Brooklyn-born and raised actress most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in
the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. She made her
Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet
Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell,
where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O
Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She
returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed
for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then
created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and
‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the
Show’ and brought the house down every night. In 2007 she went back to
Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie
McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most
recently she was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. An
active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around
the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony,
Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), National Symphony, Atlanta
Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San
Antonio Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Nashville
Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Toronto Symphony,
Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, San
Diego Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She was a soloist with
the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. In 2011 Capathia had
the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’
concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. This December,
Ms. Jenkins will be the guest soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly
Pops and will make her debut this season with the Cincinnati Pops. Her
Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU,
the Sopranos, Law & Order. She can be seen in the 2012 film
‘Musical Chairs’ directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the
following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Legally Blonde 2.
Vocalist Capathia Jenkins is a discovery.
esteemed Nancy Wilson once said;
“a great actress doesn’t have to
sing, but every great singer is an actor.”
Capathia Jenkins can definitely act but all those who know her also
know that this diva can blow and blow and blow you right off this
planet. This is a woman who grappling with two dueling passions
each with a strong grip: acting and music, yet she refuses to pick
one because they both represent her soul. Capathia approaches a
song the same way she approaches a script, like an artist. She
looks for the nuances, the secret hidden within the notes or text.
She seeks the melody, harmony and rhythm.
She asks herself: what am I trying to say?
What do I want my
audience to experience with me?
She wants to take her audience on a journey.