An Evening with Jennifer Holliday

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An Evening with Jennifer Holliday

Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Jennifer Holliday has been proclaimed a Broadway legend by critics and fans alike. Her show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad “And I am Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the 1981 smash hit, Dreamgirls, is considered one of the all-time best performances in a Broadway musical. The iconic role made Jennifer Holliday a household name and introduced her big, soulful voice to the world.

Her portrayal of Effie “Melody” White in Dreamgirls, a role which she co-created, garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first GRAMMY® Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. Considering herself a “Broadway baby,” Holliday completed an acclaimed run as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, following a stint on the national tour as Sophia.

From 1985 to 1992, she had five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts. Her second album, Say You Love Me, won her a second GRAMMY® for her rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic, “Come Sunday.” Over the years, she has worked with and recorded with many major artists, including Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Maurice White and Foreigner, with whom she performed on a special version of “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

Jennifer Holliday’s acting career got a boost when she was cast as a recurring character on Ally McBeal, and she has appeared on a number of other television programs including Touched By An Angel, Hang Time, Happily Ever After, The Love Boat, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wendy Williams Show and Ellen, among many others.

Holliday wowed TV viewers with her surprise appearance on the 2007 BET Awards, and she has also has performed on American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance (USA and Canada), and many televised specials, including “The Leading Ladies” 3 (PBS), “The 4th of July Celebration with the Boston Pops Symphony” (CBS), “The Singer and the Song: Live from the White House” (PBS), “A Capitol 4th with The National Symphony” (PBS) and “Everybody Say, Yes!” with Paul Simon (Showtime).

Her current repertoire showcases new songs, jazz classics, pop standards, show tunes and much more. She has performed live with many of America’s most distinguished symphony and philharmonic orchestras, among them The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, The San Diego Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, The Rochester Philharmonic with Jeffrey Tyzik, the Philadelphia Symphony with Peter Nero, and the Cincinnati Pops with Eric Kuntzel, just to name a few.

She considers herself a “bi-partisan songbird,” and has performed at the White House for President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. In 2000, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music.

Jennifer Holliday is celebrated as a “singer’s singer.” She is a truly electrifying performer who delivers her songs with deep passion and sincere emotion. She is a vocal powerhouse with a remarkable vocal range from contralto to soprano and a soulful and throaty style, which touches hearts and leaves her audiences moved and inspired.

Presented by The Friends of The Sheldon
Sponsored by Steward Family Foundation, World Wide Technology, Inc. and Edward Jones

Ticket Prices

$50 orchestra
$45 front balcony
$40 rear balcony

Patron tickets are $150/$140 for Sheldon Members and are on sale now. Tickets include preferred seating, a pre-concert reception, complimentary parking, and a tax deduction. Call The Sheldon at 314.533.9900.

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