CLEO KING (Baneatta Mabry). Broadway debut! TV: “Mike & Molly,“ “A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Deadwood,” “NCIS,” “CSI,” “Shameless,” “Young Sheldon,” “Mom” and 50 other shows. Film: The Hangover, Transformers IV, Pineapple Express, The Bye Bye Man, Dreamgirls, Magnolia, The Life of David Gale, Dogville. A St. Louis native, her last NY show was the tour of Jelly’s Last Jam. Her first NY show was the Big River tour directed by Des McAnuff. Her pride and joy is her son Titus, one of the biggest blessings in her life. I’m so glad God chose me!!!
NORM LEWIS (Reginald Mabry). Emmy, Tony and SAG Award nominee, Norm Lewis, recently starred in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Da 5 Bloods. Lewis made history in 2014 as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African-American Phantom on Broadway. Additional Broadway: Once on This Island, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid and Les Misérables (West End and 25th anniversary concert). TV: multiple PBS specials, “Central Park,” “Pose,” “Mrs. America,” “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” “Better Things,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Daytime Divas” and “Scandal.”
MICHAEL URIE (Logan Leibowitz). Broadway: Grand Horizons, Torch Song, How to Succeed…. Off-Broadway: Buyer & Cellar; A Bright Room Called Day; High Button Shoes; The Government Inspector; Homos, or Everyone in America; Shows For Days; Angels in America; The Temperamentals; Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (director); Pride Plays Festival (producer). TV: “Ugly Betty,” “Younger,” “Modern Family,” “The Bite,” “The Good Fight,” “The Good Wife.” Film: Single All the Way, Swan Song, Lavender, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, He’s Way More Famous Than You (also director).
ALANA RAQUEL BOWERS (Simone Mabry). Broadway debut! Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, she is a proud alumna of the Baltimore School for the Arts and NYU Tisch Drama. Off-Broadway credits include What To Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris at A.R.T./New York Theatres, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, The Public Theater and BAM, respectively. Film/TV credits include After Class starring Justin Long and “FBI: Most Wanted” on CBS. Mom, Dad, Ariel, we did it!
EBONY MARSHALL-OLIVER (Beverly Jenkins). Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Merry Wives and Ain’t No Mo at The Public Theater; Seussical (TheatreWorksUSA). Regional: Chicken & Biscuits (Queens Theatre), Sister Act (EverBlue Arts), Dreamgirls (Dallas Theater Center), Memphis (Theatre 3 Dallas), Raisin (Astoria PAC), The Color Purple (Jubilee Theatre). Film: Sunday Brunch, One Week in Heaven, A Tangled Web. Margaret and Sue, thank you! Hayden and Micah, my hearts, love you big time! In Him all things are possible.
AIGNER MIZZELLE (La’Trice Franklin). Broadway debut. Aigner graduated from NYU Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater school with a BFA in drama. She originated La’Trice Off-Broadway and is thrilled to reprise the role. Before graduating she made appearances in Ars Nova’s ANTFEST, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub and The Prelude Arts Festival. Her notable credits include assistant directing Where Love Lies Fallow, multiple workshops of Noise and Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Zero Cost House Zoom Edition.
DEVERE ISAAC ROGERS (Kenny Mabry). Broadway Debut baby! Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout). NY theatre: For Flow, Dance Dance Revolution, Bonfire Nights, Love Labour’s Lost. Regional: Up Here (La Jolla), Street Lights (The Old Globe), The Wiz (True Colors), Gloria (Echo Theater). Film/TV: “Will & Grace,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” For Flow, My Spy, “Sherman’s Showcase,” “Southside,” Friends-In-Law, Astro, “OK Boomer,” Honk for Jesus. Commercials: Allstate, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pistachios and more. Stay on the journey, it leads to your dreams!
NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS (Brianna Jenkins). Waitress (Becky), Chicago (Mama Morton), A Night With Janis Joplin (Aretha, Joplinaire), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). Select TV: PBS’ “Show Boat” (Queenie), “New Amsterdam” (Esther), “The Good Fight” (Juror Florence), “Dash and Lilly,” “The Godfather of Harlem” (Pearl). Upcoming: historical thriller Alice starring Keke Palmer and Common. NaTasha is a recording artist, a proud member of Actors’ Equity and a founding member of Black Theatre United.
DEAN ACREE (u/s Kenny) was born in Baltimore, MD, and is making his Broadway debut in Chicken & Biscuits. Even with various television appearances and national commercials, Dean would like to confirm to his adorable grandmother Annette Holmes, that yes this is a paid gig. A big thank you to all my friends and family.
JENNIFER FOUCHÉ (Standby Baneatta, u/s Beverly/Brianna). Broadway debut! Jennifer originated the role of Baneatta in the world premiere of Chicken & Biscuits (Queens Theatre). Some credits: Chicago tour (Matron “Mama” Morton). SISTAS the Musical, original Off-Broadway cast (Roberta). TV: “Jessica Jones,” “Quantico,” “Person of Interest,” “Smash,” “Pinkalicious & Peteriffic.” Film: B Boy Blues, Crown Heights, White Pickett Fence. IG: @jkfouche
MICHAEL GENET (u/s Reginald). Film: She Hate Me, 25th Hour, Booty Call. Television: “Billions,” “Dr. Death,” “Bull,” “Fosse/Verdon.” Broadway: The Prom, Choir Boy, Wicked, A Few Good Men. OffBroadway: Is God Is, Hamlet, American Son, Fences. Writer of film: Talk to Me (Focus Features), She Hate Me (with Spike Lee), Hallelujah (American Playhouse).
MILES G. JACKSON (u/s Logan). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Endlings (NYTW). Select regional: Endlings (A.R.T.), Hand to God (TheaterWorks Hartford), Miss Bennet…Pemberley (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Tribes (BSC), My Name is Asher Lev (George Street Playhouse). TV: “Hunters” (Amazon Studios), “The Last O.G.” (TBS), “Monsterland” (Hulu), “Lisey’s Story” (Apple TV+).
CAMILLE UPSHAW (u/s Simone/ La’Trice) is making her Broadway debut! She’s a Detroit native and graduate of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. Recent credits: “That Damn Michael Che” (HBO Max), Still Here (Sundance Film Fest) and Skeleton Crew (American Stage Theatre). She wants to thank God, her family and friends for their support.
DOUGLAS LYONS (Playwright) is an award-winning actor, director, composer-lyricist and teacher. TV writing: “Fraggle Rock” (Apple TV). Theatre: the Off-Broadway Alliance-winning Polkadots (Atlantic Theater Company), Beau (Adirondack Theatre Festival) and Five Points (Theater Latte Da), now in development with Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler. Broadway acting: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (original cast), The Book of Mormon. Tours: Rent, Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon first national. Douglas wouldn’t be here without Velman and Tilden Lyons, who raised him to be unapologetically fearless. Big love to WME, Grandview, CLA, SRDA, Ethan Pakchar, this incredible cast, producing and creative team. Gaynl, this one’s for you. DouglasLyons.net
ZHAILON LEVINGSTON (Director) is a Louisiana-raised director and storyteller specializing in the development of new plays and musicals. He is making his Broadway debut with Chicken & Biscuits, as the youngest Black director in Broadway history. Other credits include Neptune at Dixon Place and the Brooklyn Museum, The Years That Went Wrong at The Lark and MCC, The Exonerated at Columbia Law School, Chariot part 2 at SoHo Rep for The Movement Theatre Company and Mother of Pearl at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. He is the co-director of Reconstruction with Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin. He is the director of industry initiatives for the Broadway Advocacy Coalition and the resident director at Tina—The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway and the associate director of Hadestown in South Korea. Thank you, Shannon Levingston and Louella Levingston, for giving me the consent to dream the biggest dreams.
LAWRENCE E. MOTEN III (Scenic Design). He/him/his. Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: STEW (Page 73), How to Load a Musket (59E59), The White Chip (59E59), Behind the Sheet (EST). Regional: The Sound Inside (TheaterWorks Hartford); Hype Man (Company One); Hi, Are You Single? (Woolly Mammoth); Gloria (A.C.T.); Feeding Beatrice (St. Louis Rep); Native Son (Playmakers Rep); House of Joy (CalShakes); A Human Being, Of a Sort (Williamstown). Lecturer: Princeton University and Rutgers Mason Gross. Member: USA 829, Wingspace Theatrical Design.
DEDE AYITE (Costume Design). Broadway: A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, American Son, Children of a Lesser God. Select Off-Broadway: Merry Wives (The Public); The Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature); School Girls… (MCC). Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf and more. She has worked in television with Netflix, Comedy Central and FOX Shortcoms. Awards: Obie, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area and Jeff awards; four Drama Desk and two Tony nominations.
ADAM HONORÉ (Lighting Design). Select Off-Broadway: Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public); Carmen Jones (Classic Stage); Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Select regional: Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Drama Desk, Henry Hewes and Helen Hayes award nominee; AUDELCO Award recipient. For Rodney.
TWI MCCALLUM (Sound Design)is honored to serve Chicken & Biscuits as the first woman of color sound designer on Broadway. Theatre: Baltimore Center Stage, Atlantic Theater Company, Kansas City Rep. Cinema sound design: STARZ, NBC, Marvel. Education: the illustrious Howard University and incomparable Yale School of Drama. All glory to her creative and moral support system: Zhailon Levingston, Mike Backhaus, Dede Ayite, David Zinn, Nevin Steinberg, Adam Honoré and Sam Lerner.
NIKIYA MATHIS (Wig, Hair and Makeup Design)is a multi-hyphenate hair/wig designer and actress. She is the recipient of the Henry Hewes Design Award, Antonio Award and is a Drama Desk Nominee. New York design: National Black Theatre (Crowndation), Classical Theatre of Harlem (Antigone), MCC (Nollywood Dreams), Page 73 (STEW), Soho Rep (For All the Women), The Public Theater (For Colored Girls…), Ars Nova (Rags Parkland), EST (Travisville). Regional: Hartford Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Longwharf Theatre, Berkshire Theatre. MFA: NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Romans 8:31
ERICA A. HART (Casting Director). Come through Chicken & Biscuits team! Broadway: Pass Over. Television: “That Damn Michael Che” (HBO Max) and ”Black Don’t Crack” (ABC pilot). Film (selected): The Surrogate (Artios Award winner), Lapsis (SXSW), Cupids (Tribeca). Music video: “Fight For You By H.E.R”. For Mom and Dad, Nanie and Alison. Always.
BIANCA LAVERNE JONES (Associate Director).Broadway debut. West End: Ambassador Theater. Training: NCSA, SUNY Purchase, Yale, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Grateful to Zhailon. THANK YOU to the JONES family and friends for your endless support. History & Power! Biancalavernejones.com
lark hackshaw (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Broadway! When COVID closed theatres, lark was completing the triumphant run of A Soldier’s Play, which received seven Tony Award nominations. lark spent 30 seasons with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Regional theatre work includes Dallas Theater Center, Indiana Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage and she has taken out several major tours. Much love to C.B. for her unending support.
HUDSON THEATRICAL (Technical Supervisor). Over 100 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: Freestyle Love Supreme; American Utopia; Mrs. Doubtfire; Caroline, or Change; Girl From the North Country; Jagged Little Pill; Hadestown; Ain’t Too Proud; Hamilton; Aladdin. HTA is a member of Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson family including Hudson Scenic Studio, Larry Morley, Kellie McMenemon, Sean Gorski, Brianne Tabak and Irene Wang.
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RCI THEATRICALS, INC. (General Management). Productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill, The Inheritance, Oklahoma!, The Sound Inside, Anastasia, American Son, Torch Song, Fiddler on the Roof, You Can’t Take It With You, All the Way, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Porgy and Bess, August: Osage County. Upcoming: The Minutes and American Buffalo. Rcitheatricals.com