in New York City. I had to be tough!

    • Orfeh: (On engagement) I freaked out. I didn't see it coming at all. Seriously. I had no clue. I'm generally good about figuring things out...not a clue.

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