Liz Mikel

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Liz Mikel is a multifaceted artist that has been a staple in the DFW Arts scene for
more than 30 years. Her love of performing, warmth, magnetic presence and
dynamic voice has endeared her to audiences worldwide. Like a painter with a
blank canvas, she makes every performance an original.
An accomplished actress and vocalist, Liz has transitioned seamlessly from stage
to television, studio recordings, cabaret and feature films. Ms. Mikel has toured
both nationally and abroad and has worked alongside some of the industry's
biggest celebrities.
Her recurring role as Corrina Williams on NBC's Emmy Award Winning Series,
Friday Night Lights, tugged the heartstrings of viewers and critics alike. She had
audiences laughing in the star packed, Martin Lawrence blockbuster, Welcome Home
Roscoe Jenkins, playing the wife of the late Michael Clark Duncan. She was cast by
comedian/director, Ben Stiller, and body slammed him in, The Secret Life Of Walter
Mitty. And director Tate Taylor, (The Help), handpicked Mikel to portray Gertrude
Saunders opposite the late, great Chadwick Boseman in the James Brown biopic,
Get On Up.
Mikel received rave reviews in both her Off-Broadway and Broadway debuts as
the all knowing muse/madam, Hetaira, in the Douglas CarterBeane/Lewis Flinn
musical, Lysistrata Jones.
Liz had the prestigious honor of being personally invited by Activist/ Playwright, V
(formerly Eve Ensler), to participate in the star-studded 10th anniversary of the Vagina Monologues. In addition to performing her selected monologue, she was also
chosen by Ensler to stand in for Oprah Winfrey in her absence. Mikel joined Ensler
for the World Premiere of her comedy, O.P.C., at the Tony Award winning
American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.
In 2018, the Tony Award winner sought out Liz for yet another premiere. V
teamed up with the Abingdon Theatre Company to bring her trio of short plays,
Fruit Trilogy, to the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The play, which deals with the
exploitation and eventual reclaiming of the female body, came on the
20th anniversary of her groundbreaking work, The Vagina Monologues.
As a vocalist, Liz has opened for Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Issac Hayes,
Joan Rivers, Gennifer Flowers, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi and her friend, Blues
legend, Lucky Peterson. In 2017, she joined Peterson for a special New Year’s
Eve performance at Le Duc des Lombards in Paris, France.
New York's Jim Caruso added Liz's powerhouse prowess to his Best Of Cast Party
at Town Hall alongside Jane Monheit, Lisa Lampanelli, Linda Lavin and Marilyn
For the past 8 years, Liz has hosted The Entertainer’s Showcase at Dallas’ oldest
Jazz venue, The Balcony Club. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, Liz and pianist,
Linny Nance switched gears and brought music to fans in their home instead. They
broadcasted Monday Night Music Therapy LIVE on Facebook on Monday nights.
The Balcony Club has reopened and the showcase is back EVERY Monday in
Lakewood. It features some of the best talent in the Metroplex.
Also during the pandemic, Liz participated in several high profile virtual events
including; That Kindness-A play for Nurses by V, (formerly known as Eve Ensler);
The People’s Summit/Transformation2020; Manhattan Theatre Club’s Ted
Snowdon Reading Series and Dallas Theater Center’s, In The Bleak Midwinter-A
Christmas Carol For Our Times.
Liz has been lauded and recognized for her artistic achievements by D Magazine,
Dallas Theater Critics Forum, Dallas Observer, Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice
Award, The Sankofa Award, Leon Rabin Award, The Column Awards (multiple),
Broadway World Award, Black Women In Jazz and was a nominee for Dallas
Morning News' 2012 Texan Of The Year. She was selected by the Dallas Observer
as one of the City's 30 People to Watch in 2013, and was featured on the cover.
Liz is honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Lunt Fontanne
Fellowship by the Ten Chimneys Foundation, and attended a week long
intensive workshop with Master Teacher, Phylicia Rashad.
Ms. Mikel received the 2018 Award For Excellence in Community Service
from the Dallas Historical Society for making significant contributions to
Dallas’ quality of life.
In the Spring of 2019, Dallas Theater Center honored Liz with the Bill and
Linda Custard Award for her extraordinary, distinguished and long-time service
to DTC.
Mikel was the recipient of the prestigious, 2021 Fullinwider Award at the 10th
annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theater Awards. The
Fullinwider Award is presented to artists with roots in the North Texas community
who have gone on to have had significant impact on the local, regional, and national
theater communities
Liz will play John Handcock in the upcoming Broadway Revival and tour of the
musical comedy 1776 and is anticipating returning to Broadway.
1776 will be directed by Tony Award winner and American Repertory Theater
artistic director, Diane Paulus and Jeffrey Page.
Mikel is a proud member of the Dee and Hal Brierley Resident Acting
Company of the Tony Award winning, Dallas Theater Center. And has just celebrated her 30th year at DTC.
She is a member of both professional actor’s unions, Actors’Equity
Association and Screen Actor’s Guild.
A dedicated mother and grandmother, Liz thanks her family, both
biological and chosen for their support and love!
Follow Liz online!
Facebook: Ms. Liz Mikel; Instagram: @miz_lyzz; Twitter: @mizlyzz

Liz Mikel Photos


[US Tour]
US Tour, 2023
John Hancock

Benjamin Franklin [Replacement]

Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Revival, 2022
John Hancock

[St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
The Muny Revival, 2017

Original Broadway Production, 2011

Transport Group Production, 2011

Liz Mikel Videos

Liz Mikel News

Bishop Arts Theatre Center Reveals 2023-24 Season

Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) has announced its 2023 - 2024 Season, which will include The Tragedy of Othello, Black Nativity, THE SUM OF US One-Act Festival, Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, and Jet Fuel.

Review: 1776 Delivers The Founding 'Mothers' At Theatre Under the Stars

I teasingly have been calling this 1776 - THE FOUNDING MOTHERS EDITION all week, and it is finally here at the Hobby Center brought in by Theatre Under the Stars. This is a New York cast hitting Houston for a three night stop of a national tour. My question is, does it really make that much of a statement? The script for the show remains what it has been since 1776 debuted on Broadway back in 1969.

1776 Comes to Kansas City at Starlight Theatre This Month

Prepare to party like it’s 1776 with a witty retelling of our founding fathers' stories and how our great nation came to be! This production was developed and premiered by the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University before playing on Broadway with Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre.

Interview: Theatre Life with Liz Mikel

Today’s subject Liz Mikel is currently living her theatre life on tour playing Dr. Benjamin Franklin, delegate from Pennsylvania, in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of 1776. The show is currently running through July 16th at Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre.

Review: 1776 at Kennedy Center

1776 is now being given a triumphantly moving and vigorous radically deconstructed interpretation at the Kennedy Center. There are many fans already who are firm believers in the message of this uniquely conceived musical but this production will lead them even further into intellectual and sensory depth.

1776 Comes to 5th Avenue Theatre

The national tour of 1776 makes its premiere in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre August 2-6, 2023. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s website, over the phone, or by visiting the box office.

Page and Paulus' Revival of 1776 Offers a New Perspective on The Birth Of A Nation

Imagine walking into Jackson Hall on opening night, as I did, thinking, “Why did the directors reimagine this pleasant, if somewhat plodding, old-school musical with an ensemble of multi-ethnic women, trans and non-binary actors cast in the roles of America’s founding fathers?” Then leaving the theater after the final curtain wondering, “why on earth would anyone ever feel the need to cast the roles with men?” and reveling in the fact that 1776 tapped into my heart in unexpected ways, eliciting an emotional and, I daresay, patriotic response.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and More Set For Dallas Theater Center's 2023-24 Season

Dallas Theater Center (DTC) has announced its 2023 - 2024 Season, including The Rocky Horror Show, I Am Delivered’t, Every Brilliant Thing, Dial M For Murder, Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Dallas Black Dance Academy Produces Disciplined Professionals

As Dallas Black Dance Academy prepares to launch its 50th season in June, it continues a legacy of producing disciplined professionals in a spectrum of industries including dance. Since 2012, every senior in the academy has graduated from high school and gone on to attend college. 

Review: 1776 MUSICAL SHINES A LIGHT ON THE PRESENT at Broadway San Jose

What did our critic think of 1776 MUSICAL SHINES A LIGHT ON THE PRESENT at Broadway San Jose?

Review: 1776 at Ahmanson Theatre

What did our critic think of 1776 at Ahmanson Theatre? In contemporary theater - as in life - optics matter. A lot. Given current trends in theatrical programing, the musical 1776 would probably never get staged. Granted, Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's 1969 take on the sturm and drang surrounding the Second Continental Congress's decision to form a new nation may be a patriotic Tony Award-winner.

Photos: The Broadway Revival of 1776 Opens At Center Theater Group Mark Taper Forum

American Repertory Theater/Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “1776” kicked off its limited engagement in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre this week! See photos from opening night!

Texas Premiere of 1776 is Coming to Theatre Under The Stars in July

Individual tickets for the Texas premiere of the limited Broadway revival tour of 1776 at Theatre Under The Stars are now on sale.

Cast Announced For 1776 at The Ahmanson Theatre

The national tour of “1776” will make limited engagement stops at major cities across North America including its premiere in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre April 11 through May 7, 2023 with an opening night scheduled for April 12, 2023.

1776 National Tour is Coming to San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts in May

American Repertory Theater/Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, 1776, will make its only San Francisco Bay Area stop at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts.

Review Roundup: 1776 Launches National Tour; What Do the Critics Think?

1776 officially opened on February 16, 2023, at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, and will make limited engagement stops at major cities across North America. Read the reviews for 1776 on tour here!

Review: 1776 at CIBC Theatre is a Refreshing-Lee Modern Take on a Classic

1776 is a perfect example of a modern adaptation done right. Virtually everyone growing up in the United States learns the story of our country's birth: The founding fathers, the struggle for independence from Britain, and the scourge of slavery that was shamefully part of our fledgling nation. 1776 gives us a deep dive into this history, complete with nuanced political debates and glimpses into the personal lives of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence.

Wake Up With BWW 2/21: PARADE Begins Previews, 1776 Tour Photos, and More!

Happy first preview to Parade, which begins previews on Broadway tonight! Top stories include photos from the National Tour of 1776, and more!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of the 1776 National Tour

Get a first look at opening night red carpet photos of the new national tour of 1776!


Liz Mikel has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Liz Mikel has not appeared in the West End.

Liz Mikel's next show will be 1776 which opens on 2/14/2023 on US Tour.

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