Tonya Pinkins American Actress Soundtrack Composer

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Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins
American actress Tonya Pinkins – who has been nominated for a Award for her title performance in Caroline, or Change – explains why the Tony Kushner musical has become a family affair & notes how small changes affect the world.

Award-winning American actress Tonya Pinkins grew up in Chicago and studied musical theatre before moving to New York when she landed a role in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, aged just 19.

She received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Derwent Awards for Jelly’s Last Jam, and also appeared in The Wild Party, Play On, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold on Broadway, as well as Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change, for which she received the Obie, Lortel and LA Drama Critics Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award.

Patricia McGregor will direct the gritty drama about life and change in a Memphis housing project, by the author of Broadway’s The Mountaintop.

Hurt Village — running Feb. 7-March 18, 2012, with a Feb. 27 opening — will be the inaugural production in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the not-for-profit Signature’s new home in Signature Center at 480 W. 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenues.

The initial cast list for Hurt Village includes Marsha Stephanie Blake (The Merchant of Venice; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), Amari Cheatom (Zooman and the Sign), Nicholas Christopher (Rent, In the Heights), Corey Hawkins (Suicide, Incorporated), Ron Cephas Jones (Gem of the Ocean, The Bridge Project), Joaquina Kalukango (Godspell), Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; “All My Children”) and Saycon Sengbloh (Fela!, Hair). Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Filmograpy Tonya Pinkins

Fading gigolo by John Turturro
Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom – Mrs. Robinson 2008
Enchanted – Phoebe Banks 2007
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (documentary) – Herself, Soundtrack (performer: “Dotty and Caroline”, “Gonna Pass Me a Law”, “Noah Go to Sleep”, “Lot’s Wife”, “Moon Trio”, “Roosevelt Petrucius Coleslaw”) 2007
Premium – Marva 2006
True Grits (short) – Woman #1 2006
Romance & Cigarettes – Female Medic 2005
Love, Mom (short) – Mom 2004
Love Hurts – Auntie V 2002
Above the Rim – Mailika 1994
See No Evil, Hear No Evil – Leslie 1989
Hotshot – Actress 1987
Beat Street – Angela 1984
Growing Up Young (short) – Carol 1980