A native of Texas, Todrick is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 400 million views. Dancing since the young age of 9, Hall is a classically trained ballet dancer who has traveled the world performing with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Royal Caribbean & Holland America Cruise lines, Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s California Adventure. His Broadway credits include Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple” and The 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis,” and most recently his box office record breaking run as Lola in “Kinky Boots.” In the 4 years he has been a full-time YouTuber he has had the honor of opening the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, being a Judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographing music videos for Beyonce, writing and starring in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials and the theme song for the new online version of Jim Henson’s Sesame Street. Using his title to entertain his “Toddlerz” isn’t the only thing Hall uses his platform for. In 2014, Hall was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneurs. He has teamed up with campaigns such as The Trevor Project, The City of West Hollywood, HIV Equal and HIV Beats to help raise awareness of several issues within the LGBTQ community. “The Wizard of Oz has always been my favorite story, and I am ecstatic to share with you my most precious creation. Thank you Lin-Manuel, Walt Disney and Beyoncé for the inspiration. This journey has been a long and winding yellow brick road, but I thank my fans, friends and family for their never ending support. Thank you to my amazing team, my mother, brother, father, stepfather Corey, Pat Carthel for opening my eyes to a world that was not black and white, my agents at UTA, my manager Steven Grossman, my best friends (Chester, Vonzell, Blair, Sheena and Ashley)... Without you all I would never have found my home in YouTube, and there truly is no place like home. I would like to dedicate each and every performance of Straight Outta Oz to my sweet Grandmother “Ethel” and my good friend Jill #2650, may you both watch proudly from Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
XOXO Quing Toddy
I first met Todrick in the halls of the Broadway Theater where we both debuted... On Broadway in "The Color Purple". My respect for his work grew from there as well as our friendship... You last saw me in his viral video "Weave Girls"... Since then "Rock of Ages" as "Justice", singing background for American Idol Fantasia Barrino, and now "Straight Outta Oz" baby!!! I'm so excited to join my friend again and share this gift with you all...
Virginia is a vocalist, rapper and actress from New York. She has toured as Nina in In the Heights, Mamma Mia Las Vegas and also starred as Dorothy in The Yellow Brick Road (Off-Broadway). Check out her original work gone viral with #BARSWORKSHOP NYC on YouTube. Her rap twist on ALICE and Wonderland is produced by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs.
Tiffany Mann is BEYOND excited to join the folks in OZ! TV: Orange Is The New Black, BET's It's A Mann's World, Live from Lincoln Center: Sweeney Todd(2015 Emmy for Outstanding Class Program). Off-Broadway: Invisible Thread, Cabin in the Sky. Other theater: Effie (Dreamgirls) Celie (Color Purple) Dynamite (Hairspray). Ms. Mann has performed with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus in numerous productions and studied opera at Oklahoma City University. Words alone cannot express her gratitude, so she offers the gift of song as her thanks.
Arlington, Texas native Simone Gundy is beyond excited to join this tour with Todrick as a friend and a fan to help him to continue realizing his dream. You may recognize Simone from Team Adam on Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice. Simone is mother to one amazing son Isaiah who encourages her at every turn along with her family (Stephanie, Steven, mom, and Dad) who has never left her side. It is nothing short of a blessing to continue her musical journey with someone who represents everything that music today should be and She would like to thank Todrick and everyone involved for this opportunity and for making her feel at home. Keep up with Simone through her website: simonegundymusic.com
Chester is overjoyed to be on tour with Todrick for the SIXTH time! Originally from Southern California, he is an alternative singer and producer who has been featured on NewNowNext, LadyGunn Magazine, OutTV, Spotify and more. You can watch him be extra sassy all over Todrick’s YouTube videos and, most notably, as a season regular on Todrick's self-titled reality show on MTV. Favorite credits: Choreographing/Creative Directing “VOTERZ” with Todrick for the Hillary Clinton campaign, MTV Movie Awards, Beyoncéthon (MTV), Kids Choice Awards & Victorious (Nickelodeon), Disney’s Mulan (World Premiere), 85th Oscars,Rupaul’s Drag Race Xmas Special, Hairspray, All Shook Up, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, as well as commercials & print for Apple, MTV, Fiat & Ray-Ban. Chester is extremely grateful to Todrick for his constant support and the opportunity to be in this incredible show. www.chesterlockhart.com
Jay Bordonada, originally from San Juan, PR now based in New York City, has performed on many stages across the country since the early age of 14 years old as the lead singer of the last generation of the boy band Menudo, including performances such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Z100 Jingle Ball and numerous radio shows as well as promotional tours. He also formed part of the boy band One Call where he got to develop his skills as a songwriter/vocal producer and continue to grow as a stage performer opening for big acts such as Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, amongst others. Later on, Jay majored in Musical Theatre at AMDA, NY. I would like to say thank you to Todrick Hall, the cast, the crew and everyone involved in the show for making this such a magical experience and to my family for the everlasting love and support.
(Twitter: @jaybordonada )
Originally from Colorado Springs, Brittanie Brant has been living and dancing in Los Angeles since she was just 13. She has been an original immaBEAST member with WilldaBeast since 2012. Some favorite credits include: Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Opening with Will Smith (2010) & Todrick Hall (2014), Madden ’15 Commercial with Dave Franco, Kevin Hart & the NFL (2014), “Love Is The Answer” video by Aloe Blacc, “Looking’ For A Dream” video by Nick Cannon, X-Factor w/ Pitbull (2013), Recurring Guest Star on TODRICK (MTV), Twerk Du Soleil International Tour, Twerk The Halls Tour, Toddlerz Ball International Tour. Brittanie strives to be better every day. She is humbled by every single opportunity and is inspired by all things beautiful and creative.
(Twitter: @brittaniebrant )
Originally from Houston, Texas, Jenni began her career dancing and traveling aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines, after which she relocated to Orlando, Florida. She quickly became an Equity swing in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Walt Disney World and had the pleasure of being in the opening cast of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Later, she joined the legendary Radio City Rockettes for two seasons, where she first met Todrick. After dancing in the film version of Rock of Ages (choreographed by the iconic Mia Michaels), Jenni moved to Los Angeles where she began dancing in Todrick's viral videos and went on to be a series regular in his MTV show. Other credits include Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Hudson, a national Fiat commercial, and the VMA's. This will be Jenni's third tour with Todrick and she couldn’t be more excited!
Jamie is honored to be a part of the Straight Outta Oz tour. He is from the small town of Flowery Branch, Georgia, where he trained at Dance Arts Centre under Jeff Boss & Jamie Wadrop. After high school, Jamie started a new chapter in his life and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. Since then, Jamie has worked on a number of projects including: Nashville (ABC), Vampire Diaries (CW), dance double for Jake Johnson in “Lets Be Cops,” touring with Chinese pop star Chris Lee, and the incredible Toddlerz Ball tour with Todrick. Jamie constantly strives to better himself in all aspects and would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support. A huge thank you to Todrick for inspiring him, he is beyond excited for the chance to tour again with this incredible team.
Haddash Diaz is a professional dancer born and raised in Miami, FL who started dancing at the late age of 18 but always had a passion for the arts and dreams of becoming a performer. At just 25, he has traveled the world to worked with some of the industry’s leading choreographers and biggest acts including: Glenn Packard, Galen Hooks, Charm La Donna, Fifth Harmony, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and has performed on the Latin Grammys, Latin Billboard Awards, Univision's La Banda and Nuestra Belleza Latina. He has loved visiting other countries such as Puerto Rico, Chile and the Dominican Republic. He is extremely excited and humbled to be on the road with Todrick Hall and this incredible cast.
Coming straight out of a small town in Indiana, Eliza is thrilled to be in her first national tour. She has been dancing for as long as she can remember, training with the Louisville Ballet and at world renowned dance studios in Los Angeles and New York such as Millennium Dance Complex and Broadway Dance Center. Over recent years, she has worked at a number of professional theaters while simultaneously completing her Theatre Business degree at I.U.S. She is so excited to see where this new adventure leads her. Thanks to God and family. XO
(Twitter: @eliza_donahue1 )
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Alan is excited and honored to be joining the cast of Straight Outta Oz. Alan currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he is pursuing a career as a dancer and choreographer. Additionally, he keeps busy working full time as a real estate agent. Alan graduated from Chapman University in 2012. During his time there, he co-founded a hip-hop group, an all men's acapella group, and was the executive director for a philanthropy raising money for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. In the future, Alan hopes to continue to enrich the lives of people through art, travel the world, and inspire others.
EJ Lewis is a dancer, actor, and singer that currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. While growing up in Indianapolis, he trained under the Krash Krew Company, with whom he has performed for artists such as Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, and the Clark Sisters. Later on, he had the pleasure of dancing and choreographing for the NBA/WNBA dance team “Indiana Fever Inferno.” Shortly after moving to the west coast, EJ began work as a dancer on the MTV Reality Show, “Todrick”. With Todrick, Lewis has performed at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, and the extremely successful “Twerk Du Soliel” and “The Toddlerz Ball” tours. He gives thanks to God and his close family & friends for their continued support in his career.
Jazlyn Miller is a professional dancer from Carson, CA. In the short four years she has been dancing, she has worked with a wide variety of entertainers on music videos, movies, tours and commercials including Mila J, Dawn Richards, Timbaland and our very own Todrick Hall! Jaz met and joined team Toddy last year ultimately leading to her joining the Straight Outta OZ family! While dancing professionally, Jazlyn teaches preschool and attends California State University Long Beach, double majoring in child development and family life. Touring with Todrick was a life changing moment for Jazlyn. She is ecstatic to be back and thanks God to be doing it again!!!