The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater
at the New Brunswick Performing Arts CenterDirections
Laiona Michelle, a native of Springfield, MA, made her Broadway debut in the principal role of Nanna in Amazing Grace, upon following her performance in the First National Tour: The Book of Mormon. With Little Girl Blue — The Nina Simone Musical, she makes her debut as a writer. Whether playing Dinah Washington in the musical production about the iconic singer’s life (Dinah Was); Calpurnia in a regional Shakespeare production (Julius Ceasar); or as a veteran of the Afghanistan war in the George Street Playhouse production of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Hero, Laiona approaches every role with power and conviction. Awards include: Independent Reviewers of New England, Best Lead Actress award (2001, Stonewall Jackson’s House); Barrymore and Carbonell Awards (2004, Constant Star), The NAACP Hollywood award (2005, Constant Star). Some of her regional credits include: Arena Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Goodspeed Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse and many more. Television: Lift, All My Children, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Blacklist, and Crashing, as well as Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. Special thanks to The George Street Playhouse, The Karma Foundation and Live & In Color. "You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." Nina Simone
Broadway veteran Laiona Michelle, star of the critically acclaimed sold-out Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical, returns for one night only to celebrate the music of Nina Simone and classic Broadway. This concert event celebrates Black History Month and Women's History Month with favorites like Feeling Good, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Little Girl Blue, Sinnerman, and so many more!