Actress, dancer, vocalist, and choreographer best describe Hope Clarke, who began her career performing in “West Side Story”. She has appeared in seven other Broadway shows that include “Purlie”, “Hallelujah Baby”, and “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”. As a dancer, she has toured internationally with Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Black Nativity with the legendary Katherine Dunham. In addition to her choreography for “Jelly’s Last Jam” (for which she and co-choreographer and star of the musical, Gregory Hines were nominated for a Tony Award), she has choreographed such musicals as “The Colored Museum” and
“Caucasian Chalk Circle” at the Public Theater. She won a Tony Award for her staging of “Porgy and Bess” which toured major American cities, Japan, and the famed La Scala Opera House in Milan. Other Broadway works include, “Fly” (about the Tuskegee airmen), “Caroline or Change”, “Free Man of Color”, “The Tempest”, “Grind” to name a few. Her film and TV work includes, Piece of the Action (w. Sidney Poiter), Law and Order, Seventeen Again, New York Undercover, Basquiat, Amen, Beat Street, Hill Street Blues, Angel Heart. Clarke remains one of the most versatile, and perhaps underrated, performers on the stage and on film.
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