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There are some heavys in this production that I was not aware of. I will see them on tour.

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LaChanze in 2006

Born Rhonda LaChanze Sapp

December 16, 1961 (1961-12-16) (age 48)

St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.

Other names Rhonda Sapp, LaChanze Sapp, La Chanze Sapp-Gooding, R. Lachanze Sapp

Occupation Actress, singer, dancer

Years active 1988–present

Spouse Calvin J. Gooding (1998-2001)

Derek Fordjour (2005-present)



LaChanze (born December 16, 1961) is an American actress, singer, and dancer.


1 Biography

2 Work

2.1 Stage

2.2 Filmography

3 Awards and nominations

4 External links


Born Rhonda LaChanze Sapp in St. Augustine, Florida, her stage name "LaChanze" (Creole:the charmed one), is taken from her grandmother. Her father was in the Coast Guard and her mother is Rose Hines. LaChanze's childhood love of singing and dancing caused Rose to enroll in the Bowen Peters Cultural Arts Center, in New Haven, Connecticut. It is there that she first discovered her love for performing. At Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, LaChanze made her debut as Lola in Damn Yankees musical.

Living in Connecticut in such close proximity to New York City gave LaChanze access to the world of theatre. LaChanze's first theatre production she ever saw was the musical Chicago. Graciela Daniele was cast in this production and many years later Ms. Daniele continues to have a lasting impact on LaChanze's professional development as a performer. While she greatly enjoyed the dance world, LaChanze often felt limited and remembers the frequent urge to stop dancing and belt out a dramatic tune or to erupt into an intense monologue.

After high school, LaChanze attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she majored in theatre dance,voice, and acting. Her first summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of Uptown it's Hot at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. The show soon moved on to Broadway where LaChanze began her professional theatre career.

On September 11, 2001, while she was 8 months pregnant with her second child, her husband, Calvin Gooding, a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. With Gooding she has daughters Celia Rose and Zaya LaChanze.

LaChanze remarried to artist Derek Fordjour on 30 July 2005 and has a stepson Langston through him.

In the spring of 2009, LaChanze will star in world premiere of "Inked Baby", a new play by Christina Anderson. The production will be run from March 5 through April 5 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

"The Wiz" (2009)

The Color Purple (2005)

Dessa Rose (2005)

Once on This Island (2002)

Funny Girl (2002)

Ragtime (1998)

Company (1995)

Once on This Island (1990)

Dreamgirls (1987)

Uptown...It's Hot! (1986)

[edit] Filmography

The Cosby Show (1988) (TV)

Leap of Faith (1992)

For Love or Money (1993)

The Cosby Mysteries (1994) (TV)

David Searching (1997)

Hercules (1997)

Sex and the City (1999) (TV)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2000, 2008) (TV)

Awards and nominations


1991 Theatre World Award - Once on This Island

2005 Obie Award for Performance - Dessa Rose

2006 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical - The Color Purple


1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Once on This Island

1991 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Once on This Island

2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Dessa Rose

LaChanze official websiteLaChanze at the Internet Broadway Database

LaChanze at the Internet Movie Database

The Color Purple at the Internet Broadway Database

LaChanze - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org

v • d • e Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Christine Ebersole (2001) · Sutton Foster (2002) · Marissa Jaret Winokur (2003) · Idina Menzel (2004) · Victoria Clark (2005) · LaChanze (2006) · Christine Ebersole (2007) · Patti LuPone (2008) · Alice Ripley (2009) · Catherine Zeta-Jones (2010)


Complete list · (1948-1975) · (1976-2000) · (2001-present)

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