LaChanze is an award-winning actress who brings an exhilarating and electrifying presence
to any stage she touches. Blessed with a powerful mezzo-soprano singing voice and a
commanding presence, she consistently receives high praises from fans, peers and the
industry at-large. Armed with the gift for dramatic storytelling, a sultry vocal dexterity and
for bringing complex female heroines to life, audiences sit up and take notice of the
actress whether in a hot Broadway production, television show, film or on concert stages.
Currently, she is starring in playwright Alice Childress historic play Trouble In Mind/ Wiletta
Mayer. Prior, LaChanze’s notable performances include roles in A Christmas Carol as the
Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Fezziwig. She originated the role of August in two-time
Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s A Secret Life of Beesfor which she landed an
AUDELCO Award for Leading Actress in a Musical. LaChanze gave a spellbinding
performance in the high voltage Broadway’s Summer The Donna Summer Musical. In
creating the nostalgia of Donna Summer, she landed nominations for the 2018 Tony Award
nomination for Leading Actress in a Musical, 2018 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress
in a Musical and 2018 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Award.
LaChanze stepped onto stage 31 Broadway seasons ago, giving the original production
of Once On This Island its beating and unforgettable heart, creating the role of lovelorn
peasant girl Ti Moune. She won her first Tony Award for giving a voice to Celie, the unlikely
heroine of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the musical’s original staging. Shortly after, she
nabbed an Emmy Award for her riveting performance in the award-winning PBS
special Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise.