Liz Callaway is an American singer, actress and recording artist….who is best known for having provided the singing voices of many female characters in animated films….such as Anya/Anastasia in Anastasia, Odette in The Swan Princess, Jasmine in the Aladdin sequels The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, adult Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and a dancing napkin ring in Beauty and the Beast…..while also performing as the original Ellen in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon.
Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s short-lived Merrily We Roll Along in 1981…. which began a long-running professional relationship with Sondheim….as Callaway has performed in a number of live concerts in his honor…..while appearing with Sondheim on Inside the Actors Studio….plus she also played the role of Young Sally in the Lincoln Center concert production of Follies with Barbara Cook, Mandy Patinkin, Lee Remick, George Hearn, Carol Burnett, Elaine Stritch and the New York Philharmonic….as Follies was recorded live and also filmed as a documentary. This recording is considered the definitive recording of the Sondheim, James Goldman and Harold Prince collaboration. Additional stage credits include Lizzie in Baby….for which she earned a Tony Award nomination, The Three Musketeers, The Spitfire Grill….for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination, Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Cats and Miss Saigon. Liz also performed in The Look of Love, a 2003 musical revue of the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
As seen in this video herewith…..Liz Callaway sings The Star Spangled Banner at the start of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros vs. New York Mets in October of 1986.