LaChanze Diva Donna/Mary Gaines
won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2006 for The Color Purple. Other Broadway credits: Once on This Island (Tony nomination), If/Then, Ragtime, Company and Uptown It’s Hot. Off-Broadway: Dessa Rose (Obie and Drama Desk nominations), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Drama Desk nomination), Ink Baby. Film credits: The Help, Side Effects, Breaking Upwards, Disney’s Hercules and Leap of Faith. Television credits: “Handel’s Messiah Rocks” (Emmy Award), HBO’s “The Night Of,” “Person of Interest,” “Lucy” (CBS TV movie), “Law & Order: SVU” and “Sex and the City.” MsLaChanze.com; IG/Twitter @lachanze.