Sherie Rene Scott
A curvy, blonde musical theatre actress, Sherie Rene Scott is best-known for her roles in "The Who's Tommy" (1993), "Rent" (1997) and "Aida" (2000). Born and raised in Kansas, Scott moved to NYC when she was 18 and worked as a waitress and store clerk while attending classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse in the late 1980s and early 90s. Upon graduation, Scott was invited to join the cast of the 25th-anniversary production of the musical "Hair" (1993) at the United Nations. She later fulfilled a dream when she got to reprise her role in a production in Woodstock, New York. Later that same year, Scott made her Broadway debut as Sally Simpson in "The Who's Tommy," a role that earned her raves from critics and audiences alike. In 1995, the singer/actress jetted out to the West Coast to appear in Randy Newman's musical version of "Faust" at the La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to earning good notices for her performance as the golddigger who seduces Lucifer, Scott also acted with future husband Kurt Deutsch. While she was out in L.A., she decided to try her hand at TV acting, accepting a role as a sexy waitress on the CBS sitcom "My Guys." The comedy was quickly cancelled, but Scott wasn't out of work for long. She returned to New York to play ditzy Marty in the Broadway revival of "Grease" (1995-1996), then replaced Idina Menzel as Maureen in "Rent" in 1997. Perhaps Scott's most significant role to date was that of Amneris, a spoiled princess in Elton John and Tim Rice's splashy, but problematic musical "Aida." Although most critics hated the show, which was loosely based on the Verdi opera, Scott was praised for being one of the spectacle's bright lights. The role saw her playing one leg of a love triangle and enabled her to demonstrate her superior singing voice, comic timing and serious acting chops and her journey from selfish girl to broken-hearted woman is a memorable one. Also worth noting is Scott was also one of the few actors who remained with the show after its disastrous tryouts in Atlanta (where it was called "Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida") and Chicago.