Capathia Jenkins recently released the CD Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs with her collaborator Louis Rosen. The Brooklyn native made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, performing in the role of Harriet Jackson, and she created the roles of The Washing Machine in Caroline, or Change and Frieda May in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Other credits include the 2000 off-Broadway revival of Godspell, the Broadway production of The Look of Love, and an appearance off-Broadway in (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Newsies on Broadway and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
As a concert artist, Ms. Jenkins’s 2019-20 engagements include return appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall with Steven Reineke. In previous seasons, she has appeared with numerous orchestras around the world including those of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Utah, Minnesota, Toronto, and San Diego; the Hong Kong Philharmonic; and the Cincinnati and Philly pops orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the Festival Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic and performed in the Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba concert as part of the Festival de Teatro de La Habana. She also sang in a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut last summer.
Ms. Jenkins’s television credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order: SVU, The Sopranos, and Law & Order, and she was featured in the live broadcast of The Wiz on NBC. She can also be seen in the film Musical Chairs and heard on the film soundtracks for Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2.