Fame producer John Frost has pulled of a casting coup for the Sydney season of the show, announcing that the role of Miss Sherman will be played by Tony Award winning actress Lillias White.
Ms White has been recognized on Broadway with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, People’s Choice Award and The Outer Critics Award for Best Actress in a Musical – Broadway’s Prestigious Quadruple Crown – for her 1997 role as Sonja in The Life.
In 1990 she won The Obie Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Hennie in Romance in Hard Times. In addition, she won The Drama Logue Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the national tour of Dreamgirls.
Other Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business, Once on This Island, Rock n’ Roll: The First 5,000 Years (Aretha Franklin ), Barnum, Carrie and Dreamgirls, and she has performed in US and international tours of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tintypes and The Wiz. Ms White’s TV and film credits include featured roles in the films Pieces of April, The Grinch That Stole Christmas, North and Disney’s Hercules. In 1992, Ms White won an Emmy Award® for her role as Sesame Street’s Lillian Edwards.
“I’m overjoyed that Lillias had a gap in her busy performing schedule to join my production of Fame,” Frost said.
“She is an extraordinary performer, and now Sydney audiences can see why Lillias has won just about every theatre and television award there is in the US. Sydney, prepare for The Voice!”
The Sydney season of Fame opens on October 9 at the Capitol Theatre.