Brenda Braxton Biography

Gender: Female

Brenda starred as Velma Kelly opposite Usher in Broadway’s hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe, that earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago’s Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. Other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original production of Dreamgirls. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award given by New York Gov. George Pataki and the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women for her work as founder of Leading Ladies Just for Teens, seminars geared to empowering teenage girls.In November 2006, she launched BBRAXTON; Exceptional Grooming for Exceptional Men, an upscale men’s grooming salon in Harlem. The first salon of its kind, BBRAXTON offers men’s grooming services for the discriminating customer.

Brenda Braxton Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Alan Alda, Glengarry Glen Ross
Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Brenda BraxtonChicago
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Brenda Braxton , Smokey Joe's Cafe