Divas of the 60s

Ta’Rea Campbell

Ta’Rea Campbell was most recently seen traveling across the United States and Canada for two years as Deloris Van Cartier – the lead in the Broadway Musical Sister Act. She was also seen on Broadway in the original casts of The Book of Mormon and Leap of Faith where she is featured on both cast albums, Aida (Aida standby) and also spent five years playing the role of Nala in The Lion King both on Broadway and in the National Tour. She made her Broadway debut in Little Shop of Horrors.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Campbell attended the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. After moving to New York City she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College where she earned a degree in Theater and was the sole recipient of the Gold Medal for Excellence in Acting Award. Regionally, Campbell was seen at the Signature Theater (in the metro DC area) as Jolene in The Gospel According to Fishman. For that performance, she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She also traveled to Indianapolis, Portland and Seattle to sing with their orchestras for several holiday concerts conducted by Charles Prince. Television credits include Law and Order and Whoopi.

Campbell is also a proud member of the gospel choir “Broadway Inspirational Voices” – a non-profit organization dedicated to community outreach and cultural enrichment.

Andrea Dora

Andrea Dora was most recently seen in Broadway’s Motown the Musical (Original Broadway Cast) as Suzanne de Passe and had the opportunity to work the legendary Mr. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. She also was seen on Broadway in Tarzan as the understudy for Kala and in the International Tour of Rent as Joanne.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, some of Dora’s favorite roles are: Jerry Mitchell’s Peep Show (Peep Singer); Josephine the Musical (Serefina/Ethel); Happy Days (Paula); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine); West Side Story (Anita); Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy); Chicago (June); and Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda). She has traveled the world performing on cruise ships and in theme parks as well as performing in jazz festivals in France, Estonia, Russia, and Rotterdam with her original music. Dora also toured with The New York Harlem Singers to China, Japan and Korea, performing African American spirituals and Christmas songs.

Dora has also co-starred on many national commercials featuring Jimmy Fallon, Uma Thurman and Hugh Laurie and with companies such as: Media Set; Bing; Gilette; New York Lottery; and McDonald’s McCafé.

Dora is also the founder, band leader, and singer in the New York City based band, The Hudson Project, which has performed at events in Istanbul, Moscow, Bahamas and Italy for clients such as Condoleezza Rice, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, the late Maya Angelou and many more. They also recently opened for Earth, Wind and Fire. Official website: www.andreadora.com.

Emily Drennan

Emily Drennan was most recently seen playing Tanya in MAMMA MIA! in the Caribbean and Europe, as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall and as “Mezzo” in Voca People off-Broadway and in its Dubai, Israel and Japan tours. With Voca People, she was also seen on The Jimmy Fallon Show, The MDA Telethon and as a special guest with Sting. She also has been a guest on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice singing alongside Cyndi Lauper for a team challenge performed for Donald Trump.

In New York, she has been seen on Broadway and Off-Broadway in the 75th Radio City Christmas Spectacular for which she was a soloist and also featured in the NBC and PBS Specials and Anniversary DVD; Toxic Audio, which won The Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love. She was also in the Las Vegas company of Toxic Audio at Planet Hollywood and The Luxor Resort and Casino. Some of her favorite roles include: the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Ann in SWING!; Amneris in AIDA; Sheila in HAIR; Pattie in Smokey Joe’s Café; Lily in Frog Kiss; and Kitty in WARM.

Drennan has been the guest soloist with numerous symphonies including: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (understudy both Ann & Liz Callaway); Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Sandi Patty; Oklahoma City Philharmonic; Hendersonville Symphony, Tulsa Signature Symphony and Muncie Symphony.

Originally from Oklahoma, Drennan was a National Presidential Scholar in the Arts saluted at the White House and was a guest soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is a published ASCAP lyricist, composer, studio singer, and recording artist for TV, Film, and distribution with 2 Degrees (Economics, Spanish) and 4 minors (Finance, Marketing, International Business, and Latin American Studies), summa cum laude, from Oklahoma State University (OSU). While there, she was named the Outstanding Senior in Business, Outstanding Senior in Economics, and Outstanding Overall Senior and was recently named an OSU Hall of Fame Outstanding Young Alumni. Additionally, she can be heard on many TV toy commercials and her double-disc debut album, Two-Way Street, is available on iTunes and on her official website: www.emilydrennan.com.

Ta'Rea Campbell, Andrea Dora, and Emily Drennan as Divas of the 60s

Ta’Rea Campbell, Andrea Dora, and Emily Drennan appear with the Symphony on October 30, 2015 as Divas of the 60s!

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