Sunday, February 28, 2016
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-De'Adre Aziza
Album:Passing Strange: Original Broadway Cast Recording
De'Adre Aziza was nominated for a Tony for her performance in the 2008 musical Passing Strange. Recently she has turned to Hollywood doing TV guest shots. She was born De'Adre Avery June 14, 1977 in Atlanta and she grew up in Teaneck, NJ. She legally changed her name to Aziza because of bad experiences with her father. She got into theater as a teen and she is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She started out doing bits in TV shows shot in New York like Sex in the City. Then she auditioned for Passing Strange. The show was written by rock musician Mark "Stew" Stewart and partner Heidi Rodewald. Stew plays the narrator and the young people who are the focus of the story are played by Daniel Breaker and De'Adre Aziza. Keys is one of De'Adre's big numbers. The show played on Broadway from Feb. to July 2008. Breaking Strange was nominated for 7 Tonys including nominations for De'Adre and Breaker. Stew won a Tony for Best Book of a Musical. Spike Lee directed a film of the play which is available on DVD and the original cast recording is available on CD. De'Adre also appeared in the musical adaptation of the film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and a 2013 production of A Night With Janis Joplin. Recently she has done guest shots on TV series like Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary and The Good Wife. She also starred in the VH1 movie The Breaks. And she stars with Anthony Rapp of Rent in the film Dreamland which will run the film festival circuit later this year. Here's De'Adre Aziza with Daniel Breaker and Stew performing Keys followed by It's Alright from the Passing Strange DVD.