Award-Winning Singer and Actress Performs in San Diego

| January 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lillias White, a Tony and Emmy award-winning American singer and actress, will perform at 7 p.m.Sunday, January 19 at Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest. 

She made her Broadway debut in “Barnum” in 1981. She understudied the role of Effie in the original 1981 production of “Dreamgirls” and played the part in the 1987 revival. White has appeared on Broadway in Cats as Grizabella, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” as Miss Jones, “Chicago” as Matron Mama Morton, and benefit concert versions of “Funny Girl” (in which she sang the role of Fanny Brice), Perhaps her most notable role was in Cy Coleman’s “The Life,” for which she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of a world-weary, no-nonsense, streetwise hooker named Sonja. Her performance of “The Oldest Profession,” a song in which Sonja bemoans the life of a prostitute, was a tour de force and received standing ovations nightly.

White performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a concert of works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin and his brother Ira, celebrating the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. She has also appeared in concert at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center and has toured internationally with her one-woman show “From Brooklyn to Broadway.” She is heard on the 1991 Madonna recording “Rescue Me.” White later appeared on the PBS series “Sesame Street,” including the 1997 VHS release “Elmo Says Boo.”

White’s television appearances include a regular role on “Sesame Street” (for which she won an Emmy Award), “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “NYPD Blue.”

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Lillias White has had an impressive career and loves performing to live audiences.


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