Natasha of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Elizabeth Schuyler in Hamilton. The titular heroine in Amélie. Three original, daring, fresh roles; one actor. Phillipa Soo has been ahead of the curve in pursuing and originating strong women on the stage—and now she brings that same verve and vulnerability to her newest endeaver: television.

“Ultimately, for me, I‘m driven by great storytelling and great rooms with great people, and I‘m really enjoying working in this medium,” says Soo.

Having made her TV debut in the fan favorite Smash, the Tony nominee returns to the screen in CBS’ The Code, a new courtroom drama that follows Marines who also work as attorneys, prosecutors, and investigators. Soo plays Lieutenant Harper Li, a new Marine struggling to prove herself to her colleagues and family.

“She comes from a privileged background,” says Soo. “She went to law school and got out and instead of joining the family firm, she decided to join the Marines and serve her country.”

Soo, who has portrayed numerous strong female characters, finds yet another juicy role in Harper. “I think there‘s an assurance that I find in Harper—that she’s driven and she’s ambitious but she’s still just so self-knowing—that I’ve found in a lot of other characters that I’ve played: young women who just know that’s the path that they want to take so that’s the path that they choose,” she says.

Of course, no show has brought that message to the forefront the way Broadwa’’s Hamillton has and Soo recognizes the platform the Lin-Manuel Miranda opus has provided her and the legacy of which she is a part. “I look around at everything that’s happened and I think ‘Oh wow, this is bigger than any of us,’ and I could never have known that being in it.” she says. “Now that I’m outside of it, I can sort of appreciate it and see it grow and at the same time, I still feel a part of it and I always will feel a part of it.”

In fact, starting April 27, she will virtually reunite with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the creatives behind Hamilton to bring “Hamilton: the Exhibit” to Chicago. The two will be auditory guides through the life and times of Alexander Hamilton in an immersive 360-degree experience that will tour across the country after rounding out its sit in Chicago at the end of the year.

But fear not, theatrelovers. Despite her new steady gig on the small screen, Soo has no plans of leaving the theatre. “Of course I would come back to the theatre. I think that‘s the goal, actually,“ she says. Earlier this month, she made a one-night-only appearance in Nassim, the Off-Broadway play where a new actor takes the stage each night to perform a script they’ve never seen before.

Soo aims to gain experience in all aspects of the industry. “I want to know how people do their jobs so that I can do my job better, and maybe one day do another job that’s not being an actor. Maybe produce, maybe write. We‘re all storytellers here, why not take a leap?“ she says.

“To be able to live and work and sustain yourself and enjoy the people that you’re working with and feel like you’re telling impactful stories, whether that’s in front of an audience or behind a camera, it just depends on fate.“

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The new play by Nassim Soleimanpour invites a different actor to perform the play each night (without seeing the script).

Tony Award Nominee and Grammy Award Winner Phillipa Soo will perform in the critically acclaimed American premiere of NASSIM at New York City Center. In the fourth-wall-defying new play, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour invites a new actor to the stage each night to discover the script for the first time by lifting it from a sealed envelope (similar to the Iranian writer’s previous work, White Rabbit Red Rabbit).

The lineup is as follows:

April 4 at 7:30 PM – Phillipa Soo
Tony Award Nominee & Grammy Award Winner (Hamilton, The Code, The Parisian Woman)

The Barrow Street Theatricals production of NASSIM, directed by Omar Elerian, opened at New York City Center December 12, 2018. Performances are scheduled through April, with further stars to be announced.

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Phillipa attended the GenNext Awards in New York City a few days ago (September 13th). Check out images from the event in the gallery below!

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The gallery has had a small update with some of Pippa’s recent events from the past few months. Check the new additions out below!

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Appearances & Events > 2018 > 06.25 – ‘Log Cabin’ Opening Night
Appearances & Events > 2018 > 07.12 – Mary Page Marlowe Off-Broadway Opening Night Arrivals
Appearances & Events > 2018 > 07.31 – Shakespeare In The Park’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Opening Night

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Pippa attended the 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards last night (May 6th)! Check out photos from the event below!

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Appearances & Events > 2018 > 05.06 – 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards

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Phillipa Soo has been cast in the upcoming CBS drama pilot “The Code,” Variety has learned.

The tells the story of the military’s brightest minds as they take on our country’s toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine.

Soo will star as 2nd Lieutenant Harper, described as a hyper-organized officer capable of sub-dividing any problem into color-coded action points. Harper is a highly capable lawyer who wishes she could skip the small stuff and take on bigger cases.

Soo is best known for playing Eliza in the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton.” She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. She has also had a handful of on-screen roles, including the NBC series “Smash” as well as providing voices for the hit Disney film “Moana.”

She is repped by UTA and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

“The Code” hails from co-writers Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk, who also executive produce. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman will also executive produce. Sweeny will serve as showrunner. Marc Webb will direct the pilot and executive produce the pilot, which is produced by CBS Television Studios.


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