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Bio:
Broadway debut. Most recently: first national tour of The Book of Mormon. Awards: recipient NAACP for Constant Star, Nominated Helen Hayes 2005 Best Lead Actress in Yellowman at Arena Stage. Theatre: Goodspeed Opera House, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Shakespeare ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway debut. Most recently: first national tour of The Book of Mormon. Awards: recipient NAACP for Constant Star, Nominated Helen Hayes 2005 Best Lead Actress in Yellowman at Arena Stage. Theatre: Goodspeed Opera House, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Shakespeare ... (read complete bio)
VIDEO: Devanand Janki & Laiona Michelle Join Goodspeed's IN THE (HOME) OFFICE Series Photo VIDEO: Devanand Janki & Laiona Michelle Join Goodspeed's IN THE (HOME) OFFICE Series
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2020

This week's episode will feature Devanand Janki, founder of Live & In Color. Located in Salem, CT, Live & In Color develops new works that celebrate diversity, emphasizing non-traditional casting and multi-ethnic participants.

Singer/Actress Laiona Michelle To Celebrate Music Of Nina Simone March 19 Photo Singer/Actress Laiona Michelle To Celebrate Music Of Nina Simone March 19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2020

Laiona Michelle, writer and star of the critically acclaimed LITTLE GIRL BLUE: THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL, which enjoyed a record-breaking sold-out run in 2019, will return to George Street Playhouse for one night only on Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 pm. AN EVENING WITH LAIONA MICHELLE, at George Street's new home in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, will celebrate the music of Nina Simone and classic Broadway.  

AN EVENING WITH LAIONA MICHELLE Celebrates The Music Of Nina Simone And Classic Broad Photo AN EVENING WITH LAIONA MICHELLE Celebrates The Music Of Nina Simone And Classic Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2020

Singe/Writer/Actor Laiona Michelle, makes a triumphant return to the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ, for a one-night only concert, An Evening with Laiona Michelle. The concert will celebrate Black History Month and Women's History Month - and pay special tribute to the life and music of the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone. The evening will include a selection of Broadway classics and will highlight some of Nina's most iconic hits - from Feeling Good and My Baby Just Cares for Me to Little Girl Blue and more. Tickets for this special event, taking place on Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 PM, are currently available at www.georgestreetplayhouse.org.

Laiona Michelle Returns To George Street Playhouse For One Night Only Photo Laiona Michelle Returns To George Street Playhouse For One Night Only
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2020

Broadway veteran Laiona Michelle, writer and star of the critically acclaimed Little Girl Blue - The Nina Simone Musicala?"which enjoyed a record-breaking sold-out run in 2019a?"will return to George Street Playhouse March 19 for a momentous one night concert at George Street's new home in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, celebrating the music of Nina Simone and classic Broadway.

Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards Photo Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019

There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards Photo Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards
by BWW - Dec 16, 2019

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards Update: CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ - Paper Mill Photo BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards Update: CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ - Paper Mill Playhouse Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 9, 2019

There's just a few weeks left to make your voice heard and submit your votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW New Jersey Awards!  Photo December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW New Jersey Awards!
by BWW - Dec 2, 2019

It's December! Voting is now underway for the 2019 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized. Check out the first set of stats below.

Broadway's Future Songbook Series Presents MANDELA Photo Broadway's Future Songbook Series Presents MANDELA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2019

Broadway's Future Songbook Series - presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow - continues its 2019-20 season on Monday, November 25th in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street. Produced and Hosted by John Znidarsic, the evening spotlights the new musical - MANDELA. Show time is 6PM and ADMISSION IS FREE.

125th Street Business Improvement District Announces 26th Annual Harlem Holiday Light Photo 125th Street Business Improvement District Announces 26th Annual Harlem Holiday Lights Event: HARLEM LIGHT IT UP 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019

At a recent event, held at Settepani Restaurant on Malcolm X Blvd., the president and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District, Barbara Askins, officially kicked-off the countdown to the 26th annual Harlem Holiday Lights 2019 celebration.

MAMMA MIA! Opens At The Ivoryton Playhouse Photo MAMMA MIA! Opens At The Ivoryton Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019

On June 26th, the Ivoryton Playhouse will transform from an historic New England theatre to a Mediterranean island, filled with the music we have loved for over 40 years! Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

The Ivoryton Playhouse Presents MAMMA MIA! Photo The Ivoryton Playhouse Presents MAMMA MIA!
by Sarah Hookey - Jun 11, 2019

On June 26th, the Ivoryton Playhouse will transform from an historic New England theatre to a Mediterranean island, filled with the music we have loved for over 40 years!

Photo Flash: George Street Playhouse Celebrates Successful Gala Photo Photo Flash: George Street Playhouse Celebrates Successful Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019

George Street Playhouse's Annual Gala Benefit, held Sunday, May 5 at the Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick shattered fundraising goals this year to become the organization's highest grossing Gala in history, an achievement that punctuated an already celebratory evening as George Street and its patrons look eagerly ahead to the completion of its permanent new home in The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center this fall.

Wake Up With BWW 3/12: Gizel Jimenez Begins Performances in WICKED, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 3/12: Gizel Jimenez Begins Performances in WICKED, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 12, 2019

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Take a moment, grab your coffee, and catch up on the latest Broadway news!

Quentin Earl Darrington, Sasha Allen, Jeremy Hays, and More Will Lead a Reading of Ne Photo Quentin Earl Darrington, Sasha Allen, Jeremy Hays, and More Will Lead a Reading of New Musical MANDELA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

A private, invitation only industry reading of the new musical Mandela will be held on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, 2019. Mandela has music and lyrics by two South African composer/lyricists signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Greg Dean Borowsky and Shaun Borowsky, with a book by Laiona Michelle (Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical). This reading is directed by Schele Williams (Rent, Motown: The Musical), with music direction by Alvin Hough, Jr. (Once On This Island). Fifth Estate Entertainment (Nathan Gehan/Jamison Scott) serves as general manager for the reading. The reading will be attended by Nandi Mandela, Nelson Mandela's granddaughter, on behalf of the Mandela family who have officially partnered with the show.

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/8 - RENT, HEL Photo Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/8 - RENT, HELLO DOLLY, EVER AFTER, and More!
by BWW Special - Feb 8, 2019

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature RENT, HELLO DOLLY, EVER AFTER, and More!

BWW Review: The World Premiere of LITTLE GIRL BLUE-THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL Enthralls  Photo BWW Review: The World Premiere of LITTLE GIRL BLUE-THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL Enthralls at GSP
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 3, 2019

Tickets won't last long for this one. George Street Playhouse (GSP) is now presenting the world premiere of Little Girl Blue-The Nina Simone Musical through February 24. Superbly written and performed by Laiona Michelle, the production enjoys inspired direction by Devanand Janki. This show is a sure fire hit!

Photo Flash: First Look At LITTLE GIRL BLUE - The Nina Simone Musical Photo Photo Flash: First Look At LITTLE GIRL BLUE - The Nina Simone Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019

Following her critically acclaimed performance in American Hero, Laiona Michelle returns to George Street Playhouse to play Nina Simone in a new musical. 

BWW Interview: Director/Choreographer Devanand Janki and LITTLE GIRL BLUE-THE NINA SI Photo BWW Interview: Director/Choreographer Devanand Janki and LITTLE GIRL BLUE-THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL at George Street Playhouse
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 22, 2019

The world premiere of 'Little Girl Blue - The Nina Simone Musical' is a new show that explores the life of American icon Nina Simone. It will kick off 2019 at George Street Playhouse. This production takes the stage under the vision of DirectorChoreographer Devanand Janki. We had the pleasure of interviewing Janki about his career and the upcoming show.

World Premiere LITTLE GIRL BLUE - THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL Comes to George Street Play Photo World Premiere LITTLE GIRL BLUE - THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL Comes to George Street Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The world premiere of Little Girl Blue - The Nina Simone Musical-a powerful new show exploring the life of American icon Nina Simone, as told through her own words and groundbreaking music-will kick off 2019 at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

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