#KeepSharingTheMic #PassTheMic Broadway Edition Round 2 Is Showcasing More Fantastic Women in the Arts

Last updated July 6th, 2020 by BroadwayBox Staff
#KeepSharingTheMic #PassTheMic Broadway Edition Round 2 Is …

Broadway's Dionne Figgins, co-founder of Broadway Serves, wanted to make an impact within the Broadway community raising the volume up on the community's many voices. All day today, Broadway's most fantastic and inspiring women will #KeepSharingTheMic a second time with #PassTheMicBroadway as Dionne described in an Instagram post, she "invited a group of extraordinary Black Women of Broadway to take over the Instagram accounts of some of Broadway's most notable White female stars."

Throughout the day, the incredible women will have conversations which you can find more info about below. Scroll through and be sure to tune in to the upcoming talks!

As we had during Round 1 of these incredible #PassTheMicBroadway partnerships, we would like to continue highlighting the participant's achievements and provide their handles so you can give everyone a follow today, tomorrow and in the future. Read on!

Saran Bakari (Taking over Jennifer Damiano's Instagram)

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Up and coming Saran is a Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama graduate and Helen Wayne Rauh Excellence in Acting Award winner. She has been studying acting and dance specifically since a very young age with an education at the Jones-Haywood School of Dance and Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School.

Jeanette Bayardelle (Taking over Bernadette Peters' Instagram)

The creative and talented Jeanette most recently could be seen as part of the Broadway cast of Girl From The North Country. She had appeared on Broadway as Dionne in Hair and as Celie in the first Broadway run of The Color Purple. Jeannette was also part of the national tours of The Color Purple and Big River.

Alana Bright (Taking over Elizabeth Stanley's Instagram)

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| *alexa, play the Love & Basketball Soundtrack* Wow this journey has been a CRAZY one... I’ve shed many-a-tear, worried that I wouldn’t be good enough... worried that I wouldn’t have the finances... worried that I wasn’t smart enough... But here we are. This is the moment where the worry subsides and I can truly look back and thank God for the people he placed in my life to get me over the bridge. I was given a village... Because where the world saw a little girl destined to be a statistic, he saw potential. He saw a future. And he wrote characters into my story to insure that I ended up right where I needed to be... So, before this caption gets to long thank you @kinderhspva and @emergevillage for fostering my creativity and work ethic and SO much more. Thank you @elevatepeople for nurturing my spirit. Thank you to @youngarts for believing in my gifts. & for giving me the gift of collaboration. Thank you @bwaycollective for PUSHING ME. Thank you to my level for being my second family... I’ve never known friends like you and you’ll be my standard for real friendship till the day I leave this earth. Thank you to my church family back in San Antonio, Texas. Thank you for raising me. Thank you to my extended family— the Brights, the Strongs, & the Williams. Thank you to Tom and Sharon Bright. You will always be my favorite people on this planet. Thank you to @kamilah_bright for being my voice of reason, shoulder to cry on, and best friend since birth... thank you to EVERYONE I’ve met up until this point in my life. Thank you for sharing your stories with me, thank you for building my character. And last BUT CERTAINLY NOT least. Thank you mommy. It was hard. It was so hard at times, but I truly would be nothing without you... Thank you for the long nights at work... for wiping my tears... for pushing me when I couldn’t push myself, and for giving up so much just to see me smile... it hasn’t been perfect, but I can’t imagine my life or future with out you. This is OUR win. I love you @nyabright . I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be attending The University of Southern California for a BFA in Musical Theatre in the fall. Fight On! @uscsda

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Alana Bright is a triple threat singer, dancer and actress as well as a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation winner for Theater who will be attending University of Southern California in the fall for Musical Theatre.

Darlesia Cearcy (Taking over Jessica Keenan Wynn's Instagram)

The dazzling Darlesia's vast Broadway resume includes most recently playing Ezrulie in the Tony winning revival of Once On This Island, understudying Audra McDonald as Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along..., Nettie in The Color Purple, Sarah in Ragtime on Broadway and on tour, as well as appearances in The Book of Mormon and The Goodbye Girl

Erin Clemons (Taking over Natalie Weiss' Instagram)

Erin is currently in the Broadway cast of Hamilton understudying all three Schuyler Sisters. Most recently she appeared as Eliza in the show's 'Philip' touring company. She has appeared on tour in Beautiful The Carole King Musical as well as the 25th Anniversary Les Misérables tour and Broadway revival.

Patrice Covington (Taking over Shoshana Bean's Instagram)

The extraordinary Patrice Covington made her fabulous Broadway debut as Squeak in the most recent Broadway revival of The Color Purple. She appeared in the national tours of Dreamgirls, The Book of Mormon and Motown The Musical.

Kayla Davion (Taking over Sutton Foster's Instagram)

The marvelous, multi-talented Kayla Davion made her Broadway debut in Waitress followed by understudying Ann Darrow in the recent production of King Kong. She is currently an Ikette and understudying the outstanding title role in Tina for which she has performed on Broadway.

Earon DiAnna (Taking over Rachel Estabrook's Instagram)

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I am a BLACK WOMAN! I build .... I don't tear down other BLACK WOMEN! I have felt the pain of being torn down and I have decided I will be deliberate about building others! If I didn't tag you, please don't be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge!! All too often, we women find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity going around let's do something positive!! Upload 1 picture of yourself...ONLY you. Then tag as many sisters to do the same. Let's build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. Challenge accepted COPY AND PASTE ............................................................ If I tagged you, don't disappoint me!! #blacklivesmatter #saytheirnames #istillcantbreathe #eachoneteachone

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The creative Earon DiAnna is a hair and makeup designer who most recently was the wig/hair and makeup designer for Dallas Theater Center's Little Women. She had also worked on the hair crew for Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera as well as the Broadway productions of Sweat and Once on This Island.

Carmen Ruby Floyd (Taking over Kelli O'Hara's Instagram)

The phenomenal Carmen most recently was the first Black Dolly Levi understudy in the recent Tony Award winning revival of Hello, Dolly!. She has appeared as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q and Motown as well as the companies of After Midnight and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

Bianca Horn (Taking over Judy Kuhn's Instagram)

The fantastic Bianca Horn is a Haitian born triple threat and graduate of Southern Methodist University earning a BFA in Acting. She has appeared in the national tours of Hairspray and the revival of The Color Purple. She has played Annie in The Play That Goes Wrong and was set to portray Emma Goldman in Classic Stage's Assassins.

Carly Hughes (Taking over Megan Hilty's Instagram)

The sensational Carly Hughes is a true Broadway triple threat having appeared as The Leading Player in Pippin, Velma Kelly in Chicago and the Broadway casts of Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Ghost The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Most recently she appeared as Angela in ABC's "American Housewife."

Lauren Lim Jackson (Taking over Stephanie J. Block's Instagram)

The singer/dancer/actress Lauren Lim Jackson has quite the Broadway resume! She has appeared in Pretty Woman: The Musical, Motown The Musical, Wonderland, Finian's Rainbow and Memphis.

Tamika Lawrence (Taking over Caissie Levy's Instagram)

The terrific Tamika has appeared in so many Broadway shows! She is set to return to Broadway in Roundabout's revival of Caroline, or Change as Dotty Moffett. Tamika has been part of the Broadway companies of Gettin' The Band Back Together, Come From Away, If/Then, Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Matilda The Musical and The Book of Mormon.

Brie Leftwich (Taking over Betsy Stuxness' Instagram)

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Birthday Vibes #aquarius

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Current New York University Tisch student of the Class of 2023, Brie Leftwich is an aspiring playwright and based on her insta, we are not confusified that she is a fan of Broadway's Wicked.

Kenita Miller (Taking over Patti Murin's Instagram)

Kenita was so wonderful as Mama Euralie in the recent Tony winning revival of Once On This Island. She played Celie in Broadway's The Color Purple, understudied and performed Clio/Kira in Xanadu and is currently in the cast of Broadway's Come From Away

Karine Plantadit (Taking over Kristin Chenoweth's Instagram)

Karine Plantadit has been captivating Broadway audiences for decades with her unbelievably thrilling dance moments. She has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King, Saturday Night Fever, Movin' Out, Come Fly Away and most recently After Midnight. On film you might have seen her in Across the Universe, Chicago and Isn't It Romantic.

J Nycole Ralph (Taking over Kate Rockwell's Instagram)

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Hi! It’s that time!! @passthemicbroadway is TODAY!! @katerockwellnyc is so graciously sharing her platform with me today to TAKEOVER!! Yaaayy!! So come on over to her page and join me for the day! I’ve been a musical theater actor for years, most recently in @bookofmormon . I love the theater. I love acting. I love telling stories. I love creating. I also recognize that there’s a lot of work to be done on Broadway and in the theater world/entertainment industry, at large to bring about equality to all involved. We’re going to explore some of those things today. As a life and business coach for artists, I also recognize that we’re aaaaaalll feeling feelings during this time that we may or may not acknowledge or recognize and that we may or may not know what to do with. We’re going to be exploring that a bit today, as well. So staaaaaay tuned!!! ————————————————————————— #passthemicbroadway #sharethemicnow #keepsharingthemic #womenintheatre #blackwomenofbroadway #bookofmormonmusical #bookofmormonbroadway #broadway #blackactress #blacktress

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The awesome J Nycole Ralph has recently appeared in the national tour of The Book of Mormon. She is also the creator of the web series "Working Out The Kinks," a natural hair sitcom. She is also a coach for actors and creators in the arts to further navigate their path.

Allison Semmes (Taking over Sierra Boggess' Instagram)

The astounding Allison as been in the Broadway companies of The Book of Mormon and both Broadway engagements of Motown The Musical. The most recent Broadway return of the show, she reprised her national tour role played the divine Diana Ross. She has also created Holistic Singing with Allison Semmes, a wellness vocal studio.

Rachel S. Webb (Taking over Ali Stroker's Instagram)

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I think we could all use a smile right now

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Newcomer Rachel Webb is originally from the Dallas, Texas area. She is a graduate of Texas State University and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her website details she is a singer, actress, dancer, model and songwriter.

Rebecca Covington Webber (Taking over Morgan James' Instagram)

The multi-talented Rebecca Covington Webber is the current understudy of three Schuyler Sisters in Hamilton's "And Peggy" National Tour. She has appeared on Broadway in Motown The Musical and Beautiful The Carole King Musical, the latter she appeared on their national tour as well. Rebecca was also a former Ali in the Mamma Mia! national tour.