Meet Ragtime's Antoine Smith! (Booker T. Washington)
My grandmother Modupe Omawale was a playwright and poet. She is where I believe I got my passion and love of everything theatrical. 2 of my greatest mentors were Russ Clifford and Julie DeGroot, 2 of my teachers in High School, who pushed me beyond what they had to. But, my ultimate mentors would have to be my parents Christine and Cleotha Wooten. Truly without them I don't know where I would be today. There was never a time in my life where they let me give up on anything. And they have been there every step of the way in my life and my career.
I first heard of Ragtime when it first came out I'd say '97 or '98. I used to come home from school everyday and watch the Rosie O'donell show. And that's the first time I ever saw or heard of Ragtime. Fun fact, my best friend Amanda Adams Berry and I would sing all the Coalhouse and Sarah songs on our way to play rehearsals in high school. She was my white Sarah. And boy could she sing just like Audra McDonald.
Some of my favorite shows are of course RENT being the number 1. The Tony Award Winner for Best Musical "Memphis" not only because I was in it. But it's one of the best musicals to play Broadway in my opinion. Ragtime of course. Gypsy with Patti Lupone to be specific. The Wiz, FELA, In The Heights, Big River, Chaplin, CATS. Fun fact about CATS: I used to love that show so much in my freshman year in college, I didn't have cable, so every night before bed, I would pop in my CATS VHS to fall asleep to. And 10 years after my freshman year of college, I had the opportunity to join the National Tour of CATS. I won't say the year:-) I have played several of my dream roles already. But Coalhouse is next on the list.
When I'm not on stage I enjoy sitting on my couch watching the Food Network. Fun fact, I also have my A.A.S. in Culinary Arts.
I have everything on my iPod from Classical, to Rap, to African to Gospel music. It's definitely a WIDE array of music.
In RENT In MEMPHIS