Susan Browning



Born: February 25, 1941
Baldwin, New York

Died: April 23, 2006
New York, New York

Susan Browning, the two-time Tony Award nominated actress who created the role of April in the original Company, died April 23, 2006, after a brief illness, according to her friends in the theatre community. Ms. Browning earned Tony nominations as Best Actress in a Musical (for playing stewardess April in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (for playing Agnes in Goodtime Charley). Her sister told friends Ms. Browning had been on life support for several weeks after falling ill. She was 65.

Ms. Browning played Sally Phelps and the Widow Douglas in the original Broadway production of Big River 1985-87.

She was born in Baldwin, NY, in 1941.

Her Broadway credits include the comedy Love and Kisses, the musical Shelter, Sondheim: A Musical Triubute (a 1973 special event), the comedy Thieves, Goodtime Charley (in which she played Agnes and was the understudy for Ann Reinking, in the role of Joan of Arc), Chapter Two (she was a replacement in the Neil Simon comedy), and a special concert revival of Company in 1993.

Among many other jobs, she appeared in Goodspeed Musicals' Lucky in the Rain.

Her film and TV credits include appearances in "Sister Act" and its sequel, "The World According to Garp," "First Ladies' Diaries: Martha Washington," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and more.

A memorial service is being planned for June.



Apr. 11, 1993 - Apr. 12, 1993
April Performer
Playbill Cover - Big River Big River
Apr. 25, 1985 - Sep. 20, 1987
Sally Phelps Performer
    Widow Douglas Performer
Playbill Cover - Chapter Two Chapter Two
Dec. 4, 1977 - Dec. 9, 1979
Faye Medwick
Sep. 25, 1979
Playbill Cover - Goodtime Charley Goodtime Charley
Mar. 3, 1975 - May 31, 1975
Joan of Arc Understudy
    Agnes Sorel Performer
Playbill Cover - Thieves Thieves
Apr. 7, 1974 - Jan. 4, 1975
Sally Cramer Standby
    Nancy Standby
Playbill Cover - Sondheim: A Musical Tribute Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Mar. 11, 1973 - Mar. 11, 1973
Playbill Cover - Shelter Shelter
Feb. 6, 1973 - Mar. 3, 1973
Wednesday November Performer
Playbill Cover - Company Company
Apr. 26, 1970 - Jan. 1, 1972
April Performer
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Love and Kisses Love and Kisses
Dec. 18, 1963 - Dec. 28, 1963
Elizabeth Pringle Performer

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Theatre World

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1970 Theatre World Award Company Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1975 Featured Actress in a Musical Goodtime Charley Nominee
1971 Actress in a Musical Company Nominee
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