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Lillias White

 
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bio:
Broadway: Fela!, The Life, Dreamgirls, Chicago, How to Succeed..., Once on This Island, Barnum. Off-Broadway:Romance in Hard Times, Texas in Paris, Crowns, The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Audelco, Obie, Emmy, Bistro Award (The Lillias White ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: July 21, 1951 (71)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Bio:
Broadway: Fela!, The Life, Dreamgirls, Chicago, How to Succeed..., Once on This Island, Barnum. Off-Broadway:Romance in Hard Times, Texas in Paris, Crowns, The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Audelco, Obie, Emmy, Bistro Award (The Lillias White ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Production, 2022
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
East Coast Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse, 2018
Bea
  [Chicago]
Chicago Pre-Broadway Production, 2015
Bea
  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 0
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Funmilayo
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2005
Bloody Mary
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2005
Missy
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles
Performer
  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Featured Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Velma
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 2002
Special Guest
  [Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
Effie Melody White
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Dinah Washington [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Sonja
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]
Matron ‚ÄúMama‚ÄĚ Morton [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1995
Miss Jones
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1990
Asaka [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1990
Sonja
Sonja
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1989
Hennie
Performer
Hennie
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Miss Gardner (Standby)
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1987
Effie Melody White
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1986
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Grizabella [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Effie Melody White (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Joice Heth [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 1988
Performer

Photos

André De Shields, Lillias White and Richard Kind Photo

André De Shields, Lillias White and Richard Kind

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Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Production, 2022

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
East Coast Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse, 2018
Bea

  [Chicago]
Chicago Pre-Broadway Production, 2015
Bea

  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 0
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Funmilayo

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2005
Bloody Mary

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2005
Missy

  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles

Performer

  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Featured Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Velma

  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice

  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 2002
Special Guest

  [Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
Effie Melody White

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Dinah Washington [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Sonja

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

Matron ‚ÄúMama‚ÄĚ Morton [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1995
Miss Jones

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1990
Asaka [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1990
Sonja

Sonja

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1989
Hennie

Performer

Hennie

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Miss Gardner (Standby)

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1987
Effie Melody White

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1986
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Grizabella [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Effie Melody White (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Joice Heth [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 1988
Performer

Lillias White Biography

Broadway: Fela!, The Life, Dreamgirls, Chicago, How to Succeed..., Once on This Island, Barnum. Off-Broadway:Romance in Hard Times, Texas in Paris, Crowns, The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Audelco, Obie, Emmy, Bistro Award (The Lillias White Effect). Film: Pieces of April, Nasty Baby, Disney's Hercules (voice of lead Muse). TV:Sesame Street, Gotham, Person of Interest, South Pacific (PBS), Law & Order, SVU, Smash. Concerts/Cabaret: Jazz at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, The Venetian Room, Sydney Opera House, The Blue Note. Lillias holds an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from CUNY.

Lillias White Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2015 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Lillias WhiteTexas in Paris
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lillias White, Fela!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Lillias White, The Life
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Lillias White The Life
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Lillias White, The Life
 
Obie Awards - 1990 - Performance Gold Star
Lillias White, Romance in Hard Times

Lillias White News

Lillias White Will Play Hermes in HADESTOWN Beginning Next Month Photo Lillias White Will Play Hermes in HADESTOWN Beginning Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

Tony Award¬ģ¬†and Daytime Emmy Award¬ģ¬†winner¬†Lillias White is set to take over the role of Hermes in¬†Hadestown, the Tony and Grammy Award¬ģ-winning Best Musical, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning on Tuesday, September 13.

Black Theatre United Announces Digital Unconscious Bias Training Program Photo Black Theatre United Announces Digital Unconscious Bias Training Program
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022

Black Theatre United has engaged Christina Alexander of Alexander Consulting Group to create a digital Unconscious Bias and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) training program for use by the entire theatrical industry.

Clint Holmes Announces Fall 2022 Tour Dates Photo Clint Holmes Announces Fall 2022 Tour Dates
by Michael Major - Aug 2, 2022

Grammy Award nominee Clint Holmes is back with a concert-event celebrating the songs of the legendary Peter Allen. The show is co-created with and directed by award-winning director, Will Nunziata (concert director for Tony winner Lillias White and Platinum recording artist Jackie Evancho, director of Broadway-bound musical Little Black Book).

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 - Aug 2, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis continues his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition in his monthly residency of AT THIS PERFORMANCE… to be held on Monday, August 8th at The Green Room 42.

Grammy Nominee Clint Holmes Returns with Brand-New Concert BETWEEN THE MOON AND NEW Y Photo Grammy Nominee Clint Holmes Returns with Brand-New Concert BETWEEN THE MOON AND NEW YORK CITY
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 1, 2022

Grammy Award nominee Clint Holmes - the consummate entertainer, writer, performer, recording artist, and one of the country's finest vocalists - is back with a brand-new concert-event celebrating the songs of the legendary Peter Allen.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts November Lineup to Feature Lillias Wh Photo Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts November Lineup to Feature Lillias White With Seth Rudetsky & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 1, 2022

November 2022 offerings at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will include the return of  the Broadway @ The Wallis concert series, hosted and music-directed by SiriusXM Radio star Seth Rudetsky, featuring internationally acclaimed Tony, Obie, and Emmy Award-winner Lillias White, and much more.

Rubicon Theatre Company Announces Plans For 'The Amanda McBroom and George Ball Rose  Photo Rubicon Theatre Company Announces Plans For 'The Amanda McBroom and George Ball Rose Room'
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2022

At a gathering last week of local dignitaries, RUBICON THEATRE, Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company, shared progress and plans for a new community gathering space at the theatre.

Special Offer: A Celebration of Rising Black Artists Photo Special Offer: A Celebration of Rising Black Artists
by BWW Special Offer - Jul 21, 2022

Special Offer: A Celebration of Rising Black Artists

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Official Opening
Of the Sandra and Jordan L Photo Rubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Official Opening Of the Sandra and Jordan Laby Hall Gallery Space
by Grace Cutler - Jul 17, 2022

RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY, Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company, is emerging from the pandemic shutdown by reimagining underutilized space in the theatre. The building is at 1006 E Main Street is owned by Rubicon, and has served as home for artistry of the organization for 24 years.

Broadway, National Tour, TV Stars, and More Lift Every Voice For A Celebration Of Mus Photo Broadway, National Tour, TV Stars, and More Lift Every Voice For A Celebration Of Music & Black Art
by Stephi Wild - Jul 14, 2022

After a tumultuous two years, theater has come back and with it, voices speaking up and out for the changes that are necessary in this industry. One artist, Nikisha Williams (Hamilton, The Color Purple), is taking things into her own hands and producing an evening of lifting the voices and souls that she knows and loves, and to show Broadway that it is both ok and vital to be proud of Blackness.

Lillias White Videos

VIDEO: Tariq Trotter Talks BLACK NO MORE Off-Broadway on FALLON VideoVIDEO: Tariq Trotter Talks BLACK NO MORE Off-Broadway on FALLON
by Michael Major - Feb 1, 2022

Tariq TrotterTariq Trotter returned to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to discuss the new Off-Broadway adaption of Black No More, which he stars in and wrote the music and lyrics for with the Roots. The cast also features Brandon Victor Dixon, Jennifer Damiano, Tamika Lawrence, Ephraim Sykes, Lillias White, and more.

CHICAGO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events! VideoCHICAGO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 15, 2021

Chicago will celebrate 25 years on Broadway tomorrow Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30PM with a very special performance. Beginning at 5PM on the TKTS Red Steps in Times Square the Brooklyn United Marching Band will march to 49th Street playing Kander & Ebb music. The Ambassador Theatre will be lit in red with a star-studded red carpet. 

VIDEO: Go Inside CHICAGO's Re-Opening Night on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Inside CHICAGO's Re-Opening Night on Broadway
by Team BWW - Sep 15, 2021

Yesterday was good, grand, and great- wasn't it? After an 18-month long shutdown, four Broadway musicals re-opened last night, and one of them was the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago. Watch below as director Walter Bobbie tribute the late, great Ann Reinking before the show, the company takes the stage for 'All That Jazz', and takes their first bows since March 2020.

VIDEO: CHICAGO Celebrates A Rosy Reopening At Curtain Call VideoVIDEO: CHICAGO Celebrates A Rosy Reopening At Curtain Call
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2021

Everything came up roses tonight at the reopening of Chicago on Broadway as the company tossed handfuls of rose petals to celebrate their first curtain call back at the Ambassador! 

VIDEO: CHICAGO Director Walter Bobbie Celebrates Ann Reinking on Reopening Night VideoVIDEO: CHICAGO Director Walter Bobbie Celebrates Ann Reinking on Reopening Night
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2021

At tonight's reopening of Broadway's Chicago, the show's director Walter Bobbie paid tribute to the production's legendary choreographer and original star, Ann Reinking, who passed away in December 2020.

VIDEO: Bianca Marroquin Leads the Cast in 'All That Jazz' As CHICAGO Reopens On Broad VideoVIDEO: Bianca Marroquin Leads the Cast in 'All That Jazz' As CHICAGO Reopens On Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 2021

The long-running revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago returned to its home at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre tonight!

VIDEO: Bianca Marroquín & The Broadway Cast of CHICAGO Razzle Dazzle With a Live Per VideoVIDEO: Bianca Marroquín & The Broadway Cast of CHICAGO Razzle Dazzle With a Live Performance of 'All That Jazz'
by Stage Tube - Aug 25, 2021

Announced in the show's lead roles were¬†Ana Villafa√Īe¬†as Roxie Hart,¬†Bianca Marroqu√≠n as Velma Kelly, and Tony Award-winner¬†Lillias White¬†as Matron 'Mama' Morton.

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSI VideoVIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2021

Just last night, The York Theatre Company presented an All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!, available to view on demand through April 21, 2021.

VIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser! VideoVIDEO: ICYMI- Watch Broadway Unite for the SAVE BIRDLAND Fundraiser!
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2021

Notables from President Bill Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg to musicians Wynton Marsalis and Sting joined together on Sunday, Jan 24th to 'Save Birdland'.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for SEARCH PARTY Season Four VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for SEARCH PARTY Season Four
by Stage Tube - Dec 15, 2020

In SEARCH PARTY season four, Dory (Alia Shawkat) is held prisoner by her psychotic stalker Chip (Cole Escola), who is determined to make Dory believe that they are best friends.


Lillias White Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Lillias White been in?
Lillias White has appeared on Broadway in 15 shows.

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

What awards has Lillias White been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (The Lortels) for Texas in Paris , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fela! , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Life , Best Featured Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Life Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Life and Performance (Obie Awards) for Romance in Hard Times .

What awards has Lillias White won?
Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Life, Best Featured Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Life Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Lifeand Performance (Obie Awards) for Romance in Hard Times.