On September 11th, 2016, In conjunction with Broadway Style Guide, Kate Egan presented "Broadway's Mixtape: The House that Rock Built" at Le Poison Rogue - a night of awesome rock stars sung by Broadway's finest. It was a PHENOMENAL night of music and I got to rock out and reunite with my Shaylimo and "Soul Doctor" co-star, Eric Anderson. We sang a killer cover of "Under Pressure" by the late David Bowie and Annie Lennox. Scroll down for pics!
On June 6th, SeriousFun Children’s Network hosted a star-studded gala at Cipriani in midtown New York City to celebrating the legacy that Paul Newman created – a family of camps and programs that bring joy, laughter and confidence to children living with serious illnesses all around the world.
The evening’s program featured appearances and performances from musician/philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, actor Laura Linney, actor Kyle McLachlan, trumpeter Chris Botti, NBC News anchor Kate Snow, YouTube sensation Jamie Lou Stenzel, Donald Webber, Jr, Amber Iman, Sarah Stiles, and a group of very talented SeriousFun Campers. The View co-host, Joy Behar, served as the evening’s Auctioneer Extraordinaire.
The evening was a true celebration and featured a series of live performances, video presentations, and readings that illustrated just how special the camps are and the important impact they have on the campers and their families.
The evening raised more than $1.5 million for SeriousFun Children’s Network, providing support for its 30 camps and programs around the world. Since its inception, SeriousFun camps and programs have served more than 600,000 children and their family members from more than 50 countries -- always free of charge.
I am incredibly grateful to Dick Scanlan for inviting me to be a part of such a wonderful evening for an incredible organization. Donald Webber, Sarah Stiles, and I had the immense privilege of reading letters written by the parents of some of the Serious Fun campers. See pics below!
On Monday, May 9, 2016, nearly 800 guests attended Jazz at Lincoln Center's festive annual gala. Titled “Jazz and Broadway,” this year’s fundraiser, comprising a dinner and benefit performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and a star-studded roster of special guests—was hosted by Vanessa Williams in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. I had a blast and got to sing "I'm Simply Full of Jazz" from Shuffle Along. Pics below!
WELL! Soooo happy to announce...... I'm the new co-host of a hilarious podcast, "Off-Book" with Broadway Black. Off-Book features unapologetic and unadulterated theatre talk, with a sprinkle of turn-up....and all things regarding us beautiful, Black people! My Co-hosts Andrew Shade (Creator of Broadway Black) and Donja R. Love are hilarious and insightful and foolish, all at the same time. Join us every week for a good time in the theatre!
Go to BroadwayBlack.com and Click on "Off-Book"....until I figure out how to link it...smh. #Challenged
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Sooooo excited to announce that I was nominated for my FIRST Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, for the fantabulous production of "Man of La Mancha" at Shakespeare Theatre Company In DC. Our show received 7 nominations in total, including Outstanding Director, Musical Director, Set Design, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Ensemble, and Musical. What a wonderful way to kick off 2016!!!!
This past week, I finished my 3rd workshop of "Five Points" a new musical with a book by Harrison David Rivers and Music & Lyrics by one of my favorite songwriting teams, Lyons & Pakchar. This ones coming fast and hard kids! I love being apart of a project from the ground up. The show is constantly being changed and elevated and tightened. Keep an eye out for this one!
I still don't have the words to express my gratitude. After 3 months in DC, playing Aldonza in "Man of La Mancha" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, I was awarded the Emery Battis Award for Acting Excellence. Along with the gorgeous crystal sculpture, they threw in a cool $5,000, the generosity of an anonymous donor. I am so grateful, overwhelmed with gratitude for the love and encouragement from everyone at STC. I have to thank Michael Kahn and Alan Paul, especially, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to tell such a beautiful story. Hard work pays off. Keep pressing!!!!
Are you ready?!?!
So excited to announce that I'm going back to BROADWAY.....! I am honored, privileged, and humbled to be in the same room, let alone sharing the stage, with men and women that I've admired for as long as I can remember. "Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed After" starts previews at The Music Box Theatre on March 14th and opens on April 21, 2016. Written and directed by the legendary George C. Wolfe and masterfully choreographed by Savion Glover, this is gonna be good. get your tickets NOW!!!!!
I got to spend two beautiful weeks in Poughkeepsie at the NY Stage and Film Festival at Vassar, working on what might be the most beautiful piece I've ever done. I'm slightly obsessed with "Loving V. Virginia" - book and lyrics by my new friend, the critically acclaimed Marcus Gardley, composed by my ATL brother and Grammy award winner Justin Ellington, and directed by the wonderful Patricia McGregor. Playing Mildred Loving for 4 performances was such a gift. This show could change the world......I'm ready!!!
I had the pleasure of joining some of the most ferocious Black Women on Broadway for a fabulous shoot for BroadwayLegacy.com. The brainchild of visionary Christian Dante White and photographer Brent Dunmore, Broadway Legacy is a online catalog of art and information that celebrates African American Theatre. Check it out at www.broadwaylegacy.com !!!