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Jennifer Holliday

 
Birth Place:
Houston, TX, USA
Bio:
Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the hit musical “Dreamgirls” made her a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie Melody White, a role she co-created, earned her a Tony Award ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: October 19, 1960 (61)

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

Bio:
Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the hit musical “Dreamgirls” made her a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie Melody White, a role she co-created, earned her a Tony Award ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Shug Avery [Replacement]
  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Featured Performer
  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Teen Angel [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1985
Mahalia Jackson
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1983
Effie Melody White
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Effie Melody White
Effie Melody White [Replacement]
Effie Melody White

Photos

Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, Lana Gordon Photo

Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, Lana Gordon

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Date:
06/14/2022
Jennifer Holliday, Lana Gordon Photo

Jennifer Holliday, Lana Gordon

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Date:
06/14/2022
Jennifer Holliday  Photo

Jennifer Holliday

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Date:
09/26/2021

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Shug Avery [Replacement]

  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Featured Performer

  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer

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

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Teen Angel [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1985
Mahalia Jackson

  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1983
Effie Melody White

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Effie Melody White

Effie Melody White [Replacement]

Effie Melody White

Jennifer Holliday Biography

Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the hit musical “Dreamgirls” made her a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie Melody White, a role she co-created, earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Performance.

Holliday has also been seen on Broadway in the musicals “Your Arms Too Short to Box With God,” “Grease” as Teen Angel, “Chicago” as Matron “Mama” Morton and, most recently, as Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of “The Color Purple.”

A recording artist with seven studio albums to her name, Holliday earned a second Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Inspirational Performance, Gospel. In July, fans saw the power of her spiritual performance when she sang the hymn “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last” and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” to honor late Congressman John Lewis at his funeral service.

Jennifer Holliday Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls
 
Theatre World Awards - 1982 - Performance Gold Star
Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Jennifer Holliday , Dreamgirls
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Jennifer Yvette Holliday, Your Arms Too Short to Box With God

Jennifer Holliday News

Photos: First Look at Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, and Lana Gordon in CHICAGO Photo Photos: First Look at Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, and Lana Gordon in CHICAGO
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

All new production photos have been released of Jennifer Holliday as “Matron Mama Morton” and Emma Pittman as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago, Broadway’s longest running American musical, now celebrating it’s 25th year on Broadway.

Kolstein Center Announces June and July Performances at Essex House Photo Kolstein Center Announces June and July Performances at Essex House
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

In response to Covid to provide some money to NYC’s many out-of-work or underemployed string musicians, Manny Alvarez launched a “Kolstein Performance Showcase” in collaboration with the Essex House on Central Park South/7th.  There is an ongoing schedule every Friday evening from 7-8 PM.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale:  Best Friends Become Two Unlikely (or Maybe Perfectly Ma Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Best Friends Become Two Unlikely (or Maybe Perfectly Matched) Lovers (or Maybe Not) in Reality-Based Musical Straight Forward
by Michael Dale - Jun 12, 2022

Billy Aberle and Chris Sabol's Straight Forward is an original musical inspired by an article by Mike Iamele that went viral on social media in 2014, explaining how he began developing romantic and sexual feelings for his male best friend Garrett Lech, despite them both identifying as straight.

Norm Lewis and Joshua Henry to be Honored at Broadway Advocacy Coalition's BROADWAY V Photo Norm Lewis and Joshua Henry to be Honored at Broadway Advocacy Coalition's BROADWAY VS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 1, 2022

Inspired by the cultural phenomenon Verzuz, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition has announced the second year of its beloved fundraising event BROADWAY VS. 

Shubert New Haven Announces Norm Lewis as Featured Performer for 2022 Gala Photo Shubert New Haven Announces Norm Lewis as Featured Performer for 2022 Gala
by Marissa Tomeo - May 28, 2022

Shubert New Haven announces that Broadway’s NORM LEWIS will be the featured performer for the Shubert Theatre’s 2022 Gala on June 8. Chita Rivera – who was originally scheduled to headline the Gala – has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform. Tickets for the Gala are available through the Shubert’s Development Department at 203-773-4339. Concert only tickets are available online at shubert.com, and at the Shubert Box Office by phone at 203.562.5666 or visiting Monday–Friday Noon–6:00pm.

Jennifer Holliday & Loretta Devine to Talk DREAMGIRLS on FRIDAY NIGHT VIBES Photo Jennifer Holliday & Loretta Devine to Talk DREAMGIRLS on FRIDAY NIGHT VIBES
by Michael Major - May 26, 2022

This week Jennifer Holliday and Loretta Devine will sit down on Friday Night Vibes to discuss their experience working on 'Dreamgirls' with Tiffany Haddish and co-host Deon Cole. Additionally, super fan Diimond Meeks will perform 'And I Am Telling You' on the episode. Holliday and Devine starred in the original Broadway production of the musical.

Tony-Winner Jennifer Holliday Stops By THE ROUNDTABLE WITH ROBERT BANNON Photo Tony-Winner Jennifer Holliday Stops By THE ROUNDTABLE WITH ROBERT BANNON
by A.A. Cristi - May 10, 2022

Tony/Grammy Winning Superstar Jennifer Holliday joins 'The Roundtable with Robert Bannon' Thursday May 12th at 7pm EST on 'The Roundtable' YouTube Channel. Holliday, famous for her portrayal of Effie in 'Dreamgirls' recently released a brand new single 'So In Love' now streaming on all streaming platforms.

Jennifer Holliday Will Join the Cast of CHICAGO  Beginning Next Month Photo Jennifer Holliday Will Join the Cast of CHICAGO Beginning Next Month
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2022

The Broadway company of Chicago will welcome Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday back to Broadway in the role of “Matron Mama Morton” beginning Thursday, June 9, 2022. Find out how long Holliday will be in the show and how to get tickets.

Betsy Wolfe, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & More at The Green Room 42 in May Photo Betsy Wolfe, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & More at The Green Room 42 in May
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

The Green Room 42 has announced their May line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.

DREAMGIRLS, SUNSET BOULEVARD & More Announced for North Carolina Theatre 2022-23 Seas Photo DREAMGIRLS, SUNSET BOULEVARD & More Announced for North Carolina Theatre 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre, has announced their 2022-23 season sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield on stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh!

Jennifer Holliday Videos

DREAMGIRLS, SUNSET BOULEVARD & More Announced for North Carolina Theatre 2022-23 Seas VideoDREAMGIRLS, SUNSET BOULEVARD & More Announced for North Carolina Theatre 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre, has announced their 2022-23 season sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield on stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh!

VIDEO: Watch Ramin Karimloo Sing 'Welcome to My World' from Burt Bacharach and Steven VideoVIDEO: Watch Ramin Karimloo Sing 'Welcome to My World' from Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's SOME LOVERS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 26, 2021

Earlier this month, Broadway Records released the world premiere concept recording of SOME LOVERS - a concept recording written by six-time Grammy and three-time Academy Award Winner Burt Bacharach (Promises, Promises; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Grammy, two-time Tony, and Olivier Award Winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening, Alice By Heart). 

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello At The Ke VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello At The Kennedy Center
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2021

Hailed as a “modern dance savior” by the New York Times, Ronald K. Brown returns to fuse the form, rhythm, and history of African dance with contemporary and urban dance styles. In Mercy, a Kennedy Center co-commission (the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Carolina Performing Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, and The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New York), Brown finds an ideal collaborator in visionary vocalist, composer, and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.

VIDEO: Norm Lewis Performs 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' as Part of LOVE FROM LINCOLN C VideoVIDEO: Norm Lewis Performs 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' as Part of LOVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2020

Norm Lewis performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson as part of Lincoln Center's Love From Lincoln Center.

VIDEO: Watch Jennifer Holliday Perform Tribute to Late Congressman John Lewis VideoVIDEO: Watch Jennifer Holliday Perform Tribute to Late Congressman John Lewis
by Stage Tube - Jul 30, 2020

Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday was in attendance at the national funeral of Congressman John Robert Lewis, which was held today at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch she performs a powerful tribute to the American icon- 'Only What You Do For Christ Will Last' by Raymond Rasberry. 

VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Discusses Her Tony Nomination for THE COLOR PURPLE on LIVE WIT VideoVIDEO: Danielle Brooks Discusses Her Tony Nomination for THE COLOR PURPLE on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN
by Stage Tube - Aug 20, 2018

Danielle Brooks talks about performing in 'The Color Purple' on Broadway while filming 'Orange is the New Black' at the same time.

VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for DREAMGIRLS VideoVIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2018

A dazzling new trailer for the multi award-winning West End production Dreamgirls has been released today. Watch the full trailer below! Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, this critically acclaimed musical is now booking at the Savoy Theatre in London through to 22nd September 2018.

VIDEO: Watch Marisha Wallace and London's DREAMGIRLS Perform LIVE VideoVIDEO: Watch Marisha Wallace and London's DREAMGIRLS Perform LIVE
by Julie Musbach - Jan 25, 2018

The cast of London's DREAMGIRLS lit up the stage at Theatre Lounge Live, check out the amazing video below!

VIDEO: Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Costumes of DREAMGIRLS VideoVIDEO: Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Costumes of DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - Jan 2, 2018

Go behind the scenes at London's most fabulous show, Dreamgirls, to find out how the stunning costumes help to tell the story. Check out the video here!

VIDEO: Watch Mandy Gonzalez and Brandon Victor Dixon Take on BRIDGES at Miscast!
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2017

MCC Theater celebrated three decades as one of NYC's leading Off-Broadway theater companies at its annual Miscast gala last week, April 3 atHammerstein Ballroom in NYC. An annual highlight of the spring season, Miscast welcomed special guests-and friends of MCC-such as MCC board member and Emmy winner Julianna Margulies plus stars of stage and screen including Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges, Piper Perabo, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Justice Smith, Sebastian Arcelus, Michael Greif, Ana Villafane and many more.


Jennifer Holliday Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jennifer Holliday been in?
Jennifer Holliday has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Jennifer Holliday been in?
Jennifer Holliday has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Jennifer Holliday been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Dreamgirls , Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Dreamgirls Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Your Arms Too Short to Box With God .

What awards has Jennifer Holliday won?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Dreamgirls Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Dreamgirlsand Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls.