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Carmen Ruby Floyd

 
Bio:
Carmen Ruby Floyd grew up with God, love, joy and music. The love for singing began with her mom Alice, and her siblings, The Gayles Family Singers, who traveled the country performing their original gospel music. Although the performance bug caught her early, she also carries a great sports legacy. ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Carmen Ruby Floyd grew up with God, love, joy and music. The love for singing began with her mom Alice, and her siblings, The Gayles Family Singers, who traveled the country performing their original gospel music. Although the performance bug caught her early, she also carries a great sports legacy. ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Miss I
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Dolly Gallagher Levi (Understudy) [Replacement]
Mrs. Rose (Understudy) [Replacement]
Ernestina (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Mariah (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2003
Gary Coleman [Replacement]
Gary Coleman (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Yolonda
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Ensemble [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Miss I

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Dolly Gallagher Levi (Understudy) [Replacement]

Mrs. Rose (Understudy) [Replacement]

Ernestina (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Mariah (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2003
Gary Coleman [Replacement]

Gary Coleman (Understudy)

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Yolonda

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Ensemble [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Carmen Ruby Floyd Biography

Carmen Ruby Floyd grew up with God, love, joy and music. The love for singing began with her mom Alice, and her siblings, The Gayles Family Singers, who traveled the country performing their original gospel music. Although the performance bug caught her early, she also carries a great sports legacy. Her father Robert Floyd, Jr played in the American Basketball Association and his father Robert, Sr was a member of the historic Negro Baseball League playing for the Kansas City Monarchs.

Once enrolled at Niagara University, Ms. Floyd attended an open call for Disney’s The Lion King booking the role of Shenzi in the original Toronto cast. She came to New York City playing the part of Tiny Lee in the show, Langton Hughes's Little Ham (AMAS Musical Theater). For her role in Little Ham, Ms. Floyd received a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the AUDELCO Awards.

She followed that nomination with an AUDELCO win for Best Cast in a Musical for the show, Crowns at Second Stage, originating the role of Yolanda.

Ms. Floyd then joined the Original Broadway Company of the Tony Award winning musical, Avenue Q, and received for that cast, the coveted Broadway Gypsy Robe – which is awarded to the Ensemble member with the most Broadway shows under their belt.

Her fourth Broadway show, After Midnight, Ms. Floyd delighted audiences every night with her wordless, but thrilling rendition of “Creole Love Call.” She originated the role at Encores! City Center under the show title Cotton Club Parade.
Ms. Floyd returned to Encores! for its 75th Season in the zany anti-war musical Promenade by Maria Flores and Al Carmine. New York Times proclaimed

Last seen on Broadway in Hello Dolly! Ms Floyd had the honor of understudying the role of Dolly Levi played by the legends Bernadette Peters, Donna Murphy and Bette Midler. She was first African American Dolly on Broadway since the iconic Pearl Bailey.

Proudly she has performed several times, for former President Obama and Mrs. Obama, as well as former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A few other favorites are Whoopi Goldberg, Natalie Cole, Bryan Cranston, Diana Ross, Tom Hanks, Oprah, Jimmy Fallon, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Renee Fleming, Jim Carrey and the Aretha Franklin.

Along with her stage work, Ms. Floyd has been seen in various commercials and heard in a slew of voice-overs. Some of her television roles include appearances on Orange is the New Black, Person of Interest, The Super Bowl XLVII, The Tony Awards, One Life to Live, Law & Order: SVU, and The Traveler.





Carmen Ruby Floyd News

Long Wharf Theatre Announces Additional Details on Fall Programming Featuring JELLY'S Photo Long Wharf Theatre Announces Additional Details on Fall Programming Featuring JELLY'S LAST JAM & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2022

Long Wharf Theatre announced today additional details for fall programming at 222 Sargent Drive as part of Act 1 of its 2022-2023 season. Dignity, Always Dignity will be presented on September 10 and 11, while performances for Jelly’s Last Jam will take place on September 17 and 18.

P-VALLEY Star Harriett D. Foy to Release New Single Photo P-VALLEY Star Harriett D. Foy to Release New Single
by Michael Major - Sep 6, 2022

An award-winning stage actress, she has lent her vocals to cast albums for Broadway and off-Broadway productions including Amelie, Amazing Grace, Lone Star Love, Reunion, and Inside Out. She performs with the Discoettes, a group she created with her ‘sister-friends,’ fellow performers Carmen Ruby Floyd and Laiona Michelle. 

Sarasota Orchestra Announces 2022 " 2023 Season Photo Sarasota Orchestra Announces 2022 " 2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

Sarasota Orchestra has announced the 2022 – 2023 season, marking its first full season helmed by Music Director Bramwell Tovey. Tovey will appear on four of the Orchestra’s five subscription series, as well as a special Gala performance featuring world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Carmen Ruby Floyd to Present BUFFALO 2 BROADWAY & BEYOND at Shea's 710 Theatre Photo Carmen Ruby Floyd to Present BUFFALO 2 BROADWAY & BEYOND at Shea's 710 Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 7, 2022

Carmen Ruby Floyd returns home for a special one-night only concert at Shea’s 710 Theatre on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 PM. Carmen’s exquisite soprano voice will take us on a melodic journey from her childhood in Buffalo, to her education at Niagara University, and on to the bright lights of Broadway.

Carmen Ruby Floyd Releases Her Debut Album 'Broadway, Jazz Me!' Photo Carmen Ruby Floyd Releases Her Debut Album 'Broadway, Jazz Me!'
by Stephi Wild - Sep 25, 2021

This debut studio album of Broadway Classics, arranged in a Jazz style. Among the revisited standards are Summertime (Porgy & Bess), Dat's Love aka Habanera (Carmen Jones), Bali Hai (South Pacific), People (Funny Girl), Hello, Dolly, My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms), Stranger in Paradise (Kismet), I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady), I Enjoy Being a Girl (Flower Drum Song), and more!

VIDEO: Original AVENUE Q Cast and More Reunite for 'Only For Now' Virtual Performance Photo VIDEO: Original AVENUE Q Cast and More Reunite for 'Only For Now' Virtual Performance
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 23, 2020

More than 40 people and puppets from the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q have reunited in a special music video of the hit finale, “Only For Now.”

ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS WITH VANESSA WILLIAMS Premieres Dec. 15 on PBS Photo ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS WITH VANESSA WILLIAMS Premieres Dec. 15 on PBS
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Nov 19, 2020

The American Pops Orchestra (APO) announced today the release of “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams,” which premieres Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

New Song 'When Broadway Is Back' Aims To Spur Fundraising For Out-of-Work Broadway Ar Photo New Song 'When Broadway Is Back' Aims To Spur Fundraising For Out-of-Work Broadway Artists
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2020

Concerned about their colleagues who have been left without work during the pandemic, musical theatre collaborators Barbara Bellman and Emiliano Messiez wrote and produced a song of hope, 'When Broadway is Back.'

NYYS and NJYS Launch Artist Stories Series Featuring Carmen Ruby Floyd, Kelly Hall-To Photo NYYS and NJYS Launch Artist Stories Series Featuring Carmen Ruby Floyd, Kelly Hall-Tompkins and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 2, 2020

NYYS), and the NJYS, a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, announced today that they will co-host an Artist Stories Series, a series of weekly one-hour virtual conversations exploring the importance of equity, inclusion, and representation in the classical music, jazz, and Broadway world.

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 26, 2020

Carmen Ruby Floyd Videos

BWW TV: Broadway Sessions Belts It Out for Black History Month! VideoBWW TV: Broadway Sessions Belts It Out for Black History Month!
by Ben Cameron - Feb 18, 2020

A few weeks ago over at Broadway Sessions we were joined by an incredible lineup of artists for our Black History Month Celebration! It was an amazing night full of beautiful moments from everyone involved. Performers included Nikki James (Tony Award-Winner), Olivia Donalson (Aladdin), Arica Jackson (Head Over Heels), Laurissa 'Lala' Romain (South Pacific), Kathryn Allison (Wicked), Brennyn Lark (Les Miserables), Antoine Smith (MJ The Musical), Brynn Williams (Spongebob), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Hello Dolly), Joy Woods (Little Shop Of Horrors), Olutayo Bosede (Moulin Rouge), Crystal Joy (Motown), Salome Smith (Little Shop Of Horrors), L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King), Imari Hardon (Avenue Q), Anthony Chatmon (Be More Chill), Ayana George (MJ The Musical), Anastacia McClesky (Waitress), Christiani Pitts (King Kong), Jay McKenzie (Beautiful).

BWW Flashback: Looking Back At PORGY AND BESS's Opening Night! VideoBWW Flashback: Looking Back At PORGY AND BESS's Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 21, 2020

With David Alan Grier making his official return to Broadway tonight as Sergeant Vernon C. Waters in Roundabout Theatre Company's A Soldier's Play, we're looking back at his Tony-nominated turn as Sportin' Life in 2012's Tony-nominated production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on the show's opening night. Check out the video to see Grier alongside Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Phillip Boykin, Joshua Henry, and more as they celebrate the special night!

BWW TV: Check Out Highlights from the Latest Encores! Endeavor PROMENADE VideoBWW TV: Check Out Highlights from the Latest Encores! Endeavor PROMENADE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2019

Next up in the Encores! Off-Center season is Promenade (July 10 & 11) as part of New York City Center's 75th Anniversary Season.

BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Encores! PROMENADE, with Bryonha Marie Parham, Bonnie M VideoBWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Encores! PROMENADE, with Bryonha Marie Parham, Bonnie Milligan & More!
by TV - Press Previews - Jul 3, 2019

Next up in the Encores! Off-Center season is Promenade (July 10 & 11) as part of New York City Center's 75th Anniversary Season. The cast is in rehearsals and gave us a special sneak peek! Go behind the scenes with the whole company below!

BWW TV: What Is Encores! PROMENADE All About? We Put the Cast to the Test! VideoBWW TV: What Is Encores! PROMENADE All About? We Put the Cast to the Test!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 5, 2019

While the cast was in rehearsals, they stopped to play a little game that we like to call Synopsis Showdown! Watch as they find the words to tell us more about the almost forgotten musical!

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sessions Says Goodbye to AVENUE Q VideoBWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sessions Says Goodbye to AVENUE Q
by Ben Cameron - Jun 18, 2019

Broadway Sessions bid farewell to Avenue Q recently. Current cast members as well as Q alumni joined together to celebrate the Tony winning musicals 16 year run in NYC. And yes, there was plenty of puppet action! Enjoy these highlights featuring Rick Lyon, Jennifer Barnhart, Ben Durocher, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Maggie Lakis, Erin Quill, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Sharon Wheatley, Joshua Holden, Imari Hardon, Jed Resnick as well as our Rising Star Cassandra Giovinne.

BWW TV Special: Tony Winners Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey Light Up the Stage for CHICAGO's Record-Breaking 7,486 Performances
by Robert Diamond - Nov 25, 2014

Check out footage from the special performance and interviews with the stars below!

STAGE TUBE: Annaleigh Ashford, John Tartaglia & More Perform at BORN FOR BROADWAY 2013
by Stage Tube - Oct 6, 2013

BORN FOR BROADWAY 2013, the fourth annual celebrity cabaret, featuring Broadway and TV stars donating their time and talent to raise money for paralysis-based organizations, took place at 54 Below last Monday, Sept. 30. Below, check out highlights from the concert, including performances from Annaleigh Ashford, John Tartaglia, and Betsy Wolfe!

STAGE TUBE: Eden Espinosa, Jane Monheit and Christiane Noll Sing 'Always' Tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary
by Stage Tube - Dec 22, 2012

Broadway's Eden Espinosa, Jane Monheit, and Christiane Noll performed 'Always' by Scott Alan in a tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary and the people of Newtown, Connecticut, from the Broadway and New York theatre community. Click below to watch.

BWW Special Coverage: 4th of July Guide for the Patriotic Theatre Junkie - Videos, Event Schedules & More!
by BWW - Jul 4, 2012

A devout theater fan knows no holiday, and thankfully, many of Broadway's most beloved shows and performers nationwide don't either. So what's a theater enthusiast to do on this Independence Day? Check out a sampling of this year's most exciting 4th of July offerings and click below to revisit some of your favorites saluting our nation in song!


Carmen Ruby Floyd Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Carmen Ruby Floyd been in?
Carmen Ruby Floyd has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Carmen Ruby Floyd been in?
Carmen Ruby Floyd has not appeared in the West End