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LaChanze

Also Credited As: R. Lachanze Sapp, LaChanze
 
Bio:
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)
 

Bio:
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

Willie Geist, John D. Kemp, Jeanine Salvatore & Louis Salvatore To Be Honored At The  Photo Willie Geist, John D. Kemp, Jeanine Salvatore & Louis Salvatore To Be Honored At The 2023 ADAPT Leadership Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2023

Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, has announced the honorees for the ADAPT Leadership Awards, which will take place on Thursday, March 9th, 2023, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Abigail Hawk To Host The ADAPT Leadership Awards On March 9 Photo Abigail Hawk To Host The ADAPT Leadership Awards On March 9
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 11, 2023

Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, has announced that the ADAPT Leadership Awards will take place on Thursday, March 9th, 2023, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The awards gala will support the important ongoing work of the non-profit organization.

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company Announces 2023 Season Featuring WOMAN OF THE YEA Photo J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company Announces 2023 Season Featuring WOMAN OF THE YEAR & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company has announced the exciting three-musical lineup for its third season. The 2023 season runs April 13 through May 21, 2023 at Theatre Row. Read details about the season and learn how to purchase tickets.

THE COLOR PURPLE Comes to the North Carolina Theatre in April Photo THE COLOR PURPLE Comes to the North Carolina Theatre in April
by Stephi Wild - Jan 4, 2023

The Color Purple comes to the North Carolina Theatre this year. Performances run April 22- April 30, 2023 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater.

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG to Celebrate The Divine Nine With Special Performance in January Photo TOPDOG/UNDERDOG to Celebrate The Divine Nine With Special Performance in January
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 21, 2022

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG on Broadway will host a special performance for members of The Divine Nine, the nine historically Black Greek Letter organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Student Seats Ticket Initiative Welcomes 4000 NYC Students to Broadwa Photo TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Student Seats Ticket Initiative Welcomes 4000 NYC Students to Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2022

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG STUDENT SEATS, the ticket program that provides fully funded tickets to student groups, has exceeded its projected goal, welcoming over 4,000 NYC students to see the production free of charge at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.

Amy Sherman-Palladino, Scott Ellis, Black Theatre United & More to be Honored at Roun Photo Amy Sherman-Palladino, Scott Ellis, Black Theatre United & More to be Honored at Roundabout Theatre Company's 2023 Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 8, 2022

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2023 Gala will honor Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Scott Ellis, and Black Theatre United on Monday, March 6 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

Photos: Broadway Women's Alliance Hosts Screening of 'Women Talking' Photo Photos: Broadway Women's Alliance Hosts Screening of 'Women Talking'
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 6, 2022

Broadway Women’s Alliance hosted a special Broadway community screening of the new film Women Talking on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 pm. 

Photos: See LaChanze, Ryan Jamaal Swain & More at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater' Photo Photos: See LaChanze, Ryan Jamaal Swain & More at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Opening Night Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2022

See photos from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's star-studded Opening Night Gala, which was complete with a performance and party led by Artistic Director Robert Battle with two-time Emmy-winning TV host, journalist, author and producer Tamron Hall as Honorary Chair.  

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off City Center Holiday With Gala Benefit, N Photo Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off City Center Holiday With Gala Benefit, November 30
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off its 2022 holiday season engagement with a start-studded one-night only gala benefit on Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm, complete with an exceptional performance at New York City Center followed by a dinner-party at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

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.