She went on to Broadway roles including Effie in “Dreamgirls,” She unstudied the role of Effie in the original 1981 production of Dreamgirls and played the part in the 1987 revival, for which she won the Drama League Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Weyman Thompson (Curtis) and Lillias White (Effie)
Deborah Burrell, Linda Leilani Brown, Lillias White and Arnetia Walker National Tour of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls“.
Lillias White in a scene fr. the International Tour of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls“. Martha Swope
Lillias White and Kevyn Morrow International Tour of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls“.
DREAMGIRLS – The 20th Anniversary Concert
DREAMGIRLS – The 20th Anniversary Concert to benefit The Actors’ Fund Our amazing cast – Tamara Tunie, Darius de Haas, Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Lillius White, Billy Porter, Heather Headley, and James Stovall… The live concert took place on Sept. 24, 2001, and was the first event that took place in NYC after 911. It was an extraordinary night and one of the proudest moments of my tenure at The Actors’ Fund.
Heather Headley, Lillias White, and Audra McDonald in a publicity shot for Dreamgirls (Photo: Joan Marcus)
A performance of “Move” from Dreamgirls from the 2001 Actor’s Fund benefit production. If you’re a musical theatre fan, you know that Lillias, Audra, and Heather means the power-diva trio of Broadway stars Lillias White, Audra McDonald, and Heather Headley. On the Rosie O’Donnell Show, September 21, 2001.
Tamara Tunie, Audra McDonald, Lilias White, and Heather Headley share a tune at a performance of “Dreamgirls” at the Ford Theater. The show was a benefit for the Actors Fund of America. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
ARCHIVIST, HISTORIAN, and ARTiST
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 SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.