Katharine McPhee On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Katharine McPhee

Katharine Hope McPhee was born on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. She is perhaps best known for her leading role as Karen Cartwright in NBC's "Smash" and as the runner-up on the fifth season of "American Idol". She attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, graduating in 2002, and later majored in musical theatre at Boston Conservatory until leaving college to pursue a career as an actor.

After starring as Annie Oakley in the Cabrillo Music Theater production of Annie Get Your Gun in March 2005, her big break came after successfully auditioning for "American Idol" and becoming a participant in the series' fifth season on Fox, which aired in 2006. She eventually ended up as the runner-up behind Taylor Hicks.

As a recording artist, Ms. McPhee has released a total of five studio albums to date, beginning with her self-entitled debut album in 2007, followed by "Unbroken" and "Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You" in 2010, "Hysteria" in 2015, and "I Fall in Love Too Easily" in 2017.

She made her feature film debut in a cameo role in the movie musical "Crazy" in 2007 (which she filmed prior to audition for "American Idol") and following her rise to fame, she starred as Harmony in "The House Bunny" in 2008. From 2007 through to 2010, she made guest apperances on television shows such as "Lonelygirl15," "Ugly Betty," "CSI: NY," "Tit for Tat," and "Community," before returning to a string of films in 2011, including "You May Not Kiss the Bride," "Shark Night 3D," and "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding".

For Broadway fans, her most memorable TV role was Karen Cartwright in NBC's Broadway-centric musical series "Smash," appearing in a total of 32 episodes from 2012 to 2013 and wowing viewers with musical numbers such as "Let Me Be Your Star" and "Don't Forget Me".

Since "Smash," Ms. McPhee has been playing the role of Paige Dineen in CBS' TV series "Scorpion," which first aired in 2014. She finally made her Broadway debut, assuming the leading role of Jenna in Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a limited engagement from April 10 through to June 17, 2018 and returned for a second shift at the diner from July 5 through to August 19, 2018.


Katharine McPhee as Jenna
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)