Bow Down & Celebrate the Glorious Lillias White as She Heads to Birdland

Last updated January 23rd, 2014 by Josh Ferri
Bow Down & Celebrate the Glorious Lillias White as She Head…

Tony winner Lillias White is bringing her big voice and her big talents to Birdland on January 27. White joins the long-running Jim Caruso’s Cast Party to kick off an all-new segment of the show called Mentor Mondays. The singing actress will perform selections from up-and-coming songwriting team Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons. So in honor of White returning to the New York stage, BroadwayBox is looking back on our favorite six YouTube videos spotlighting her one-of-a-kind talents.

"Move," Dreamgirls

Lillias White broke out in the early 80s as the Effie White replacement in the hit 'Dreamgirls,' a role she revisited for the Actors Fund benefit in 2001; if you don't have that concert album, hop over to Spotify now.

"The Oldest Profession," The Life

The role of Times Square hooker Sonja won White the 1997 Tony Award...clearly.

"Mama Will Provide," Once On This Island

White co-starred in 'Once On This Island' with fellow future Tony winner LaChanze. Her part (AKA the best part) begins at 1:37.

"Home," The Wiz

Yes ma'am!

"Brotherhood of Man," How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Consider this song reinvented! Again, the best part begins at the 2:14 mark.

"Don't Rain on My Parade," Funny Girl

The word showstopper gets thrown around a lot, but White stopped the show back in 2002 at the Actors Fund presentation of 'Funny Girl.'