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Wanda's Complete Biography
Ms. Richert is best known for her thirty-five year career in the
magical and incomparable world of "Show Business." She truly lived
the "American Dream." She was able to achieve the height of her success
as an entertainer because she was Empowered as a child. Wanda's
mother noticed her tiny child's innate "rhythm" while "dancing" in her
As they say, The rest is history...
Wanda Richert is best known for her creation of the role of Peggy Sawyer in the Original 1980 Broadway Production of the
Tony Award winning Musical
for which she received a
Tony Award Nomination,
Theater World Award & Drama Logue Award.
Wanda also starred on Broadway
A CHORUS LINE
As the black-laced Carla,
Replacing NINE's original Carla
The late Anita Morris.
Wanda can also be heard singing the title song
Original Cast Album of 42ND STREET
Seen in her Filmed Interview
BROADWAY The Golden Age
(due out in 2010)
a sequel to:
theater career began in her hometown of Chicago, where she turned
professional at the age of fourteen. At sixteen, she was chosen to be
"McBreakfast Girl for McDonalds."
She danced her way through the first McBreakfast commercial and modeled for
all the print work associated with their new campaign.
Her Musical Theater credits are extensive:
THE 1ST NATIONAL TOUR OF A CHORUS LINE, when
she was just nineteen, playing six of the nine female roles until she
ultimately was chosen by director/choreographer, Michael Bennet to play
the highly coveted leading role of Cassie by the time she was twenty.DAMN YANKEES-with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston, SHOWBOAT-with Mickey Rooney and Harve Presnell,OKLAHOMA -with John Davidson, WEST SIDE STORY-with Leslie Uggams and SUGAR BABIES-opposite Laugh In's Alan Sues, CABARET, CAROUSEL, MY FAIR LADY, HELLO DOLLY, SWEET CHARITY, THE BAKER'S WIFE, HANGIN" ON BY A THREAD, WILL RODGERS FOLLIES, HEY LOOK ME OVER, A Tribute to Cy Coleman and S'WONDERFUL-Tribute to George Gershwin for THE LIBRARY of CONGRESS. While residing in Los Angeles, Wanda performed opposite Carol Burnett in both
FROM THE TOP -co-starring Ken Berry, John McCook and Gary Beach, and COMPANY-co-starringPatrick Cassidy.
She also choreographed THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
starring Jack Wagner,
of the long running television hit Melrose Place,
to wonderful reviews as a Choreographer. Her Television credits
include: ONE LIFE TO LIVE, THE DOCTORS, LAW and ORDER, HARDCASTLE and McCORMICK, THE BOB HOPE SPECIAL at WEST POINT, THE 1981 TONY AWARDS, THE 1985 TONY AWARDS-as a presenter THE 1981 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, BARYSHNIKOV on BROADWAY, co-starring Liza Minnelli and PBS's BROADWAY'S LOST TREASURES (DVD) where she can be seen with her co-star, the late Jerry Orbach, performing live on THE 1981 TONY AWARDS
the year she was nominated as:
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
relocating to South Florida in 2001, Wanda took a hiatus from the
theater and began reflecting on where her life and career had led her
thus far. She began feeling less of a need to return to New York
City,and more of a need to focus on how she could use her talents and
life experience to help others. She also began the journey of penning
her book about the making of the Original Broadway Production of 42ND
STREET ...her experience of being an integral part of creating the show
that became the hit of the decade... making Broadway history when the
love of her life, famed director and choreographer Gower Champion, died
on Opening Night.
The thought of returning
to the Broadway Stage began to be overshadowed by her need to move
towards a deeper spiritual place of being, but "the theater" wasn't
quite ready for her to leave.
Right in the midst of that
contemplative time in her life, Ms Richert was asked to be "Brady Bunch
mom" Florence Henderson's stand-in and coach, along with assisting on
the staging for THE FLORIDA FOLLIES, at the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale in 2004. It was an exciting enough proposition to return to her theater roots, so she gladly accepted.
The show was a hit with the Florida audiences and the following year Wanda
was again asked to stage and perform in the new version of the show,
THE GREAT AMERICAN FOLLIES, starring Robert Morse for the 2005 season.
Immediately following Follies, she had the privilege to be a member of the wonderful six member cast revival of Broadway's musical,
Starring the incredible lyrics and music of Johnny Mercer,
At the Cuillo Center in West Palm Beach.
Shortly thereafter, a wonderful "dream come true" happened for Wanda. She was contacted to direct and choreograph the original Broadway version of
for the theater students at the New World School of the Performing
Arts, connected to Miami Dade College. This was finally the chance to
preserve Gower Champion's and her work the way he intended it to be directed and performed. What an incredible experience to be a part of!
was asked to hold a Theater symposium for the college level Musical
Theater students, along with a six week series of her Master classes,
in order to prepare the students for the 42nd Street auditions. Some of
these talented teens had never taken a tap class, but by the end of the
six weeks...they were ready to audition! It was an absolutely special
time for all. The opportunity of sharing her many years of knowledge as a professional performer with these young, incredibly
talented, aspiring performers ended all too soon, as do all musical
theater projects. This "let down" of missing the interaction with
these talented kids sparked in her a desire to teach on a broader
scale, finding that what she had to share extended far past the
technical knowledge of dance and performance. The kids loved her
upbeat, youthful way of understanding them...
And the Music always "Rocked."
The fun, humor and empowerment she brought to her classes and
rehearsals was ever present. The students were taught what was expected
of them if they were to really shoot for a career in the Theater. The
level of respect for her career she garnered from these students deeply
touched her. They hung on her every story, and really learned.
She left these young adults, with their many lofty dreams, with a
realistic view of how hard they had to work at holding on to those
dreams if they were to really "make it" in this challenging business they
all had set their sights on. She also empowered them to persevere with
those dreams. Her "kids" showed an unbelievable amount of love and
gratitude towards her...because of the love and positive cheerleading
she was so wonderful at sharing with all of them. She left them with
the belief that was handed down to her by her wonderful Mom...
"If You Can Imagine It You Can Achieve It...
If You Can Dream It You Can Become It!"
Wanda was now ready to settle into a more stable, grounded life away from her theater
career travels, but show business beckoned one last time.
notice was sent out around the country asking if anyone knew where to
find Wanda Richert...there was a role that required a
and she was perfect for it...
"An ex-Broadway Star who had been swept off her feet by the King, father of Prince Charming, to his Kingdom."...
The show was THE PLEXIGLASS SLIPPER...
"The Cinderella Story with aTwist."
At the renowned Asolo Repertory Theater, across the state,
In beautiful Sarasota.
Wanda spent the next three months at the Asolo as a guest artist performing
their Theater grad students, who were about to graduate with their
union cards in hand, and be on their way to the "Big Bad Apple." This
last contract turned out to be the most wonderful theatrical experience
of her career. It was comparable to a small Broadway production.
Everyone connected to this incredible production had such integrity.
It was a joy to go to work. It was also a joy to once more share her
knowledge. with this more mature group of artists. They were more than
ready for their careers to take flight. They had many more pressing
questions about getting started in professional Theater than the younger, New World students
she had taught. Wanda spent a lot of time off stage just sharing her
stories. The entire company urged her to "write her book!"
So she picked up where she had left off with a new vigor, and titled her book:
Then the unthinkable
happened. A slick spot on stage one night during a performance left her
with a near fall that resulted in a serious injury and no real understudy. For the last month of her contract she continued to dance. When she
returned home after the run she went through a nightmare of workman
comp doctors who would not recommend her to a sports doctor.
later, although much improved and able to dance again,
the injury still
Those two years spent healing and not being able to
exercise was a blessing in disguise for Wanda. She finally now had the
time to spend on her spiritual studies in earnest. The opportunity to
return to New York for another Broadway run presented itself, but she was not really completely sold on the idea of doing eight shows a week again.
focus shifted entirely to her 'life purpose work' and on giving back to
others. It was time. Time to give back for all the joy she had
experienced throughout her career.
past July, Wanda Richert became Reverend Wanda Richert, as she became
ordained as an Interfaith Reverend...her biggest dream come true.
(After my Ordination ceremony with my beauty-of-a Light Being-daughter, Candace)
Wanda is now looking forward to the time when she has the means to
build a Spiritual Empowerment Center for the youth, utilizing the
passion of creativity in many genres, musical and non musical, through
The Creative Arts and Performance.
Performing will always be a
wonderful place for Wanda to revisit, but seeing the positive results
her spiritual counseling and healing has brought to so many people,
holds the dearest place in her heart and soul now.
see people reaching for and believing in their dreams, then
manifesting them into being brings as much joy to her as being an
She considers sharing her knowledge to motivate people, young and old, a very special gift. To finally get to the point of living a life of "purpose and service" is truly a beautiful place to be!
dream now is to instill in the wonderful minds, of young people
especially, to be all they can be, so they can truly live their
dreams. After all, everyone is a Star in God's eyes.
Sometimes it just takes the right person to remind us how special we
are. Wanda is anxiously anticipating being just that person, to as many
as she can reach out and touch, as she begins the new leg of her
journey as a minister, healer and motivational speaker.
Then she will build her Empowerment Center through the Arts.
all of her theatrical accomplishments, Ms. Richert has also been a Certified
Hypnotherapist since 1996, is a Certified Personal Trainer
/ Healer / Clairvoyant
She is also the creator of:
*FREE AT LAST-A New Discovery in Recovery from Addiction ©
series of sessions that work hand in hand with any twelve step
program, to free oneself from addiction and the possibility of relapse.
you would like to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment for
an Energy Healing or a Intuitive Guidance Session, or if you are in
need of prayer, please leave a message for her here on this page,
by signing the mailing list...
Please visit Wanda's "Church in Space" page too!
Her Outreach Ministry for
Emotionally Abused Women and Children.
"Words can be weapons, too!"
Her 2012-The SHIFT
LIFE IS RHYTHM...
DANCE TO EVERY MOMENT!