Robinson at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
|Born||(1984-09-28) September 28, 1984
|Alma mater||Pratt Institute|
Early life and education
Robinson grew up in Bedford Heights and Solon, Ohio. She attended high school at Gilmour Academy. In 2002, Robinson went to college at Pratt Institute in New York City where she studied screenwriting.
Robinson was a staff writer for MTV‘s Girl Code and a consultant on Season Three of Broad City. She is a regular contributor to Glamour, and has been published in the New York Times, Bitch, Vanity Fair, and many other venues. Her blog, Blaria (named for “Black Daria“), has been featured in the Huffington Post, and Robinson has regularly performed a live version, Blaria Live, in Brooklyn and Washington D.C. With Jessica Williams, she is the creator and co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast, and she created and starred in Refinery29‘s web series Woke Bae.
She has made numerous television appearances, including on NBC‘s Last Comic Standing, the Today show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central‘s Broad City, @midnight, and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FX‘s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, VH1‘s Big Morning Buzz Live, and others. She has been named by Vulture, Essence, Esquire, Flavorwire, Brooklyn Magazine, and SF Sketchfest as a comedian to watch.
Her solo podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, premiered on July 12, 2016, and will continue through the summer. As a response to the predominance of white males in comedy, the podcast features women, people of color, and LGBTQ people. Ilana Glazer of Broad City serves as an executive producer.
Her first book You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) debuted on October 4, 2016.. Her second book, Everything’s Trash, but It’s Okay was released on October 16, 2018. She had a supporting role in the 2018 comedy Ibiza. Robinson lives and performs in Brooklyn, New York.
|2017||In Case of Emergency||Charlene|
|2019||What Men Want||Ciarra|
|2016||Netflix Presents: The Characters||Phoebe||Episode: “Natasha Rothwell”|
|2016–2017||I Love Dick||Suki||7 episodes|
|2017||Search Party||Emily||2 episodes|
|2018||“Girls Like You” (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions)||Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B||Herself|||
|“Crushin’ It”||The Slay Team||Global Gladiator|
EVITA – Eva Peron Alternate (Original Revival Cast) – Michael Grandage
SPIDER-MAN:TURN OFF THE DARK – Arachne – Philip William McKinley
SISTER ACT – Sister Mary Robert u/s (Original Cast) – Jerry Zaks
WICKED – Glinda (First National) – Joe Mantello
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES – Cindy Lou – Westside Theatre – Roger Bean
TARTUFFE – Elmire – Dog Run Repertory – Jeff Cohen
MY MOTHER’S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING – Becki/Penny – NYMF – Stafford Arima
BETWEEN THE LINES (READING) – Allie/Seraphima – Daryl Roth Productions –
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (READING) – CLAIRE – York Theatre – Stephen Nachamie
LITTLE FISH (READING) – Charlotte – B-Side Productions – Jen Waldman
EMPIRE (READING) – Emily O’Dowd – Snapple Theatre – Joey McKneely
BORN YESTERDAY – Billie Dawn – Asolo Rep – Peter Amster
WAR OF THE ROSES – Barbara Rose – Delaware Theatre Co – Bud Martin
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF – Maggie – Triad Stage – Preston Lane
BOEING BOEING – Gabriella – Gulfshore Playhouse – Julia Gibson
MARY POPPINS – Mary – Theatre Under the Stars – Linda Goodrich
SUNSET BOULEVARD – Betty Schafer – Ogunquit Playhouse – Shaun Kerrison
LES MISERABLES* – Eponine – Walnut Street Theatre – Mark Clements
WEST SIDE STORY – Maria – Walnut Street Theatre – Bruce Lumpkin
URINETOWN – Hope Cladwell – Gateway Playhouse – Keith Andrews
BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Belle – Walnut Street Theatre – Richard Stafford
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – Annie Oakley – Arundel Barn Playhouse – DJ Salisbury
*Barrymore Award Winner – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Les Miserables
THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD – Supporting – 20th Century Fox
Malone about to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Mile High Stadium, October 2016.
Elizabeth Ann Malone
(1969-01-02) January 2, 1969
Auburn, Nebraska, U.S.
Elizabeth Ann Malone (born January 2, 1969) is an American actress and singer known for her work in Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. She originated the role of Alison Bechdel in the musical Fun Home, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Personal life and education
She was born in Auburn, Nebraska and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado, the daughter of Peggy and Bill Malone. Her mother is a professional country music singer. Malone played the title role in Annie in middle school, and participated in theatre at Douglas County High School. Malone first attended Loretto Heights College for musical theatre. When the school closed in 1989 while she was there, she decided not to continue, because she was successful finding work without a degree. She later completed her degree through the University of Northern Colorado in 1996 and earned an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine in 2000.
She began her career working at the Country Dinner Playhouse at the age of 16. Malone moved to New York City at age 21. After a period of not finding work, she returned to Aspen, Colorado, where she was able to play a wide variety of roles. She received her Equity card performing in a production of Baby. She later moved to Sherman Oaks, California, where she began performing in television commercials and performing in many shows in the greater Los Angeles area. Malone is married to Rochelle Schoppert, a music technician.
Malone made her Broadway debut in Ring of Fire in 2006. She appeared Off-Broadway in the musical Bingo: A Winning New Musical at St. Luke’s Theatre in 2005. She appeared Off-Broadway in The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Westside Theatre as Betty Jean in 2008.
Malone played the title role in Annie Get Your Gun in the Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, Sacramento, California in August 2011, and again at the San Diego Musical Theatre in May 2014.
She played the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown at The Denver Center Theatre Company in September and October 2014. She played the role of “Molly Brown” in The MUNY (St. Louis, Missouri) production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown in July 2017. The musical was directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Gossip columnist Michael Riedel speculated that The Unsinkable Molly Brown would be revived on Broadway, with Malone in the lead. She played the lead in a industry reading in November 2017 at the Roundabout Theatre Company. “A representative for Roundabout Theatre Company told Playbill there are currently no plans for a future production of the musical.”
Malone has created a one-woman cabaret show titled Beth Malone: So Far. The show tells her life story, “from her offbeat childhood in small-town Colorado, to her not-quite-normal entrance into acting, to her left-of-center adult life.” She has toured with the show in several locations, including Aspen, Colorado, at the Wheeler Opera House in 2011, and in New York City in 2012 at the Davenport Theatre. See section 4 for more information.
Malone originated the role of (Big) Alison in the musical Fun Home, from workshops, to the 2013 Off-Broadway production at the Public Theater. She continued the role in the 2015 Broadway production at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which concluded its Broadway engagement on September 10, 2016. Critic Steven Suskin called her performance “the glue that holds the show together.” She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. Although Beth has found success on stage and on the screen, her role in Fun Home was one of the first times she was able to portray a character who identified as homosexual.
Malone plays the Angel at certain performances in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner‘s play Angels in America at the Neil Simon Theatre. Transferring from London’s National Theatre, the production is directed by Marianne Elliott and stars Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter and Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn. The limited engagement began previews on February 23, opened on March 25, and closed on July 15, 2018.
LGBTQ activism and support
Malone believes supporting the LGBTQ community is very important, and she continually shows her support by performing at over 50 benefits a year for LGBTQ groups and nonprofits. In addition to showing her pride for the queer community, she is also involved in foundations that advocate for all women and their equality, like the Aqua Foundation. Malone uses the success of Fun Home to propel her advocacy because the show “helped [her] define [her] own beliefs and commit to them publicly.” Malone states how she has recently become aware of how “living [her] life openly can be a beacon for other people.” When she was performing in Fun Home, she took the time to converse with young girls and boys who struggled with embracing this identity. Malone’s advocacy greatly evolved as a result of this Broadway production. Not only was Fun Home an award-winning musical, it was reportedly also a “social outreach program,” and Malone has attempted to provide inspiration, pride and support on and off stage.
Beth Malone: So Far…
In 2011, Beth Malone started to perform her one-woman show, titled Beth Malone: So Far. Malone describes this production as an “autobiographical tale about what it was like for [her] to be a rural lesbian in the ‘70s.” This one-hour production takes the audience on a journey through her teenage years and young adulthood. Malone pegs herself as “part dude, part lady… all lesbian.” This musical cabaret depicts Malone’s life, yet she is careful to make sure that her performance avoids the coming-out cliche. Instead, So Far is a coming-of-age story, which highlights her relationship with her father and how their relationship changed when she came out. Although there are several emotional and “heart-wrenching” moments in the show, Malone’s presentation is inherently comedic, and she incorporates humor throughout her concert. Malone has continued to develop and craft So Far over the years, and she still performs her cabaret throughout the country.
|Unknown||You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Sally Brown||Colony Theatre|
|Grand Hotel||Unknown||Dir. Peter Schneider|
|2003||Babes in Arms||Reprise!|
|2005||A New Brain|
|Bingo: A Winning New Musical||Alison||off-Broadway|
|2006||Ring of Fire||Performer||Broadway; March 12 – April 30, 2006|
|2008||The Marvelous Wonderettes||Betty Jean||off-Broadway|
|2010||Music Theatre West|
|2011||Annie Get Your Gun||Annie Oakley||Wells Fargo Pavilion|
|Beth Malone: So Far||Beth Malone||National Tour; 2011/12|
|2013||9 to 5||Judy Bernly||3-D Theatricals|
|Fun Home||Alison Bechdel||off-Broadway; Sept. 20, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014|
|2014||Annie Get Your Gun||Annie Oakley||San Diego Musical Theatre; May 2014|
|The Unsinkable Molly Brown||Molly Brown||Denver Center Theatre Company; Sep/Oct 2014|
|2015||Fun Home||Alison Bechdel||Broadway; April 19, 2015 – September 10, 2016|
|2018||Angels in America||The Angel||Broadway; March 25 – July 1, 2018|
|2009||Intelligent Life: Change Your Mind, Change Your World||Narrator||Documentary|
|2003||One Minute Soap Opera||Various||Series Regular|
|Unknown||What’s On||Host||TV Guide Channel|
|2004||Judging Amy||Marge Bolton/Kelly McClaren||2 episodes|
|2005||Reno 911!||Ms. Striker||1 episode|
|2015||Late Night with Seth Meyers||Beth Malone/Alison Bechdel||1 episode|
|The Good Wife||Pro-life Activist||1 episode|
|2016||BrainDead||Claudia Monarch||8 episodes|
|2017||Bull||Tessa Snyder||1 episode|
- Lunch Shift
Malone released her first solo album in 2008, and it is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Awards and nominations
|Unknown||Ovation Award||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Nominated|
|2015||Tony Award||Best Lead Actress in a Musical||Fun Home||Nominated|
|2016||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Nominated|
Scott performing in 2012
|Birth name||Hillary Dawn Scott|
|Born||(1986-04-01) April 1, 1986
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Hillary Dawn Scott-Tyrrell (born April 1, 1986), known professionally as Hillary Scott, is an American singer and songwriter. She is the co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum, a country music group that was formed in 2006, and is signed to Capitol Nashville. With her family, she released the top 10 album, Love Remains, in 2016.
Scott was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to country music artist Linda Davis and Lang Scott, a musician and entrepreneur. Her family is Scottish-Native American. She has a younger sister named Rylee Jean (2000). Scott was homeschooled on the road for kindergarten. She attended elementary school and high school at Donelson Christian Academy where she graduated in 2004. She lived with her grandparents during that time while her parents were on the road touring. After joining her mom on stage for a Christmas show, she was convinced to pursue a music career. Scott decided at age 14 to become a country singer, and her sister, Rylee, is 14 years younger than her; so she has a tattoo of the number 14 in honor of those two things.
After high school she attended Middle Tennessee State University to help her music career grow and to also improve it. During her time at MTSU, Scott worked with singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw and earned some publicity, but was unable to secure a contract with a major label. She auditioned for American Idol twice, but failed to make it through to the judges round in both cases. Then she met future bandmates Charles Kelley and later, Dave Haywood, in May 2006. She ran into Kelley at a Nashville bar and recognized him from his MySpace page, where she had been listening to his music. She introduced herself to Kelley and complimented him on his music, which led to his deciding that they should get together with Haywood and write songs. The first song they wrote was “All We’d Ever Need”. The song was originally written for her to perform; she convinced Kelley it should be a duet, which led to the forming of Lady Antebellum. The group first performed together in August 2006 and signed a record deal with Capitol Nashville in 2007. Scott claims that being lead singer of Lady Antebellum, as opposed to being a solo artist, lessens the pressure on her on stage.
Scott formed the country music group Lady Antebellum in 2006 with co-lead singer Charles Kelley and backup singer Dave Haywood. They released their debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here“, on October 2, 2007, it entered Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart that year, peaking at No. 3 in early 2008. Their self-titled debut album was released on April 15, 2008, and debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. It consisted of eleven songs, ten of which were either written or co-written by the members of the trio, and was produced by Paul Worley and Victoria Shaw. The trio released their second single, “Lookin’ for a Good Time“, in mid-2008, it peaked at No. 11 in December of that year. Their third single, “I Run to You“, became their first number one hit on the Hot Country Songs chart in July 2009. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA three months later, in October 2009.
In August 2009, Lady Antebellum released “Need You Now” as the lead single off their sophomore album of the same name. The song topped the Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks in late 2009 before peaking at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary and Hot 100 charts, respectively, in early 2010. Need You Now was released on January 26, 2010, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart with first-week sales of almost 481,000 copies. The album consisted of eleven songs, eight of which were co-written by the members of the trio, and showcased production by both the trio and Worley. The next two singles from the album, “American Honey” and “Our Kind of Love“, reached No. 1 on the country charts in April 2010 and September 2010, respectively. The album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA in October 2010. Its fourth and final single, “Hello World“, peaked at No. 6 on the country charts in April 2011.
In May 2011, Lady Antebellum released “Just a Kiss” as the first single from their third studio album, Own the Night, which was released on September 13, 2011, and became their fifth number one hit. “Just a Kiss” was 2x certified Platinum by the RIAA. It stayed on the Hot 100 for forty-two weeks. The second single “We Owned the Night” also became a number one hit and was certified Gold. The third single “Dancin’ Away with My Heart” was also certified Gold and peaked at number two. “Wanted You More” was released as the fourth and final single from the album. It was their first single since “Lookin’ For a Good Time” to miss the Top Ten. The band supported the album with their second headlining tour, the Own the Night Tour which was also their first arena and world tour.
On October 22, 2012, On This Winter’s Night, the band first Christmas album was released. One of the tracks on the album “A Holly Jolly Christmas” was released to Country radio and AC radio. A music video for the single was made.
Shortly after the release of On This Winter’s Night, Lady Antebellum started working on their fifth studio. Golden was released on May 7, 2013. “Downtown” was the album’s first single and peaked at number two on Country radio and number one on the US Country Airplay chart. It was certified platinum by the RIAA. The second single was “Goodbye Town“. In late 2013, the deluxe edition re-issue of Golden was released which included the third single “Compass“. “Compass” was met with positive reviews and went number one on the Country Airplay chart. Throughout 2014, the band toured the album on the Take Me Downtown Tour.
In May 2014, “Bartender” was released as the first single off their sixth studio album. “Bartender” became their third number on the Country Airplay chart and is certified Platinum. 747 was released on September 30, 2014. “Freestyle” and “Long Stretch of Love” are the second and third singles off 747 respectively.
In October 2015, Lady Antebellum appeared on Good Morning America to announce that they would be taking some down time after their Wheels Up Tour finishes. Throughout 2016 they continued to play some shows together.
In January 2017, Lady Antebellum released “You Look Good” which is the lead single off their upcoming seventh studio album Heart Break. The album was released on June 9, 2017, and will support it on the You Look Good Tour.
Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
In November 2015, it was reported that Scott was working on a gospel album. On April 22, 2016, she posted a handwritten note online about the project. In the note she expressed her excitement about it, announced the album’s title, Love Remains and formally introduced “Hillary Scott & the Scott Family”. On why making a gospel album she explains, “Well, I wanted to make this album to share more of who I am. These songs, and many like them are the cry of my heart. I have been singing songs like this my whole my life whether it be in church, with family and friends gathered around with guitars on my screened porch, rocking my baby girl to sleep or while holding the hand of a dying loved one.” It features her parents Linda Davis and Lang Scott, and her little sister Rylee. The lead single “Thy Will” was released on April 22, 2016. It will feature original material and gospel standards. Scott penned the newer material with her family, and Ricky Skaggs will be the producer for the album. Love Remains won Best Contemporary Christian Album and “Thy Will” won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
Scott’s other works include singing background vocals on Luke Bryan‘s song, “Do I“, which fellow Lady Antebellum bandmates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, wrote alongside Bryan. The song was released to radio in April 2009 and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart in December of that year.
Scott has recorded a duet with Dave Barnes called “Christmas Tonight” and was featured with Kelley and Haywood, as Lady Antebellum, on Maroon 5‘s “Out of Goodbyes”. “Christmas Tonight” was a single off Barnes’ 2010 holiday album, Very Merry Christmas, and peaked at No. 9 on the Adult Contemporary chart on New Year’s Day, 2011. “Out of Goodbyes” was included on Maroon 5’s 2010 album, Hands All Over, but was never released as a single.
In addition, Scott has co-written songs for other country artists, including Sara Evans‘ “A Little Bit Stronger” and Blake Shelton‘s “Suffocating”. “A Little Bit Stronger” featured Scott on harmony vocals and was released in September 2010 as the lead off single to Evans’ sixth studio album, Stronger. The song was widely used in the 2010 film, Country Strong, and topped the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2011 for two weeks, becoming Scott’s first-ever Number One hit recorded by another artist. “Suffocating” was written by Scott with Shelton’s ex-wife, Miranda Lambert, and recorded by Shelton for his 2010 EP, All About Tonight.
Scott married Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell on January 7, 2012. The two first met in college and reconnected when Lady Antebellum and fellow country music band Love and Theft, in which Tyrrell was the drummer at the time, both served as opening acts on Tim McGraw‘s Southern Voice tour in early 2010. They began dating in July 2010. After their relationship began, Tyrrell filled in for Lady Antebellum’s drummer for a month in August 2010.
When Lady Antebellum released “Just a Kiss” in May 2011, Scott hinted that the song was inspired by her relationship with Tyrrell, saying, “We love writing songs from personal experience, and this is definitely one of those songs. There is so much excitement at the beginning of a new relationship … all the butterflies and that optimistic feeling that this person could be ‘the one.’ This song is about one of those times when your brain kicks in and tells your heart ‘good things are worth waiting for.'” Tyrrell proposed to Scott on July 2, 2011, during a family vacation in east Tennessee, and the couple wed in upstate New York on January 7, 2012. No wedding date had been announced, and on January 8, the couple posted a video on Lady Antebellum’s website announcing that they were married. In October 2011, Tyrrell became a full-time member of Lady Antebellum’s band as their new drummer.
Scott has two tattoos, a music note on her right foot and the number 14 on her right wrist. The 14 has two meanings. It represents the age at which she decided music is what she wanted to do for a living and the age difference between her and her younger sister Rylee Jean Scott.
In August 2012, Scott and Tyrrell purchased their first home together, a 7,600-square-foot (710 m2), 6-bedroom and 8-bathroom home with a pool in Brentwood, Tennessee. Scott announced on December 7, 2012, that she and her husband were expecting their first child. In an interview with Broadway’s Electric Barnyard, Scott said that the baby’s heartbeat might be heard in the group’s latest album, Golden. On July 22, 2013, they welcomed a daughter named Eisele Kaye Tyrrell (pronounced: eyes-lee) in Nashville, Tennessee. In September 2015, she miscarried her second child, which inspired her single “Thy Will” on the album Love Remains. Scott and Tyrell welcomed their twin daughters, Betsy Mack and Emory JoAnn Tyrell on January 29, 2018.
- Lady Antebellum (2008)
- Need You Now (2010)
- Own the Night (2011)
- On This Winter’s Night (2012)
- Golden (2013)
- 747 (2014)
- Heart Break (2017)
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
(with Linda Davis and Lang Scott)
(as Hillary Scott & the Scott Family)
|“—” denotes a collection that did not chart or was not released to that territory.|
|US Hot Country
|US Hot Christian
|US Christian Airplay
|2016||“Thy Will” (with the Scott Family)||27||1||1||12||
|2017||“Still” (with the Scott Family)||—||20||21||—|
|2010||“Christmas Tonight”||Dave Barnes||9||Very Merry Christmas|
Other charted songs
|US Hot Christian
|2016||“Beautiful Messes”||28||Love Remains|
|2016||“Thy Will” (with the Scott Family)||Shane Drake|
Since 2008, Scott and Lady Antebellum have been awarded many top awards in the music industry. Some of the top accolades include nine Grammy awards, seven ACM awards, six CMA awards, one Billboard Music Award and CMT Artists of the Year honorees in 2010 and 2011 and 2018. Scott was also named SESAC songwriter of the year in 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 2011, her publishing company, Hillary Dawn Songs, shared publisher of the year with EMI Foray Music at the SESAC awards. She also has three Academy of Country Music awards, as producer of the album Need You Now, as producer of the single “Need You Now”, and as songwriter for “Need You Now”.
|2017||Grammy Awards||Love Remains||Best Contemporary Christian Music Album||Won|
|“Thy Will”||Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Hillary Scott & the Scott Family||Top Christian Artist||Nominated|
|“Thy Will”||Top Christian Song||Won|
|Love Remains||Top Christian Album||Nominated|
|2018||CMT Artists of the Year Awards||Hillary Scott||Honoree||Won|