Phillip Boykin is a 2012 TONY Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominee for his work in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He is also a Grammy Award Nominee for his role as Tonton Julian in Tony Award-winning Once On This Island. A Theatre World Award winner and The Distinguished Alumni and The Anchor Award from the UofH Hartt School of Music. Other performances on Broadway: The Music Man, On the Town and Sunday in the Park With George. Other performances, Joe in the National Tour of Show Boat, The Pirate King/Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Ken in Ain't Misbehavin’, Crown/Jake in Porgy and Bess, Caiaphas in JCS, and Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Fred in Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Lion in The Wiz and Jim in Big River just to name a few. Phillip performed as Booker T. Washington in the Anniversary Concert of Ragtime at Lincoln Center. Mr. Boykin portrayed the role of Big Hand in the movie Freedom (starring Cuba Gooding Jr.) and The Driver in Top Five (starring Chris Rock). He also studied at SC State University, Howard University, and the NC School of the Arts. He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia, Poland, and North America. Mr. Boykin is the Founder, Director, and Manager of the NYGOSPEL BROTHERS.
Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced punk, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. She has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Bon Iver, Brandi Carlile, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Chuck D., and many more. Her most recent albums include 2021’s Revolutionary Love and the June 2023 25th Anniversary Edition reissue of her seminal album Little Plastic Castle, both on her own label Righteous Babe Records. Her memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream was released in May 2019 by Viking Books and was a New York Times Top 10 best seller. Her debut children’s book The Knowing is out now.
Jordan Fisher recently reprised the role of Anthony in the hit Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd opposite Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford. Prior to that, he broke ground in the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen as the first Evan of color to take over the role full-time. Jordan recurred for two seasons on CW’s “The Flash” as Bart Allen/Impulse. He was seen in the Netflix dance film Work It opposite Sabrina Carpenter, and appeared in the sequel to the wildly popular Netflix rom-com franchise To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as John Ambrose. Jordan starred in and Executive Produced Ace Entertainment’s rom-com film Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between based on the YA novel by Jennifer E. Smith. He played Mark Cohen in FOX’s Rent Live and was the breakout star of the Grease Live telecast on FOX, where he sang and played guitar in the role of Doody opposite Carly Rae Jepsen and Julianne Hough. Other past credits include a recurring role on the hit MTV series “Teen Wolf.” He made his Broadway debut to rave reviews in Hamilton as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. Soon after, Lin-Manuel Miranda asked him to sing the Moana anthem “You're Welcome” as a duet together for the animated feature soundtrack. Jordan was well known to young audiences as Dove Cameron’s love interest on the hit Disney Channel series “Liv and Maddie.” He spent two seasons on the ABC Family hit series “Secret Life of the American Teenager” as Jacob, the pushy surprise step-sibling from South Africa. He appeared in the Disney Channel original movie musical franchise Teen Beach Movie, which was named the second highest rated TV movie in cable history, as Seacat, the lovable, bucket hat-wearing, singing, dancing head of the surfer gang! He is an accomplished dancer and choreographer who won the 2018 mirror ball on “Dancing with the Stars” in their 25th season on ABC, and went on to host “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” on ABC. He also hosted and performed at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards and was nominated for best new artist for his EP on Hollywood Records.
Solea Pfieffer is currently starring as Ophelia in Shakespeare in the Park’s Hamlet. Solea is fresh off her Broadway debut in Almost Famous and her film debut in Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues with Netflix. She completed a sold-out run of her solo show You Are Here for Audible Theater. Solea starred in the title role of New York City Center’s revival of Evita, and starred opposite Renee Fleming in The Light in the Piazza at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Prior to that she was seen in the critically acclaimed run of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World (New York City Center Encores! Off-Center), Sondheim On Sondheim (Hollywood Bowl), and as Eliza in the West Coast premiere of Hamilton. Solea starred in the world premiere of the musical Gun & Powder at the Signature Theatre, and as Maria in the LA Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel Hollywood Bowl production of West Side Story, later reprising the role in Steven Reinecke’s National Symphony Orchestra production at the Kennedy Center. On television, Solea has recurred on The Good Fight and appeared in one of the final episodes of ABC’s Scandal.
Lillias White is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for her performance in The Life. She has appeared on Broadway in Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on this Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Fela! (Tony Award nomination) and most recently in Chicago in the Fall of 2021 as Matron “Mama” Morton having first appeared in the Broadway production in 2006. Other Off-Broadway and Regional credits include the musical Black No More in Winter 2022, the Public Theater’s Romance in Hard Times for which she won the Obie Award, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (directed by Phylicia Rashad) for which she won the NAACP Award, and the Carnegie Hall Concert version of South Pacific which was also broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances.” She received the Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Lillian Edwards in “Sesame Street” and is beloved by audiences for voicing the lead muse Calliope in Disney’s animated feature Hercules. Her most recent television appearances include the Baz Luhrmann-directed Netflix series “The Get Down,” as well as “Russian Doll” and “Search Party.” She has appeared in cabarets and concert halls around the world. Her first solo studio album Get Yourself Some Happy! is available now at lilliaswhite.com and on all streaming platforms.
If you need to know anything about Australian-American pop trailblazer Betty Who, it’s that she is a survivor. Born Jessica Newham in Sydney, Australia, the classically trained singer, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist has experienced practically every dimension of pop cultural visibility: going viral on the bombastic strength of 2014 single “Somebody Loves You,” soundtracking Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot with “All Things,” forming deep ties with foundations like GLAAD and the Trevor Project and becoming an LGBTQ+ icon due to her infectious, always- inclusive artistry. Moving from the rigid major-label machinery to rediscovering her power as an independent artist, Betty Who is primed to kick off her latest, most triumphant chapter on her fourth studio album, Big, which she wrote in its entirety. Together with longtime friend and collaborator Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls), who also worked on Betty’s 2014 debut Take Me When You Go, Betty explores self-love and acceptance on songs like “She Can Dance,” the power of female friendship on “I Can Be Your Man,” and career perseverance on the joyous “Blow Out My Candle.” On Big, Betty sings with as much pop exuberance as she always has, but her latest — and greatest — is the most open-hearted and personal work she’s ever produced.
Lindsey Hailes is a Kansas born, Brooklyn, NY based artist, songwriter and performer. She’s been seen on stages across the country while touring with The Wizard of Oz, Dirty Dancing and Hadestown. Lindsey also performs her own genre blending original music under her surname; Hailes. She’s thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in this beautiful and brilliant show. She wants to thank her family for their unwavering love and support, and her team for their fierce belief in her.
Broadway debut! Born in Buenos Aires, Belén is passionate about representation and Spanish language projects. Tour: Hadestown. Regional: American Mariachi, Prince of Egypt, Tarzan, In the Heights. USU alum; Edify Justice Advocates co-founder; McCobb Mortality Services podcast musical producer. Este es para mi familia y todos los DREAMers. @belencitamoyano
Broadway: The Color Purple. TV: “Power,” “Flesh and Bone,” “FBI:Most Wanted” Tour Favorites: Hadestown (Persephone), The Color Purple, Dreamgirls (Effie), Frozen (Bulda),Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde (Pilar). Regional Favorites: Yale Rep, Hollywood Bowl/LA Philharmonic, Deloris in Sister Act (Fulton), Ado Annie in Oklahoma (Music Circus), The Color Purple (Papermill), Legally Blonde(Ogunquit, NC Theatre). @brit_west
Broadway: Amélie, Hair. National Tour: Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Regional: Amélie (CTG), Waitress (ART). When not doing theatre, she tours nationally singing with the bands Saved by the 90s, The Little Mermen, and Emergency Tiara. BFA Emerson College. Honored to join this incredible cast. www.emilyafton.com @emafton
Broadway debut! National tour: Motown the Musical, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Regional: The Black Clown; Grease; Ragtime; Kiss Me, Kate; Show Boat. Praises to God who never fails! Much love to Dad, Mom, McKenzie, family, and friends. Special thanks to Danny at Hudson Artist Agency. ECU Alum. Instagram: @marmwood214
Previously Orpheus on the Hadestown tour, Chibueze just can’t keep away from this show. Born to proud Nigerian immigrants, Chibueze holds a lot of gratitude for being here and hopes he can heal others through his work. Other credits include Once, Urinetown and The Wild Party. Much love to friends, fam, his team, and Big Han. @chibreezy7
he/him. Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, Waitress. Off-Broadway: What’ s That Smell, Lysistrata Jones, The Civil War. Tour: Waitress, Hair and Joseph.... Five shows at Encores! TV: “Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl.” BFA from UMich. Endless gratitude to creatives, SW Casting and Nicolosi and Co. Love to BT and my family!
Broadway debut! Tours: Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Story, West Side Story (Int’l). Favorite regional: Jersey Boys (Nick Massi), Singin’ In The Rain (Don Lockwood), Joseph… (Pharaoh), A Chorus Line (Greg). BFA: University of Michigan. Endless gratitude to Avalon Artists Group, family, friends, Archie, and Billy. For JoJo. @apuette
Broadway debut! Tour: A Christmas Carol (Jess), Todd Rundgren (Clearly Human, White Knight). Regional: Into the Woods (Florinda), Mamma Mia (Sophie), Allegiance (Kei Kimura). Thank you friends, Max, Ashley & Team KMR for bringing this L.A. Native to NYC! For 엄마, 아빠, and 깐돌. Spring will come! @kimchionbroadway
Sojourner is excited to be making her Broadway debut! Credits: Hollywood Bowl's Beauty and the Beast, Walt Disney Records' DCappella, Incredibles 2 soundtrack, American Idol (Guest Artist), Carnegie Hall (Headliner), and NBC's Scene in Color Series. NYU Tisch. Grateful to God, her incredible family, and A3 Artists. sojournerbrown.com @sojournerbrown
Broadway Debut! Regional: Sight&Sound, American Music Theatre. Film:Cupid for Christmas. So grateful and excited to be joining the HADESTOWN family. God is good! Love to Mom, Mikayla, Laurel, family, friends, and mentors. Special thanks to Jeremy and the Nicolosi & Co. team. BFA Shenandoah University Conservatory '22. Instagram: @_de_la_musique
Tara Jackson is honored to be making her Broadway debut in Hadestown! Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, she is an honors graduate from Berklee College of Music. Favorite credits include her three-time award winning performances of Celie in The Color Purple and Hadestown’s Canadian premiere. Much love to Steven and family. @taraatee
they/them. Alex Lugo is overwhelmed with thankfulness to be making their Broadway debut! Seen recently touring the country with Hadestown and in Max’s “And Just Like That” (Toby). Eternal gratitude to CTG, Anonymous Content, my family and Ben for their unwavering faith in me. For TNB2S+ pioneers—there is no us without you. @alexmarialugo alexmlugo.com
Davis Wayne is thrilled to be back at Hadestown! Broadway: Hadestown, New York, New York! National Tour: Hello Dolly! Regional: Riff in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Muny), Chicago (Muny), eleven shows at PCLO, Music ManNSMT (Tommy). He is a native of Pittsburgh and Yinzer at heart. Love to everyone BOH-FOH. @Davis_Wayne
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Broadway: CATS, Head Over Heels (OBC). Other favorites include: R+H’s Cinderella (1st National), Radio City’s NY Spectacular, Saturday Night Live and Lempicka: A New Musical (Associate Choreographer, LaJolla Playhouse). All my love to my family, CESD, Ruby. Cheers! @tannerraywilson