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Dee Dee Bridgewater

 

Birth Place: Memphis, TN, USA

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Little Shubert Theatre Revival, 2013
Billie Holiday
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1982
Featured Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Geneva Lee Browne
Geneva Lee Browne
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Glinda
Glinda
Aunt Em (Understudy) [Replacement]
Aunt Em (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1935
Lady of the Ensemble

Dee Dee Bridgewater Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lady Day
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Dee Dee Bridgewater , The Wiz

Dee Dee Bridgewater News

Grammy-Nominated Malian Artist Fatoumata Diawara's New Album 'London Ko' Photo Grammy-Nominated Malian Artist Fatoumata Diawara's New Album 'London Ko'
by Michael Major - Mar 23, 2023

With the new album, Diawara continues to reinvent traditional African music, combining her Mandinka roots with afrobeat, jazz, pop, electronic and hip hop influences. That synthesis is reflected even in the album’s title, combining the names of the Western metropolis of London with that of the Malian capital of Bamako.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Springs Into Jazz Programming On Both Stages Photo Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Springs Into Jazz Programming On Both Stages
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 17, 2023

Jazz music will be blooming this spring on both stages at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. The Chester County performing arts venue is set to welcome multiple artists to its two intimate settings, hosted by Sara Michaels and the Jazz Cocktail Hour Series.

Brian Jordan Jr. Will Helm THE WIZ at True Colors Theatre Photo Brian Jordan Jr. Will Helm THE WIZ at True Colors Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2023

Brian Jordan Jr., who stars as Maurice Web on the hit BET series 'Sistas,‚ÄĚ will direct and choreograph a brand new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, The Wiz at True Colors Theatre Company (915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331).

The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Comes To The Bushnell, April 6 Photo The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Comes To The Bushnell, April 6
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 6, 2023

The Bushnell has announced the one-night-only performance by a sextet of Jazz music's brightest stars, Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour.

Opera Parallèle To Present Benefit Event A NIGHT AT THE OVERLOOK HOTEL Photo Opera Parallèle To Present Benefit Event A NIGHT AT THE OVERLOOK HOTEL
by Stephi Wild - Mar 1, 2023

Inspired by the company's upcoming presentation of Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell's opera, The Shining, based on Stephen King's novel, Opera Parall√®le will host a benefit evening, A Night at The Overlook Hotel ‚Ķ No Work ‚Äď All Play, Wednesday, April 26 at the historic Lodge at the Regency Center, 1300 Van Ness Avenue.

George Abud and Katrina Lenk, James Carter, and More to Play Birdland This Month Photo George Abud and Katrina Lenk, James Carter, and More to Play Birdland This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Feb 25, 2023

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater has announced the jazz programming running February 28 through March 12. 

Jane Monheit, Amanda Green & Friends, and More to Play Birdland This Month Photo Jane Monheit, Amanda Green & Friends, and More to Play Birdland This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Feb 18, 2023

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater has announced jazz programming running February 21 through March 5. Performers appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include Jane Monheit, Earl McIntyre's Tribute!, Amanda Green & Friends, James Carter 'Lookin at the Lock' Music of Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band.

Vocalist Tammy McCann to Release 'Do I Move You?' Photo Vocalist Tammy McCann to Release 'Do I Move You?'
by Michael Major - Feb 9, 2023

Co-produced by Grammy winning bassist/bandleader John Clayton, who worked with McCann when she performed at the Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles in 2021, and longtime collaborator guitarist Fareed Haque, McCann’s Do I Move You? was created at the end of the COVID-19 quarantine period.

Designers Behind BLACK PANTHER and More Join THE WIZ; Full Design Team Announced! Photo Designers Behind BLACK PANTHER and More Join THE WIZ; Full Design Team Announced!
by Stephi Wild - Jan 31, 2023

The design team has been announced for the all-new production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz. The Wiz will launch a national tour in Fall of 2023 in Baltimore, MD before returning to Broadway for a limited engagement in the 2023/24 season. Learn more about the team and the production here!

Julie Benko, Amanda Green & More to Perform at Birdland in February Photo Julie Benko, Amanda Green & More to Perform at Birdland in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 26, 2023

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this February with a full slate of nightly performances! See Julie Benko, Amanda Green, and many more.

Dee Dee Bridgewater Videos

Video: THE WIZ Celebrates 48th Anniversary- Watch Original Stars Reunite! Videoplay
Video: THE WIZ Celebrates 48th Anniversary- Watch Original Stars Reunite!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 5, 2023

BroadwayWorld is celebrating 48 years of The Wiz with a very special flashback to BroadwayWorld's 2014 concert, BWW Visits Oz, at which stars of the original production reunited onstage at Joe's Pub. Watch below as André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ken Page and special guest Olivia Elease Hardy (Kimberly Akimbo) perform songs from the show!

Celebrating Black History Month: Encores! Eases On Down the Road with THE WIZ in 2009 Videoplay
Celebrating Black History Month: Encores! Eases On Down the Road with THE WIZ in 2009

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 14, 2021

Today we're celebrating Black History Month by taking a closer look at the 2009 Encores! production of The Wiz, which starred James Monroe Iglehart, Joshua Henry, LaChanze, Ashanti and more. Watch as we take you inside rehearsals with the cast!

VIDEO: On This Day, May 27- Happy Birthday, Dee Dee Bridgewater! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, May 27- Happy Birthday, Dee Dee Bridgewater!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 27, 2020

On this day, we're wishing a very Happy Birthday to Tony winner Dee Dee Bridgewater!

BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault- Dee Dee Bridgewater Sings a Classic from THE WIZ Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault- Dee Dee Bridgewater Sings a Classic from THE WIZ!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 1, 2020

In 2014, BroadwayWorld gathered a slew of stars to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in BroadwayWorld Visits Oz, a special concert event at Joe's Pub benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Below, watch as original star of The Wiz Dee Dee Bridgewater sings 'Believe In Yourself.'

BWW TV Exclusive: Happy Birthday Michael Urie! BWW Visits Oz Performance!
by Robert Diamond - Aug 9, 2015

On Monday night, January 20, 2014 BroadwayWorld.com kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a benefit for BC/EFA entitled BroadwayWorld.com Visits Oz. In celebration of Michael Urie's birthday, we bring you a special clip of his performance. A longtime friend to BroadwayWorld.com, during his sold-out run of BUYER & CELLAR, he made time to come to JOE'S PUB to be part of our 10th Anniversary. At the event, he performed a special piece, written by BUYER & CELLAR Playwright's Jonathan Tolins, entitled MY PASSION FOR OZ.

VIDEO: Dee Dee Bridgewater Records 'House of the Rising Sun' for New Album
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

DEE DEE'S FEATHERS, a journey through the history of New Orleans as told through song and the collaboration of Tony winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), is set for release August 11th, 2015, via OKeh/Sony Music/DDB Records. Click below to watch THE WIZ original cast member record the folk song 'House of the Rising Sun' for the new album!

TV Exclusive: BroadwayWorld Celebrates THE WIZ with Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields, Ken Page & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 31, 2015

Broadway is abuzz with news about NBC's upcoming presentation of The Wiz, with Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and original Dorothy Stephanie Mills all having just signed on to star. They aren't the only ones with love for The Wiz though. On Monday night, January 20, 2014 BroadwayWorld.com kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a benefit for BC/EFA entitled BroadwayWorld.com Visits Oz. In celebration of this week's big news, we bring you our own concert highlights of The Wiz, including performances of 'So You Wanted to See the Wizard?,' 'Be A Lion,' 'Home,' 'If You Believe,' and of course, 'Ease on Down the Road.'

BWW TV: Audra McDonald is Billie Holliday! Meet the Company of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 18, 2014

Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to the stage as legendary songstress Billie Hollidayin a revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The show will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13 for a limited 10-week run. Performances will begin on March 25. The company just met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard RIdge was there to chat with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say below!

STAGE TUBE: Dee Dee Bridgewater Speaks Out for Reproductive Rights!
by Stage Tube - Feb 6, 2014

Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a new PSA featuring Tony and multiple Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater as part of a new video series following the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic US Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

BWW TV: Dee Dee Bridgewater Talks LADY DAY on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 10, 2013

The new Billie Holiday musical Lady Day starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, opened last week at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical makes its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du GymnaseMarie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier 'Best Actress in a Musical' Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there on opening night to chat with Bridgewater about the show, and you can check out what she had to say below!


Dee Dee Bridgewater Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Dee Dee Bridgewater been in?
Dee Dee Bridgewater has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Dee Dee Bridgewater been in?
Dee Dee Bridgewater has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Dee Dee Bridgewater been nominated for?
Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Lady Day and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Wiz .

What awards has Dee Dee Bridgewater won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Wiz.


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