Erin Dilly Biography

Theatre Roles:

– Truly Scrumptious in the original Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (March 2005 – present).
– Meg in Houston’s Alley Theatre’s production of Leading Ladies (October – November 2004).
– Erin (The Young Woman) in the Cape Cod Playhouse production of the Sondheim musical revue Putting it Together (August 2003).
– Cinderella in the Tony-award winning Broadway revival of Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods (November 2002 – December 2002).
– Luciana in the first Broadway revival of the musical The Boys from Syracuse (July 2002 – October 2002).
– Nellie Forbush in the U.S. touring company of the classic musical South Pacific (September 2001 – March 2002).
– Young Phyllis in the Roundabout production of the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s musical Follies (March 2001 – June 2001).
– Bertrande in the U.S. Premiere production of Boublil and Schonberg’s musical Martin Guerre (September 1999 – April 2000).
– Billie in the City Center Encores! production of the musical Babes In Arms (1999).
– Nancy in the world premiere of Peter Ackerman’s comic play Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Spring/Summer 1999).
– Belle in Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast (1998).
– Sharon in Goodspeed Musicals’ production of Finian’s Rainbow (April – July 1997).
– Rosalind in As You Like It.
– Barbara in Major Barbara.
– Emily in Our Town.
– Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella.
– Laura in The Glass Menagerie.

Television Appearances:

– The Jury. (Fox; 2004)
– Brooklyn. (2003)
– Law and Order: Criminal Intent as Isabella Gradowcyzk in “Chinoiserie”. (HBO film; 2002)
– Jo. (Spelling pilot)
– Fling. (Paramount pilot)
– Law and Order as Emily in “Teenage Wasteland”. (2000)
– When I Grow Up. (2000)


– Everyday People as Arianna. (HBO films; 2004) Erin Dilly

Readings & Workshops:

– Little Mary Sunshine: leading role. (reading; July 2003).
– Flyer – the musical: leading role. (reading; February 2003).
– The Night They Raided Minsky’s: in a leading role. (reading; November 2000).


– June 2005: Erin Dilly was nominated for a Tony award for best performance by a leading actress for her role as Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (59th Annual Tony Awards, 2004-2005 Broadway season).
– 2005: Nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
– 2005: nominated for a Audience Award (Favourite Leading Actress in a Broadway musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
– 2004: The ensemble cast of the HBO film “Everyday People” was nominated for a Gotham “Breakthrough Award”.
– July 2003: Erin was the recipient of the Paul Boylan Award from the University of Michigan.
– April 2000: Erin Dilly was nominated for a Helen Hayes award as an outstanding lead actress (in a non-resident production) for her role as Bertrande in Martin Guerre in Washington, D.C. Also nominated from the Martin Guerre cast was Michael Arnold who played Benoit and was nominated as an outstanding supporting performer. More information can be found at the Helen Hayes website.
– 1997: Erin Dilly won the Connecticut Circle Critics’ Award for Best Actress for her role as Sharon in Finian’s Rainbow at Goodspeed Musicals.


– City Center Encores! recording of the musical Babes In Arms as Billie.
– 1996 cast recording of Louisiana Purchase as The Secretary.


Erin Dilly studied the performing arts at the University of Michigan.

New About Erin

12/05/05     –     Erin has just been nominated for a Tony award for Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Congratulations, Erin!!!!!! You rock!!!! Full list of nominees can be found on Also, Erin received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Chitty!! Chitty has received a total of 10 nominations – best of luck to the cast & crew! Visit Playbill’s article for more info and a full list of nominees.

13/06/04    –     Don’t miss Erin’s upcoming TV appearances!!! On June 26, 9pm EST, HBO will air the movie “Everyday People” which features Erin. Erin also has a guest role on FOX’S “The Jury”. She appears in the 6th episode which, if shown on TV in the sequence they were shot, means her episode will air on Tuesday, July 6th.
In other news, Erin could be back on Broadway soon in two possible ventures! In August, she will be in Houston, Texas rehearsing for the play “Leading Ladies” which will hopefully later move to NYC. She is also in talks to appear in the Broadway mounting of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” as Truly Scrumptious, set to open in March 2005. Links to articles regarding “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” can be found at and Playbill Online.
Many thanks to Ann Dilly and Tim Dunleavy for providing the updates! 🙂
04/11/03    –     Erin will be participating in City Center’s 60th anniversary Encores! Bash. The concert will be performed on November 16th and 17th and is directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Other performers include: Laura Benanti, Harolyn Blackwell, Walter Bobbie, Betty Buckley, Jason Danieley, Sandy Duncan, Marc Kudisch, Norm Lewis, Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Bebe Neuwirth, Denis O’Hare, Ron Raines, Simone, Emily Skinner, and Jerry Zaks. For more info, check out’s article on the concert. Call (212) 581-1212 for tickets or visit City Center’s website.
Erin will no longer be appearing in Harmony. You can still find info on the show, however, at the official Harmony Site
18/08/03    –     Congratulations to the cast of Putting it Together! The entire cast and crew are receiving rave reviews… see what the critics are saying in the Articles & Reviews Page.
Harmony, the new Barry Manilow musical, is set to have it’s pre-Broadway run in Philadelphia at the Forrest Theatre on November 25, 2003 with tickets going on sale this Fall. The show is about a singing group in Nazi Germany and is set to star Erin Dilly and Stephen R. Buntrock. For more information, check out the official Harmony Site.
I’d also like to congratulate Erin for being the recent recipient of UofM’s Paul Boylan Award for her excellence in musical theatre.
11/08/03    –     Best wishes to Erin and Stephen Buntrock who start performances in Putting It Together today! Order your tickets from the Cape Cod Playhouse website. Good luck to the cast!
02/07/03    –     Tickets for Cape Cod Playhouse’s production of Putting It Together, the Sondheim revue starring Erin and Stephen Buntrock, can be purchased via the playhouse’s website. The show will be running this summer from August 11th until August 23th. Book your tickets now!

Congratulations go out to newlyweds Jonathan Sale and his beautiful bride Heather Dilly!!!!!!!!!
12/05/03    –     Just wishing Erin a very, very happy birthday! 🙂
25/04/03    –     This summer, Erin and Stephen Buntrock will be appearing in a Sondheim review in Cape Cod. Also, in past news, Erin performed in a reading of Flyer – The Musical in February. Click on the link to visit the show’s official website.

Heather Dilly recently appeared in the comedy Gun-Shy at The Public Theatre in Maine. Pictures from the production can be found here.

Thanks to Mrs. Dilly and Tim for all the updates! 🙂
28/01/03    –     Just to clear up some confusion from the last update…. the photo shoot for People magazine will feature Erin, Kristin, and Erin’s dogs (not Kristin’s!). Sorry for wording it so badly and causing confusion!

Tim was kind enough to point out a wonderful interview with Stephen R. Buntrock on’s site… Click here to view the article.
21/01/03    –     Into the Woods closed on Broadway on December 29. Check out Playbill’s article on the closing of the show. Upcoming project: Erin, along with Kristin Chenoweth and her dogs, will soon be doing a photo shoot for People magazine. 🙂

Thanks to Mrs. Dilly for the update!
21/11/02    –     The Broadway production of Into the Woods has a new Cinderella! Erin took over the role on Saturday, November 16, 2002. Good luck, Erin!!!!

On a related note, Erin will not be appearing in the City Center Encores! 10th Anniversary Bash. Due to all the extra work involved with starting Into the Woods, Erin no longer has the time to appear in the concert. Links relating to the concert are available below (in the last update). 🙂
16/11/02    –     Erin has joined the current Broadway production of Into the Woods as Cinderella! Erin takes over the role from Laura Benanti and is scheduled to start performances soon. View’s article for relevant information.

Also, Erin will be a featured performer in the City Center Encores! 10th Anniversary Bash to be held on November 24th and 25th. For further information and to obtain tickets, visit the City Center Encores’ page devoted to the 10th Anniversary Bash. Erin will likely perform a number from Babes in Arms — the Encores! show she appeared in and where she received much critical acclaim. For soundclips of Erin as Billie Smith in Encores! production of Babes in Arms, please visit the Babes in Arms sound page.

Other performers scheduled to appear at the Encores! concert are: Brent Barrett, Sarah Uriarte-Berry, Philip Bosco, Kristin Chenoweth, Lewis Cleale, Patti Cohenour, David Costabile, Tyne Daly, Christine Ebersole, David Elder, Melissa Errico, Stephen Goldstein, Debbie Gravitte, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Howard McGillin, Idina Menzel, Donna Murphy, Bebe Neuwirth, Kerry O’Malley, Hugh Panaro, Ann Reinking, Jubilant Sykes, and Patrick Wilson.

Many, many thanks to Mrs. Dilly, Erin, & Tim for providing the updates.
24/10/02    –     Erin’s episode of Law & Order airs this coming Sunday, October 27 at 9pm. The following information was provided by Tim (thanks, Tim!!!!):
Law & Order: Criminal Intent — Chinoiserie
Summary: Goren and Eames investigate the killing of a mother of two in Chinatown.
Cast: Stuart Gaston: Peter Frechette. Lucille Mobray: Elizabeth Wilson. Pang Ghiangji: Stephen Sable. Liam Montgomery: Sean Cullen. Isabella Gradowcyzk: Erin Dilly. Deakins: Jamey Sheridan. Eames: Kathryn Erbe. Goren: Vincent D’Onofrio.
3/10/02    –     Erin is currently charming Broadway in The Boys From Syracuse as Luciana… Visit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Boys…website for more information and to purchase tickets. Prior to The Boys From Syracuse, Erin was kept busy filming tv pilots and a guest spot on an upcoming episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Erin rocks. 🙂
12/05/02    –     Erin and Michael Nouri left the South Pacific tour on March 17, 2002. Robert Goulet will replace Nouri as Emile and Amanda Watkins replaced Erin as Nellie. Erin has been busy shooting tv pilots so, with any luck, we will be fortunate enough to see her on tv again in the fall! Erin also recently did a reading of Curtains (see’s article for more information). And, of course, I’d like to wish Erin a very, very happy birthday. 🙂
18/02/02    –     Erin and Michael Nouri will be leaving the South Pacific tour on March 17, 2002. Robert Goulet will replace Nouri as Emile. Visit the Fisher Theatre website or the Wharton Center for Performing Arts website to reserve tickets for South Pacific in Detroit or East Lansing, Michigan.
15/11/01    –     Erin is, of course, currently touring as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Co-starring for the tour are Michael Nouri as Emile de Becque, Lewis Cleale as Lt. Cable, Armelia McQueen as Bloody Mary, and Kisha Howard as Liat. Erin and the cast are receiving wonderful reviews, so order your tickets now through Ticketmaster!
13/07/01    –     Erin gave her last performance in Follies on June 23 and is now rehearsing for the US tour of South Pacific in which she plays leading lady Nellie Forbush! Kelli O’Hara replaces Erin in the role of Young Phyllis in Follies. Starring alongside Erin in South Pacific is Robert Goulet as Emile de Becque. The show is beginning July 24, 2001 at the Ordway Center in Minneapolis with Erin as Nellie, but with Richard Stilwell as Emile. Don’t miss out on this show – it’s going to be AWESOME!!
14/05/01    –     Congratulations to the cast of Follies for their Tony nominations!!! The show was nominated for five Tony awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance By A Leading Actress In A Musical (Blythe Danner), Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical (Polly Bergen), Best Costume Design (Theoni V. Aldredge), and Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick).
Erin and the Follies cast appeared on The Rosie O’Donnell show on April 17 to perform “Who’s That Woman.” As always, thanks to Dr. Dilly and Tim for the updates!!!! 🙂
14/02/01    –     Erin will be making her Broadway debut on March 8, 2001 in Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Follies. Erin replaces Kate Jennings Grant, taking on the role of Young Phyllis. The show plays at the Belasco Theatre — visit the Official Follies Website for more information (and a beautiful new headshot of Erin!!).
12/11/00    –     Erin has been very busy lately, filming TV commercials and also appearing in a leading role in the reading of The Night They Raided Minsky’s at the end of October. has the following article on its website with more information on the reading: “The Week They Read Minsky’s”. Yay, Erin! 🙂 Thanks to Mrs. Dilly and Tim Dunleavy for providing the update!!
13/10/00    –     Unfortunately, Erin will no longer be playing Millie this month in Thoroughly Modern Millie at La Jolla. Sutton Foster will now be playing Millie (visit The Official Sutton Foster Website for information on Sutton).
15/07/00    –     Starting in October, Erin Dilly will definately be performing the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie! Good luck to Erin in this new musical!!! Following the show’s run at California’s La Jolla Playhouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie is hopefully going to open on Broadway next year. Also featured in the show are Marc Kudisch and Sutton Foster.
11/06/00    –     Erin Dilly has been offered the role of Millie in the world premiere of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show is scheduled to open October 3, 2000 at La Jolla Playhouse in California and is set to play until November 12, 2000. The show is based on the 1967 movie musical Thoroughly Modern Millie which starred Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, and Mary Tyler Moore. It takes place in the 1920s and follows the story of Millie as she moves to New York and falls in love with her employer. The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score.
5/04/00    –     Unfortunately, it has been announced that the U.S. Premiere production of Martin Guerre will end indefinately after the Los Angeles run. The last performance will be given on April 8, 2000. Hopefully, the show will be performed again sometime in the near future. Best of luck to the entire cast of Martin Guerre for all their future endeavours!
26/12/99    –     The U.S. tour of Martin Guerre began on September 17, 1999. It is the North American premiere production of the show, starring Erin Dilly as Bertrande, Stephen R. Buntrock as Arnaud du Thil, Hugh Panaro as Martin Guerre, Jose Llana as Guillaume, and Michael Arnold as Benoit, as well as an incredible ensemble. Check out more cast information here. The show began previews on September 17 in Minneapolis, and stops in Detroit, Washington, Seattle, and Los Angeles will follow. After the Los Angeles run, Martin Guerre is anticipated to open on Broadway for the summer of 2000!

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