Avery Sommers is a South Florida treasure and Broadway veteran with a “powerhouse” voice (The New York Times) and charismatic stage presence.
Avery recently performed her new one-woman concert, “For Sentimental Reasons,” in the Helen K. Persson Hall at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in 2018, and also performed in another one-woman show, “I Love Being Here with You,” to two sold-out houses at the Kravis Center in 2016.
Avery starred as the title role in “The Devil’s Music…The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith“ at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, for which she earned a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play/Musical. Avery is also the recipient of the Best Actress Award given by The Arts and Entertainment Magazine of South Florida and The Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Contributions to the South Florida Theater Season 2015-2016.
In the fall of 2017, Avery performed the role of Addie in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ season opening production, “The Little Foxes.” She recently appeared as Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray“ at Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables and was nominated for a Carbonell Award again.
On Broadway, she appeared with Ken Page in “Ain’t Misbehavin'” as Nell Carter. Other Broadway credits include “Broadway,” “Chicago,” “Showboat” and “Platinum.” She played Jewel in the first national tour of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas“ (starring Ann-Margret) and played Matron Mama Morton in the first national tour of the Broadway show, “Chicago.” She won a Los Angeles Ovation Award for her portrayal of that role.
Independent film credits include the immigration lawyer Ms. Ravencourt in “Immigration Tango.” Her performance earned her a Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2010 Monaco International Film Festival. Avery was also nominated for Best Actress for the role of Danielle in the independent film “Lost Everything,“ filmed in South Florida.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with “Getting to Know Avery,” a conversation between Avery and Yvette Norwood-Tiger about Avery’s career in music and Broadway, accompanied by some music and questions from the audience. Then, after a short intermission, the night continues with a performance by Avery and her full band.
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