KELLI RABKE AGRESTA got her “big break” playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Shortly thereafter, she was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (US Cast Recording). Following that, she played her dream role: Eponine in LES MISERABLES on Broadway. She went on to perform in regional theaters across the country in such roles as Mabel in MACK AND MABEL, Christine in PHANTOM, and back to Paper Mill Playhouse in Stephen Schwartz’s CHILDREN OF EDEN as Yonah (American Premiere Recording). She is one of the only Broadway stars to originate a role in both a Stephen Schwartz and an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical — a distinction for which she is incredibly honored.
She has been seen and heard in tons of TV commercials and voice-overs, and was the voice of several animated characters, including Kat in the Discovery Kids series KENNY THE SHARK. She also played the recurring role of Bernadette on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
Kelli left the bright lights of the stage for a few years and turned her attention to her family. Her proudest accomplishments to date are her son, Joseph, an daughter, Abigale. A new chapter in her career began when joining the board of the BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ. There she developed the Kidz Cabaret series, the BeyondMusic program of instrumental lessons, and her personal favorite: MUSIC SPEAKS – an early childhood music education class for infants through 4 years old. She has sung on numerous CD’s for Music Speaks (including a duet with her son!) and is so excited to see the new Performing Arts School at BergenPAC opening this fall. Kelli also served as producer and creative director for “Beyond the Storm” – a Hurricane Sandy relief concert which raised money for local towns hard hit by the storm.
Kelli was thrilled to return to the NYC stage at the beautiful and historic Town Hall where she has been seen in numerous concerts including BROADWAY ORIGINALS and BROADWAY UNPLUGGED. Recently, she was the headliner for the BROADWAY ON THE BOARDWALK concert in Ocean City, NJ, performed at BROADWAY BALLYHOO at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her solo cabaret debut,”No Place Like Home” has it’s NYC premier at 54 Below in June. Her concert work has taken her all over the world and she couldn’t be happier.