Since the 72nd Tony Awards were just a month ago, we wanted to take a look at who acted, sang, and danced their heart out on Broadway after attending an MSI!
1. Jennifer Holliday – Texas Southern University
1982 Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical as Effie White in Dreamgirls
Jennifer was the first to play the role of Effie White (later played by Jennifer Hudson in the movie). She has continued to perform on Broadway, most recently in the Tony Award winning revival of A Color Purple as Shug Avery.
2. Mary Alice – Chicago State University (then Chicago Teacher’s Union)
1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play as Rose in Fences
Mary graduated from Chicago State University and worked as a teacher before starting a career of almost 40 years in the entertainment industry. Some may know her from her movie role in The Matrix Revolutions as The Oracle.
3. B.D. Wong – San Francisco State University
1988 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play as Song Liling in M. Butterfly
As the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role, Bradley Darryl “B.D.” Wong made waves on Broadway. However, many know him from his expansive T.V. and movie career in roles such as Dr. George Huang in Law & Order: SVU or as the voice of Captain Li Shang in Mulan.
4. Phylicia Rashad – Howard University
2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun
Phylicia was the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun and would go onto to receive the NAACP Image Award reprising that role in the movie remake. Many know Phylicia as Clair Hanks Huxtable, the matriarch of The Cosby Show.
5. Anika Noni Rose – Florida A & M
2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change
Many may know Anika from her role in the Dreamgirls movie as Lorrell Robinson and as the voice of Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in 2014 as Beneatha Younger in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which also led to her receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
6. James Monroe Iglehart – California State University, East Bay
2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as Genie in Aladdin on Broadway
After a Tony Award winning run as Genie, James presently plays the roles of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway cast of Hamilton. You may also know James from his appearances on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.