Biography

Colleen’s musical journey started at the age of four when she heard her sister play a piece at the piano and she then played it back by ear. Piano lessons started shortly thereafter, followed by voice a few years later.

“The first time I remember singing for an audience was when my family doctor asked me if I knew any songs. I was thrilled to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, and remember being so proud that he wanted to hear me sing. Of course he was just trying to distract me because he was setting my broken collar bone.” Luckily, future performances were under happier circumstances.

After receiving her degree in Voice Performance from DePauw University, Colleen spent the next several years performing at regional theatres and working at the acclaimed Interlochen National Music Camp. “I performed one of my favorite roles of all time that first summer at Interlochen. I didn’t even realize when I was cast that I had received a leading role because I wasn’t familiar with the show.” The show was “The Fantasticks” and the role was Luisa, which Colleen would perform a few times throughout her career.

Her ability to flow easily from one style of music to another led her to perform another vastly different role a few years later when she was cast as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”. “The vocals were so low for me, and I remember laughing about it at the audition,” she recalls. “The director later told me it was my willingness to laugh at myself that won me the role.” Another favorite role was Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific”. “Growing up in northern Indiana in Amish country, this role really speaks to me. Nellie is so loving, but so sheltered. Her growth into an accepting and loving woman is endearing, and such a joy to play.”

Known for her clear, floating soprano voice, she is most at home when singing the songs of a bygone era. Audiences will thrill with her stories of Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson and Judy Garland, and the music from the golden age of Hollywood. “I’m so grateful that there’s an audience out there wanting to relive those classics from the silver screen. Some of the most beautiful melodies ever written were in those wonderful old movies with scores by Gershwin and Cole Porter, and I’m thrilled every time I get to share them with an audience.”

Performance Gallery

Singer and Actress

Videos

Colleen Williamson
Guest Entertainer Reel

From Dusty Springfield to Judy Garland, Colleen relives classic moments from pop music, film, and the Broadway stage.

Colleen Williamson & Norm Lewis
Porgy and Bess

Colleen has had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best in the business. In 2012 Colleen performed "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" with Norm Lewis, who was nominated for a Tony Award that year for Best Actor in the musical "Porgy and Bess".

Colleen Williamson
O Mio Babbino Caro

Colleen embodies the beauty and elegance found in the aria "O Mio Babbino Caro". Lauretta pleads with her father to marry the love of her life amidst tension, jealousy, and hypocrisy of medieval Florence. This aria was first performed in 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and continues to be a favorite among audiences.

Colleen Williamson
It's Been A Long, Long Time

First recorded by the Harry James Orchestra in 1945, this timeless classic is still an audience favorite.

Show Schedule

  • 2019
  • Oct 15 – Oct 22 Seabourn Sojourn
  • Nov 6 – 13 Seabourn Quest
  • Nov 23 – Dec 1 Sky Princess
  • Dec 17 – Jan 2 Regent Mariner
  • 2020
  • Jan 8 – 23 Holland America Eurodam
  • Feb 1 – 11 Oceania Sirena
  • Mar 4 – 15 Oceania Insignia
  • Mar 18 – 24 Regent Explorer
  • May 16 – 29 Island Princess
  • June 20 – July 1 Island Princess
  • July 12 – 28 Island Princess
  • Aug 8 – 15 Island Princess
  • Aug 22 – 31 Oceania Marina
  • Sept 2 – 13 Island Princess
  • Sept 14 – 24 Oceania Sirena
  • Sept 26 – Oct 8 Island Princess
  • Oct 14 – 19 Regent Slendour
  • Oct 20 – 31 Island Princess
  • Nov 15 – Dec 10 Island Princess
  • Dec 19 – 23 Viking Jupiter