Brenda Braxton Biography
Brenda starred as Velma Kelly opposite Usher in Broadwayâ€™s hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joeâ€™s Cafe, that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicagoâ€™s Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. Other Broadway credits include Jellyâ€™s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original production of Dreamgirls. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. â€śLiving the Dreamâ€ť Award given by New York Gov. George Pataki and the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women for her work as founder of Leading Ladies Just for Teens, seminars geared to empowering teenage girls.In November 2006, she launched BBRAXTON; Exceptional Grooming for Exceptional Men, an upscale menâ€™s grooming salon in Harlem. The first salon of its kind, BBRAXTON offers menâ€™s grooming services for the discriminating customer.
Brenda Braxton Awards and Nominations
|Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Actor in a Play|
|Alan Alda, Glengarry Glen Ross|
|Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production|
|Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical|
|Brenda Braxton , Smokey Joe's Cafe|