Terri White (born c. 1948) is an American singer and actress, raised in Palo Alto, California, United States.

Terri White
Bornc. 1948
OccupationSinger, actress
Spouse(s)Donna Barnett (2011-present)
WebsiteOfficial website


The daughter of traveling musicians Bill White and Gertrude Hughes,[1] White has appeared in Nunsense 2: The Sequel (1994),[2] Ain't Misbehavin' (1978),[3] Barnum (1980),[4] Welcome to the Club (1989),[5] and Bubbling Brown Sugar.[citation needed]

After a period of homelessness in 2008, White was recognized by an NYPD police officer David Taylor in Manhattan's Greenwich Village 6th Precinct, who helped her find a place to live. Shortly thereafter, White was cast in the 2009 City Center Encores! and Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow.[6][7][8] She received the nomination for 2010 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Finian's Rainbow.[9] She later assumed the role of Mama Morton in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago in April 2010.[citation needed]

White appeared in the Kennedy Center production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical Follies as Stella Deems, from May 2011 until the musical closed in June 2011.[10] This production moved to Broadway's Marquis Theatre where previews began August 7, 2011. The official opening was September 12, 2011.[11]

White has performed her solo cabaret act in several venues. Prior to its closing in 2007, she regularly performed at Rose's Turn in Manhattan's West Village, where she was employed as a bartender.[12] She has performed at Sardi's Restaurant, also in New York City.[13] She performed at the Arthur Newman Theater in Palm Desert, California in 2013.[14]

In October 2015, after performing her cabaret act at the Kennedy Center, White announced that she was retiring from live performing, due to health and other issues.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

White and Donna Barnett were married in a same-sex marriage ceremony at the St. James Theatre on July 25, 2011.[16]


  1. ^ D. Antoinette Handy. Black Women in American Bands and Orchestras. Books.google.com. p. 177. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ " Nunsense 2: The Sequel Off Broadway" lortel.org, accessed November 18, 2016
  3. ^ " Ain't Misbehavin' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed November 18, 2016
  4. ^ " Barnun Broadway Playbill (vault), accessed November 18, 2016
  5. ^ " Welcome to the Club Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed November 18, 2016
  6. ^ "Homeless to Broadway - Videos". CBS News. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  7. ^ Dominus, Susan. "From No Home to Back Home on Broadway", The New York Times, October 26, 2009
  8. ^ "Terri White story", nydailynews.com; accessed March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced; 'Ragtime' and 'Scottsboro' Top List" Playbill, May 3, 2010
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew."Broadway-Bound Follies Plays Final Performance at Kennedy Center June 19" Archived 2011-06-21 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Follies details, IBDB; accessed March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Ramirez, Anthony.“Singing a Sad Song for Their Piano Bar”, The New York Times, July 19, 2007
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Traina Will Welcome Barnum Star White Oct. 9 at Sardi's" Playbill, October 7, 2007
  14. ^ "Broadway Star Terri White Comes to Arthur Newman Theater" visitpalmsprings.com, accessed November 18, 2016
  15. ^ "Terri White Announces Farewell from Concert Stage at DC Concert" broadwayworld.com, October 16, 2015
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew and Hetrick, Adam. " 'Follies' Star Terri White and Donna Barnett Will Be Among Same-Sex Couples Married at the St. James" Playbill, July 22, 2011

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