Pearl Rhein is an actor, musician, singer-songwriter & composer based in New York City. Currently she is singing, dancing and rocking the viola 8 times a week with the Original Broadway Cast of "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812" starring Josh Groban (with 12 Tony nominations, the highest-nominated show of the season!). In 2016, Pearl was in the Shakespeare in the Park's historic first all-female cast of "The Taming of the Shrew" directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
With a BA in Acting from Ball State University and an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego, "The terrific Pearl Rhein" (Washington Post) is "an amazing musician" (Edge Boston) "possessed of a strong, clear voice" (theatreiseasy.com) . She is also a strong, goofy, emotionally generous and down-and-dirty feminist in love with language and music and storytelling and sexuality and play. Her ideal season would include Shakespeare, Caryl Churchill, Tracy Letts, and an original ensemble-produced play-with-music based on a really good book. Pearl is especially interested in (and good at, if she does say so herself in the third person) heightened language, humor, extreme physicality, gender-bending, dialects, acting through music and playing poor white trash.
Check out the newest trailer for "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812" from Broadwayworld.com!
In summer of 2016 Pearl was in Shakespeare in the Park's historic first all-female production: "The Taming of the Shrew" directed by Phyllida Lloyd! She played several small roles and also accordion, keyboard, and electric/acoustic guitars.
December 2015 - January 2016: Pearl joined many original cast members (and some new ones) in "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812". Based on 70 swooningly romantic pages of War and Peace, the show was originally produced at Ars Nova and then ran at a custom-built venue first in the Meatpacking district and then in the Theatre district. The A.R.T. production was expanded to fit a large Proscenium space - in preparation for its Broadway transfer! Previews begin October 18!
August 2015: Pearl joined musician-actors Eli Zoller and Max Grossman in Cass Morgan's original play with music, "The Road to Where" at The Weston Playhouse in VT. Pearl sang and played fiddle, tinwhistle and guitar; as well as a few small characters. Play the video to hear Cass and the cast performing the original song "Find the Way Back"!
In February of 2014 Pearl was honored to originate the role of "Bride Riordan" in the world premiere musical "Transport" at The Irish Repertory Theatre. She also played fiddle & tinwhistle.
In summer of 2014 Pearl appeared in her second production of the musical "Cowgirls!", this time at The Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA. The last time she did the show (Alabama Shakespeare Festival '11), Pearl played Rita; the pianist who learns accordion and harmonica. This time she played Mary Lou, the violinist who learns mandolin and guitar. Pearl played a total of six instruments in the show, including her first time on a steel guitar. The show was nominated for an Atlanta-area Suzi Award! Click here for a video clip!