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Paulette Ivory is a British actress and singer, known for her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence. She was born in London and raised in a family of musicians, which inspired her to pursue a career in the arts. Ivory began her professional career in the early 1990s, performing in various stage productions in London's West End.
Ivory's breakthrough role came in 1996 when she was cast as Nala in the original London production of Disney's The Lion King. Her performance earned critical acclaim and helped establish her as one of the most talented young performers in the industry. Ivory continued to work in the West End throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, appearing in productions of Rent, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and The Bodyguard.
In addition to her work on stage, Ivory has also made a name for herself in film and television. She has appeared in a number of popular British TV shows, including Holby City, The Bill, and Doctors. Her film credits include roles in The Infidel and The Three Kings.
Despite her success in other mediums, Ivory has always remained committed to the stage. In 2010, she returned to the West End to star in the hit musical Sister Act. Her performance as Deloris Van Cartier earned rave reviews and helped make the show one of the most popular productions in London at the time.
Since then, Ivory has continued to work in the West End, appearing in productions of Porgy and Bess and The Bodyguard. She has also performed in a number of concerts and cabarets, showcasing her incredible voice and stage presence.
In addition to her work as a performer, Ivory is also a vocal coach and mentor. She has worked with aspiring singers and actors throughout her career, sharing her expertise and helping them achieve their dreams. Most recently, Ivory starred in the West End production of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, where she played the role of Tina's mother, Zelma Bullock.

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Paulette Ivory STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
London Production, 2021
Nala

[Broadway]
Broadway Return Engagement, 2012
Performer

[US Tour]
National Tour, 2011
Sandra

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 2010
Performer

[Regional (US)]
West Coast Revival, 2005
Lutiebelle

[US Tour]
National Tour, 2001
Aida [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 1995
Performer

[Regional (UK)]
Regional Revival, 1990
Performer


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Photo Flash: BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Laguna Playhouse

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is excited to present the smash-hit, Wallis Annenberg Theatre production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal and conceived & directed by Sheldon Epps. Comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard, 'We are delighted to have the opportunity to move the critically acclaimed Wallis Theatre production to the Laguna Playhouse. With Sheldon and Abdul leading our extraordinary cast and creative team, our subscribers and audiences should get ready to be knocked out by this roof-raising exciting new production!'

BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot on Stage Now

What made the Hot List? BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, ICE at 24th STreet Theatre, LOST IN THE LIGHT by CRE Outrach at The Blue Door in Culver City, SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE at The Road Theatre Company on Lankershim, and SOUTH PACIFIC at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Check out the latest buzz below and go see a show! Reviews by BWW Sr. Editor Ellen Dostal (LADCC).

VIDEO: In Conversation With The Cast Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT

The Wallis production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, starts performances next week in the intimate Lovelace Theater! Artistic Director Paul Crewes snuck into rehearsal to chat with cast members Yvette Cason, Bryce Charles, Chester Gregory, and Paulette Ivory about this exciting new production.

BWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT, a Spectacular Showcase for Three Incredible Women

Somewhere in a cheap hotel in Chicago, circa late 1930s, three women are singing the blues. Two have been around the block and seen it all. One is woefully wise beyond her years. All have been burned by the flames of desire and lovers who have done them wrong. This is the set-up for BLUES IN THE NIGHT, the musical revue conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, playing through May 20th in the Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis.

Cast Announced For The Wallis Production Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announces the cast for its upcoming production of Blues in the Night.  Conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, the production will feature Yvette Cason (Shout Sister Shout, Broadway and film versions of Dreamgirls), Bryce Charles (The Book of Mormon, ABC's "Black-ish"), Paulette Ivory (Disney's Aida and the West End premieres of The Lion King and Blues in the Night) and Chester Gregory (Broadway's Motown: The Musical, Hairspray and  Sister Act).  Blues in the Night will begin performances April 27 through May 20 in the Lovelace Studio Theater.

Photo Flash: Frankie Valli, Mark Ballas and More Celebrate JERSEY BOYS Opening at the Ahmanson

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical 'Jersey Boys,' the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, opened last night, May 18, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below!

Silvestri, Higgins & Cohen's New Musical THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE Premieres at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama Theatre & Dance just announced that -- in association with Tony Award-winning producer Margot Astrachan -- it will present the world premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE.

Silvestri, Higgins & Cohen's New Musical THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE to Premiere at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama Theatre & Dance just announced that -- in association with Tony Award-winning producer Margot Astrachan -- it will present the world premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE.

Warp Graphics Presents Reading of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH: A MUSICAL THRILLER

Warp Graphics has announced a world premiere industry reading of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH: A MUSICAL THRILLER with book and lyrics by Wendy Pini, music and additional lyrics by Gregory Nabours, and directed by Calvin Remsberg, on Monday, October 27 at 7:30pm at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA.

BWW Reviews: BLUES IN THE NIGHT, Hackney Empire, April 25 2014

Gary Naylor sees a show filled with songs from some of the last century's greatest singers - given full due by some of the West End's finest vocalists.

Photo Flash: Opening Night at Ahmanson's END OF THE RAINBOW, Starring Tracie Bennett

Tracie Bennett stars in END OF THE RAINBOW by Peter Quilter, directed by Terry Johnson at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre in LA. The show just opened last night, March 20, also featuring Michael Cumpsty, Erik Heger and Miles Anderson. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!

FELA! Ends Limited Engagement on Broadway Today, Aug 4

The return engagement of the award-winning production Fela! is set to close after 32 performances at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre tonight, August 4.

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Photo Coverage: Inside FELA!'s Opening Night Curtain Call!

Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and The National Theatre of Great Britain present the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway and National Theatre of Great Britain production of Fela!, which just opened last night, July 12, for a limited run of 32 performances only at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big openeing night, and we bring you photos from the first curtain call below!

Photo Coverage: FELA! Opening Night- The Star-Studded Arrivals!

Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and The National Theatre of Great Britain present the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway and National Theatre of Great Britain production of Fela!, which just opened last night, July 12, for a limited run of 32 performances only at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big openeing night, and we bring you photos from the star-studded arrivals below!

Photo Coverage: FELA! - Up on the Marquee!

The Broadway run of Fela! this summer at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre begins previews for its limited four-week run on Monday, July 9, with an official opening set for July 12, and will play through Saturday, August 4, 2012. The marquee is up! See below for a first look.

Tickets for FELA's Broadway Return Engagement Go On Sale Tomorrow

Tickets for the Broadway run of Fela! this summer at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre will go on sale to the general public on Saturday June 16 via telecharge.com and phone (212) 239-6200.

FELA! to Return to Broadway for 4 Week Run at Al Hirschfeld Theatre This July!

Producers Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and The National Theatre of Great Britain today announced the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning production of Fela!, currently on a multi-city world tour, for a limited run of 32 performances ONLY at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) from July 9 - August 4. Exploring the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, this provocative hybrid of dance, theatre, music, biography and a party like no-other is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. The world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, again perform Kuti's rousing music live onstage. Recipient of three 2010 Tony Awards (Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best Sound Design), Fela!, featuring the music and lyrics by Fela Kuti, was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel, features additional lyrics by Jim Lewis, and additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean. The musical is inspired by the authorized biography Fela: This Bitch of a Life by Carlos Moore. The press opening for this engagement is scheduled for Thursday, July 12 at 7 PM.

Twitter Watch: FELA! Coming Back to Broadway?

On Twitter Watch, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson wrote 'BREAKING NEWS! (best ever!) come july NYC you get ONE MORE CHANCE to see the return of @felamusical!!!!!! #itsback on #broadway #dontsleep FELA! will play the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) through April 15, 2012. It is directed by Bill T. Jones, is a provocative hybrid of dance, theatre and music exploring the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. The show has become an international sensation having been performed in three continents. Olivier and Tony Award-nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah will lead the cast of FELA! He is joined by Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, who co-starred with Ngaujah in the Olivier-nominated Royal National Theatre production. This touring production is a once in a lifetime experience, a glorious amalgam of the original casts of both Broadway and London's Royal National Theatre. A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, FELA! is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's visionary staging, FELA! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist and celebrates his pioneering music. The production received its world premiere Off-Broadway in September 2008, and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre in November 2009 where its accolades included three 2010 Tony Awards, for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, and an Astaire Award for Bill T. Jones' choreography. FELA! is directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, and music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel, the design and Tony Award winning costumes are by Marina Draghici, lighting design by Robert Wierzel and the Tony Award winning sound design by Robert Kaplowitz. FELA! is produced in association with Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, SlavaSmolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glazer, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky, Knitting Factory Entertainment and with Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson.'

The Ordway presents FELA! in June

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents "FELA!," the recipient of three 2010 Tony Awards, as part of the Ordway's 2011-2012 Theater Season. "FELA!" is 'a provocative hybrid of dance, theater and music exploring the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.'

Paulette Ivory FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Paulette Ivory has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Paulette Ivory has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

Paulette Ivory's first West End show was The Hot Mikado which opened in 1995

Paulette Ivory has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production award at the Helen Hayes Awards for her performance in the Broadway show Aida.

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