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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.

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Carmen Ruby Floyd STAGE CREDITS

Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Miss I

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

Mrs. Rose (Understudy) [Replacement]

Ernestina (Understudy) [Replacement]

Encores Concert Production, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2013

Broadway Revival, 2012
Mariah (Understudy)

Broadway Transfer, 2003
Gary Coleman [Replacement]

Gary Coleman (Understudy)


Original Broadway Production, 1997
Ensemble [Replacement]

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

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Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will welcome members of the original, Tony Award-winning company of the musical Avenue Q for a special edition of their lockdown roundtable series, Stars in the House.

Lillias White, NaTasha Yvette Williams And More Join JUKEBOX A Virtual Celebration Of Black Music Month

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company announces JUKEBOX a virtual musical celebration to honor Black music month.

Yazbeck & Della Penna's DEAD OUTLAW, LANGSTON IN HARLEM, and More to Play 54 Below in May

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and expand the art of the cabaret, honor the music of Broadway, and provide an unparalleled experience to diverse communities.

Major Attaway, Carmen Ruby Floyd & More to Star in SHUFFLE ALONG Celebration at 54 Below

54 BELOW has announced that Noble Sissle, Jr. will host the show celebrating his father’s work on May 22 at 7:00pm & 9:30pm.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of THE HARDER THEY COME At The Public Theater

Check out photos from opening night of The Harder They Come at the Public Theater!

MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY - THE MUSICAL Will Have First Private Industry Reading Next Week

Michael & Mardie LLC (Michael Garin and Mardie Millit) will present the FIRST private industry reading of MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY, an original musical inspired by the book of the same name by Edward Sorel, with book by Mardie Millit and music and lyrics by Michael Garin.

Photos: The New Lena Horne Theatre is Unveiled

Earlier this week, The Nederlander Organization unveiled the new Lena Horne Theatre in honor of the iconic entertainer and civil rights activist. This is the first Broadway theatre in history to be named for a Black woman. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the ceremony here!

Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet on Opening Night of TOPDOG/UNDERDOG

The Golden Theatre was the place to be last night as Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog officially opened on Broadway. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, it stars Emmy Award-winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Candyman) and Tony Award-nominee Corey Hawkins (In the Heights, The Tragedy of Macbeth). BroadwayWorld was there for the star-studded red carpet arrivals. Check out photos!

Long Wharf Theatre Announces Additional Details on Fall Programming Featuring JELLY'S LAST JAM & More

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

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

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

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!'

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

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.”


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 Artists

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-Tompkins and More

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.

VIDEO: BROADWAY SESSIONS Raises Funds For Black Lives Matter Tonight

Ben Cameron's Broadway Sessions continues to present a digital Black Lives Matter fundraising concert tonight.

Broadway Sessions Raises Funds For Social Justice Organizations Tonight

Ben Cameron's Broadway Sessions will continue to  present a digital Black Lives Matter fundraising concert on June 11th.

Broadway Catch Up: June 8 - Kelli O'Hara, LaChanze, Lindsay Mendez, Karen Olivo, and More!

While Broadway remains shut down, BroadwayWorld is keeping up with your favorite stars and giving you a peek at what they have been up to! Check out this weekend's highlights from some of your favorites, including Kelli O'Hara, LaChanze, Lindsay Mendez, Karen Olivo, and more!


Carmen Ruby Floyd has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Carmen Ruby Floyd has not appeared in the West End

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