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Soara-Joye Ross

 
Soara-Joye Ross Headshot
Bio:
Native New Yorker born and raised in Queens; Soara-Joye has been performing since the ripe old age of 5 where she had her 1st solo singing “One penny is just a penny…” at her kindergarten graduation. She’s been studying privately since the 6th grade. Soara studied Music at Bayside High ... (read complete bio)
 
Soara-Joye Ross Headshot

Bio:
Native New Yorker born and raised in Queens; Soara-Joye has been performing since the ripe old age of 5 where she had her 1st solo singing “One penny is just a penny…” at her kindergarten graduation. She’s been studying privately since the 6th grade. Soara studied Music at Bayside High ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Miss O
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2018
Frankie
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Production, 2015
The Princess Who Kissed the Frog
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2013
Woman of Catfish Row [Replacement]
Serena (Understudy) [Replacement]
Bess (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Innkeeper's Wife [Replacement]
Old Woman [Replacement]
  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Lettie
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Field Hand
Parishioner
House Slave
Annabel
Field Hand/Parishioner/House Slave/Annabel
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2002
Ensemble/Other Roles
Villager, Vampire and Creature of the Night

Photos

Soara-Joye Ross, Lillias White
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Soara-Joye Ross, Lillias White

From: 
Date:
04/05/2019
Soara-Joye Ross and Corbin Bleu Photo

Soara-Joye Ross and Corbin Bleu

From: 
Date:
11/16/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Miss O

  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2018
Frankie

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Production, 2015
The Princess Who Kissed the Frog

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2013
Woman of Catfish Row [Replacement]

Serena (Understudy) [Replacement]

Bess (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Innkeeper's Wife [Replacement]

Old Woman [Replacement]

  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Lettie

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Field Hand

Parishioner

House Slave

Annabel

Field Hand/Parishioner/House Slave/Annabel

  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2002
Ensemble/Other Roles

Villager, Vampire and Creature of the Night

Soara-Joye Ross Biography

Native New Yorker born and raised in Queens; Soara-Joye has been performing since the ripe old age of 5 where she had her 1st solo singing “One penny is just a penny…” at her kindergarten graduation. She’s been studying privately since the 6th grade. Soara studied Music at Bayside High School where she performed in numerous concerts as a soloist and performer and fell in love with musical theater. Check out a clip of her doing the poem “Being the Mother of a Black Child” at age 16 in the media section.

She continued her vocal studies at Nassau Community College where she starred in her first musical “School House Rock Live” and “She Loves Me” where she played Amalia Balash. She was hooked and decided to head to NYC after she completed her first year at Nassau to continue her studies on scholarship at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Because of her love and dedication to her God given gift she would get up at 4am almost every morning from her home in Queens, head to AMDA and wait for the custodian to open the doors of the school at 7:30am so she could rehearse songs, dance and scenes in the black box theater and studios before class started. She wanted to be her best! By the time she graduated from AMDA she had already done her first Equity Showcase with Broadway performers, was auditioning and being called back for leads in Broadway Musicals, etc…! She was on her way!

Soara-Joye went on tours in and out of the country, at highly acclaimed regional theaters, Off-Broadway and even Broadway but was frustrated because she was tired of being called-back for leading roles on Broadway and not booking them! She took a good look within and after a long talk with her long-time agent Renee Glicker at About Artists Agency she decided to take off a year (considering she was slated to be in the upcoming new musical “Dessa Rose” at Lincoln Center that next year) and study at The J. Beckson Studio where she learned The Meisner Technique under the tutelage of JoAnna Beckson. She feels like it was the best decision! After that she was unstoppable, booking leads all over!

Her Broadway credits include Les Misérables the Revival and Dance of the Vampires and the National Tour of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway credits include The Tin Pan Alley Rag with The Roundabout Theatre Company, Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center (Annabel and performed Dessa Rose ~ Original Cast Recording), the highly acclaimed 2 woman comedy Single Black Female (SBF #2) at The Duke on 42nd, Playwrights Horizons and at Black Spectrum Theater where she also was Assistant Director and Bare at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (Tonya).

In 2009 Ms. Ross starred in the popular European show Palazzo Colombino in Basel Switzerland. Other International credits include Smokey Joe’s Café and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Ms. Ross also toured nationally in Smokey Joe’s Café w/ Gladys Knight. Soara-Joye’s NY Workshop credits include: Dessa Rose directed by Graciela Daniele and Ball directed by Charles Randolph Wright. In July 2008 Ross was asked to play the female lead role of Nicole Springer, in the musical adaptation of the late E. Lynn Harris’ award-winning novel Invisible Life, scored by world-renowned composers Ashford and Simpson. Her Regional credits include: Aida at The Arvada Center (Aida/Colorado Theatre Guild: Outstanding Leading Actress Nominee), From the Mississippi Delta & Ain't Misbehavin' at Triad Stage, Tick, Tick…BOOM! at the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theater (Susan), Ragtime at Gateway & Weston Playhouse (Sarah), Once On This Island at Sacramento Music Circus, Bay Street & Mill Mountain Theater (Asaka & Andrea) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at The Huntington Theatre Co. (Armelia). Ms. Ross was also featured in the Feature Film Garden State as the Handi-World Cashier with Natalie Portman & Zach Braff.

Soara-Joye Ross Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Soara-Joye Ross, Carmen Jones

Soara-Joye Ross News

T. Oliver Reid Will Take Over the Role of Hermes in HADESTOWN Photo T. Oliver Reid Will Take Over the Role of Hermes in HADESTOWN
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2022

Original Broadway cast member and one of the show's celebrated understudies T. Oliver Reid will assume the role of Hermes at the Walter Kerr Theatre starting Tuesday, June 14.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at the KEEPING COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM Screening Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at the KEEPING COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM Screening
by Jennifer Broski - May 9, 2022

This past weekend, Tracie Bennett, Erin Davie, Antwayn Hopper, Michael R. Jackson, John Earl Jelks, Tavon Olds-Sample, Andy Nyman, Soara-Joye Ross, Jessie Shelton, Matthew Sklar, Antoine L. Smith, original cast members Pamela Myers and Teri Ralston, and more were on hand to celebrate the exclusive screening of “Keeping Company with Sondheim”, a documentary from Great Performances on PBS. 

André De Shields Announces HADESTOWN Departure Date Photo André De Shields Announces HADESTOWN Departure Date
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 11, 2022

Hadestown has released the news that André De Shields, Broadway's original Hermes, is set to depart from the award winning production on May 29th. His replacement has not yet been announced.

Liz Callaway, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED & More at Feinstein's/54 Below This Week Photo Liz Callaway, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED & More at Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 21, 2022

This week, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

Jewelle Blackman Will Play Persephone in HADESTOWN Starting April 5 Photo Jewelle Blackman Will Play Persephone in HADESTOWN Starting April 5
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2022

Beginning Tuesday, April 5, Jewelle Blackman will summon spring eight times a week as Persephone in Hadestown at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre.

Broadway's Soara-Joye Ross Will Be the Featured Performer At Rising Ground Gala Photo Broadway's Soara-Joye Ross Will Be the Featured Performer At Rising Ground Gala
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2022

As the capstone of the year-long celebration of its 190th anniversary year, Rising Ground will hold the '190th Anniversary Hope and Opportunity Gala' on March 7th at a midtown Manhattan club, and honor John R. Greed, Chairman, President, & CEO of Mutual of America Financial Group for his enduring commitment to the work of Rising Ground and New York's children and families.

Amy Spanger, Lee Roy Reams, 54 SINGS SARA BAREILLES and More Coming Up This Month At  Photo Amy Spanger, Lee Roy Reams, 54 SINGS SARA BAREILLES and More Coming Up This Month At Feinstein's/54 Below
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2022

Next month, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

Winners Announced For The BroadwayWorld 2021 Maine Awards Photo Winners Announced For The BroadwayWorld 2021 Maine Awards
by BWW Awards - Jan 12, 2022

Winners have been announced for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Maine Awards. The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

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by BWW Awards - Jan 12, 2022

Last Chance To Vote For The BroadwayWorld Maine Awards; YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunqui Photo Last Chance To Vote For The BroadwayWorld Maine Awards; YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021

This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Maine Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

Soara-Joye Ross Videos

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Behind the Scenes of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Gigi Gervais - Oct 30, 2021

Before the end of the run, catch a glimpse of the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Young Frankenstein. The show's final performance is tomorrow on Halloween, which is very fitting.

VIDEO: First Look at YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse VideoVIDEO: First Look at YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2021

Ogunquit Playhouse concludes its 2021 season with the perfect spooky October production: Young Frankenstein, starring John Bolton (Broadway's Anastasia) as the titular Frederick Frankenstein and featuring Ogunquit favorite Sally Struthers (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Frau Blücher.

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSI VideoVIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2021

Just last night, The York Theatre Company presented an All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!, available to view on demand through April 21, 2021.

VIDEO: Public Theater Artists Perform 'Ring of Keys' From FUN HOME VideoVIDEO: Public Theater Artists Perform 'Ring of Keys' From FUN HOME
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2020

Artists from the Public Theater have created a video performing 'Ring of Keys' from Fun Home in honor of pride month!

BWW TV: Check Out Highlights from the Latest Encores! Endeavor PROMENADE VideoBWW TV: Check Out Highlights from the Latest Encores! Endeavor PROMENADE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2019

Next up in the Encores! Off-Center season is Promenade (July 10 & 11) as part of New York City Center's 75th Anniversary Season.

BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Encores! PROMENADE, with Bryonha Marie Parham, Bonnie M VideoBWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Encores! PROMENADE, with Bryonha Marie Parham, Bonnie Milligan & More!
by TV - Press Previews - Jul 3, 2019

Next up in the Encores! Off-Center season is Promenade (July 10 & 11) as part of New York City Center's 75th Anniversary Season. The cast is in rehearsals and gave us a special sneak peek! Go behind the scenes with the whole company below!

BWW TV: What Is Encores! PROMENADE All About? We Put the Cast to the Test! VideoBWW TV: What Is Encores! PROMENADE All About? We Put the Cast to the Test!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 5, 2019

While the cast was in rehearsals, they stopped to play a little game that we like to call Synopsis Showdown! Watch as they find the words to tell us more about the almost forgotten musical!

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sings Out for Black History Month at Broadway Sessions! VideoBWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sings Out for Black History Month at Broadway Sessions!
by Ben Cameron - Feb 28, 2019

Broadway Sessions recently held its 3rd annual Black History Month celebration. We invited an all star roster of Broadway talent to share songs and stories reflecting the influence, impact and legacy of black artists on Broadway and beyond. HOLY MOLY! This was one of the most incredible nights of music we have enjoyed. Beyond that it was moving, hilarious and profound. Enjoy these highlights from Broadway vets Antoine  L Smith, Soarer-Joye Ross, Storm Lever, Brennyn Lark, Judith Franklin, Phoenix Best, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Tiana Okoye, Michel Demby Cain, Imari Hardon, Avery Smith, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Quentin Earl Darrington, Jennie Harney Fleming, John Edwards, Laurissa 'Lala' Romain, Shonica Gooden and Emme Kemp. We also enjoyed performances from 'Rising Stars' Richard Baskin Jr. and Aneesa Folds. OH, and maybe just an impromptu pre show performance by Tony-winning legend FAITH PRINCE! It was a good night.

BWW TV Exclusive: Get an Exclusive Look at the Cast of Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES Ta VideoBWW TV Exclusive: Get an Exclusive Look at the Cast of Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES Tap-Tapping Away!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 19, 2018

Arena Stage presents Corbin Bleu as Billy Crocker and Soara-Joye Ross as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical, Anything Goes. Check out the cast in action below!

VIDEO: Watch Clips From Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES VideoVIDEO: Watch Clips From Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES
by Stage Tube - Nov 17, 2018

Arena Stage presents Corbin Bleu (Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical; In the Heights; Disney Channel's High School Musical) as Billy Crocker and Soara-Joye Ross(Les Miserables, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess National Tour) as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical, Anything Goes. Watch clips below!


Soara-Joye Ross Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Soara-Joye Ross been in?
Soara-Joye Ross has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Soara-Joye Ross been in?
Soara-Joye Ross has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Soara-Joye Ross been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Carmen Jones .