On Broadway, Sophie was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress for her unconventional interpretation of Rosabella, the mail order bride, in Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. The limited-run production began in summer stock at Goodspeed Opera House. Shortly after being cast, Sophie discovered she was pregnant with her first child and performed until the show closed, receiving rave reviews. New York producers timed the move to Broadway so that her daughter, Hallie, could be born and Sophie could open the show with the original cast at the Booth Theater.
She has worked with Tony winning directors Daniel Sullivan, James Lapine, Steven Schwartz, Gerald Gutierrez, W.H. Macy, and Walter Bobbie. Though she got her start in musical theater, she felt most at home doing plays. She played Edith Frank in the revival of The Diary of Anne Frank with a young Natalie Portman in the title role and George Hearne playing her husband. She was thrilled to play Karen in the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends, Off-Broadway, opposite Matthew Arkin and to create the role of Aunt Louise opposite Kathleen Chalfant in the New York premiere of Nine Armenians at Manhattan Theater Club.
When she is not acting, she plays the role of profoundly happy mother to her two daughters.
Earlier in her career, The Goodman Theater in Chicago was looking for a Shakespearean actress who could pass juggling clubs with the internationally renowned band of jugglers, The Flying Karamazov Brothers. The Flying K's had developed a new vaudevillian spin on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, which prompted the casting director to call Sophie, remembering her from the original cast of Broadway’s Barnum starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close – where Sophie first learned to juggle. The successful production at the Goodman soon moved to Broadway at Lincoln Center. Her loony tunes interpretation of Adriana was captured on PBS Great Performances.
The oldest of four, Sophie grew up in the (ever so cold) heart of Western New York, where both sets of grandparents were dairy farmers. Her father was a carpenter and mason. Her mother, a waitress and seamstress, sewed all of her daughter’s baton twirling costumes (Sophie was once the World Baton Twirling Champion). After leads in high school plays, she was accepted into the theater program at Northwestern University and after graduation moved to New York, and continued to study with gifted teachers such as Harold Guskin and Robert Modica, who introduced her to the work of Sanford Meisner.