|Born||April 18, 1959|
Crossett, Arkansas, U.S.
|Awards||Best Featured Actress in a Musical |
1995 Show Boat
Boston' s early musical training and experience was in the choir at Crossett High School and in the Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She graduated from North Texas State University (Denton, Texas), with a BA in music and performance, and then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Boston made her Broadway debut as "Queenie" in the revival of Show Boat, directed by Hal Prince, which opened at the Gershwin Theatre in October 1994. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance.
She was nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in the original musical revue It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, as well as the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
She appeared in the revue 3 Mo' Divas! at the Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) in July 2006.
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