Natalie Venetia Belcon
Natalie Venetia Belcon, (1969-04-05) April 5, 1969 (age 44), Trinidad
Natalie Venetia Belcon (born April 5, 1969) is a Trinidad-born American actress and singer. She is best known for originating the role of former child television star Gary Coleman in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q. Her other Broadway credits include the role of Joanne Jefferson in Rent and Erzulie in Once on This Island.
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Belcon performs on the original cast recordings of Avenue Q and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
She appeared as Columbina in the world premiere of the musical The Glorious Ones (based on the novel of the same name by Francine Prose) at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in April 2007. She appeared off Broadway in the same role later in 2007, in which a reviewer commented that her "seductive presence is matched by her smoky voice."
Belcon is involved with The Last Smoker in America, an original 4 character musical by Bill Russell and Peter Melnick, which received its world premiere at CATCO in Columbus, OH. A workshop production was previously presented in the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. "The Last Smoker in America" began performances in New York at the Westside Theatre on July, 11 2012.
Belcon is currently in Matilda the Musical at the Shubert Theatre as Mrs Phelps, replacing Karen Aldridge.
Belcon was last seen in 2007 as an HR Rep in Damages (TV Series). Before this she was seen in Johnny and the Sprites until its end with her Avenue Q co-star, John Tartaglia. She plays Gwen, the neighbor of Tartaglia's character, Johnny T.
She has also had recurring roles on the television shows The Education of Max Bickford, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Roc, and appeared as a guest star on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Martin and The Cosby Show.
Belcon is a 1991 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.