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Chandra Currelley-Young is an American actress. Currelley has done extensive work with director and writer Tyler Perry, and has played many roles in his various productions. She also has appeared in several stage plays.[1]

Life and career

In 1992, Chandra left "The S.O.S. Band" to pursue her career in acting and theater. Since that time, she has blazed a fiery trail in the world of theater.Because of her excellent theatrical abilities, Chandra was Selected by Debbie Allen to be the featured soloist in her production Entitled "Soul Possessed" which debuted at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. This was an extremely rhythmic production that consisted of interpretive dance and song. The show featured the likes of Patti Labelle, Desmond Richardson (FOSSE), Natalie Belcon (RENT), Carmen de Lavallade (Alvin Ailey), Miguel Angel, Sharon Brown, Jason Samuels-Smith (Bring Da Noise), and many other artists.[2] Tom Jones then produced a show, through his production company, Jomandi, specifically for Chandra entitled "SLAM", which debuted at Atlanta's Jomandi Theatre and was later featured at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was because of her incredible performance in D.C. that Chandra was nominated for a Helen Hayes award in 2000 for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical for the character "Autumn". Her breakout role came when she starred in the David Petrarca's hit production, "Dinah Was", the story of the legendary Dinah Washington, a great songstress from the 1950s era. Chandra was picked directly by David Petrarca because of her awesome ability to embody the role of Dinah Washington. This role was a perfect fit for her from the music, the character of Dinah Washington, and the artistic expression that was allowed.There is, unforgettably, Chandra as Katisha, in "Hot Mikado", Where she plays the imposing older woman enamored of Nanki-Poo, who survives a bout of insults to almost steal the show with her thundering, bluesy, gospel numbers and torch song. She received rave reviews for her most impressive presence and strongest voice in a cast loaded with great singers. She established her acting career by appearing in Tyler Perry productions such as Madea's Big Happy Family the play as Shirley, in the movie as Sister Laura and many other Tyler Perry production. She can also be seen in the TV show Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse[3]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1999 I Know I've Been Changed Millie
2003 Madea's Class Reunion Emma Direct-to-DVD release
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Herself
2007 What's Done in the Dark Brenda Direct-to-DVD release
2009 Crowns Mother Shaw
2009 Laugh to Keep from Crying Belinda Direct-to-DVD release
2010 Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley Direct-to-DVD release
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family (film) Sister Laura
2011 A Madea Christmas Lilian Direct-to-DVD release
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse Miss V. Regular

References

  1. www.tylerperry.com
  2. http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/24236/
  3. www.chandracurrelley.com

External links


The SOS Band
Studio albums
Singles
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