Tony Award Winner, Lillias White, brought her new show to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor for their Musical Mondays series.
August 12, 2022: The one and only Lillias White brought her new show to Bay Street Theater this past Monday, as part of their ongoing Musical Mondays Series and she was, as always, phenomenal. The renowned Billy Stritch accompanied her on piano.
In her show the Tony-Award winner pulled back the curtain to tell humorous, poignant and inspiring stories from her life. Stories she has never told before, onstage or off. The concert interweaved songs that were career milestones, for Lillias, with songs from the soundtrack of her life. She sang songs by Frank Loesser, Stephen Sondheim, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jerry Herman, Cy Coleman and more.
Described by The New York Times as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star,” Lillias White is world-renowned for her “glorious” voice and “slightly superhuman” ability to communicate the heart of a song (The New York Times). Her performance in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical, The Life, won her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
In addition to receiving Broadway acclaim, Lillias is internationally recognized for her television and film work. Lillias received the Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Lillian Edwards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series on Sesame Street in 1992 and is beloved by audiences around the world for voicing the lead muse Calliope in Disney’s animated feature Hercules.
She has appeared in cabarets and concert halls around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House.
Next up at Musical Monday on August 15th is Ali Stroker, the Tony Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, as Ado Annie in the 2019 revival of Oklahoma. She also made history by being the first performer to appear on Broadway in a wheelchair. Her personal motto is “ Turn your limitations into opportunities.”
Photography: Barry Gordin