Meet Zuri Washington as Deloris in Sister Act

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

I grew up a hop, skip, and a jump away in the Bronx. So I’m a Hometown Girl more or less. I have family who lives less than 10 min from the theatre though (Hey Bells!)!  My father is an English Teacher and my mother is a hairstylist so I grew up with a love of language and vanity. I love a good turn of phrase and when I get dolled up I make sure I am on point. 

I used to be one of those kids who “stage doored” shows on Broadway and I am a slightly embarrassed but altogether proud nerd who can’t believe how far I’ve come and can’t wait to see how far I go. ⭐️ 

I wanted to become an actor because I understood at a young age that the profession had the ability to change people and ideas as well as bring joy in a way that at the time of my youth was extremely different from how I was introduced to the arts. I come from a family of musicians (primarily jazz) and a couple of dancers but no one does what I do. 

I have a couple of mentors but right now my stage “mother” who has been so gracious to lead me and direct me on my career path in the last few years is none other than Tony Award winner Lillias White.  She has been so supportive and present and usually comes to support me when she can so I hope to see her up in Westchester over the course of this production.  She’ll be starting in her own show “Gotta Dance” at the Papermill Playhouse. Once she came to visit me and we got some Popeyes and brought it in as a snack for a showing of “The Jungle Book”. My kind of date night!

If you can believe it, I’ve done this “Sister Act” 4 times in total now!  This’ll be my 3rd time as Deloris. 

I first heard of this show back when it was on its way to London and I heard about Whoopi and her love of Patina Miller in the role and how it was coming to Broadway. I was curious of course because as a 90s baby, “Sister Act 2” is one of the greatest movies of all time so when I saw the show I wasn’t expecting much but I was actually blown away. 

Though I love the original movie, I’m more familiar with the sequel though because of Lauryn Hill and the Hip Hop influences that really elevated the musical moments for me— but I love nearly every movie that Whoopi has been in so I enjoy both.  😁 I’m not typically a fan of movies being made into musicals but some forays onto the stage have really hit the mark so I’m not opposed to the practice of movies on the stage— this one included!!

I’m playing one of my dream roles but other than “Sister Act” would be Sarah (Ragtime), Nabalungi (Book of Mormon), Eponine or Cosette, and Aida.  I get to show my comedy chops a lot and some of these shows have such meaty dramatic material that I would love to sink my teeth into.


I enjoy eating and reading when I’m not onstage. I’m a huge foodie and I’ve been a bookworm since the womb. 

I’m not an avid iPod enthusiast (though I love music) but when I get a moment to surround myself with speakers and curl up with a book, I’d have to say, Kendrick Lamar, the “Black Panther” Soundtrack, Anderson Paak, Frank OceanJames Blake, Anything Motown, Beatles, and most artists from the 60s/70s. I’m the soul of a flower child in the body of a millennial. 

       

 

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