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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

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Jeff

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Broadway Ladies: Ms. Broadway June 2011: Nikki M. James

Ms. Broadway June 2011
Nikki M. James

 
WHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: I suppose the fact that she just won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical would be enough.  But let's face it, almost all of that "heart" and "backbone" and "emotional surprise" that everyone talks about with The Book of Mormon comes from Ms. James' character, Nabalungi.  And she didn't just come out of nowhere.  She's paid her dues on Broadway in All Shook Up and the flop, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  She has also worked extensively, and with wide variety, regionally, working with such heavy-hitters as Christopher Plummer, and in works ranging from The Wiz to Romeo and Juliet.  But, for now at least, she's a bonafide Broadway star known for taking The Book of Mormon's sole acting Tony, and for giving one of the evening's most genuine, heartfelt speeches.  Just like she does 8 times a week at the Eugene O'Neill theatre.

 
OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Birthdate: June 3, 1981 (She just turned 29 again!)
  • What you might have seen her in: Broadway: The Book of Mormon, All Shook Up, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Off-Broadway: The House of Bernarda Alba; Regionally: The Wiz (La Jolla), Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); TV and Film: Pizza, Third Watch, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, 30 Rock.
  • Where to find her on the Internet: http://www.bookofmormonbroadway.com/

 
IN PHOTOS:

Headshots:





 Regional Theatre:

Babes in Arms



Romeo and Juliet



Caesar and Cleopatra




The Wiz



 Broadway:


All Shook Up: Production Photos


All Shook Up: Press Events





The Book of Mormon: Production Photos

The Newsweek Photo Shoot



The 2011 Tony Awards:

Press Event
Center, with Andrew Rannells (Mr. May)
and Rory O'Malley

Her heartfelt speech


Some Tony lovin'

Tony victory!
Congratulations, Nikki!

 

 
ON VIDEO:

 


 
"If I Can Dream" from All Shook Up (Telethon appearance with Cheyenne Jackson and Curtis Holbrook)

 

 


 
"Sal Tlay Ka Siti" from The Book of Mormon

 

 
Comments?  Suggestions for future Mr or Ms Broadways?  Leave them here or email me at jkstheatrescene@yahoo.com or Tweet me!
Jeff
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