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Orlando's Tymisha Harris to reprise role as Josephine Baker in her one-woman biographical musical JOSEPHINE

Tymisha Harris stars in this dazzling retelling of Josephine Baker’s revolutionary life as singer, movie star, WWII spy, civil rights activist and cultural icon.



Orlando's Tymisha Harris is reprising her role in the critically-acclaimed JOSEPHINE for two nights only at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr Phillips Center on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2024.


JOSEPHINE, performed by Tymisha Harris and created by Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio and Tod Kimbro, is a one-woman biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century.


After debuting at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival, JOSEPHINE has been wowing audiences ever since, including an off-Broadway run at Soho Playhouse, where it sold out performances and received high critical acclaim.


For the off-Broadway run, Tymisha Harris was nominated for a 2018 Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.


Orlando's Tymisha Harris

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century.


The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.


Tickets are available now for this dazzling production.


Orlando's Tymisha Harris is Josephine at The Run Theater Orlando

Before Ella, Tina, Billie Or Beyonce there was Josephine: the first African-American International Superstar.


About Josephine Baker

Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s.


She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon.


She was also a spy for the French Resistance, a civil rights activist, and the mother of 12 adopted children from 4 continents. Her success in France and Europe often gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.


Orlando's Tymisha Harris is Josephine at The Run Theater Orlando

About Tymisha Harris

Tymisha Harris has been performing professionally as a dancer, singer, actor, puppeteer, acrobat, stunt performer, stilt walker, choreographer, costume designer, and badass burlesque diva for the last 3 decades. Her early credits include assistant choreographer and backup dancer for the ’90s pop group N*SYNC, backup dancer for LFO, multiple roles at Universal Studios Orlando, and a featured role in the hit movie series Bring It On.


More recent endeavors include the national tour of Broadway’s Rock of Ages, a European tour with the innovative and world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater Company, and founding member and Assistant Director and Choreographer of the successful Orlando based dance troupe, VarieTease.


Combining ferocious dancing, powerhouse vocals, fearless audience interaction, stunning costumes and a delightfully unpretentious sense of humor, Tush has performed her distinct and multifarious style of performing locally, nationally and internationally since 2002. She is a founding cast member of Orlando-based performance troupe, VarieTease and a featured performer with dozens of troupes throughout the country.


In 2015, she was awarded the national title of Entertainer of the Year, and soon after honed her talents and shaped them into the fierce storm that is JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play. Her one-woman biographical musical about the legendary Josephine Baker has toured the world, played off-Broadway, and received dozens of awards


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