Lita Gaithers Owens
|Occupation||Actor, singer-songwriter, playwright, director|
Lita Gaithers (born July 30) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, director, and Tony Award-nominated co-author and vocal director of the Broadway musical It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1999. Lita, who received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, is the third of only four African American women who have ever been nominated in that category.
As a veteran performer of legitimate stages that include: the Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, and Arena Stage, her lead and featured stage performances consist of: The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Ain't Misbehavin', Nunsense, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A... My Name Is Alice, Purlie, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf, and being an original cast member of Blues, which was developed at the Denver Center Theatre Company.
- – A Raisin in the Sun review – Los Angeles Sentinel
- It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information
- IBDB Production Awards Archived January 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- Black Film – 2019 Tony Award Nominations
- Variety Reviews – It Ain't Nothin But the Blues Denver – Film Reviews – Review by Allen Young
- – Soul Sisters book – by Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook