10 Roles Ragtime on Ellis Island Breakout Star, Aisha Jackson, Needs to Play

Last updated August 10th, 2016 by Josh Ferri
10 Roles Ragtime on Ellis Island Breakout Star, Aisha Jacks…

Broadway insiders (producers, press, casting directors, actors) boarded ferry boats for Ellis Island on August 8 to see Sammi Cannold’s site-specific vision for the beloved musical Ragtime. A starry cast, including Laura Michelle Kelly, Brandon Victor Dixon, Michael Park, and Andy Mientus, wowed the crowd with selections from the show, but the absolute breakout moment was when newcomer Aisha Jackson sang Sarah's big showstopper “Your Daddy’s Son”.

Watching the other actors watching her and hearing her voice soar was a highlight of the night, especially since it was the first night many in the audience saw Jackson perform like this. Her previous New York work includes swing/ensemble roles in Beautiful, Invisible Thread, and currently Waitress. After seeing her shine in Ragtime, here are 10 starring and featured roles we want to see Jackson perform next.

Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls

Nettie in The Color Purple

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Lutiebelle in Purlie

Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton

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Dionne in Hair

Eponine in Les Miserables

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Aida in Aida

Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar

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Ti Moune in Once on This Island

Felicia in Memphis

Until this happens, you could see Aisha Jackson in Waitress at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre.