Tony Award winner LaChanze celebrates her birthday December 16.
LaChanze made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of Uptown… It’s Hot! in 1986, launching an award-winning career on the Main Stem. In the following years, she originated seminal roles in musical theatre, including Ti Moune in Once On This Island (earning a Tony nomination), Celie in The Color Purple (winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical), and more. She can currently been seen onstage starring in Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind at the American Airlines Theatre.
In honor of LaChanze, take a look at highlights from her stage career.