Angelique Veronica Reda, an American actress, singer, and dancer, was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She began dancing at age three, singing at age five and at the age of seven appeared in her first musical production. By age 10 she had starred in her first film and recorded her first solo on a children’s album. This child star broke the boundaries for live performance when given the opportunity to perform in the U.S. Pavilion at Expo ‘92 in Seville, Spain.
As a young adult, Angel found much success, and appeared in several productions during her time at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. Perhaps most notable was her portrayal of “Queenie” in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, where critics noted her strong vocal range and deemed her performance “sexy and smart.” It was this performance (along with her portrayal of “Luciana” in The Boys from Syracuse) that garnered Reda the Friends of CCM Award for Best Performance in a Mainstage Production and the coveted Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from CCM, this triple-threat performer hit the ground running in New York City. She quickly landed a role in the film “The Stepford Wives” and booked an appearance on “Chappelle’s Show.” Her stay in New York was interrupted by an opportunity to tour with the hit musical Chicago, which played every major city in the U.S. along with international dates in Japan and Canada. During this time, Miss Reda had the privilege of playing four of the “Merry Murderesses,” “Go-To-Hell Kitty” and even covered “Matron Mama Morton.” After touring, Angel was cast in the Broadway production of Chicago covering the infamous “Roxie Hart.” In the interim of performing with the Broadway company she took on the role of “Ursula,” the Italian bombshell, in the first national tour of Sweet Charity. Upon returning to New York she then portrayed the voluptuous “Flora Latham” in No, No, Nanette at City Center’s Encores!
In early 2011, Angel originated the role of “Imperia,” the reigning Venus of Venice, in the world premiere of Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse. Shortly there after, Angel was asked to join film and Broadway star Hugh Jackman in his one man stage act. It premiered in May in San Francisco, and then continued on to Toronto in July. She and Merle Dandridge accompanied Jackman in some of his favorite songs from the stage and screen. The Broadway divas then lit up the stage in a powerhouse performance of “Take Me or Leave Me” from the hit musical Rent. Angel rounded out the year by performing in concert with composer/lyricist Scott Alan in Los Angeles.
2012 brought many new opportunities for Miss Reda. She rang in the New Year performing with “Wes Quave Live” at Caesar’s Palace for their invite-only, High Rollers New Year’s Eve party in Las Vegas. She also sang the National Anthem at a number of Los Angeles Kings hockey games, and lent her voice to 4 animated characters in Disney Interactive’s "Habit Heroes", as well as a holiday commercial for Pier 1. In May, Angel was asked to join the cast of the famed Broadway musical Follies (nominated for 8 Tony Awards) for their LA run at the Ahmanson Theater. When Follies closed in June of 2012, Angel wasted no time booking her next job. That very month she shot a national commercial for Comcast (which is currently airing) and began production on the film "Zombeo & Juliecula." The film, which has already won several awards, will continue to play the festival circuit in 2013.
Angel then got to showcase her triple threat capabilities in For The Record: John Hughes at Rockwell Table & Stage. The action packed theatrical concert brought out the masses to celebrate Hughes' iconic teen films of the 80's. On a very special evening, Kenny Ortega, the original choreographer of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and special guest Jennifer Grey attended the show and relived some of the most legendary "Bueller" moments with the cast. Reda went on to land a comical role alongside Mad Men's John Sloman in "Outside the Box", Bruce Kimmel's Broadway World exclusive series about "a very outré musical theatre group who do musicals that are, well, just wrong." Perhaps the most challenging role of her career came next, when she was cast in her very first theatrical play, Lynn Nottage's award winning Intimate Apparel at the Pasadena Playhouse. Reviewers praised the show, and Angel's acting chops, stating, "Stunning musical theater performer Reda has no need to sing or dance in order to do standout work as Mrs. Van Buren."
Some say Angel is best known for portraying “Elphaba” in the hit Broadway musical Wicked. As the cover in the Los Angeles and San Francisco companies, Angel stepped into this lead role numerous times. According to the media, she “took on the role effortlessly.” Her latest stint in Chicago however, just may bring Reda a new kind of notoriety. After making her debut as Velma Kelly, Angel was chosen to participate in the launch for the brand new campaign, "ALWAYS CHICAGO." The photos and posters are now displayed in a wide variety all over the city.
Angel now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York while continuing to advance her career performing on camera, stage, and in the recording studio.