Lillias White, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is the quadruple-crown winner of the 1997-98 Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Friends of New York Award and the prestigious TONY Award for best featured actress in a musical for her performance of Sonja in The Life. Her many other Broadway credits include Jonesy in How to Succeed in Business, Grizzabella in CATS, Asaka in Once On The Island, Joice Heth in Barnum, Aretha Franklin in Rock-In-Roll – The First 5,000 Years, and Effie Melody White in DREAMGIRLS (20th anniversary concert recording available on Nonesuch records).
In off-Broadway Lillias has been Queen Zauba in The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea and Hennie in Romance in Hard Times in which she received a Cobie Award. She was Velma in Crowns where she earned an Audelco Award, and most recently, Obatala in Obatala King of the White Cloth, by David Wright, performed at the Riverside Church, NYC.
On TV, Lillias appeared on various PBS specials from Great Performances with the Boston Pops to In Performance at The White House, as well as on NYPD Blue and Law & Order. She spent four seasons as Lillian Edwards on Sesame Street where she obtained an Emmy Award and she just filmed an episode ofThe Jury on Fox TV.
In the movies, Lillias has been with Jim Carrey, Cop #1 in Gloria with Sharon Stone, as the voice of the lead muse in Disney’s animated Hercules, and as Yvette the #1 neighbor in Pieces of April with an all-star cast including Katie Holmes and Derek Luke (now available on DVD and Video).
Lillias White has performed live at Lincoln Center, Archi’s Place, Central Park, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall and many other venues worldwide. Her recording “From Brooklyn to Broadway” is available at Colony Records in NYC.