Gabrielle Beckford is an NYC native from Queens. National Tour: First National Tour of The Prom. Regional Theatre: 15 Year Anniversary production of CROWNS (McCarter Theatre Center/Long Wharf Theatre), GLORIA: A Life (McCarter Theatre Center/American Repertory Theatre), Nina Simone: Four Women, A Play with Music (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Hair (GEVA Theatre Center), All Shook Up (LaGuna Beach Playhouse). Repertory Theatre: AIDA, Hairspray, Big River, Sister Act (Pagosa Springs Center)
Bennett may be pint-sized, but she has the undeniable ability to stand out like the brightest star in the sky. She has graced Broadway and Off-Broadway stages as the lead in Rent, Columbia in Rocky Horror, Dorothy in The Wiz and recently Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’. She was a top-five finalist on season five of American Idol, and has worked in film & TV with Tyler Perry, Lynn Whitfield, etc. Bennett is excited for final touches on her much-anticipated sophomore album.
Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper/Lord High Underling, u/s The Wiz
James Major Burns
Ensemble, u/s Gatekeeper/Uncle Henry/Lord High Underling
Jaden Dominique – Is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University from Valencia,California. The California native was recently seen as Celie in the Color Purple at Maine State Music Theatre and Sarah, Ragtime (Lyric Stage). In June Jaden will be furthering her career by moving to NYC. Jaden would like to thank God, family, Her agent Mikey Nagy and the entire Wiz cast, crew and creative team. For more on Jaden’s journey follow her at Jaden.Dominique on Instagram and facebook
Deirdre hails from Greenwood Lake, New York where she found her love for dance at the age of 3. Recent credits include Belle in A Christmas Carol (Palace Theatre) and The Other Side (The Kennedy Center). Deirdre graduated from Howard University as an inaugural Chadwick A. Boseman Scholar. She would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support. AVID!
Grant Evan most recently appeared Off Broadway in the new musical Shooting Star. They have previously appeared in Five Guys Named Moe at the Fulton Theater and are so excited to be back! Other favorite roles include M. Le Cure in The Baker’s Wife Off Broadway with J2 Spotlight (with casting by Stephen Schwartz), Martin in Scouts the Musical, Man 1 in Songs for A New World at the Limelight Theatre and Lilies, or the Revival of a Romantic Drama- Off Broadway. They currently reside in New York City. IG: TheGrantEvan
Joshua William Green*
Ensemble, u/s Lion
Joshua William Green is a singer, actor, dancer and director originally from Youngstown, Ohio. He’s done two national tours (RAGTIME, FINDING NEVERLAND) and was the vocal captain in ROCKTOPIA ON BROADWAY. Locally seen at Sight and Sound Theatres, PRiMA theatre, Servant Stage Company and here at The Fulton. His favorite credit is singing behind Sam Smith on the 2018 GRAMMYS. He made his directorial debut with THE COLOR PURPLE at EPAC in October 2022. @joshuwilliamgreen joshuawilliamgreen.net
Sophia Greenway is from NYC and thrilled to be making her regional theater debut in The Wiz. She is a graduate of The Fame School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS and trained at the Ailey School and Harlem School of the Arts under the direction and mentorship of Aubrey Lynch II and Leyland Simmons. Sophia has performed at the Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall and Bryant Park Summer Stage. Sophia would especially like to thank George Sanders and her family for their unwavering guidance and support.
Juanita Renay Gray
Ensemble, u/s Dorothy
Juanita Renay Gray’s vocal and acting talents were discovered at a very young age. She is an Allentown,Pa native who has appeared in many productions throughout the Lehigh Valley. She most recently played the role of Deloris Van Cartier in Interlakes theater’s production of Sister Act in Meredith, New Hampshire. As well as Celie in EPAC’s Production of The Color Purple. She is so excited to make her Fulton debut. She would like to thank everyone for their love and support! Philippians 4:13
Jesse is elated to return to the Fulton. Broadway: “Beetlejuice the Musical” Regional: Riverside Theater Vero “La Cage Aux Folles” Jacob, Sacramento Music Circus “In the Heights”, Alliance Theatre “Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel”, Patchogue Theater “The Cher Show”, Walnut St. Theatre “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Jetsam, Gateway Playhouse “Swing!” West Coast Swing Feature, Fulton Theatre “Smokey Joes Café” Associate Choreographer, Other: Opera Philadelphia “Aida”, Tokyo Disney @jessejdance
Darren Lorenzo is from Atlanta, Georgia. Lorenzo has received his B.A. in Mass Communications at Clark Atlanta Univ. He’s played roles on Cruise Ships; in Vegas; regional, off Broadway, Broadway, national, and int. touring productions of The Color Purple, Five Guys Named Moe, After Midnight, Vegas the Show, Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever, Madagascar, Smokey Joes Cafe, No Strings, Fosse, Hair, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Once on This Island, What The World Needs Now, and several gospel tours.
Ensemble, u/s Tin Man/Scarecrow
Credits: The Color Purple; preacher/ol mister, (Ephrata performing arts center). The hunchback of Notre Dame; Director/Saint Aphrodisius (Youngstown playhouse). The Color purple; Director/Ol Mister (Deyor performing arts center). Dreamgirls; Director, (Youngstown playhouse). Grand Night for singing, Male lead (Youngstown playhouse). Pippin; Ensemble, (Youngstown playhouse). Caroline or change; The Dryer, (Youngstown playhouse). Romeo and Juliet; Tybalt, (The Victorian players).
Broadway: Legally Blonde(Pilar), Little Shop of Horrors(Chiffon), Two Gentlemen of Verona(Sylvia u/s), Hair(AFC). Nat’l Tours: Summer, The Bodyguard, Flashdance, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Happy Days. Film: Joyful Noise, Ghost Town, Rachel Getting Married, Camp. TV: 5th Ward, Law&Order: SVU, Racing For Time, Third Watch. NYC/Regional: Houston For The Holidays, Plumshuga, Lady Day…Grill, Josephine Tonight, Beehive. -BFA: NYU -LOVE GOD, Dad, Mom, Eron, Kat, Kelvin!
Ensemble, u/s Addaperle/Evillene
is so thrilled to be returning to the Fulton stage with the amazing cast of The Wiz! Credits inclue ‘Smokey Joes Cafe’ (BJ)-The Fulton Theater, ‘Gypsy’ (Electra), ‘Chicago’ (Matron Mama Morton)- Arizona Broadway Theater, ‘Den of Thieves’ (Maggie)-Medicine Show Theater. All the love to her team over at Avalon Artists Group. Enjoy the show!
Chéla Michele North
Ensemble, u/s Aunt Em/Glinda
An Atlanta native, Chéla couldn’t be more proud to be making her Fulton Theatre debut at The Fulton with The Wiz! Her favorite roles include The Color Purple (Church Lady, Jarene), The Wiz (Addaperle), All Shook Up (Sylvia), and Barnum (Joice Heth). When not on stage, she is a Wedding Coordinator and the owner of @cheandco.weddings. “All glory to God who has given me far more than I deserve. Any good you see in me is because of Him.” @mylifeaschela
Christopher Page-Sanders | CO-Artistic Director of NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre. Training: Center of Creative Arts and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Concert Dance Credits include Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dianne McIntyre & Company, Owen\Cox Dance Group. Director\Choreographer Credits include Billy Elliot, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, 5 Guys Named Moe, Once On This Island, R&H Cinderella, and The Scottsboro Boys. “on the shoulders of my ancestors, I dance.”
Kelvin Roston, Jr.*
Kelvin Roston Jr returns to Fulton, last seen as James Thunder Early in Dreamgirls! Regional: Clue[Mr Green], Sister Act[Curtis](Mercury), The Color Purple[Mister](MSMT); Gem of the Ocean[Ceasar](Goodman), and others. TV: South Side, Chicago Med, Chicago PD. Film: Get a Job, Princess Cyd, Breathing Room. Awards: Jeff Award, 4 BTA Awards, 3 Black Excellence Awards, NAMI Award, Nicholas Rudall Classic Artist Award. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Congo Square Ensemble Member, represented by Paonessa Talent.
Lorenzo Rush Jr*
Regional Credits: Marriott Theater, Paramount Theater, Porchlight Music Theater, Drury Lane Theater, Skylight Music Theater, Court Theater. TV/FILM: Chicago Fire, Fargo, Sirens, Chicago PD. Joseph Jefferson Award recipient (Five Guys Named Moe and Sophisticated Ladies). Black Theater Alliance Award (Memphis). Represented by Stewart Talent. Phoebe is my motivation. Proverbs 18:16.
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.