Valarie Pettiford

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Valarie Pettiford is an American stage and television actress, dancer, and jazz singer. She received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the broadway production Fosse. She is also known for her role as "Big Dee Dee" Thorne on the UPN television sitcom Half & Half.

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Valarie Pettiford STAGE CREDITS

[San Diego, CA (Regional)]
La Jolla Revival, 2006
Aunt Em

[Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Revival, 2005

Original Broadway Production, 1999

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1992
Shannara/Technician/Make-Up Specialist/GTX Lady/Script Supervisor/Rebecca

Original Broadway Production, 1986
Pearl/Band Singer/1st Shadow

Band Singer

First Shadow


Original Broadway Production, 1985

Original Broadway Production, 1981
Performer (Understudy)

Sophisticated Lady (Understudy)

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1979

Broadway Transfer, 1978
Performer (Swing)

Valarie Pettiford Productions

[Broadway, 1986]
Dance Captain
[Off-Broadway, 1985]
[Broadway, 1981] [Replacement]
Dance Captain[Replacement]

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Star-Studded One Night Only Returns to The Mccallum Featuring Blackhurst, Snyder, Stritch, Bufford and More

Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center announces the return of “One Night Only' for the 17th year at the McCallum Theatre produced by Michael Childers with returning director Scott Coulter and musical director Todd Schroeder along with choreographer Jonathan Sharp. This year’s theme is “Las Vegas: The Golden Age, 1950-1970.” Patrons will take a step back in time for “Las Vegas: The Golden Age, 1950-1970” starring Debby Boone, Clint Holmes, Jennifer Leigh Warren (all 3 pictured) Klea Blackhurst, Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Jason Graae, Valarie Pettiford, , Nita Whitaker, Seth Sikes, Nicholas King, Kelli Rabke, Gary Shaw, Scott Coulter, Julie Garnye’, Alex Getlin, Tamika Lawrence, Aaron Lazar, Debbie Gravitte, Jessica Hendy, Daniel LeClaire, Chris Mann, Lesli Margherita, Anthony Murphy, Jonathan Sharp, James Snyder and Nickerson-Rossi Dance.

Interview: The Genius of Bob Fosse & Gwen Verdon Lives on Through Nicole Fosse, Founder of The Verdon Fosse Legacy

Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Nicole Fosse, Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse's daughter, as she shares the details of creating The Verdon Fosse Legacy.

Video: The Best Broadway Performances from the Kennedy Center Honors

The 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming up and we are celebrating the special occasion with some of our favorite videos of past Broadway performances. Check out the full list!

Photos: The Best of 2022 by Photographer Helane Blumfield

Broadway World Cabaret Photographer Helane Blumfield has been hard at work this year, and these are the favorites from her 2022 collection.

Photos: CABARET CONVENTION 2022 at Rose Theater by Helane Blumfield

For three nights the Mabel Mercer Foundation presented their picks of artists for the 2022 Cabaret Convention at Rose Theater at Jazz At Lincoln Center.

The 33rd New York Cabaret Convention Announced At Jazz At Lincoln Center, October 26-28

It's back! -- three extraordinary nights of “live” songs, entertainers, and musicians – all in celebration of the 33rd annual New York Cabaret Convention, produced by The Mabel Mercer Foundation. 

Photos: Matt Baker Captures The Electricity Of THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdland Theater With His Camera

Photographer Matt Baker returns to Birdland Theater after two weeks of traveling, and just in the nick of time: it looks like Susie Mosher's show was in rare form.

BEN JONES: LOVE SONGS to be Presented at Feinstein's/54 Below

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Ben Jones in Ben Jones: Love Songs on February 12, 2022. 

Phylicia Rashad, Dionne Warwick and Sarah Dash to Join G. Keith Alexander's HarlemAmerica TV

G. Keith Alexander's HarlemAmerica TV has launched a podcast/video entertainment series featuring exclusive interviews with entertainment change-makers Phylicia Rashad, Dionne Warwick, Keith David, Irene Gandy, Gloria Gaynor, Phyllis Stickney, Kathy Sledge, Rolonda Watts, Valarie Pettiford, Miguel Nunez, Sarah Dash and others.

The Auditorium Theatre Presents Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, October 23

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater returns to the Auditorium Theatre for its full-length performance in 22 years on Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 7:30PM with Roots & Wings. Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, the company's 'dancers are striking, with superb technique and an emotional heat ideally fitted to the choreography” (WTTW). 

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of HOME ECONOMICS on ABC - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Get all the scoop on HOME ECONOMICS, airing on ABC on Tuesday, August 10, 2021!

VIDEO: The Best of Broadway at the Kennedy Center Honors

On December 22 (9pm on CBS), five Honorees will receive the 44th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. Plenty of Broadway babies have been honored at past ceremonies and the best of Broadway makes the trip to DC to tribute them. Check out just a few of our favorites.

A 'Deeply Rooted Evening For Chicago's Healing' to Feature Joyous GOSHEN PREVIEW

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater's professional company returns to live, in-person performance with 'A Deeply Rooted Evening for Chicago's Healing: GOSHEN (preview)' August 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street. The performance continues Deeply Rooted's 25th anniversary season.

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of HOME ECONOMICS on ABC - Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of HOME ECONOMICS and if it's a new episode, airing on ABC on Tuesday, June 15, 2021!

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES Season Two Premieres June 27

New guest stars featured in these episodes include James Purefoy (Rome, Pennyworth) as “Philippe de Clermont,” Steven Cree (Outlander) as “Gallowglass de Clermont,” Adelle Leonce (Black Mirror) as “Phoebe Taylor” and Sheila Hancock (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) as “Goody Alsop,” among others.

STAGE FRIGHT The Interactive, Musical Thriller Returns To MTC's Virtual Theatre

Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), currently in its 34th season, presents a fundraiser event with a virtual reading of, Stage Fright: An Interactive Musical Thriller on March 18th at 7pm and March 19th & 20th at 8pm.

The Verdon Fosse Legacy and Broadway Dance Center Present The Online Global Fosse Festival

This six-day Zoom series--targeting multiple time zones--enables everybody (dance professionals, performers, students, Broadway lovers, dance aficionados, and Fosse fans alike) from around the world to come together and learn Bob Fosse's signature stylized choreography from some of the most sought after Legacy-sanctioned reconstructors.

The Richard Lawson Studios Master Class Series Returns With Director Trey Haley

On February 27th, Master Teacher Richard Lawson will be joined by director Trey Haley. Twenty actors will be given the opportunity to have their self-tape auditions assessed and redirected by Mr. Lawson and Mr. Haley. Classes take place Saturday mornings at 10 AM PST via Zoom.

Tony Nominee Valarie Pettiford Discusses The Legacy Of Ann Reinking On BROADWAY'S CALLING

Tony nominee Valarie Pettiford ( Fosse) discusses her tv career ( Half & Half, Blacklist and The Family Business) and the legacy of Fosse and Ann Reinking on Broadway's Calling with Lance Roberts.

AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder Offer A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES Catch-Up

The entire first season will be available on Sundance Now, Shudder and AMC+ as free content without a subscription from January 4 through January 18.


Valarie Pettiford has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Valarie Pettiford has not appeared in the West End

Valarie Pettiford has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the Broadway show "Fosse." Additionally, she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards, also for her role in "Fosse." These nominations highlight her talent and recognition in the industry.

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