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LaChanze's Her first summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of Uptown... It's Hot! at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show opened on Broadway in January 1986, where LaChanze began her professional career in the theater. LaChanze played the role of "Ti Moune" in the ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
2021
Wiletta
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Fezziwig
  [Off-Broadway]
Atlantic Theatre Company Off-Broadway World Premiere, 2019
August
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2018
Donna Summer
Mary Gaines
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, 2017
Diva Donna
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
Petunia Jackson
  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2015
Kate
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Kate
  [Off-Broadway]
2009
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Celie
Celie
  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Celie
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Dessa Rose
Dessa Rose
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2004
Pam
  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Performer
  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Performer
  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Performer
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice
Fanny Brice
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 2002
Ti Moune
Ti Moune
  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Viveca
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2000
Viveca
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Sarah [Replacement]
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1996
Performer
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 1995
Marta
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1995
Chloe
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1990
Ti Moune
Ti Moune
  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Ti Moune
  [New York]
Reading, 1999
Performer
  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1997
Performer


LaChanze TV Shows

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
 
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President Rosa Freeman, Amber, Ms. Pivik
The Cosby Show
 
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Sylvia
The Good Fight
 
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Julius's Wife

LaChanze Biography

LaChanze's Her first summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of Uptown... It's Hot! at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show opened on Broadway in January 1986, where LaChanze began her professional career in the theater.

LaChanze played the role of "Ti Moune" in the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical Once on This Island in 1990 and received nominations for the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She was a replacement "Sarah" in the Ahrens and Flaherty and Terrence McNally Broadway musical Ragtime, starting in December 1998. She played the role of "Viveca" in the Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway production of the musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, which opened in June 2000. She received a Drama Desk nomination, Actress (Musical), for her performance. LaChanze participated in an Actors Fund of America benefit concert of Funny Girl, with many performers portraying the character of "Fanny Brice", in September 2002.

In 2005 she played a runaway slave in the Ahrens and Flaherty musical Dessa Rose. The musical opened Off-Broadway at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in March 2005. LaChanze received an Obie Award for Performance for Dessa Rose. LaChanze appeared as "Celie" in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, from its opening in 2005 to November 2006. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for this performance.

In September 2008 she participated in the Boston Pops concert, Handel's Messiah Rocks at Emerson College. The performance was filmed by Public Broadcasting Service. She was in the Off-Broadway production of Inked Baby, written by Christina Anderson, which opened in March 2009 at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater. In June and July 2009, she played the role of "Glinda" in the City Center Encores! staged Summer Stars concert production of The Wiz.

She published her first picture book, Little Diva, in 2010. She was in the Broadway production of If/Then in 2014, starring as Kate. In 2018, she was in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway, playing Diva Donna/Mary Gaines. She is currently in A Christmas Carol on Broadway, starring as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

LaChanze Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Distinguished Performance Awards
LaChanze, Trouble in Mind
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
LaChanze, Trouble in Mind
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
LaChanze, Trouble in Mind
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
LaChanze, Summer
 
Drama League Awards - 2018 - Distinguished Performance Award
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2014 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
LaChanze, If/Then
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
La Chanze, The Color Purple
 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
LaChanze, The Color Purple
 
Obie Awards - 2005 - Performance Gold Star
LaChanze, Dessa Rose
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
La Chanze, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
 
Theatre World Awards - 1991 - Performance Gold Star
LaChanze, Once on This Island
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
LaChanze , Once on this Island

LaChanze News

Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of LIFE OF PI Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of LIFE OF PI
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 31, 2023

Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi opened last night, Thursday, March 30, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Check out photos from the opening night red carpet!

LaChanze to Moderate Post-Show Conversation at FAT HAM With National Black Theatre Photo LaChanze to Moderate Post-Show Conversation at FAT HAM With National Black Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2023

Fat Ham's producer National Black Theatre will host a special evening performance on Friday, March 31 at 8pm at the American Airlines Theatre. See how to purchase tickets to Fat Ham on Broadway!

LaChanze Joins Lineup of WALL TO WALL WOMEN OF SOUL at Symphony Space Photo LaChanze Joins Lineup of WALL TO WALL WOMEN OF SOUL at Symphony Space
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 23, 2023

Tony- and Emmy-winning actress, singer, and dancer LaChanze has joined the lineup of Wall to Wall Women of Soul at Symphony Space.

Santino Fontana & Judy Kuhn to Star in I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE at Classic Stag Photo Santino Fontana & Judy Kuhn to Star in I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE at Classic Stage Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2023

Classic Stage Company has announced complete programming for their 2023-2024 Season. See what shows are in the lineup, who is starring, how to purchase tickets, and more!

Rachel Zegler, Jordan E. Cooper, Dylan Mulvaney & More Join Lineup for MCC Theater's  Photo Rachel Zegler, Jordan E. Cooper, Dylan Mulvaney & More Join Lineup for MCC Theater's MISCAST23
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 20, 2023

MCC Theater has announced additional performers for Miscast23, which will take place on Monday April 3 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. See who is starring!

Photos: Stars Arrive on the Red Carpet at Opening Night of PARADE Photo Photos: Stars Arrive on the Red Carpet at Opening Night of PARADE
by Bruce Glikas - Mar 18, 2023

Parade is back on Broadway! The revival, starring Tony Award winner Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, directed by two-time Tony nominee Michael Arden, opened last night, March 16, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out our photos of attendees Sara Bareilles, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jeremy Jordan, Rachel Zegler, and more as they walk the red carpet here!

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company to Present Expanded Talkback Series Photo J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company to Present Expanded Talkback Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 13, 2023

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company has announced an expanded lineup of special post-show accompaniments, or lagniappes, for the organization’s 2023 season at Theatre Row.

COMPANY, TAKE ME OUT, and More Among Theatre Winners at the 38th Annual Artios Awards Photo COMPANY, TAKE ME OUT, and More Among Theatre Winners at the 38th Annual Artios Awards
by Stephi Wild - Mar 10, 2023

Casting Society (CSA) honored excellence in casting across feature films, television and theatre at the 38th Annual Artios Awards held on Thursday, March 9, with ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Photos: Go Inside the 2023 Roundabout Gala with Sutton Foster & More Photo Photos: Go Inside the 2023 Roundabout Gala with Sutton Foster & More
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 7, 2023

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company celebrated its 2023 Gala, which featured a very special performance from two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Check out photos from inside the big night!

Photos: Stars Gather to Honor Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Scott Ellis, a Photo Photos: Stars Gather to Honor Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Scott Ellis, and Black Theatre United at Roundabout Gala
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 7, 2023

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company celebrated its 2023 Gala honoring Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Scott Ellis, and Black Theatre United. Check out photos from the red carpet!

LaChanze Videos

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: TROUBLE IN MIND's LaChanze Videoplay
Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: TROUBLE IN MIND's LaChanze

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 8, 2022

Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on LaChanze! 'Knowing that I was able to be a part of this play in this time is one of the most proud moments in my entire theatrical career,' she explained about the play.

DREAMGIRLS, SUNSET BOULEVARD & More Announced for North Carolina Theatre 2022-23 Seas Videoplay
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!

VIDEO: Stars Unite to Celebrate 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center Videoplay
VIDEO: Stars Unite to Celebrate 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Feb 11, 2022

Tonight's the night! Broadway stars align at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this weekend as they come together for two performances only (February 11 and 12) of 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center.

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of TROUBLE IN MIND on Broadway! Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of TROUBLE IN MIND on Broadway!

by Team BWW - Nov 19, 2021

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway premiere of Trouble in Mind opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the big night!

VIDEO: First Look at LaChanze, Chuck Cooper & More in TROUBLE IN MIND Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at LaChanze, Chuck Cooper & More in TROUBLE IN MIND

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 17, 2021

Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the Broadway premiere of Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and starring Tony & Emmy Award winner LaChanze.

VIDEO: See Interviews With LaChanze, Michael Zegen, Jessica Frances Dukes & More on T Videoplay
VIDEO: See Interviews With LaChanze, Michael Zegen, Jessica Frances Dukes & More on TROUBLE IN MIND

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 29, 2021

Check out interviews from the cast of Trouble in Mind, including LaChanze as ‚ÄúWiletta Mayer,‚ÄĚ Michael Zegen as ‚ÄúAl Manners,‚ÄĚ Chuck Cooper as ‚ÄúSheldon Forrester,‚ÄĚ Danielle Campbell as ‚ÄúJudy Sears,‚ÄĚ Jessica Frances Dukes as ‚ÄúMillie Davis,‚ÄĚ Brandon Micheal Hall as ‚ÄúJohn Nevins,‚ÄĚ and more.

VIDEO: LaChanze & the Company of TROUBLE IN MIND Get Ready for Broadway Videoplay
VIDEO: LaChanze & the Company of TROUBLE IN MIND Get Ready for Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 24, 2021

Roundabout Theatre Company will soon present the Broadway premiere of Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Watch as the company gets ready to bring the show to Broadway!

VIDEO: Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Perform Billy Jo Videoplay
VIDEO: Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Perform Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind'

by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2021

The performers were shot and recorded in all 5 Boroughs in locations such as Birdland, the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, La Casita de Chema, Maimonides Park, NYU, Open Jar Studios, Red Hook Winery, Russ & Daughters, Steinway & Sons Factory, Tom’s Restaurant, and the Wonder Wheel among many others.

VIDEO: LaChanze, Vanessa Williams & More Talk Diversity in Theatre for the Shubert Ad Videoplay
VIDEO: LaChanze, Vanessa Williams & More Talk Diversity in Theatre for the Shubert Advocacy Series

by Stage Tube - Mar 29, 2021

LaChanze and Vanessa Williams from Black Theatre United, Victor Vazquez from X Casting NYC, and Brandon Michael Nase and Tiana Okoye from Broadway for Racial Justice sat down for an open and honest conversation about the changes that need to happen to make our industry more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

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!


LaChanze Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has LaChanze been in?
LaChanze has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

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

What awards has LaChanze been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for Trouble in Mind , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Trouble in Mind , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Trouble in Mind , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Secret Life of Bees , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Secret Life of Bees , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Summer , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical , Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for If/Then , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Color Purple , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple , Performance (Obie Awards) for Dessa Rose , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Once on This Island and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Once on this Island .

What awards has LaChanze won?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Secret Life of Bees, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for If/Then, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple, Performance (Obie Awards) for Dessa Rose Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skinand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Once on This Island.