Bryonha Marie Parham most recently made her mark in the Hal Prince/Susan Stroman-directed Broadway retrospective Prince of Broadway, in which she created not just three distinct roles, but three different worlds. From the winsome shop girl Amalia of She Loves Me; to the British chanteuse of Cabaret; to an indelible Queenie from Show Boat, Parham proved herself an actress-singer-dancer of astonishing range and versatility. Parham is equally comfortable on Broadway (Prince of Broadway representing her fifth Broadway show) or in the Opera House (Bernstein’s Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ricky Ian Gordon’s adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel – Metropolitan Opera, Spring 2018).
Broadway first began to take notice of Parham in the acclaimed Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime, where she tore off the roof with the scorching Act 1 finale; then for director Diane Paulus’ Tony Award-winning revival of Porgy and Bess, she broke audience’s hearts with her searing rendition of the mournful, show-stopping aria “My Man’s Gone Now.” Other appearances on the great stem have included featured roles in After Midnight and Book of Mormon.
In addition to her career on Broadway, Parham has graced major regional theatre stages: she has twice essayed the role of Effie in Dreamgirls in critically acclaimed, award-nominated turns; was a groundbreaking voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors; and played the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd for “Live At Lincoln Center.”
Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Bryonha Maria Parham is a graduate of the Music Theatre Department at Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Manhattan.