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Merle Dandridge

 
Bio:
Having made an indelible mark on stage, television, and video games, Merle Dandridge continues to shine on the small screen, starring in Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit series “Greenleaf” which returned for its fourth season on September 3rd. She previously starred in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Having made an indelible mark on stage, television, and video games, Merle Dandridge continues to shine on the small screen, starring in Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit series “Greenleaf” which returned for its fourth season on September 3rd. She previously starred in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Concert Productions Concert, 2020
Pharaoh
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Papa Ge
Papa Ge [Replacement]
  [Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Production, 2015
The Lady of the Lake
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Kala
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
The Lady of the Lake [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2000
Disciple
Soul Girl
Mary Magdalene (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Aida [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1996
Joanne Jefferson [Replacement]

Photos

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Merle Dandridge

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04/04/2022
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Merle Dandridge

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04/04/2022
Merle Dandridge and Noah Galvin  Photo

Merle Dandridge and Noah Galvin

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02/18/2020
Merle Dandridge, Eden Espinosa, Alex Newell, Jessica Vosk Photo

Merle Dandridge, Eden Espinosa, Alex Newell, Jessica Vosk

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02/18/2020

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Concert Productions Concert, 2020
Pharaoh

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Papa Ge

Papa Ge [Replacement]

  [Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Production, 2015
The Lady of the Lake

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Kala

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
The Lady of the Lake [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2000
Disciple

Soul Girl

Mary Magdalene (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Aida [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1996
Joanne Jefferson [Replacement]

Merle Dandridge Biography

Having made an indelible mark on stage, television, and video games, Merle Dandridge continues to shine on the small screen, starring in Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit series “Greenleaf” which returned for its fourth season on September 3rd. She previously starred in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”, CW’s “Starcrossed”, and NBC’s “The Night Shift”. Merle currently is set to star as a series regular opposite Kaley Couco in HBO Max’s upcoming thriller drama series, “The Flight Attendant”.

Born in Japan, raised in Nebraska and schooled in Chicago at Roosevelt University, Dandridge began her acting career with leading roles on Broadway in Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Rent (Joanne), Aida (Aida), Tarzan(Kala) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl, Disciple). Most recently, she played the role of Papa Ge, the sly demon of death, in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Ahrens and Flaherrty's "Once on This Island", for which she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. Dandridge is the first woman to ever play this role, completely reinventing the character with her fearless portrayal. She has toured the U.S. and Europe six times and has been featured in several regional theatre productions (including multiple stints at The Geffen Playhouse and Pasadena Playhouse). She has also performed at The Hollywood Bowl and at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Dandridge has voiced several videogame characters and worked alongside Neil Druckmann in “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” and starred as Marlene in “The Last Of Us”. She has also voiced various character in “Dota 2”, Alyx Vance in “Half-Life 2”, and Katherine Collins in the Award-winning independent video game “Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture” for which she won the 2016 BAFTA for “Best Performer”.

In her Nebraska hometown, Merle has been inducted into the Hall of Fame where she spends time giving workshops, speeches, performances and participating in projects to raise arts awareness for the school district she grew up in. In Los Angeles, where she currently resides, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Geffen Playhouse and lends her voice and support to Harvest Home LA which provides housing and holistic support to homeless pregnant woman.




Merle Dandridge News

Photos: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of PARADISE SQUARE Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of PARADISE SQUARE
by Bruce Glikas - Apr 4, 2022

Paradise Square opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last night, Sunday, April 3rd. BroadwayWorld was there on the red carpet and you can check out photos from the big night!

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by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 3, 2022

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of STATION 19 on ABC - Thursday, March 24, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of STATION 19 on ABC - Thursday, March 24, 2022
by TV Scoop - Mar 17, 2022

Get all the scoop on STATION 19, airing on ABC on Thursday, March 24, 2022! Plus, watch a preview of an upcoming episode now!

Matthew Morrison, Noah Galvin, and More Set For THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Broadway Gala Photo Matthew Morrison, Noah Galvin, and More Set For THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Broadway Gala
by Stephi Wild - Dec 9, 2021

The 24 Hour Plays have announced additional performers who will be joining the incredible line-up for the 21st Annual The 24 Hour Plays Broadway Gala on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Extraordinary artists from Broadway, TV and film will come together to create brand-new plays and musicals written, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours.  

BWW Report: Walt Disney Family Museum Hosts Virtual Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice Photo BWW Report: Walt Disney Family Museum Hosts Virtual Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice
by Sarah Marcus Hansen - Dec 8, 2021

On December 5th, 2021, The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrated Walt’s birthday with a virtual fundraiser honoring Sir Tim Rice. Proceeds from the event support The Walt Disney Family Museum’s educational programming, including its newest initiative, the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy. The Academy is an intensive animation-focused jobs-training program, with an emphasis on students experiencing economic and social displacement. 

Nick Offerman Joins HBO's THE LAST OF US Series Photo Nick Offerman Joins HBO's THE LAST OF US Series
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021

Based on the critically acclaimed video game 'The Last of Us,' developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation(R) platforms, the story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. The cast also includes Merle Dandridge, Murray Bartlett, Nico Parker, and Gabriel Luna.

21st Annual THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Broadway Gala Set For Next Month Photo 21st Annual THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Broadway Gala Set For Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 23, 2021

Extraordinary artists from Broadway, TV and film will come together to create brand-new plays and musicals written, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours.

The Walt Disney Family Museum Will Host a Virtual Conversation With Tim Rice Photo The Walt Disney Family Museum Will Host a Virtual Conversation With Tim Rice
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2021

The Walt Disney Family Museum will host a special, virtual conversation with Sir Tim Rice, the internationally acclaimed lyricist, EGOT and Disney Legend.

Backstage At The Geffen Raises More Than $1 Million For Arts & Education Photo Backstage At The Geffen Raises More Than $1 Million For Arts & Education
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2021

The evening of unscripted, unannounced storytellers and performers was hosted by comedian, actor, writer and producer Tone Bell and featured personal behind-the-scenes anecdotes from a lineup of surprise celebrity guests including Kenya Barris, Jon M. Chu, Sharon Lawrence and French Stewart.

Octavia Spencer and Kate Hudson in Season Two of TRUTH BE TOLD Photo Octavia Spencer and Kate Hudson in Season Two of TRUTH BE TOLD
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 3, 2021

The 10-episode second season of the anthology drama, which provides a glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts, will return on Friday, August 20, 2021 with the first episode, followed by new episodes premiering every Friday.

Merle Dandridge Videos

Broadway Rewind: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Gets Ready to Return to Broadway! VideoBroadway Rewind: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Gets Ready to Return to Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2020

Today we rewind to 2017, when Once On This Island was getting ready to return to Broadway. Once On This Island opened on December 3 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it played for 457 performances.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT on HBO Max VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT on HBO Max
by Stage Tube - Oct 20, 2020

HBO MAX’s eight-episode limited series THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT takes flight with three episodes on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for GREENLEAF Season Five VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for GREENLEAF Season Five
by Stage Tube - Jun 12, 2020

OWN has released the trailer for season five of its hit drama “Greenleaf!”

VIDEO: Watch All of the Songs from THE DISNEY FAMILY SINGALONG: VOLUME II from Idina  VideoVIDEO: Watch All of the Songs from THE DISNEY FAMILY SINGALONG: VOLUME II from Idina Menzel to Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Ben Platt & More!
by Robert Diamond - May 10, 2020

Taking to their living room studios and kitchen stages to sing beloved Disney melodies with the nation were Christina Aguilera, Tituss Burgess, Sabrina Carpenter, Chloe x Halle, Billy Eichner, Hayley Erbert, Josh Gad, Donald Glover, Halsey, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Lang Lang, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Miguel, Keke Palmer, Katy Perry, Ben Platt, Seth Rogen, Anika Noni Rose, Walter Russell III, Shakira, Rebel Wilson and more surprises.

VIDEO: Billy Porter, Christy Altomare, Ethan Slater & More Join Michael Korte's #YouW VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter, Christy Altomare, Ethan Slater & More Join Michael Korte's #YouWillBeFoundChallenge
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2020

Broadway producer Michael Korte is looking to spread hope through the Covid-19 epidemic by inviting the musical theatre community to join in the #YouWillBeFoundChallenge. 

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from MCP's Star-Studded JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR D VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights from MCP's Star-Studded JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Concert!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2020

Just last night, Manhattan Concert Productions presented a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Michael Arden (Stage Director) and Stephen Oremus (Music Director) lead this one-night-only performance, featuring a chorus of over 300 singers from across the United States, professional cast and creative team, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of MCP's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT! VideoBWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of MCP's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT!
by TV - Press Previews - Feb 15, 2020

On Monday night, Manhattan Concert Productions will present a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Michael Arden (Stage Director) and Stephen Oremus (Music Director) lead this one-night-only performance, featuring a chorus of over 300 singers from across the United States, professional cast and creative team, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

BWW Exclusive: Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson & More Tribute Bernadette Peters at THES VideoBWW Exclusive: Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson & More Tribute Bernadette Peters at THESPIANS GO HOLLYWOOD Gala
by Stage Tube - Nov 21, 2019

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters was honored with the Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) at the annual star-studded Thespians Go Hollywood Gala held on Monday, November 18, at The Avalon in Hollywood, California. Over 300 people were on hand to help raise more than $180,000 that will support ETF's national theatre education programs for schools in need.

VIDEO: Stars of Stage And Screen Align To Celebrate 25 Magical Years of Disney On Bro VideoVIDEO: Stars of Stage And Screen Align To Celebrate 25 Magical Years of Disney On Broadway!
by Stage Tube - Nov 5, 2019

Theater's beloved names and brightest stars joined a sold-out audience in honoring Broadway's most fantastical anniversary at Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway. The sparkling silver anniversary event on November 4, 2019, raised an astounding $570,426 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

VIDEO: Original Disney on Broadway Leading Ladies Perform Special Medley on THE VIEW VideoVIDEO: Original Disney on Broadway Leading Ladies Perform Special Medley on THE VIEW
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2019

The six women who originated their iconic roles in Broadway's 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'The Lion King,' 'Tarzan,' 'Mary Poppins,' and 'Frozen' stopped by The View to perform a special medley to celebrate 25 years of Disney on Broadway.


Merle Dandridge Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Merle Dandridge been in?
Merle Dandridge has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

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