Michelle Federer was the original Nessarose in the Out-of-Town Tryouts on June 10, 2003, then she opened the Broadway production of the musical Wicked on October 30, 2003. Cristy Candler then replaced Federer as Nessarose on January 10, 2006, making her the longest original principal cast member. Then, she returned to the role of Nessarose, replacing Brynn O'Malley on August 18, 2009. Jenny Fellner replaced Federer as Nessarose on January 14, 2010.
She appears on the Original Broadway Cast recording of Wicked as Nessarose during the number Dancing Through Life. It marks her only appearance on the album (aside from Dear Old Shiz), since the song The Wicked Witch of the East was exorcised from the album.
Federer is currently married to her co-star, Norbert Leo Butz, the original Fiyero, and has a daughter, Georgia Teresa, born on January 2nd, 2011.