Born For This: A New Musical
A story of family, love and forgiveness.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Benjamin "BeBe" Winans, the inspirational R&B and gospel vocalist and six-time GRAMMY® Award winner is the seventh child and youngest male of the Detroit based first family of gospel music. Teaming with his younger sister, Priscilla “CeCe”, the duo first began crossing lines as “adopted children” of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the PTL television show.
BeBe & CeCe are the first true Christian crossover artists to hit the mainstream. They appeared frequently on national television -- from The Arsenio Hall Show to Good Morning America to The Oprah Winfrey Show -- where they have taken their message and presented it in a way that touched, moved and inspired wide audiences. BeBe and CeCe are the first brother and sister to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On their first tour, Whitney Houston sang background for the siblings -- proclaiming herself their “sister” and setting the tone for her own special career. BeBe & CeCe have nine successful gold and platinum recordings and in 1995 they began to explore their solo endeavors.
Since then, BeBe has become known as an inspirational, R&B, and popular vocalist, songwriter, and producer, renowned as the breakthrough artist to bridge the language of his roots in the church with a chart-topping, award-winning career spanning audiences universally throughout all genres.
Along with his seven solo albums with guest appearances from friends as disparate as Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Anita Baker, best friend Whitney Houston and members of the Winans family, BeBe is known for his jaw-dropping performances on some of the most important and star-studded musical specials of the past decades. BeBe, with his sisters, brothers, parents and on his own, has achieved an iconic status with the audiences he has moved and encouraged through the Winans’ brand of popular inspirational song.
He was an Executive Music Producer for the OWN Network’s latest scripted series, Greenleaf; host of his own radio show on the Heart & Soul Channel (68) on Sirius/XM Radio Networks on Sunday Mornings (9am ET/7am PT); author; actor in motion pictures including friend Denzel Washington’s, The Manchurian Candidate; and star of productions such as starring alongside Chaka Khan on Broadway in Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple.
BeBe Winans has won six GRAMMY® Awards (three solo and three with sister CeCe Winans), ten Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, four NAACP Awards (three with CeCe and one with 3WB with brothers Marvin and Carvin) and 3 Soul Train Music Awards (2 of them with sister CeCe).
In addition to his other projects, BeBe Winans is currently an Ambassador for Metro World Child, an organization committed to providing hope and building futures for children living in adverse conditions in metropolitan areas around the world.
Charles Randolph-Wright is a playwright, screenwriter and director. He directed the Broadway and West End mega hit Motown: The Musical and its national tour. Other theater directing credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Ruined and Sophisticated Ladies at Arena Stage (where he was an inaugural resident playwright), Through The Night at The Geffen and Off Broadway, the 75th Anniversary international tour of Porgy and Bess, Love/Life at Lincoln Center (with Brian Stokes Mitchell), the national tour of Guys and Dolls (starring Maurice Hines), Cabaret Verboten at the Mark Taper Forum (with Bebe Neuwirth and Roger Rees) and the world premieres of the plays Tough Titty, Akeelah and the Bee, and the musical Senor Discretion Himself. Randolph-Wright is the author of the plays Blue (starring Phylica Rashad and Diahann Carroll), The Night is a Child (starring JoBeth Williams), Cuttin’ Up, Love in Afghanistan and co-author of Just Between Friends – Bea Arthur on Broadway. He directed the award-winning film Preaching to the Choir, and has written screenplays for HBO, Showtime, Disney and Fox as well as the Showtime series Linc’s. For television he has directed Greenleaf, Lincoln Heights, South of Nowhere, the music special America America, and the “Freestyle” football commercial for Nike.
Randolph-Wright started his career as a performer. His credits include the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls as well as Hill Street Blues and Melrose Place among others. He studied acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and dance with the Alvin Ailey School in New York City.
Randolph-Wright’s productions have received numerous awards, including NAACP Image, Helen Hayes, Ovation, Audelco as well as GRAMMY and Tony nominations. He is the recipient of the S.C. Medal of Honor in the Arts, the Creative Spirit Award, The Pasadena Playhouse Theatrical Diversity Award, and the Paul Robeson Award from Actors’ Equity. For more information, visit Randolph-Wright.com.
Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and inter-disciplinary artist and one half of the Obie Award-winning performance duo PearlDamour. Her plays have been produced by theaters across the country, including MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, (all in NYC); Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago); Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, D.C.); and the National Theatre in London. Lisa’s Detroit was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts in theater, the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award and is a recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.
Donald Webber Jr. as BeBe Winans
Loren Lott as CeCe Winans
Kirsten Wyatt as Tammy Faye Bakker
Chaz Pofahl as Jim Bakker
Nita Whitaker as Mom Winans
Milton Craig Nealy as Pop Winans
Maddie Shea Baldwin as Penny
Kurt Boehm as Jimmy Ray/Record Executive/Stage Manager
Matthew Griffin as Carvin Winans/Alvin Love
Gracie Jones as Edith
Liisi LaFontaine as Sister Jones/Whitney Houston
Jay McKenzie as Michael Winans/Howard
Nick Morrett as Bob/Josh
Jarran Muse as Marvin Winans
Brad Raymond as Ronald Winans
Cullen Titmas as Executive/Piano/PTL Announcer
Tynia Rene' Brandon