On August 27th, Wayne Brady will make his debut at the Thrasher-Horne Center, premiering his It’s My Line Tour for Northeast Florida audiences. In a way, this performance will be a homecoming for Wayne, who was born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised by his grandmother in Orlando. The Emmy Award winning host of Let’s Make A Deal and The Wayne Brady Show then traded Central Florida life for Los Angeles and an impressive twenty-six year career that spans television, movies, Broadway, and the recording industry. However, Wayne is most easily recognizable from his decades-long stint as a performer (and later Executive Producer) of Whose Line Is It Anyway? His current tour borrows heavily from his extensive experience in improv, most notably the titular nod to his Whose Line roots.
Wayne’s face is most recognizable from his years of work on television. From 2001 through 2004, he hosted The Wayne Brady Show, a variety show on ABC. He also credits appearances on Reno 911, How I Met Your Mother, Chappelle Show, 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Drew Carey Show, as well as high-profile hosting duties for The NAACP Awards, BET Honors, and the 2002 Miss America Pageant. He has been a judge on So You Think You Can Dance?, the original host of Fox’s Don’t Forget The Lyrics!, and last year was a guest host on The Late Late Show.
In addition to his television career, he also has a strong background in stage and live performance. Wayne played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of Chicago, and was also a member of an all-star cast of Rent which was directed by Neil Patrick Harris at the historic Hollywood Bowl. More recently, Wayne starred in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, finishing his successful run this past March. Ben Brantley of The New York Times praised his performance, noting
“It is a relief to report that Mr. Brady’s singing and dancing chops are of Broadway caliber. Shimmying and kicking through Mr. Mitchell’s try-this-at-home choreography and belting out Ms. Lauper’s arena-pop score, he radiates stellar heat and good humor.”
Few entertainers are as multi-talented as Brady. Facebook touts his profession as “Actor, Singer, Improv Comedian, Male Exotic Dancer.” This description accurately summarizes the variety you’ll receive when he hits the stage in Orange Park for this exclusive one-night engagement.
Tickets to see Wayne Brady live at the Thrasher-Horne on August 27th are available now online (www.THcenter.org) or through the Box Office at (904) 276-6815.