Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She made her Broadway début in The Civil War creating the role of Harriett Jackson. She starred in the Off-Broadway 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 hit songs of Hal David and Burt Bacharach including the title song. She then went on to create the role of ‘The Washing machine’ in Caroline, or Change. This proved to be a wonderful time in her career having had the opportunity to work with George C. Wolfe, Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner. Most recently she created the role of Frieda May on Broadway in Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me where she sang Stop The Show and brought the house down every night. She then starred in the Off-Broadway show, (mis)Understanding Mammy -The Hattie McDaniel Story, a one-woman piece for which she was nominated for a 2007-Drama Desk Award.

Jenkins has been working with the acclaimed composer, Louis Rosen who has been writing specifically for her and in the Fall of 2006, they released a debut CD – South Side Stories. They are currently signed to PS Classics records with a new project – The Moon Shines Down – The Nikki Giovanni Songs to be released in the Spring of 2008.She has enjoyed much concert success in New York at Joe’s Pub, Birdland, The Metropolitan Room and in Chicago at Steppenwolf. This summer, she will appear with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. Jenkins is now thrilled to be appearing in the International Music Festival in Harare, Zimbabwe in April 2008.
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