Sandra Reaves-Phillips


The Chosen nominated for Star-Ledger's "TONYs"




Sunday, June 6, 2004

by Peter Filichia




Best Musical Actress: Nancy Barry ("I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road"); Margaret Bell ("If These Hips Could Talk," Symphony Hall, Newark); Kate Fry ("My Fair Lady"); Cassandra McConnell ("The Tragedy of Carmen"); Sandra ReAves-Phillips ("The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz," Crossroads Theatre Company) Winner: ReAves-Phillips. No entertainer on Jersey stages this year worked as hard to seduce and entertain an audience as this ample-bodied, moon-faced dynamic diva, who saluted Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Mahalia Jackson.