Nikki M. James
|Nikki M. James|
June 3, 1981 |
Summit, NJ, USA
|Awards||Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) — The Book of Mormon|
Nikki Michelle James (born June 3, 1981) is an American actress and singer. Having been inspired since her early years by African-American vocalists such as Audra McDonald, James is best known for her performances in the popular stage musicals The Book of Mormon and Les Misérables, her role in the former having earned her a Tony Award.
James is of Haitian and Vincentian descent and graduated from Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey. As a child, she sang and acted in church and in school performances. She was nominated for a Rising Star Award at Paper Mill Playhouse for her performance as Dolly Levi in high school. She later attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
James made her Broadway debut in the ill-fated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and starred as Ottilie in the New York City Center Encores! production of House of Flowers. She played Adela in the Off-Broadway run of Michael John LaChiusa's musical adaptation of Bernarda Alba and appeared in the Broadway cast of All Shook Up.
James played Dorothy in the revival of The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse and also starred in Romeo and Juliet and Caesar and Cleopatra at the Stratford Festival with Christopher Plummer. She most recently performed on Broadway in the new musical The Book of Mormon, for which she won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Nabulungi. Performances began in February 2011, and James was replaced temporarily by Samantha Marie Ware in June 2012 while James was filming Lucky Stiff. She currently plays Éponine in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables.
|2009||Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Same as the 2008 theatre play|
|2013||All Is Bright||Betsy|
|2014||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby||Sia||Appeared in "Him", the first in a trio of films|
|2001||Third Watch||Maizie||2 episodes: "He Said/She Said" and "Childhood Memories"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Tamara Bates||Episode: "Stray"|
|2004||The Jury||Myra Clarkson||Episode: "Bangers"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jackie||Episode: "Salome in Manhattan"|
|2010||30 Rock||Erica||Episode: "Gentleman's Intermission"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||911 Operator||Episode: "Father Dearest"|
|2001||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Sabina Temple||Broadway debut|
|2003||House of Flowers||Ottilie||New York City Center Encores!|
|2003||Summer||Charity Royall||New York reading|
|2005||All Shook Up||Lorraine||Broadway|
|2006||The Wiz||Dorothy Gale||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2008||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Stratford Shakespeare Festival|
|2008||Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Same as the 2009 film release|
|2011||The Book of Mormon||Nabulungi||Broadway|
|2013||Fetch Clay, Make Man||Sonji||Off-Broadway|
|2014||Les Misérables||Éponine Thénardier||Broadway revival of the original musical|
- "Nikki M. James". Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "Westfield H.S. wins 8 Rising Star Awards from Paper Mill Playhouse". Suburban News. June 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-03. "Among the former nominees and winners are Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway, Tony award winner Laura Benanti, and 2011 Tony Award winner, Nikki M. James."
- New York Times, February 15, 2003, Ben Brantley, “THEATER REVIEW; Those Sunny Brothels Where Sin Has No Sting”
- Nikki M. James at the Internet Movie Database
- Nikki M. James at the Internet Broadway Database
- Nikki M. James at the Internet Off-Broadway Database