The Tony winner celebrates her birthday October 5.
Heather Headley made her Broadway debut as Nala in the original 1997 cast of The Lion King.
Since her Tony-winning performance in Aida, Headley has appeared on Broadway as a guest star in the 2013 concert show Il Divo—A Musical Affair and asShug Avery in the Tony-nominated revival of The Color Purple.
Headley also earned an Olivier Award nomination for starring in the London musical stage adaptation of the Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard.
Flip through some of her stage highlights below:
From Lion King to Aida to The Color Purple: Look Back at Heather Headley on the Stage
Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, Edie Windsor, Lorna Luft, Lea DeLaria, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, and George Takei were among the activists and artists who made a historic visit to the civil rights landmark.