Described by Theatermania as an artist who is “worth the price of admission alone,” Marcy Richardson is anything but your regular actress. Apart from being an opera singer, acrobat, pole dancer, and burlesque performer, she is primarily known for her singing skills while performing aerial acrobats and pole routines.

She also showcased her pole dancing skills in the new 2019 movie, Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez, Lilly Reinhart, and Cardi B. To know more about Marcy’s personal life, career and achievements, keep on reading!

Marcy Richardson Bio: Early Life and Education

Marcy Richardson was born in 1980 to Dr. Harrison H. Richardson and Martha W. Barrette in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Her father worked as an emergency medicine specialist in Newport News, whereas her mother as an electrical engineer for DTE Energy in Detroit. 

Picture of Marcy Richardson at the age of 7. Marcy Richardson started taking ballet classes at the age of 5.

Speaking about her childhood, she always had a keen interest in singing and dancing. At the age of 5, she joined ballet class but was also active in sports. She started taking voice lessons at the age of 15. Despite wanting to become the next Madonna, her voice teacher told her that she was a classical soprano.

She never tried singing at a high range as she had never listened to musical theatre or opera while growing up. But thanks to her coach, she was able to sing Handel Baroque music in just a few weeks. Pursuing what she loves, Marcy completed her Bachelor’s as well as a Masters’s degree in Opera from Indiana Jacobs School of Music.

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Early Career Life: How it all Began

Right after getting her Bachelors’s degree, Marcy wanted to follow the traditional opera career path. She got her training from a few opera companies. She then began performing in operas like Central City Opera, Baltimore Opera, Orlando Opera, and the Brevard Music Center for minor roles.

After completing her Bachelor's degree, Marcy worked in operas and learned to pole dance in New York and later worked as pole dancer.

In 2008, half of the companies that she worked with had gone skint, which made her look for any job that she could find. Two years later, she started taking pole-dancing lessons for fun in New York. 

Shortly after taking a few classes, she got a pole for her apartment. Then in a few years, just for the sake of having fun, she started taking part in pole fitness competitions, which later led to becoming a part of her performing career.

Marcy Richardson’s Dancing Career

After becoming familiar with pole dancing, Marcy was approached by people asking her to sing while doing acrobats. At first, she thought of the idea to be lame, but soon she experimented singing while in a hoop at the Duane Park.

Marcy Richardson performing with L'Opera Burlesque at Duane Park

She performed her first aerial gig at the Brooklyn Warehouse, where she sang an Italian soprano, Lascia ch’io Pianga. Following that, she sang on a pole for the very first time for Madonna while she was doing her Rebel Heart Tour. Marcy was told to perform one of Madonna’s songs, Holy Water, on the pole for an audition. 

In 2012, Marcy performed in an opera choreographed by Austin McCormick, which was composed by Jonathan Dawe called Così Faran Tutti. A few years later, Austin was in search of a soprano and Marcy came to be the perfect fit. 

Three years later, she debuted as the evil stepsisters in Cinderella in Company XIV and since then, she has become a company fixture. She has performed numerous roles, including Champagne in the holiday extravaganza Nutcracker Rouge, Marta in Caldara’s Maddalena, and Athena in PARIS and among others.

Marcy Richardson in one of her shows

She is currently portraying the role of Mad Hatter in the company’s current production, Queen of Hearts. She has also been giving show-stopping performances in Tears for Fears’ Mad World. Besides that, she performs regularly in the Bartschland Follies at the Mckittrick Hotel in New York and the Operatic Tease at Duane Park.

Marcy won the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Female Performance in opera for her role in Orfeo ed Euridice which was composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck. As of 2019, she is busy rehearsing for her 5th production in Nutcracker Rogue with Company XIV, which is said to open on November 14, 2019.

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Marcy Richardson as Star in Hustlers

Marcy starred in the 2019 drama thriller movie Hustler alongside several notable personalities, including Jennifer Lopez, Lilly Reinhart, Constance Wu, and Cardi B. The movie is based on the 2015 New York magazine’s article, The Hustlers at Scores by Jessica Pressler. 

Marcy Richardson as Star in Hustlers

The burlesque queen did not have any problem while starring in the movie as she played the role of a stripper, which is where her pole dancing talents came into play. The movie premiered on September 7, 2019, at the Toronto International Film Festival and later grossed $136 million worldwide.

Apart from this, she had also appeared in several movies, including the 2014 fantasy adventure, Into the Woods, and The Angels City 4 from The City of Angels.

Personal Details: Husband and Social Media Activity

Marcy has been married to the director of content and social media for DDB New York, an advertising firm, Scott Murphy, for almost five years.

Marcy Richardson with her husband Scott Murphy in wedding dress

The couple got married on November 8, 2014, at Landmark on the Park in New York. Marcy’s aunt, Jean Richardson, who was also a Presbyterian, had officiated the marriage.

The OperaGaga has a pretty public Social Media profile. She regularly posts pictures of her pole dancing and performances on Instagram. She also has her website, where she sells various collections of featured merchandise. The net worth of the 39 years old singing aerialist has yet to be calculated.

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