Al Hirschfeld’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
For her role in Cy Coleman’s The Life, she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of a world-weary, no-nonsense, streetwise hooker named Sonja. Chuck Cooper and Lillias White
Lillias White and Kevin MamboÂ in “FELA!“
For her role in Cy Coleman’s The Life, she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of a world-weary, no-nonsense, streetwise hooker named Sonja. Off-Broadway White has performed in the Public Theater production of the William Finn musical Romance in Hard Times (1989), for which she won the Obie Award,
Gem of The Ocean
Anthony J. Haney, Lillias White, Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Keith Arthur Bolden and Pamela Shaddock in “Gem of the Ocean“
Romance in Hard Times
Dinah Was (1998) at the Gramercy Theatre as singer Dinah Washington
HALF TIME: A NEW MUSICAL
(Formerly “GOTTA DANCE“)
Here is the story: ONE REMARKABLE DANCE TEAM. ONE BIG CHANCE. ONE SMALL TWIST… YOU’VE GOT TO BE OVER 60. From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers—and the young coaches who inspire them along the way—as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game—it’s HALF TIME.
Center Theatre Group’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottomin September 2016.
BY August Wilson
DIRECTED BY Phylicia Rashad
Greg Bryan, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Damon Gupton, Matthew Henerson, Nija Okoro, Lamar Richardson Ed Swidey, Glynn Turman, Lillias White, Thomas Silcott
Photos by Craig Swartz
Jason Dirden, Glynn Turman, Damon Gupton, Keith David, and Lillias White
Second Stage Theatre’s Crowns (2002), for which she won the AUDELCO Award. In 2014, White will appear in the Primary Stages production of While I Yet Live.
White’s concert performances include Funny Girl, Hair, Dreamgirls, and South Pacific, which was broadcast by PBS Great Performances. She performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a concert of works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George and Ira Gershwin celebrating the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. She also has appeared in concert at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center and has toured internationally with her one-woman show From Brooklyn to Broadway. She is heard on the 1990 Madonna recording “Rescue Me”.
White’s television appearances include a regular role on Sesame Street (for which she won an Emmy Award), Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and NYPD Blue.
Her screen credits include voiceover work in Disney’s Hercules and Anastasia and appearances in How theGrinch Stole Christmas, Game 6, Pieces of April and Then She Found Me”
The Get Down Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, June 2016
The Get Down, One by One, Into the Dark People: Lillias White, Shameik Moore Photo by Courtesy of Netflix/Courtesy of Netflix
Lillias White performs during the amfAR world AIDS day event at Washington Square Park on December 1, 2009, in New York City; Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America
ARCHIVIST and HISTORIAN
Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, The University of Akron and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (NYSF).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.
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