July 21 marks the birthday of Tony winner Lillias White, known for performances in Fela!, Romance in Hard Times, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago. To celebrate, we're taking a look back at the performance that earned her the 1997 Tony Award for Best Featued Actress in a Musical—as Sonja in Cy Coleman's musical The Life.
In The Life, Coleman, Ira Gasman and David Newman musicalize the lives of 1980s Times Square prostitutes, including Queen, who is hoping to escape; the cynical Sonja, played by White; and their menacing pimp, Memphis. The production premiered Off-Broadway in 1990 and later opened on Broadway April 26, 1997 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It ran for 446 performances and 21 previews, closing on June 7, 1998.
Flip through photos of White in The Life below: