Though her solo debut didn't occur until 1995, Judy Kuhn
had been appearing in high-profile roles on Broadway for nearly a decade. Born in 1958, she graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied with John Stix
, then began her acting career in 1981. Kuhn
's Broadway debut occurred in 1985's Shakespeare Festival adaptation of Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and she received her first Tony nomination two years later for her role as Cosette in the original Broadway company of Les Miserables. She also made high-profile appearance in the American debuts of Chess and Sunset Blvd., and starred in Metropolis for a run in London. Kuhn
also performed all of the singing parts of the eponymous character in Disney's film version of Pocahontas, and released her first album, Just in Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jule Styne
, in 1995 for Varese. She's also made several television appearances, including spots on Law & Order and All My Children.