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Rest In Peace: Tony Nominee B.J. Crosby

It is with our deepest sympathies that we report the passing of a wonderful talent, Tony Award nominee B.J. Crosby. Having been seen on the Broadway stages in One More Time & Chicago, she is most known for her show stopping vocals in the musical review Smokey Joe’s Cafe. There has never been a voice that shook a Broadway house like that of B.J. Crosby. She was the definition of a powerhouse, with a vibrant spirit to match.

B.J. Crosby was born on November 23, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. And it was fellow NOLA native, Wendell Pierce, that broke the news to us of her passing. This led to an outpour of more than deserving social media love for the soul singer, including the Tony Award winning Harvey Fierstein and R&B Diva L.A. seen Stacy Francis. Those he knew her on and off the stage were are forever changed. She leaves behind something that can never be replaced and you can hear it in her voice. Below you’ll see her singing her show stopping number in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, “Fools Fall In Love”, which we often thought should have garnered her the Tony Award and not just the nomination in 1995. However, you’ll see why she has always been a winner.

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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