Soara-Joye Ross

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Soara-Joye Ross, previously known as Joy Ross, Joye Ross, Joy E. T. Ross, and also known as Soara-Joyce Ross (because of her name being misspelled) is a notable American actress and singer.

Her Broadway credits include Les Miserables the Revival and Dance Of The Vampires, where she made her Broadway debut. She starred in the Off-Broadway productions of Single Black Female at Playwrights Horizons and then The Duke on 42nd, Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center, where she was the second cover for La Chanze when she wasn't playing the role of Annabel. Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, and was in "The Tin Pan Alley Rag" at The Laura Pels Theatre with The Roundabout Theatre Company as a cover for the roles of Treemonisha and Monisha, where she performed the role Monisha. Miss Ross has worked overseas as a soloist in the popular European show Palazzo Colombino, done a tour of Ain't Misbehavin playing the role of "Charlayne" and Smokey Joe's Cafe, where she was a swing for the roles "B.J.", "Patti" and "Brenda", and a U.S. tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe with Gladys Knight. Ms. Ross played the role of "Mama Lila" in the 2009 New York Music Theatre Festival and won their "Best of Fest" Outstanding Individual Performance Award in the show written by Allan Harris entitled Cross That River.

Regionally she has been in Aida (Aida) at The Arvada Center For The Performing Arts, where she was nominated By the Colorado Guild: Outstanding Performance by and Actress in a musical, Tick Tick Boom (Susan) at The Tony Award winning Alliance Theater, From the Mississippi Delta, Ragtime (Sarah) at Gateway Playhouse and Weston Playhouse, Ain't Misbehavin' (Armelia) at The Huntington Theatre Company and Once On This Island (Asaka/Andrea) at Sacramento Music Circus and The Bay Street Theatre/Mill Mountain Theater. Ross has done numerous readings and workshops and continues to flourish in "The entertainment business" moving up the ladder of success one step at a time. You can also see her in the feature film Garden State with Zach Braff and Natalie Portman as the Handi-World Cashier.

Ross started a support group caled "OFF-STAGE" in 2006, where actors, singers and all other artsy folk would get together to brainstorm ideas and genuinely share, love, support and empower each other during the ups and especially the downs of "the business" in a respectful environment.

SOARA-JOYE ROSS is a member of The Actor's Equity Association and The Screen Actor's Guild.

Soara-Joye Ross
Soara-Joye Ross
Actress/Singer
“With the first-act finale, “I Must Believe,” she whips herself and the audience into an ecstatic frenzy as Mama Lila reflects on the liberty she hopes awaits her with her ultimate master, God. Ross blasts into the very depths of her heart and soul to make this not merely a powerful statement against slavery and in favor of faith and freedom, but also so explosively theatrical that comparing it to Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going” in Dreamgirls and Fantasia Barrino’s “I’m Here” in The Color Purple would not be out of place. Ross draws tears from your eyes and elevates you out of your seat and convinces you there really is a better place for everyone…after “I Must Believe,”… people’s bodies are still ringing with…catharsis. “I Must Believe” is an amazing song, and Ross’s performance of it is unforgettable…"

- Matthew Murray, Talkinbroadway.com Cross That River @ The NY Music Theater Festival

"There are no weak voices in Cross that River, but there is one actor who deserves special mention. Soara-Joye Ross as Mama Lila, the slave woman who raises Blue, concludes Act I with the hair-raising gospel anthem “I Must Believe.” Ross gives the song her entire body and all of her considerable range (without making it sound like an “American Idol” audition). The result is an ecstatic, athletic, sublime performance. By blackout I was shaking, and I don’t think I was the only one. Even if the rest of the production were poor — which is far from the truth — it would be worth sitting through for this song."
-Marianne Moore, Showbusinessweekly.com Cross That River @ The NY Music Theater Festival

“Soara-Joye Ross excels in two very different roles. As Mama Lila, Blue's elder caregiver and fellow plantation slave, she's the embodiment of tough love, moving like a woman who has known nothing but work, her face taking on a worried glow as she watches over everyone on the plantation. Mama Lila is a preaching woman, and Ross brings down the house with the Act 1 finale, the overwhelming spiritual "I Must Believe." Relentlessly specific in her depictions, Ross also impresses as saloon girl Pearl, a role that exploits her youth and sexuality.”
- Ruthie Fierberg, Backstage.com Cross That River @ The NY Music Theater Festival

"Hearing the stirring standout gospel song sung by Soara-Joye Ross is reason enough to see Cross That River… Ross’s powerful rendition of "I Must Believe" elucidates, by itself, the pain and loss of someone whose family is torn by slavery in the South, and defines the hope of her young son…Soara-Joye Ross’s delivery of "I Must Believe" reaches an emotional depth that leaves no doubt about her message…"
– Jo An Rosen, NYTheatre.com Cross That River @ The NY Music Theater Festival

“Ross plays SBF 2 like a multivalent, likeable Samantha Jones (OK, couldn’t resist making the parallel)-she’s sexually voracious and outspoken but genuine and poignant when she talks about her loneliness.”

–Mary Block, The L Magazine Single Black Female @ The Duke on 42nd

“ It’s reminiscent of what comedy duo Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney did with their Off-Broadway show before it became and HBO special, except Marie and Ross are far sexier and have broader appeal.”
-Jerry Portwood, Backstage Single Black Female @ The Duke on 42nd

“The program says it is Soara-Joye Ross playing the role of Aida. Don’t look for Ross. She isn’t there. With every move, every gesture, every heartbeat, every decision, Aida comes to life.”
-Holly Bartges, Colorado Backstage Aida @ The Arvada Center…

Title Actress Carries Show … “But there's no doubt this is Ross' show. The actress gives a stirring performance in the title role. Ross exudes dignity, intelligence, strength and beauty, and that's exactly who Aida needs to be for the story to work… Soara-Joye Ross soars joyfully through her performance.”
–Mark Collins, Daily Camera Aida @ The Arvada Center…

“Soara-Joye Ross has real star quality as Aida…the lady is dignified and beautiful, and she sure can sing. As she ripped into the grief-stricken ballad "Easy as Life," I thought for a moment that Elton John had transcended himself and his genre. But then I realized it was Ross's voice, rather than the song, that was lifting the moment above the mundane.” –Juliett Wittman, Denver Westword Aida @ The Arvada Center…

“Soara-Joye Ross is, to me, outstanding.”
-Richmond Shepard, Performing Arts INSIDER A…My Name is Alice @ The Producers Club

“As Susan, Soara-Joye Ross was wonderful. A magnificent actress with a phenomenal voice, her "Come to Your Senses" was one of the most memorable moments of the show.”
–Atlanta’s Theater Review tick…Tick, BOOM! @ The Alliance Theater

“When Soara-Joye Ross sings ``Squeeze Me,'' it's easy to feel the hug.”
–Terry Byrne, Boston Herald Ain’t Misbehavin’ @ The Huntington Theatre Company

“Soara-Joye Ross as the Mother Earth goddess assures that "Mama Will Provide" in a rollicking road trip to Daniel's castle, reeling us into the rush toward Ti Moune's inevitable fate.”
– Steve Parks, Newsday.com Once on this Island @ Bay Street Theater

“Even when Soara-Joye Ross’s rendition of the saucy "Squeeze Me" slows the pace early on, her breathy vocals, ample display of cleavage, and come-hither gestures keep heartbeats racing.”

–Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix Ain’t Misbehavin’ @ The Huntington Theatre Company

“Soara-Joye Ross soared as Sarah, in an impressive accounting of that part.”
–Dan Wolfe, Shelburne News Ragtime @ Weston Playhouse

“The beautiful Soara-Joye Ross as Sarah…possessed with a rich singing voice, Ross is appealing. Her performance is a blend of hope and heartbreak, and the duet with Coalhouse on “Sarah Brown Eyes” is an emotional ride that one won’t soon forget.” –William Menezes, Brattleboro Reformer Ragtime @ Weston Playhouse

• 2009 New York Music Theatre Festival's "Best of Fest" Outstanding Individual Performance Award (Cross That River)
• 2006 Henry Award Nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Aida)
• Best Actress in a Musical (Aida) -Dreamwell.com

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