Carey Anderson, born and raised in the mid-west has lived the kind of story musicals are written about. “Girl from small town makes big in the Big Apple.” If only it were that easy. Carey, although born in Ohio, spent most of her growing up years in Indiana. She is the middle daughter of three girls and “came out of the womb like a ray of sunshine.”

Shortly after learning to speak, Carey was singing everything. She speaks of memories for being asked to stop singing at the dinner table and in long car rides because of driving her family crazy! Growing up as a Hoosier, she was raised around sports, especially basketball and softball. After a conversation with her father about not trying out for the basketball team one year, to spend more time doing theater and voice lessons, a shift occurred. She continued doing school and community theater productions continuously until she graduated from high school.

She began her college career at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, as a Vocal Performance major. After two years of an identity crisis, including joining a sorority and trying to sing opera music, Carey transferred schools to Millikin University. While there, she received her BFA in Music Theater, even though she never got cast in a main stage musical production. Little did she know that rejection was just a dose of what was to come in NYC!

After taking a couple regional theatre jobs in Colorado, Carey finally mustered up the nerve to pursue her dream. She and a friend packed up a U-haul and drove from Indiana to New York City. After pounding the pavement for two years, she finally got her big break after multiple auditions for the touring company of MAMMA MIA.

While touring the 2nd national touring company of MAMMA MIA, Carey learned what it was like to be an understudy and team player. After a year on the road, she was offered and audition and subsequently the role of Sophie Sheridan in the Broadway production of MAMMA MIA. In June, 2008 she left the role (after earning the title of being the longest running Sophie on Broadway) to head down the street to star in the Broadway company of AVENUE Q as dual puppet roles Kate Monster and Lucy T. Slut.

Carey continues to pursue her career by singing for benefits, concerts and readings of new musicals. Who knew musical theater stories were really based in truth! Carey is proof!


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