Savannah Wise

Savannah Wise is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

Savannah Wise
Wise in costume for the off-Broadway run of Rock of Ages in 2008
Savannah Wise
OccupationActress, singer, and dancer
Years active1992–present

She is best known for her work as Jessica on the NBC American musical theatre dramedy television series Smash. She is also known for her work on Broadway as Evelyn Nesbit in the 2009 revival of Ragtime, originating the role of Waitress #1, then going on to replace as Sherrie in Rock of Ages, and as Young Cosette in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables.

Life and career

2010–present: Lucky Guy, Smash, and pregnancy

On January 27, 2011, it was announced that Wise would be playing the lead role of Wanda Clark in the new off-Broadway musical, Lucky Guy.[1] The show opened on May 19, 2011.[2] Originally set for a 12-week limited engagement, the show closed ten days after its opening on May 29, 2011.[3] An original cast recording was announced and planned, but never came into fruition.[4] Development for Smash began in 2009 at Showtime by then-Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt and Steven Spielberg, from an idea by Spielberg, who had been working on the concept for years.[5] Naturally, buzz began early in the Broadway community. Wise originally went in to audition for a series regular role, ultimately not fitting the part. The producers liked her audition, and she went back in to audition for a different role, and after one quick audition, she had landed the then-very small role of Jessica, a member of the ensemble in the Marilyn Monroe musical, Bombshell. After landing the role, it was expanded from a small guest appearance to a much larger recurring role.[6] Wise appeared as Jessica in 29 out of 32 episodes. The show was cancelled after two seasons on May 11, 2013.[7]

Theatre credits

Start year Production title Role Notes
1992 Les Misérables Young Cosette / Young Éponine (Alternate) Replacement
2006 Go-Go Beach Baby New York Musical Theatre Festival Production
2007 High School Musical on Stage! Sharpay Evans Replacement
2009 Rock of Ages Waitress #1 (u/s Sherrie Christian) Original Broadway Cast
Rock of Ages Sherrie Christian Replacement
Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit Original Revival Cast
2011 Lucky Guy Wanda Clark Original Off-Broadway Cast




Year Title Role Notes
2012 Courting Habits of the Young Modern Wastrel Bryn Short film
2013 A Case of You Lily
2014 Sui York Coco Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Daphne Seger Episode: "Players"
2009 Rescue Me Singing Woman Episode: "Torch"
2010 Law & Order Mia Episode: "Immortal"
2010 Gossip Girl Rita Episode: "War at the Roses"
2012 Royal Pains Rosie Novak Episode: "After the Fireworks"
Blue Bloods Holly / Rhonda Lynne Watson Episode: "Greener Grass"
2013 It Could Be Worse Heidi Episode: "He Sounds Like a Girl"
2012-2013 Smash Jessica Lead role, 29 episodes



Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Title of work Result Ref.
2010 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Ragtime Nominated [15]


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