Trial of Faith
The word on the streets of Manhattan is that Gregory Hines and Tonya Pinkins, the Tony award winning co-stars of JELLY'S LAST JAM, are having an offstage affair hotter than the one onstage at the Virginia Theater. My publicist, Len Fink's voice is grating and nasal with hysteria, "The Post got a call and they're running the story. Is it true?"

I cackle at the inanity of the very idea. Len took a deathly serious tone, "What should I tell them?"

"Tell them whatever you want. It's not true."

"O" The Oprah Magazine's First Annual Chutzpah Awards
May 2004

Tonya Pinkins
A BROADWAY ACTRESS PUSHES LIMITS IN LIFE AND ART - AND TEACHES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME "I do something gutsy every day," says Tonya Pinkins, the actress who plays the title role in Tony Kushner's new Broadway musical, "Caroline, or Change." If you think she's exaggerating, go see her daring portrayal of Caroline, a long-suffering maid living down South in the 1960s. Pinkins, who won a Tony in 1992 for her turn in "Jelly's Last Jam," does the unthinkable, at least in the world of musical theater: She doesn't try to be liked. "This character could not be sweet or likable or funny," she says. "She's raw."

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"There is a secret psychology to success. 99% of actors don't know about it, 99% of the training programs don't address it and that's why 99% actors never become successful. A lack of success is not the problem, it is merely a symptom of what's going on inside you." ~Tonya Pinkins


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Romance and Cigarettes directed by John Tutuuro, Lighthouse Lily at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles- February 2005 directed by Tonya Pinkins The All My Children Thirtieth Anniversary Concert February 7, 2005 Town Hall New York City, Harold Arlen Centennial Concert February 26, 2005 two shows Time Warner building New York City Live at Joe's Pub Too currently available Living Fearlessly Workshop Omega Institute New York Theater Talk with Michael Riedel on CCNY
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Town HALL "Songs of 1963" June 14th


20 Questions With... Tonya Pinkins
American actress Tonya Pinkins - who has been nominated for a Award for her title performance in Caroline, or Change - explains why the Tony Kushner musical has become a family affair & notes how small changes affect the world.

Award-winning American actress Tonya Pinkins grew up in Chicago and studied musical theatre before moving to New York when she landed a role in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, aged just 19.

She received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Derwent Awards for Jelly’s Last Jam, and also appeared in The Wild Party, Play On, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold on Broadway, as well as Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change, for which she received the Obie, Lortel and LA Drama Critics Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award.
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