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Joaquina Kalukango

 
Bio:
Joaquina Kalukango received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance as Kaneisha in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play. For that production, she also received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Joaquina Kalukango received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance as Kaneisha in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play. For that production, she also received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2022
Nelly Freeman
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere, 2021
Zainab
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Kaneisha
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Production, 2017
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Nettie
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2015
Kate
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Ensemble
  [Off-Broadway]
The Public Theater Production, 0
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Production, 2012
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2011
Performer (Understudy)

Joaquina Kalukango Biography

Joaquina Kalukango received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance as Kaneisha in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play. For that production, she also received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and Broadway.com listed her as one of the top five performers (male or female) of the year. Joaquina is a 2021 SAG Award nominee for Cast in a Motion Picture for her role as Betty X opposite Kingsley Ben-Adir in Regina King‚Äôs directorial debut, ‚ÄúOne Night in Miami.‚ÄĚ Additionally, she recently recurred on the HBO series, ‚ÄúLovecraft Country.‚ÄĚ Other TV credits include Ava DuVernay‚Äôs Netflix series, ‚ÄúWhen They See Us,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúRobin Roberts Presents: Mahalia,‚ÄĚ directed by Kenny Leon. Recent Broadway credits include: The Color Purple, Holler If Ya Hear Me and Godspell.

Joaquina Kalukango Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Distinguished Performance Awards
Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Joaquina Kalukango, Slave Play
 
Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Joaquina Kalukango, Slave Play
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play Gold Star
Joaquina KalukangoThe Mountaintop
 
- 2012 - Theatre Finalists
Joaquina Kalukango
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Joaquina Kalukango, The Hurt Village
 
Theatre World Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Debut Performance Gold Star
Joaquina Kalukango, Hurt Village

Joaquina Kalukango News

Judge Rules in Favor of SDC; PARADISE SQUARE Owes Over $140K for Unpaid Fees Photo Judge Rules in Favor of SDC; PARADISE SQUARE Owes Over $140K for Unpaid Fees
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 28, 2022

A District Court judge ruled in favor of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and that Paradise Square Broadway owes the petitioner over $140K, in addition to over $9K in attorneys fees and other costs. 

Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert Is Back Live And In-Person At The Performing Arts C Photo Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert Is Back Live And In-Person At The Performing Arts Center
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2022

The annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert is back live and in-person this year at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Two shows will be presented on Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m.

Wake Up With BWW 11/18: Joaquina Kalukango in INTO THE WOODS, FUNNY GIRL Cast Recordi Photo Wake Up With BWW 11/18: Joaquina Kalukango in INTO THE WOODS, FUNNY GIRL Cast Recording, and More!
by - Nov 18, 2022

Top stories include: the cast recording for Funny Girl is released today, and Joaquina Kalukango will play The Witch in Into The Woods! Plus, read the reviews for & Juliet which officially opened last night on Broadway!

Joaquina Kalukango Will Play The Witch in INTO THE WOODS Beginning Next Month Photo Joaquina Kalukango Will Play The Witch in INTO THE WOODS Beginning Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2022

2022 Tony Award winner¬†Joaquina Kalukango¬†will join the cast of the New York City Center Encores! production of¬†James Lapine¬†and Stephen Sondheim‚Äôs revival of¬†Into the Woods¬†as ‚ÄėThe Witch‚Äô beginning Friday, December 16th¬†through the end of the run at the St. James Theatre.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 With MOULIN ROUGE!, FUNNY GIRL, a Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 With MOULIN ROUGE!, FUNNY GIRL, and More
by Stephi Wild - Nov 9, 2022

At This Performance…  will return to The Green Room 42 featuring standbys, understudies, and alternates From Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Almost Famous; Hadestown; Funny Girl; Aladdin; and Paradise Square.  

Producer Garth Drabinsky Sues Actors' Equity for $50M for Defamation Photo Producer Garth Drabinsky Sues Actors' Equity for $50M for Defamation
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 20, 2022

Attorneys representing producer Garth Drabinsky filed suit against Actors’ Equity Association for defamation. Actors' Equity had placed the Paradise Square producer on the company's Do Not Work list due to 'outstanding payments and benefits, and a continued pattern of abuse and neglect that created an unsafe and toxic work environment.'

Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night Photo Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 15, 2022

The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, where The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the arrivals and you can check out photos of Patti LuPone, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more on the red carpet below!

Review: THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL is an Exquisite Masterpiece at Stageworks Theat Photo Review: THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL is an Exquisite Masterpiece at Stageworks Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Sep 10, 2022

From the moment the lights descended on the stage at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Unit 151 otherwise known as Stageworks Theatre, the opening night audience sat with bated breath as we awaited the opening notes of The Color Purple: The Musical Adaptation with book by Marsha Norman and music/lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald & More to Perform at Black Theatre Unite Photo Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald & More to Perform at Black Theatre United Inaugural Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2022

Black Theatre United's inaugural gala, ‚ÄúA Night to Remember,‚ÄĚ will take place on Monday, October 3 at The Rooftop at Pier 17. The evening will begin with a concert featuring performances by America‚Äôs most sought-after Black Broadway and theater talent.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 2, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from INTO THE WOODS; DEAR EVAN HANSEN; PARADISE SQUARE; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; ROCK OF AGES and THE BEDWETTER.

Joaquina Kalukango Videos

Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recordi Videoplay
Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recording

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

You can now listen to ‚ÄúLet It Burn,‚ÄĚ from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording of Paradise Square, sung by the show‚Äôs remarkable Tony Award winning star, Joaquina Kalukango.

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Her PARADISE SQUARE Tony Awards Performance on TO Videoplay
VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Her PARADISE SQUARE Tony Awards Performance on TODAY

by Michael Major - Jun 22, 2022

Joaquina Kalukango sat down with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss her acclaimed Tony Awards performance for Paradise Square. Kalukango also opened up about how her character of Nelly O'Brien in Paradise Square has helped her through an uncertain period in her life. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Watch Joaquina Kalukango Make First Entrance Since Tony Win Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Joaquina Kalukango Make First Entrance Since Tony Win

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 15, 2022

On Tony night, promptly after giving a dazzling performance onstage at Radio City Music Hall, Joaquina Kalukango took home the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for PARADISE SQUARE. Now watch as she takes the stage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for the first time since her epic win!

VIDEO: Backstage with the 2022 Tony Awards Winners! Videoplay
VIDEO: Backstage with the 2022 Tony Awards Winners!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 14, 2022

Another Tonys has come and gone! The American Theatre Wing's 75th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, aired live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night. We have interviews with the winners- including Matt Doyle, Marianne Elliott, Michael R. Jackson, Barbara Whitman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Myles Frost, Phylicia Rashad, Joaquina Kalukango, and Deirdre O'Connell.

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Opens Up About Embracing the Power of PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Opens Up About Embracing the Power of PARADISE SQUARE

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 7, 2022

Immediately following a nomination for her work in Slave Play, Joaquina Kalukango is a Tony nominee once again- this time, for her standing ovation-earning performance in Paradise Sqaure. 

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: PARADISE SQUARE's Joaquina Kalukango Videoplay
Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: PARADISE SQUARE's Joaquina Kalukango

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 1, 2022

 The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun! On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway's biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Joaquina Kalukango!

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQ Videoplay
VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQUARE Post-Show Speech

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2022

Paradise Square officially resumed performances last night, April 19, after briefly going dark due to COVID cases within the cast. Joaquina Kalukango gave a speech after last night's performance, where she talked about being grateful to be back on stage.

VIDEO: On the Opening Night Red Carpet For PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: On the Opening Night Red Carpet For PARADISE SQUARE

by Red Carpet - Apr 4, 2022

Paradise Square opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last night, Sunday, April 3rd. BroadwayWorld was there on the red carpet, where our own Richard Ridge chatted with attendees.

VIDEO: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Gives Pre-Show Speech at PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Gives Pre-Show Speech at PARADISE SQUARE

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 4, 2022

Paradise Square opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last night, Sunday, April 3rd. Prior to the curtain rising, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made opening remarks onstage.

VIDEO: Watch the Opening Night Curtain Call at PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Opening Night Curtain Call at PARADISE SQUARE

by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 3, 2022

Broadway's Paradise Square opened tonight, Sunday, April 3rd, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.


Joaquina Kalukango Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Joaquina Kalukango been in?
Joaquina Kalukango has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Joaquina Kalukango been in?
Joaquina Kalukango has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Joaquina Kalukango been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Paradise Square , Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for Paradise Square , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Paradise Square , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Paradise Square , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Slave Play , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Slave Play , Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Mountaintop , Theatre Finalists () for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Hurt Village and Outstanding Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Hurt Village .

What awards has Joaquina Kalukango won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Paradise Square, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Slave Play Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Mountaintopand Outstanding Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Hurt Village.