Emmy & Tony Award-winner LILLIAS WHITE stars in A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS
Playbill.com officially announced that Emmy & Tony Award-winner LILLIAS WHITE (Fela!, The LIfe, Dreamgirls) stars in Upright Cabaret’s 7th annual A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS performing December 11-17 in Palm Springs, La Mirada and Hollywood.
Ms. White will lead an All-Star cast including James Torme (son of Mel), American Idol’s David Hernandez and more.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Lillias White has been recognized on Broadway with the People’s Choice Award, The Outer Critics Award® for Best Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award® and Tony Award® - Broadway’s Prestigious Quadruple Crown - for her role as Sonja in the musical The Life. In 2010, she was recognized again with a Tony Award-nomination for her work in Fela! directed by Bill T. Jones and produced by Will & Jada Pickett Smith. She won The Obie Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Hennie in Romance in Hard Times. In addition, she won The Drama Logue Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the national tour of Dreamgirls. Other theater credits include the Broadway productions of Cats, Chicago, How to Succeed in Business, Once on This Island, Rock n’ Roll: The First 5,000 Years (Aretha Franklin), Barnum, Carrie and Dreamgirls, as well as, off-Broadway productions of Crowns, The Vagina Monologues, Waiting for Godot, The Princess & The Black-Eyed Pea, and Dinah Was. National and International tours include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tintypes and The Wiz.
Lillias won an Emmy Award® for her role as Sesame Street’s Lillian Edwards. Film credits include featured roles in the films like Pieces of April, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Gloria, North and Disney’s Hercules. Television credits include Outreach, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Jury, the HBO pilot Pryor Offenses (The Richard Pryor Story) opposite Eddie Griffith and the PBS produced productions of South Pacific playing Bloody Mary and In Performance at The White House as a guest soloist.
White’s voice can be heard on an extensive list of recordings including the Original Broadway Cast albums of The Life, Fela! and How To Succeed to name a few. She recorded Dreamgirls: The 25th Anniversary Concert, Actor’s Fund “Hair” Concert, is featured with Tony Bennett on Cy Coleman’s Album and her own live album – From Brooklyn to Broadway. With regular performances in Night Clubs and Concert Halls, Ms. White has recently appeared at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Upright Cabaret, Aaron Davis Hall and Catalina Jazz Club.
Ms. White most recently performed as Big Maybelle in the World Premiere musical Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues.