Laiona Michelle to star as Nina Simone in new Musical she penned! Laiona Michelle is an amazing triple threat actor/writer/singer. Meet her and Listen Live @ WGCH.com anywhere at 10:06 am EST. Laiona made her Broadway debut in 2015 in the Broadway Musical, Amazing Grace. Five years after beginning her idea of a musical based on the life and songs of Nina Simone, she completed and began workshopping it. This year George Street Playhouse decided to add LITTLE GIRL BLUE: The Nina Simone Musical to their 2018-2019 schedule! Go Laiona! The play will begin previews on January 29th and will premiere on February 1 for a limited run. There is already talk about bringing it back to George Street or take it to Broadway and tickets for these performances have started selling out.
Recently (pictured below) Laiona traveled to Washington D.C. at the invitation of Kennedy Center’s Millennium State to be a part of their series, Broadway - The Next Generation and to give audiences there, a preview of what they might expect if they were to come to a performance of LITTLE GIRL BLUE.
This exuberant musical reveals Nina Simone’s life, lived in between the black and white keys. It charts her passionate journey from classical piano child prodigy to High Priestess of Soul.
Ms. Michelle is no stranger to playing legendary figures. She played Dinah Washington in the Obie- Award winning musical biography, Dinah Was (2007), based on the life of the iconic jazz legend, and received dazzling reviews for her performance.
Laiona Michelle, who is the recipient of an NAACP Award and a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre, is currently working as co-writer on a new theatrical work based on the life of Nelson Mandela, which recently had its first reading in New York City.
Tickets for “Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical” are now on sale. For more information on Laiona Michelle and to purchase tickets, visit – http://www.laionamichelle.com.