Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Spend an Evening with Tony Winner Nikki M. James at Joe’s Pub on October 21, 2013

Nikki M. James

Nikki M. James

Spend an evening with Book of Mormon Tony winner Nikki M. James on Monday, October 21, 2013, at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St in New York, where she will perform a mix of Broadway favorites, contemporary pop and a few surprises, and share personal stories in an intimate cabaret setting. Showtime is at 9:30pm, with a $20 cover charge. For reservations, click here.

Nikki M. James is currently starring in the Broadway hit musical, The Book of Mormon, in the role of Nabalungi, which she originated and won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. James most recently performed a one woman cabaret show to a sold out audience at 54 Below in New York City. She just wrapped filming the movie, Lucky Stiff alongside Jason Alexander and will also appear in the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. No stranger to Broadway, she has starred in the productions of All Shook Up and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Other theatre productions include Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra alongside Christopher Plummer, The Wiz, Bernarda Alba, House of Flowers and Walmartopia. James’ theatre workshops include Lizzie in Baby (Papermill/NJPAC) and Beehive. James has appeared in a variety of TV shows such as “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch” and “The Jury.” She resides in New York City and holds a BFA in Drama from NYU. James can be seen Off-Broadway through October 13 as Sonji Clay, in NYTW’s production of Will Power’s critically-acclaimed play, Fetch Clay, Make Man, directed by Des McAnuff, alongside Ray Fisher, John Earl Jelks, Richard Masur, K. Todd Freeman, Jeremy Tardy and Anthony Gaskins.

The cast of Fetch Clay, Make Man: Anthony Gaskins, Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, Richard Masur, K.Todd Freeman, Jeremy Tardy and John Earl Jelks at NYTW after their opening night performance on September 12, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Fetch Clay, Make Man: Anthony Gaskins, Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, Richard Masur, K.Todd Freeman, Jeremy Tardy and John Earl Jelks at NYTW after their opening night performance on September 12, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Articles on Fetch Clay, Make Man:
Photos: Opening Night of Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man with John Earl Jelks, Richard Masur, Nikki M. James, K. Todd Freeman, Ray Fisher
NYTW Production Photos of Fetch Clay, Make Man: Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, John Earl Jelks, K. Todd Freeman
Fetch Clay, Make Man Starring Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, John Earl Jelks, K.Todd Freeman and Richard Masur Opens September 12, 2013
broadwayworld.com: STAGE TUBE: Nikki M. James, Des McAnuff & More on Making FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN
dailynews.com: In the Now: Ray Fisher portrays Muhammad Ali in ‘Fetch Clay, Make Man’
John Earl Jelks, Richard Masur, Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, K.Todd Freeman and More Set for Fetch Clay, Make Man at NYTW, August 23 – October 13, 2013

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Center Stage Photo Preview: Denise Burse and Michael Genet in Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts, Opens October 16, 2013
National Black Theatre Festival Photos: Backstage with André De Shields, Marie Thomas, Erin Cherry, Sean Phillips and Morocco Omari in Knock Me A Kiss
Oct. 5-Nov. 17: LTC3/Lincoln Center Theater’s World Premiere of JC Lee’s LUCE Features Olivia Oguma, Marin Hinkle, Neal Huff, Okieriete Onaodowan and Sharon Washington
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Production Photos: Primary Stages Presents World Premiere of Eric Simonson’s Bronx Bombers Featuring C.J. Wilson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey, Richard Topol and More at The Duke on 42nd Street, Opens October 8, 2013
Photos: André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Kevin Carolan, Larry Yando, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening Night at Huntington Theatre in Boston
Photos: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, John Earl Jelks, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisholm, S. Epatha Merkerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jesse L. Martin, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon and More Set for August Wilson American Century Cycle Recording Series at The Greene Space in NY, Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 2013
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Photos: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre
Febone1960.net Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
Oct. 9 – Nov. 17: Denise Burse and Michael Genet Star in Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts at Center Stage
Photos: Denise Burse, Lizan Mitchell, Novella Nelson, Arthur French at Regina Taylor’s stop. reset with LaTanya Richardson Jackson at Signature
A Summer in Bangkok for Thom Sesma, Star of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Photos: Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss Starring André De Shields Featured in Encore Performances at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 30-August 1, 2013
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

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