Join us for an intimate evening with Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway icon, Jennifer Holliday. Her show stopping, heart-wrenching performance of “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the original production of Dreamgirls is considered one of the all-time best performances in a Broadway musical. She recently returned to Broadway in the role of sexy cabaret singer Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. Other Broadway credits include Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and Chicago. With two Grammy Awards, nine studio albums, and five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts to her credit, Jennifer will dazzle with her powerhouse vocals in an electrifying evening of Broadway, jazz standards, originals, and soulful pop. She has been proclaimed a Broadway legend by critics and fans alike, and you, and you…you’re gonna love her.
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Jennifer Holliday has been proclaimed a Broadway legend by critics and fans alike. Her show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the 1981 smash hit Dreamgirls is considered one of the all-time best performances in a Broadway musical. Her portrayal of the iconic role of Effie “Melody” White in Dreamgirls, a role which she co-created, garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. Most recently, Jennifer completed an acclaimed run as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, following a stint on the national tour as Sophia.
From 1985 to 1992, Jennifer had five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts. Her second album, Say You Love Me, won her a second Grammy for her rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic, “Come Sunday.” Over the years, she has worked with and recorded with many major artists, including Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Maurice White and Foreigner, with whom she performed on a special version of “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
Jennifer’s acting career got a boost when she was cast as a recurring character on Ally McBeal, and she has appeared on a number of other television programs including Touched By An Angel, Hang Time, Happily Ever After, The Love Boat, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and Ellen, among many others.
Jennifer wowed TV viewers with her surprise appearance on the 2007 BET Awards. She has also performed on American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance (USA and Canada), and many televised specials, including “The Leading Ladies” 3 (PBS), “The 4th of July Celebration with the Boston Pops Symphony” (CBS), “The Singer and the Song: Live from the White House” (PBS), “A Capitol 4th with The National Symphony” (PBS) and “Everybody Say, Yes!” with Paul Simon (Showtime).
She has performed live with many of America’s most distinguished symphony and philharmonic orchestras, among them The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, The San Diego Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, The Rochester Philharmonic with Jeffrey Tyzik, the Philadelphia Symphony with Peter Nero, and the Cincinnati Pops with Eric Kuntzel, just to name a few. Jennifer considers herself a “bi-partisan songbird,” and has performed at the White House for President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. In 2000, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music.
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