Da'Vine Joy Randolph

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Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Born (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 29)
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 2010-Present

Da'Vine Joy Randolph (born May 21, 1986)[1] is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Oda Mae Brown in the original Broadway production of Ghost the Musical, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

Early life[edit]

Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and Hershey, Pennsylvania. She went to Temple University to focus on vocal performance, but in her junior year she decided to switch concentrations to Musical Theatre. After graduating from Temple, she went to the Yale School of Drama. She graduated from Yale in 2011 with her masters.[2]


Randolph auditioned for an understudy role in the Broadway transfer of Ghost the Musical (which was currently playing in London's West End), but the producers decided to cast her in the principal role of Oda Mae Brown.[3] Before the casting of the Broadway transfer was announced, Sharon D. Clarke, who played Oda Mae in London suffered a minor knee injury. Randolph was quickly flown out to cover the role in Clarke's absence.[4] Her debut performance took place on Friday December 16, 2011 and she continued to share the role with understudy Lisa Davina Phillip until early January 2012, when Clarke returned.

After a preview period that began in March 2012, the original Broadway production opened Monday April 23, 2012 with Randolph playing opposite Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy in the leading roles. Considering being branded as the "newcomer", she was nominated for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Randolph played Charmonique in ABC's situation comedy series Selfie, which premiered on September 30, 2014.


Film credits[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Ma' George Marsea Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Selfie Charmonique Whitaker Regular cast

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2012 Ghost the Musical Oda Mae Brown Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
April 23, 2012 – August 18, 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Ghost the Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated


  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJP3-JVNP Date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed May 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Da'Vine Joy Randolph Biography". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Da'Vine Joy Randolph: Ghost on Broadway - Hartford Courant". Articles.courant.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ 04/27/2012 11:10 am Updated: 04/27/2012 10:36 pm (2012-04-27). "‘Ghost The Musical:' Da'Vine Joy Randolph Tells How She Landed Starring Role". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 

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