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Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins, the Brooklyn-born and raised singer/actor, debuted her new show, She’s Got Soul, with the Houston Symphony in October 2022, with further performances including the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Utah Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, among others.

Jenkins starred as Medda in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of “Turn Back, O Man,” which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Jenkins then created the roles of The Washing Machine in Caroline, or Change and Frieda May in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, where she sang “Stop the Show” and brought down the house every night. In 2007, she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

An active concert artist, Jenkins has appeared with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), National Symphony, Cincinnati Pops (with John Morris Russell), Philly Pops, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and many others. She has also made multiple solo appearances with the Festival Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Jenkins had the great honor of performing in the Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba concert as part of the Festival de Teatro de la Habana. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, and she sang in a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress.

Her television credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order SVU, The Sopranos and Law & Order. She can also be heard on her critically acclaimed CD Phenomenal Woman with Louis Rosen and on her most recent single, “I am Strong.” Jenkins appeared in the film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman and was also seen in The Wiz in a live performance on NBC. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago and Legally Blonde 2.