Tony and Grammy Award Winner, Original Hamilton Cast Member Renée Elise Goldsberry Comes to Toledo Jan. 25, 2020

Published Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:00 am

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress, vocalist, and original cast member of the hit musical phenomenon Hamilton, comes to Toledo for a one-night-only performance with the Toledo Symphony on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8 PM at the Stranahan Theater.

Renée Elise Goldsberry originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in Broadway’s Hamilton. The sung-and rapped-through musical about U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton swept the country by storm since its Broadway debut in 2015, garnering unprecedented success. It received a Grammy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous Tony Awards. Goldsberry won her 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance on Hamilton. She also won a Grammy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Lucille Lortel Award for the same role. In 2017, Goldsberry, along with her “Schuyler Sisters” castmates Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones, performed America, the Beautiful in the Super Bowl LI pregame show.

Hamilton was not Goldsberry’s first appearance on Broadway. Goldsberry also originated the role of Nettie Harris in The Color Purple, the Broadway musical adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel of the same name, played Nala in The Lion King, and was in the cast of the United States tour of Dreamgirls. Goldsberry was selected to play Mimi Márquez in the final cast of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical Rent in 2008.

Since Hamilton, Goldsberry has worked on several projects. She’s appeared in The Get Down on Netflix and shot the title role for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She currently stars in the Netflix series Altered Carbon and a new movie, Waves, scheduled to release this November.

On January 25, 2020, Goldsberry, background singers Crystal Hall, Kristina Miller, and Anastasia Talley, and a full band, including Michael Mitchell on piano, Jordan Peters on guitar, Kenneth Salters on drums, and Jeffrey Hanley on bass, will join the full Toledo Symphony at the Stranahan Theater. The evening will cover music from a variety of genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and gospel.

“It’s going to be a party on stage,” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “Audience members will hear their favorite music from The Lion King, Rent, and of course, Hamilton, but they’ll leave having witnessed something intimate and special as well. Renée is one of the most genuine and down-to-earth artists out there. She has an incredible ability to connect to people, and her personal stories and inspirations behind her original songs will transform.”

Goldsberry will also perform original songs based on the poetry of American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Angelou was a prolific and wide-read poet in her lifetime. Her poetry has been praised for its depiction of Black beauty, strong women, and the resilience of the human spirit. In 2010, Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., by President Barack Obama, adding to the over 50 honorary degrees and awards received during her life. In 2013, Angelou was also the recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for her contributions in the literary community. She died in 2014 at the age of 86.

“Renée is one of those rare artists with the vocal versatility that is strong and nimble enough to span so many different genres, and do so authentically,” says Kanney. “The original songs inspired by Maya Angelou will take your breath away. You’re going to want to be ‘in the room where it happens.’ It’s going to be a real treat.”

The one-night-only performance of Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry will take Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8 PM at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at toledosymphony.com, by calling 419.246.8000, or by stopping by the box office at 1838 Parkwood Avenue.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at fkanney@artstoledo.com.

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