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Joaquina Kalukango

Watch Now: Tony Award Winner Joaquina Kalukango on Celebrated Tony Performance

Joaquina Kalukango received a rapturous response after her incredible performance of “Let It Burn” at the 75th Annual Tony Awards ceremony, winning a Tony Award for her performance in Paradise Square that same night. Kalukango stopped by TODAY to unpack that whirlwind of a night and her journey to Broadway.

Tony Award winner Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play) leads the 40-member cast that also features Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee John Dossett (Newsies, Gypsy), Tony Award nominee Sidney DuPont (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee A.J. Shively (La Cage aux FollesBright Star), Nathaniel Stampley (The Gershwin’s Porgy & BessThe Color Purple), Gabrielle McClinton (PippinChicago), Jacob Fishel (Fiddler on the Roof), Kevin Dennis (Canadian productions of Young FrankensteinAssassins), and Matt Bogart (Smokey Joe’s Café, Miss Saigon).

With visceral and nuanced staging and choreography that captures the pulsating energy when Black and Irish cultures meet and set to a contemporary score that reimagines early American song, Paradise Square depicts an overlooked true-life moment when hope and possibility shone bright.

Watch Kalukango’s interview on TODAY below.


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