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Lillias White

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Lillias White is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for her performance in The Life. She has appeared on Broadway in Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on this Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Fela! (Tony Award nomination) and most recently in Chicago in the Fall of 2021 as Matron “Mama” Morton having first appeared in the Broadway production in 2006. Other Off-Broadway and Regional credits include the musical Black No More in Winter 2022, the Public Theater’s Romance in Hard Times for which she won the Obie Award, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (directed by Phylicia Rashad) for which she won the NAACP Award, and the Carnegie Hall Concert version of South Pacific which was also broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances.” She received the Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Lillian Edwards in “Sesame Street” and is beloved by audiences for voicing the lead muse Calliope in Disney’s animated feature Hercules. Her most recent television appearances include the Baz Luhrmann-directed Netflix series “The Get Down,” as well as “Russian Doll” and “Search Party.” She has appeared in cabarets and concert halls around the world. Her first solo studio album Get Yourself Some Happy! is available now at and on all streaming platforms.

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World Premiere Production, 2022

Original Broadway Production, 2019
Hermes [Replacement]

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

Chicago Pre-Broadway Production, 2015

Primary Stages Production, 0

Original Broadway Production, 2009

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

Off-Broadway Concert, 2005
Bloody Mary

Encores! Concert, 2005

Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles


[Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Featured Performer


Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice

Reunion Concert, 2002
Special Guest

New York Concert, 2001
Effie Melody White

Dinah Washington [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1997

Broadway Revival, 1996
Matron “Mama” Morton [Replacement]

Matron "Mama" Morton [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 1995
Miss Jones

Broadway Transfer, 1990
Asaka [Replacement]

Showcase, 1990


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1989



Original Broadway Production, 1988
Miss Gardner (Standby)

Return Engagement [Broadway], 1987
Effie Melody White

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1986

Original Broadway Production, 1982

Original Broadway Production, 1982
Grizabella [Replacement]

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

Original Broadway Production, 1980
Joice Heth [Replacement]

[Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 1988

Lillias White Movies

[1988]Me and Him Dancing Secretary

[1994]Bleeding Hearts Neighbor Woman

[1994]North Operator

[1997]Hercules Calliope

[1997]Anastasia Ensemble and Character Vocals

[1999]Gloria Transit Cop #1

[2000]How the Grinch Stole Christmas Shopper

[2002]Interview with the Assassin Nurse

[2003]Pieces of April Evette

[2005]Game 6 Toyota Moseby

[2007]Then She Found Me Sheila

[2015]Nasty Baby Cecilia

[2018]The Chaperone Singer

[2018]Melinda Madam Magda

[2020]The Drummer Roberta

Lillias White TV Shows

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake Lillian

[ 1990-1994]Sesame Street Lillian, Singer, Rhonda

NYPD Blue Lila Edmonds

[ 1990-1996]Law & Order Susan Monroe, Ms. Purvis, Streetwalker

Hercules Calliope

Pryor Offenses Grandma Irene

The Jury Teresa Scott

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Xavier

Gotham Choir Member

Person of Interest Hon. R. Reginald

[ 2016-2017]The Get Down Fat Annie

Search Party Wilma

[ 2019-2022]Russian Doll Dr. Zaveri

Lillias White Videos

Lillias White News

Middlebury's Town Hall Theater Continues Its House of Jazz Series October 13

House of Jazz Release - Check out the attached release for the latest news. Stay tuned for updates!

Broadway's Cassidy Stoner To Debut At The Green Room 42 With LOOKING OUT FOR YOU, October 16

Cassidy Stoner debuts in 'Looking Out For You,' a tribute to Brandi Carlile, at The Green Room 42. Join her for a night of humor, music, and connection on October 16th.

THE FABULIST FOX SISTER to Make New York Debut & Reveals UK Tour Dates

Don't miss out on London's acclaimed musical, THE FABULIST FOX SISTER, as it lands in NEW YORK for its highly anticipated debut! Get ready for a mesmerizing performance as the show takes you on a remarkable journey. Plus, find out the exciting dates for the UK tour.

Invite Only Industry Presentation of the New Musical AN ENTIRELY ORDINARY TOWN To Take Place September 28

Join us for an invite-only industry presentation of the new musical 'AN ENTIRELY ORDINARY TOWN' on Thursday, September 28th, 2023. Featuring book and lyrics by Alex Giles, original concept/book/lyrics by David Russell, and music by Andy Peterson.

Kate Rockwell, Ryann Redmond, Lesli Margherita, Lilli Cooper & More to Lead FEMALE TROUBLES Industry Readings

Get all the details on the upcoming industry readings of FEMALE TROUBLES, featuring stars like Kate Rockwell, Ryann Redmond, and Lesli Margherita.

Common Joins Honorees at Black Theatre United Gala; Josh Groban, Lorna Courtney & More to Present

Emmy, Grammy & Academy Award winner Common has been added to the list of honorees at Black Theatre United's inaugural Gala on Monday, October 30 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Mamie Parris to Present SURRENDER: AN ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER THRILL RIDE at The Green Room 42

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present Mamie Parris, star of Broadway’s Cats, School of Rock and more, in “Surrender: An Andrew Lloyd Webber Thrill Ride”. Learn how to purchase tickets!

KIMBERLY AKIMBO Partners with Hear Your Song for One-Night Concert at The Green Room 42

Join the Tony-winning musical Kimberly Akimbo and nonprofit organization Hear Your Song for a special concert at The Green Room 42. Experience the powerful voices of young songwriters facing serious illnesses and complex health needs. Get your tickets now!

Bay Area Cabaret Reveals 2023-24 Season Lineup

Bay Area Cabaret has announced the 2023-24 season starring five exceptional and critically acclaimed cabaret, jazz and Broadway artists, all to be presented at the famed Venetian Room, Fairmont San Francisco, beginning Sunday, October 29 through Sunday, April 14. Learn more about the full season lineup here!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld September 19th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is September 19, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Video: Watch Betty Who Sing with Crowd After HADESTOWN

Betty Who, Solea Pfeiffer, Lillias White, Reeve Carney, Phillip Boykin, and the cast of Hadestown sang Betty’s hit single “I Love You Always Forever” with the crowd after the matinee outside of the Walter Kerr Theatre to celebrate the new cast joining the company of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Watch highlights in this video!

Photos: HADESTOWN Celebrates New Cast Members With Betty Who, Phillip Boykin, and More!

On Sunday, September 17, Hadestown celebrated its new cast members with a post-show performance and celebration. The cast of Hadestown includes international pop sensation Betty Who, Solea Pfieffer, Phillip Boykin, Lillias White, Reeve Carney, and more. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out the photos here!

Rubicon Theatre Company to Present LIFESPAN OF A FACT, ONCE, and More in 25th Silver Anniversary Season

RUBICON THEATRE, Ventura County’s leading not-for-profit theatrical organization committed to entertaining, engaging and enriching the lives of the region’s residents and visitors through innovative live performances, has unveiled the company’s highly anticipated 25th Anniversary “Silver” Season, entitled TRULY YOURS. 

Hello, Gorgeous: FUNNY GIRL is Produced for the First Time in Brazil

Funny Girl gets a Brazilian production directed by Barchilon, starring Giulia Nadruz and Eriberto Leao as protagonists. With score by J. Styne, and lyrics by B. Merrill, the semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of comedian and Broadway star Fanny Brice, featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

The Green Room 42 Presents Candace Bushnell In TRUE TALES OF SEX, SUCCESS AND SEX IN THE CITY This October

THE GREEN ROOM 42 – the intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway's “off-night hotspot” by The New York Times – will present New York icon Candace Bushnell in her new one-woman show “True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex in the City”.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns to The Green Room 42 This Month

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…

Alice Ripley to Present BELIEVE IT OR NOT at The Green Room 42

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present Tony Award winner Alice Ripley in her new show “Believe It or Not” on Saturday, September 3o with shows at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Interview: Maria-Christina Oliveras of HADESTOWN at The Orpheum Theatre & San Jose Center For The Performing Arts Is Thrilled to Return to the Bay Area

BroadwayWorld checks in with Maria-Christina Oliveras who is playing Persephone in the national tour of Tony-Award winning Best Musical 'Hadestown' in San Francisco Sept 12-17 and San Jose September 26 - October 1.

Adrianna Hicks, Kennedy Caughell & More to Star in SEEN IN THE LINE at The Green Room 42

SEEN In the Line, will be presented on Sunday October 1 at 7:00pm at The Green Room 42.

Nadia Quinn to Present LITERALLY ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN at The Green Room 42 This Month

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present TV, film and Broadway’s fun, funny, magical gal Nadia Quinn in her one-of-a-kind feel-good variety act “Literally Anything Can Happen” for two performances on Saturday, September 23 and Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 PM.


Lillias White has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

Lillias White has not appeared in the West End

Lillias White has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical at The Lortels for her performance in "Texas in Paris." Additionally, she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in "Fela!" White was also recognized with a nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "The Life." She received a nomination for Best Featured Actress - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same show, "The Life." Furthermore, White was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in "The Life." Lastly, she received a Performance nomination at the Obie Awards for her work in "Romance in Hard Times."

Lillias White has won several awards throughout her career. She received the Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical award from the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "The Life." She also won the Best Featured Actress - Musical award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same show. Additionally, White won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her performance in "The Life." She was also recognized with a Performance award at the Obie Awards for her work in "Romance in Hard Times."

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