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Brenda Braxton

 
Bio:
Brenda starred as Velma Kelly opposite Usher in Broadway's hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago's Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Brenda starred as Velma Kelly opposite Usher in Broadway's hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago's Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Gingold Theatre Group Off-Broadway Production, 2019
Ftatateeta
  [Regional (US)]
US Premiere, 2018
Sandra Snyder
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2012
Clarity [Replacement]
Clarity [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2003
Gladiola
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
Velma Kelly [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Ensemble/Other Roles
Too-Tight Nora
One of "The Crowd"
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Madge
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1987
Performer (Swing)
One of "The Sweethearts" (Understudy)
Lorrell Robinson (Understudy)
Joanne (Understudy)
Edna Burke (Understudy)
Charlene (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Demeter [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
One of "Les Style" [Replacement]
Charlene [Replacement]
Performer (Swing)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Alternate
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Mushroom
Mushrooms

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2004]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Dance Captain
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Dance Captain
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Production Assistant

Photos

Brenda Braxton Photo

Brenda Braxton

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Date:
06/21/2022
Brenda Braxton and Lana Gordon Photo

Brenda Braxton and Lana Gordon

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Date:
04/26/2022
Ryan Silverman, Pamela Anderson, Lana Gordon, Raymond Bokhour, Brenda Braxton Photo

Ryan Silverman, Pamela Anderson, Lana Gordon, Raymond Bokhour, Brenda Braxton

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Date:
04/12/2022
Pamela Anderson, Lana Gordon, Raymond Bokhour, Brenda Braxton Photo

Pamela Anderson, Lana Gordon, Raymond Bokhour, Brenda Braxton

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04/12/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Gingold Theatre Group Off-Broadway Production, 2019
Ftatateeta

  [Regional (US)]
US Premiere, 2018
Sandra Snyder

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2012
Clarity [Replacement]

Clarity [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2003
Gladiola

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Velma Kelly [Replacement]

Velma Kelly [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Ensemble/Other Roles

Too-Tight Nora

One of "The Crowd"

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Madge

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1987
Performer (Swing)

One of "The Sweethearts" (Understudy)

Lorrell Robinson (Understudy)

Joanne (Understudy)

Edna Burke (Understudy)

Charlene (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Demeter [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
One of "Les Style" [Replacement]

Charlene [Replacement]

Performer (Swing)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Alternate

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Mushroom

Mushrooms

Productions

[US Tour, 2004]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2001]
Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 1987]
Dance Captain

[Broadway, 1981]
Dance Captain

[Broadway, 1981]
Production Assistant

Brenda Braxton Biography

Brenda starred as Velma Kelly opposite Usher in Broadway's hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago's Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. Other Broadway credits include Jelly's Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original production of Dreamgirls. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 'Living the Dream' 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 men's grooming salon in Harlem. The first salon of its kind, BBRAXTON offers men'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
Brenda BraxtonChicago
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Brenda Braxton , Smokey Joe's Cafe

Brenda Braxton News

Photos: On the Red Carpet of the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet of the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 21, 2022

Winners for the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards have been announced! Winners include MJ, Paradise Square, Tick, Tick... Boom! and more. Check out photos from the red carpet here!

Tracie Bennett and Laiona Michelle Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Photo Tracie Bennett and Laiona Michelle Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2022

Olivier winner and Tony nominee Tracie Bennett (Hangmen, End of the Rainbow) and Laiona Michelle (Little Girl Blue, Amazing Grace) have joined the line-up for the 10th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys.'

Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Photo Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

Tony nominee¬†Sally Mayes, Bistro winner¬†Nicolas King,¬†Shereen Pimentel, and Bistro winner¬†Amy Jo Jackson¬†(Joe‚Äôs Pub) have joined the line-up for the 10th¬†annual¬†‚ÄúNight¬†Of A¬†Thousand¬†Judys‚Ä̬†‚Ästthe Pride concert to benefit¬†The Ali Forney Center¬†written and hosted by¬†Justin Elizabeth Sayre¬†‚Äď at¬†Joe‚Äôs Pub¬†on¬†Sunday, June 5.

BWW Review: Ken Page Says (and Sings) It All During THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT…  Photo BWW Review: Ken Page Says (and Sings) It All During THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT… (AND SING ABOUT, TOO!) at 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - May 5, 2022

Ken Page made his return to New York and 54 Below and the people who weren't there will, forever, regret having missed it.

Kathryn Gallagher, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Hosted Photo Kathryn Gallagher, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2022

The 10th¬†annual¬†‚ÄúNight¬†Of A¬†Thousand¬†Judys‚Ä̬†‚Ästthe Pride concert to benefit¬†The Ali Forney Center¬†written and hosted by¬†Justin Elizabeth Sayre¬†‚Äď will take place at¬†Joe‚Äôs Pub¬†on¬†Sunday, June 5.¬†

Wake Up With BWW 4/27: WICKED Movie Will Be in Two Parts, A STRANGE LOOP Reviews, and Photo Wake Up With BWW 4/27: WICKED Movie Will Be in Two Parts, A STRANGE LOOP Reviews, and More!
by - Apr 27, 2022

Today's top stories: the Wicked movie will be split into two parts, read reviews for A Strange Loop, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and more!

Photos: First Look at Pamela Anderson, Lana Gordon & More in CHICAGO Photo Photos: First Look at Pamela Anderson, Lana Gordon & More in CHICAGO
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 26, 2022

Get a first look at photos of Pamela Anderson in costume starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway and the rest of the cast!

Brenda Braxton, Judith Ivey, Jefferson Mays & More to Join SHAKESPEARE SONNET SOIREE Photo Brenda Braxton, Judith Ivey, Jefferson Mays & More to Join SHAKESPEARE SONNET SOIREE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022

Gingold Theatrical Group today announced that¬†Brenda Braxton, Alison Frasier, Harriet Harris, David Lee Huynh, Judith Ivey, Jefferson Mays, Charlotte Moore, Thom Sesma, Renee Taylor, Jon Patrick Walker, Karen Ziemba,¬†and more¬†will join the¬†SHAKESPEARE SONNET SOIR√ČE¬†in honor of Shakespeare‚Äôs 458th birthday.

Photos: CHICAGO Star Pamela Anderson Takes Her First Bows on Broadway! Photo Photos: CHICAGO Star Pamela Anderson Takes Her First Bows on Broadway!
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 12, 2022

Check out photos as Chicago welcomed actress and activist Pamela Anderson making her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart! Go inisde Pam's opening night as she takes her first Broadway bows!

Lana Gordon, Ryan Silverman, and Brenda Braxton Will Return to CHICAGO Photo Lana Gordon, Ryan Silverman, and Brenda Braxton Will Return to CHICAGO
by Stephi Wild - Apr 6, 2022

Lana Gordon and Drama Desk nominee Ryan Silverman will return to Chicago in the roles of Velma Kelly and Billy Flynn, respectively, on Tuesday, April 12 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.; New York, NY). They join Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton, who previously played Velma Kelly and now takes on the role of Matron ‚ÄúMama‚ÄĚ Morton.

Brenda Braxton Videos

VIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale! VideoVIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2021

‚ÄúYou Will Be Found‚ÄĚ by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is performed by Jenn Colella, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Cast Amy Adams, James Monroe Iglehart, Cheyenne Jackson, L Morgan Lee, Raymond J. Lee, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Ruthie Ann Miles, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many more!

VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser! VideoVIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser!
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2021

Notables from President Bill Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg to musicians Wynton Marsalis and Sting joined together on Sunday, Jan 24th to 'Save Birdland'.

VIDEO: Beth Leavel Sings 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' at BEST IN SHOWS Benefit VideoVIDEO: Beth Leavel Sings 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' at BEST IN SHOWS Benefit
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2019

Some of Broadway's best recently came together for Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefiting the Humane Society of New York at Feinstein's/ 54 Below. Get a peek inside the benefit with a look at Tony winner Beth Leavel singing Gypsy's 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' to Myrtle, one of the event's adoptable dogs!

BWW TV: Broadway Belts Out Kander & Ebb in Rehearsal for AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Ga VideoBWW TV: Broadway Belts Out Kander & Ebb in Rehearsal for AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Gala!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 21, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company has a star-studded gala in the works featuring a musical revue with some of Broadway's best and brightest. And the World Goes 'Round is a stunning musical revue by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the multi Tony Award winning team that wrote Chicago and Cabaret. From Flora the Red Menace to Kiss of the Spider Woman and everything in between, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including 'All that Jazz,' 'Maybe This Time,' 'Colored Lights' and 'New York, New York,' seamlessly woven into an unforgettable evening of musical theatre. And the World Goes 'Round is a celebration of life, love and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going.

STAGE TUBE: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS - A Step-by-Step Guide to the Hilarity
by Stage Tube - Oct 16, 2015

Click below to learn how VILLAIN: DEBLANKS -- a fun, new, monthly NYC cabaret show -- works, with help from the first NYC cast: Barrett Foa, Ryann Redmond, Bobby Cronin, Lesli Margherita, Nancy Opel and Bernard Dotson!

BWW TV: Annaleigh Ashford, Brenda Braxton & More Sing from Upcoming 54 Below Shows!
by Randy Rainbow - Jan 25, 2014

Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, Rent, Dogfight, Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Showtime's 'Masters of Sex.'), Tony nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago, Dreamgirls), Multi-million selling recording artist, actor, author Sam Harris (Grease!, The Life, author of the new book HAM: Slices of a Life), and Emmy and Tony nominee Michele Lee (Broadway's Seesaw, How to Succeed..., and TV's 'Knots Landing') recently gathered at 54 Below to preview their upcoming shows at the venue. Randy Rainbow was on the scene to chat with the performers and you can check out a sneak peek of their concerts below!

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Tom Hewitt, Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in Highlights of CHICAGO at Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2013

Its first time ever at Music Circus, the sizzling, sexy Kander and Ebb smash hit Chicago is the final show of the 2013 Music Circus season, with an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from August 20 - 29. The 1996 revival of this hit musical, one of the cornerstones of the choreographic Broadway legacy of Bob Fosse, won 6 Tony Awards and is still running on Broadway. With a plot centered on murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, on death row together fighting for the fame that may keep them from the gallows, the show features a number of popular songs including 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Cell Block Tango.' BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the production below!

STAGE TUBE: Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in CHICAGO at Music Circus - Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2013

The Music Circus production of the musical 'Chicago' at the Wells Fargo Pavilion runs now through August 29, 2013. Directed by Ron Kellum, choreographed by Randy Slovacek, the show features Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Lindsay Roginski (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Matron 'Mama' Morton) and Ric Stoneback (Amos Hart). Click below to watch highlights from the show!

BWW TV: The Infectious Music of MOTOWN Takes Over Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 18, 2013

Featured this week was the cast of Motown (Brandon Victor Dixon, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston Dugger III, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Jawan Jackson, Darius Kaleb, Krisha Marcano, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, N'Kenge, Saycon Sengbloh, Eric LaJuan Summers, Julius Thomas III, Rickey Tripp), performing 'Stop In the Name of Love,' 'Can I Just Close the Door on Love,' 'Do You Love Me,' 'Jackson 5 Medley,' 'Get Ready' and 'Dancing in the Streets.' Check out highlights below!

BWW TV: COUGAR THE MUSCAL is on the Prowl at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 11, 2013

Featured this week was the cast of Cougar the Musical (Brenda Braxton, Babs Winn, Mary Mossberg), performing 'On the Prowl,'Gary's Right' and 'Say Yes.' Check out highlights below!


Brenda Braxton Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Brenda Braxton been in?
Brenda Braxton has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Brenda Braxton been in?
Brenda Braxton has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Brenda Braxton been nominated for?
Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Glengarry Glen Ross Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Chicago and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Smokey Joe's Cafe .