Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Actress and singer Renée Elise Goldsberry

Renée Elise Goldsberry is currently the toast of Broadway for her work in Hamilton, the musical based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury.  It's a musical that uses hip-hop to tell Hamilton's life story, so if you're not into that sort of thing . . . well, there's still Renée Elise Goldsberry. :-D

She happened to win the 2015 Drama Desk Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.  As of this writing, she's still in the cast of Hamilton; she plays the role of Angelica Schuyler Church, daughter of American Revolution general Philip Schuyler; she was Hamilton's wife's sister.

Ms. Goldsberry has also been a fixture on television, having played Evangeline Williamson on the soap opera "One Life To Live" for four years beginning in 2003.  She's also had small roles on "The Good Wife" and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," but her main passions are theater and singing (she even played a singer om "Ally McBeal").   Her other Broadway roles include Nettie in The Color Purple and Nala in The Lion King.

Fun fact: Renée Elise Goldsberry is also a songwriter.  She composed more than half of the soundtrack for the 2001 romantic comedy movie All About You, including the title song, in addition to starring in that movie as Nicole.

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