ABOUT REBECCA ROBBINS
Rebecca is a singer, actress and, most important, a cancer survivor. Hailed by critics as a “beguiling songstress” Rebecca has become known for her “virtuoso resourcefulness” in creating characters with “great charisma and nuance,” not only on the theatre stage but in concert as well.
Most recently, Rebecca played the iconic role of Paulette in Legally Blonde at both Riverside Theatre and Walnut Street Theatre for a total of 105 performances. Prior to that she played Florence Foster Jenkins in Stephen Temperley’s play Souvenir, A Fantasia on The Life of Florence Foster Jenkins at Walnut Street Theatre, a performance which earned her accolades from critics as well as a spot on the “Best of Philly Theatre 2017” list by The Philadelphia Inquirer. This was followed by Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of Triumph of Love in which Rebecca’s performance as the brassy, fast-talking maid, Corine, was hailed by critics as “wondrous”, “beguiling” and “a particular delight”. For that role, she also won Philadelphia Theatre Critics 2018 "Best Supporting Actress" award. From 2015 to 2017, Rebecca toured North America with Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of The Opera where, along with playing her roles as Madame Firmin and The Confidante, she also played opera diva Carlotta Guidicelli at select theatres across the country, including The Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre and Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. She joined the touring company directly from the Broadway company of Phantom where she performed all six female ensemble tracks. Other New York credits include the Broadway production of Jill Santoriello’s A Tale of Two Cities at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and the New York Philharmonic’s critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady, starring Kelsey Grammer.
Off Broadway, Rebecca has performed in the City Center Encores! revivals of Fiorello!, Fanny, Music In The Air, The New Moon and The Pajama Game. On the concert stage, she has appeared with the Virginia Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra and has also been a headliner soloist at The Great Waters Music Festival in New Hampshire for the past four years. In the spring of 2017 she opened the Philadelphia Phillies 135th baseball season singing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch at Citizens Bank Park.
Rebecca has performed leading roles in theatres throughout the country including 18 shows with Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, also Bristol Riverside Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Baltimore Center Stage, Maine State Music Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Media Theatre and Prince Music Theatre. In 2015, Rebecca was featured in an episode with James Corden on his Late, Late Show on CBS, marking her network television debut. That same year she also lent her voice to the soundtrack of the multiple award winning film short, The Secret of Joy, a film raising awareness for pediatric cancer directed by Max Bartoli which featured Doris Roberts and Jack Betts.
In February of 2009 Rebecca was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After months of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation she is cancer free and enjoying every second of her life, on stage and off. Born in Florida, raised in West Virginia, transplanted to Philadelphia with a little NYC thrown in for good measure, she spends most of her time in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire as well as her home in Philadelphia, but no matter where she is, Rebecca will always be an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.