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Phylicia Rashad

Also Credited As: Phylicia Ayers-Allen
 
Birth Place:
Houston, TX, USA
Bio:
Phylicia Rashad has brought laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moved theatre-goers to tears, thrilled movie fans, offered new insights to students by teaching master classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 19, 1948 (74)

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

Bio:
Phylicia Rashad has brought laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moved theatre-goers to tears, thrilled movie fans, offered new insights to students by teaching master classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2022
Faye
  [Off-Broadway]
Shakespeare in the Park Revival, 2017
Titania
  [New York]
New York City Center Concert Gala, 2016
Old Lady
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater New York Premiere, 2016
Shelah
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Big Mama
Big Mama
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2007
Queen
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006
Bernarda Alba
Bernarda Alba
  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
Performer
Millie Bailey
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Aunt Ester
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
Lena Younger
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Pat
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Athena
  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Peggy Clark
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2000
Peggy Clark
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Zora Neale Hurston
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Anita [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Witch [Replacement]

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director

Photos

Phylicia Rashad and Lincoln Medalist The Honorable James E. Clyburn Photo

Phylicia Rashad and Lincoln Medalist The Honorable James E. Clyburn

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Date:
06/08/2022
Phylicia Rashad and The Honorable James E. Clyburn Photo

Phylicia Rashad and The Honorable James E. Clyburn

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Date:
06/08/2022
From left, scenic designer John Iacovelli and director Phylicia Rashad during the com Photo

From left, scenic designer John Iacovelli and director Phylicia Rashad during the company celebration after the opening night performance of ?Blues for an Alabama Sky? at Center Theatre Group / Mark T

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Date:
04/14/2022
From left, Josh Clapper, Center Theatre Group Managing Director/CEO Meghan Pressman a Photo

From left, Josh Clapper, Center Theatre Group Managing Director/CEO Meghan Pressman and director Phylicia Rashad during the company celebration after the opening night performance of ?Blues for an A

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Date:
04/14/2022
From left, director Phylicia Rashad and cast member Kim Steele during the company cel Photo

From left, director Phylicia Rashad and cast member Kim Steele during the company celebration after the opening night performance of ?Blues for an Alabama Sky? at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper For

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Date:
04/14/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2022
Faye

  [Off-Broadway]
Shakespeare in the Park Revival, 2017
Titania

  [New York]
New York City Center Concert Gala, 2016
Old Lady

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater New York Premiere, 2016
Shelah

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Big Mama

Big Mama

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2007
Queen

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006
Bernarda Alba

Bernarda Alba

  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
Performer

Millie Bailey

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Aunt Ester

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
Lena Younger

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Pat

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Athena

  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Peggy Clark

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2000
Peggy Clark

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Zora Neale Hurston

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Anita [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Witch [Replacement]

Productions

Director

Phylicia Rashad Biography

Phylicia Rashad has brought laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moved theatre-goers to tears, thrilled movie fans, offered new insights to students by teaching master classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, served on boards of prestigious organizations, and broken new ground as a director. She is one of the entertainment world's most extraordinary performing artists. She became a household name when she portrayed “Claire Huxtable” on The Cosby Show, earning numerous honors and awards for over two decades. She teamed up with Bill Cosby in later years on television as “Ruth Lucas” on Cosby.

She portrayed the role of Dr. Vanessa Young in the NBC series, Do No Harm. She has also been a force on the stage, appearing both on and off-Broadway, often in projects that showcase her musical talent such as "Jelly's Last Jam, "Into The Woods, "Dreamgirls" and "The Wiz" as well as dramatic roles in August Osage County (“Violet Weston”), in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (“Big Mama” -- a role that she reprised on the London Stage), in August Wilson’s Gem Of The Ocean, (“Aunt Ester” --Tony Award nomination), and in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (“Queen Britannia”) at Lincoln Center.

She received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, as “Lena Younger” in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun. She appeared in Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, and starred in his highly acclaimed film version of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. She received Critics’ rave reviews for her directorial debut at the Seattle Repertory Theatre with August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, and for The Ebony Repertory Theatre’s production of A Raisin in the Sun in the spring of 2011. She recently directed August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

She is the first recipient of the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre at Fordham University, and has received Honorary Doctorates from Spelman College, Fordham University, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Providence College, Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University, Barber Scotia College, St. Augustine College, and Brown University. She serves on the Advisory Board of the PRASAD Project and the Board of Directors of True Colors Theatre, the Broadway Inspirational Voices, The Actors Center, the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, and the ADEPT Center, which is steering the restoration of the historic Brainerd Institute. A native of Houston, Texas, she graduated magna cum laude from Howard University.

Phylicia Rashad Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Distinguished Performance Awards
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
 
Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
 
The Lortels - 2016 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Gold Star
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play
Phylicia Rashadevery tongue confess
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Phylicia Rashad, Gem of the Ocean
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2004 - Best Leading Actress in a Play Gold Star
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin In The Sun
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Play Gold Star
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun
 
The Lortels - 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actress
Phylicia Rashad, Blue
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play
Phylicia RashadBlues for an Alabama Sky

Phylicia Rashad News

2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List! Photo 2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

The 2nd Annual Antonyo Award nominations from the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season have been announced! See the full list here!

VIDEO: Backstage with the 2022 Tony Awards Winners! Photo VIDEO: Backstage with the 2022 Tony Awards Winners!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 14, 2022

Another Tonys has come and gone! The American Theatre Wing's 75th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, aired live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night. We have interviews with the winners- including Matt Doyle, Marianne Elliott, Michael R. Jackson, Barbara Whitman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Myles Frost, Phylicia Rashad, Joaquina Kalukango, and Deirdre O'Connell.

Photos: Backstage with the Winners at the 2022 Tony Awards Photo Photos: Backstage with the Winners at the 2022 Tony Awards
by Bruce Glikas - Jun 12, 2022

This morning they were just nominees, but tonight... they're winners! BroadwayWorld is backstage at Radio City Musical Hall for the 75th Annual Tony Awards and we're bringing you live photos of tonight's winners.

SKELETON CREW's Phylicia Rashad Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actre Photo SKELETON CREW's Phylicia Rashad Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

Phylicia Rashad has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for SKELETON CREW.

Video Roundup: Tony Award Winners Share Their First Impressions Backstage Photo Video Roundup: Tony Award Winners Share Their First Impressions Backstage
by Stephi Wild - Jun 12, 2022

Throughout the night, the official YouTube channel of the Tony Awards will be sharing videos from its First Impressions Cam, presented by City National Bank, showcasing tonight's winners. Stay tuned here as we update this story as new videos are posted!

Recap the 2022 Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches Photo Recap the 2022 Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

Miss a speech from the 75th Annual Tony Awards? As winners take the stage this evening, stay tuned to BroadwayWorld as we bring you full text of all of the acceptance speeches; from the emotional to the humorous, and everything in between. 

2022 Tony Awards Winners- Full List! Photo 2022 Tony Awards Winners- Full List!
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

The best of Broadway gathered on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the 75th Annual Tony Awards. BroadwayWorld has the complete list of winners for the Tony Awards!

Photos: Broadway Stars Align on the 2022 Tony Awards Red Carpet Photo Photos: Broadway Stars Align on the 2022 Tony Awards Red Carpet
by Bruce Glikas - Jun 12, 2022

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing) at them 2022 Tony Awards!

Counting Off the Tony Awards Already Won by the 2022 Nominees! Photo Counting Off the Tony Awards Already Won by the 2022 Nominees!
by Team BWW - Jun 11, 2022

The 2022 Tony nominees are already winners... literally. For some, this marks their first nomination, but others have already won Tony Awards in seasons past. We took a look at which nominees have won at least a Tony or two (or six!) - amongst them, they've gathered a total 61 awards!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered! Photo How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!
by Team BWW - Jun 11, 2022

The 75th Annual Tony Awards are back this year at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2021/22 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

Phylicia Rashad Videos

VIDEO: Backstage with the 2022 Tony Awards Winners! VideoVIDEO: Backstage with the 2022 Tony Awards Winners!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 14, 2022

Another Tonys has come and gone! The American Theatre Wing's 75th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, aired live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night. We have interviews with the winners- including Matt Doyle, Marianne Elliott, Michael R. Jackson, Barbara Whitman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Myles Frost, Phylicia Rashad, Joaquina Kalukango, and Deirdre O'Connell.

VIDEO: Dominique Morisseau and Company Talk Bringing SKELETON CREW to Broadway VideoVIDEO: Dominique Morisseau and Company Talk Bringing SKELETON CREW to Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 12, 2022

Skeleton Crew, the new play by Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is taking Broadway by storm at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, where it opened on January 26.

VIDEO: Watch Scenes from SKELETON CREW on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Watch Scenes from SKELETON CREW on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 25, 2022

Manhattan Theatre Club is presenting the Broadway premiere of Skeleton Crew, written by Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production opens tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26, at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Plans on Going to Every Broadway Show on THE TONIGH VideoVIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Plans on Going to Every Broadway Show on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2021

The two also saluted the return of Broadway in a viral clip last night which also featured Phylicia Rashad, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Christopher Jackson, and more.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for CHADWICK BOSEMAN: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST on Netflix VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for CHADWICK BOSEMAN: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST on Netflix
by Stage Tube - Apr 13, 2021

Boseman's other film roles include 21 Bridges (2019) and Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods (2020). 

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer For JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, Starring Forest Whit VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer For JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, Starring Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and More!
by Stage Tube - Oct 4, 2020

An all new trailer has been released for the upcoming Christmas musical film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

VIDEO: Billy Porter, Phylicia Rashad, Uzo Aduba and More Honored at the 2020 Televisi VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter, Phylicia Rashad, Uzo Aduba and More Honored at the 2020 Television Humanitarian Awards
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2020

Last night, the sixth Television Humanitarian Awards, presented by The Creative Coalition, honored figures in the television industry who are actively engaged in advocacy work. 

VIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE VideoVIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE
by Stage Tube - Sep 2, 2020

The Lie is written and directed by Veena Sud, and stars Mireille Enos (The Killing), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education) and Joey King (The Kissing Booth 2, The Act). When their teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception. Produced by Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Christopher Tricarico, and Jason Blum. Executive produced by Howard Green, Kim Hodgert, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson and Aaron Barnett.

VIDEO: Watch the All New Teaser Trailer For Pixar's SOUL VideoVIDEO: Watch the All New Teaser Trailer For Pixar's SOUL
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2020

A new teaser trailer has been released for Pixar's upcoming film Soul!

Video Flashback: Bryan Terrell Clark and Kamal Angelo Bolden in Center Theatre Group VideoVideo Flashback: Bryan Terrell Clark and Kamal Angelo Bolden in Center Theatre Group's IMMEDIATE FAMILY
by Stage Tube - Jun 27, 2020

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride, Center Theatre Group has shared a very funny coming out scene (that doesn't quite go as expected) from Paul Oakley Stovall's 'Immediate Family,' which Phylicia Rashad directed at the Mark Taper Forum in 2015.


Phylicia Rashad Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Phylicia Rashad been in?
Phylicia Rashad has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Phylicia Rashad been in?
Phylicia Rashad has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Phylicia Rashad been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Skeleton Crew , Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for Skeleton Crew , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Skeleton Crew , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Skeleton Crew , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Head of Passes , Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for Head of Passes , Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for every tongue confess , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Gem of the Ocean , Best Leading Actress in a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for A Raisin In The Sun , Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Blue and Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Blues for an Alabama Sky .

What awards has Phylicia Rashad won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Skeleton Crew, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for Head of Passes, Best Leading Actress in a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for A Raisin In The Sun Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A Raisin in the Sunand Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun.