Ramona Keller

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Ramona’s speaking voice sometimes favors that of a shy school girl, but on stage or in the recording studio, she rocks the rafters with her high-belt soprano, like a seasoned soul diva from ‘back in the day.’ Ramona hails from New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, She attended the High School of Music and art in New York and landed her first professional job immediately following graduation, as the lead in the rhythm and gospel musical, “Mama I Want to Sing.” Via the quintessential classic example of art imitating life, she toured the world for four years and came full circle as her real life became a physical embodiment of the character she portrayed in this musical fantasy. With her ability to handle the pressures involved in live theatre, Ramona proved that if she was on the bill, the ‘show could always go on.’ Because of her dynamic performing strengths and expansive vocal range, in the late nineties she secured a job on Broadway as the principal understudy for three of the four female stars in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (B.J., Brenda, and Pattie); before the turn of the century, she assumed the role originated by B.J. Crosby in the American and European Tours of this musical smash hit.

Almost every actor dreams of performing on the ‘Great White Way.’ Ramona not only accomplished that feat three times, she also originated the principle roles she played in Broadway’s “Caroline or Change” as ‘Radio 1’ and in “BKLYN The Musical” in her breakout role as ‘Ms. Paradice’. She has also done a number of Regional Theater shows including 2 productions of “Dreamgirls”, in which she played the role of ‘Lorrell’.

Ramona’s personal musical inspiration is derived from the best of blues and soul: Pattie LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and most of all Billie Holiday! She has harmonized her voice live in concert with the background support for such varied rock stars as Alicia Keys, PM Dawn, and Dave Stewart of the Eurhythmics.

Securing her legacy as a true musical theater Diva, Ramona has started turning her attention to a series of diverse acting roles. She recently took on the complicated and comedic role of ‘Ms. Quickly’ in the now infamous Broadway Bound ‘Lonestar Love’, for which she received unanimous critical raves. With a series of dramatic, comedic, and musical performances slated for her upcoming schedule, look forward to seeing a varied assortment of roles that Ms. Keller will be putting her unique stamp on in both the near and distant future.

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Ramona Keller STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Public Works Shakespeare in the Park Production, 2019
Thalia

[Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere at The Public Theater Off-Broadway, 2016
Amira

[Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2015
Urchin

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Paradice

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2004
Performer

The Radio

[US Tour]
Touring Revival, 2004
Lorrell Robinson

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
The Radio

The Radio

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2003
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Standby (Standby) [Replacement]

Performer (Standby) [Replacement]


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Bonnie Milligan will lead two private industry readings (by invitation only) of Helen, a new musical, with book, lyrics, and music by Joe Maloney.

MAMA, I WANT TO SING! 40th Anniversary Production Celebrates Black History Month At El Museo's El Teatro

The 40th Anniversary production of Mama, I Want To Sing! will play El Museo's El Teatro for a special Black History Month limited engagement, it was announced by Vy Higginsen, founder and executive director and producer of The Mama Foundation for the Arts.

Photos: The Stars Walk the Red Carpet at Opening Night of KIMBERLY AKIMBO

Check out photos of the stars arriving on the red carpet at Kimberly Akimbo! Kimberly Akimbo celebrated its opening night at the Booth Theatre last night and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big celebration of this great musical adventure!

VIDEO: First Look at TROUBLE IN MIND at The Old Globe

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Photos: First Look at TROUBLE IN MIND at The Old Globe

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The Old Globe Announces Cast and Creative Team for TROUBLE IN MIND

The Old Globe announced today the cast and creative team for its first production of the 2022 Season, Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress (Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White), which began rehearsal today. San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (The Bluest Eye) directs this revival of the neglected modern-day classic.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE on Broadway

The new Broadway production of the Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change opened just last night, October 27, at Studio 54. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special event and you can check out photos from the star-studded red carpet arrivals.

Monica L. Patton Releases Psychological Spy Thriller, NEO GEISHA, With EDM Soundtrack

Philomene Doucette, is a made-to-order assassin struggling between her programming and her desire for free will. Brainwashed and systematically fractured from the age of six, the pretty killer disassociates between her Six-Year-Old Self, the heart, Philomene, the head, and the Monarch Queen, the abyss who finds no issue with killing.

VIDEO: On This Day, July 1 - Jake Gyllenhaal And Ellen Greene Star In LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS At City Center

On this day in 2015, Jake Gyllenhaal and original 'Audrey', Ellen Greene took the stage at City Center in a concert production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors.

Nikki M. James, Andy Karl and More to Take Part in LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT Virtual EP Release Party

Patton Daye Slater Productions announced today the virtual release party for the Love & Southern D!scomfort EP (LASD). On Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 8:00 pm, Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Café) will host the release party that will include appearances by EP vocalists Nikki M. James and more.

VIDEO: Watch Brenda Braxton, Tamara Tunie & More on Stars in the House

Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with Love & Southern Discomfort!  Guest host Brenda Braxton welcomes Bobby Daye, Tamara Tunie, Monica L Patton and Ramona Keller.

Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, October 12- with Beth Leavel, Andrew Barth Feldman, and More!

Today (October 12) in live streaming: Meet the winners of Next on Stage: Dance Edition, Beth Leavel sings with Seth Rudetsky, and so much more!

Nikki M. James and Mauricio Martínez Will Lead New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series

New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Love & Southern D!scomfort and Present Perfect. The live 45-minute presentation will also feature a conversation with the writers and creative team.

New Single 'Liquid Courage' From LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT Featuring Ramona Keller to be Released

Today Patton Daye Slater Productions announced the forthcoming release of the haunting new single 'Liquid Courage,' a song from the upcoming musical theatre concept album Love & Southern D!scomfort. 'Liquid Courage' features music and lyrics by Bobby Daye, lyrics by Monica L. Patton, and vocals by Broadway veteran Ramona Keller.

Nikki M. James, Arielle Jacobs, Mauricio Martínez and More Set for New York Theatre Barn's October Virtual Programming

New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Upcoming installments of the series include excerpts from the new musicals The King's Wife, Love and Southern D!scomfort, Shapeshifters: A Queer Comic Book Musical, Present Perfect and more.

BWW CD Review: Jaime Lozano's A Never-Ending Line Offers Unending Enjoyment

Jaime Lozano and the women with whom he works have brought the world a CD worth listening to... and worth sharing with others.

VIDEO: On This Day, August 31- HERCULES Starring Jelani Alladin, Opens in Central Park!

On this day in 2019, The Public Theater's Public Works put the 'glad' in 'gladiator' with its glorious story of Hercules!

BWW Interview: Jeff Calhoun Reflects on How His Epic Covenant House Gala Became An Emmy Contender

On May 18, Tony-nominated director/choreographer Jeff Calhoun pulled off a truly remarkable night of entertainment, turning Covenant House's annual in-person gala into a fully produced digital streaming concert. Not only did the event bring together more than fifty powerhouse stars, but it raised crucial funds to provide care and support to homeless and trafficked young people in 31 cities across six countries.

VIDEO: On This Day, July 1- Jake Gyllenhaal And Ellen Greene Star In LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS At City Center

On this day in 2015, Jake Gyllenhaal and original 'Audrey', Ellen Greene took the stage at City Center in a concert production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors.

Ramona Keller FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Ramona Keller has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Ramona Keller has not appeared in the West End.

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