In a rare concert appearance, GRAMMY®, Golden Globe® and SAG winner Queen Latifah performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 22 at noon.
This multitalented songstress will perform various jazz standards. Musician, television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur, GRAMMY®, Golden Globe® and SAG winner, Queen Latifah is blessed with both style and substance and has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate. She was the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She received rave reviews, an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax's Chicago. Following Chicago, Latifah starred in Disney's box office hit Bringing Down the House, on which she also acted as executive producer.
In the TV movie Life Support, a true-life drama in which she plays a mother who overcomes an addiction to crack and becomes a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community, Latifah was both the star and executive producer, and received rave reviews as well as an Emmy® nomination, a Golden Globe® win and a SAG Award win. She starred in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan's Hairspray playing Motormouth Maybelle and was also seen in the film Mad Money playing opposite Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes.
In Fox Searchlight's The Secret Life of Bees, Latifah starred alongside Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fannning. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Secret Life of Bees won the Hollywood Film Award at the Hollywood Film Festival and a People's Choice Award for Favorite Independent Movie in 2009. Queen Latifah starred in the romantic comedy Just Wright, which she also produced. She also starred alongside Vince Vaughn and Kevin James in The Dilemma, directed by Ron Howard. Recently, she starred in Warner Brothers Joyful Noise alongside Dolly Parton which she produced as well. Currently, Latifah is filming Lifetime's adaptation of Steel Magnolias, on which she is an executive producer. She will take on the role of M'Lynn starring alongside Alfre Woodward, Phylicia Rashad, and Jill Scott.
Latifah was seen in Wayne Wang's The Last Holiday, and starred in MGM's Beauty Shop (a spin-off of the hit Barbershop), which she also produced. She appeared in Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction playing opposite Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman, and was the voice of the Wooly Mammoth, Ellie, in Ice Age 2 and again in Ice Age: Continental Drift.
To most people, releasing multiple movies would be enough, but Queen Latifah wasn't satisfied. On September 25, 2007 Latifah released her GRAMMY®-nominated album titled Trav'lin Light. Co-produced by three-time GRAMMY® winner Tommy LiPuma, this album was the long awaited follow-up to Latifah's warmly received and GRAMMY®-nominated The Dana Owens Album. The platinum-selling album was a collection of timeless classics chosen and covered by the Queen herself. As Latifah demonstrated both in Living Out Loud (1998) and her Oscar®-nominated performance in Chicago (2002), her vocal talent is as impressive as her acting. In August 2009, her latest album titled Persona was released. Executive produced by Cool and Dre, Persona brings together the two worlds of hip-hop and pop creating a new sound for the Queen.
Queen Latifah is also one of music's most well respected rappers. From her groundbreaking 1989 debut All Hail the Queen, which set the visual and contextual standard for female rappers, to her bold foray into R&B, Latifah continues to define what a woman in the music industry should be. She has earned six GRAMMY® nominations as well as a GRAMMY® Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. In 2004, she was nominated for Best Female Rap Solo Performance for Go Head. In 2005, she was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Dana Owens Album and in 2008, she was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Trav'lin Light.
And then there's Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere. The company, based in New Jersey, is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing the #1 box office hit Bringing Down the House and then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM and The Perfect Holiday for Paramount. They are co-producing the action comedy Bad Girls at Paramount with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Overbrook. They have produced The Cookout with Lion's Gate as well as the film Just Wright with Fox Searchlight. On the small screen, they executive produced HBO's critically acclaimed film Life Support. Flavor Unit Entertainment made a multi-year deal with BET to create new original programming including the original movie The Cookout 2 and its first-ever scripted romantic comedy titled Let's Stay Together. Most recently, it was announced that Flavor Unit Entertainment's original film Single Ladies, which was exec produced by Queen Latifah, would be expanded into a weekly scripted dramedy series on VH1, the network's first. Flavor Unit RECENTLY produced Latifah's film Joyful Noise. Next up, Flavor Unit will produce an untitled female cop drama on CBS alongside Criminal Minds' producer Charles Murray as well as a syndicated talk show in 2013 which Latifah will host. Flavor Unit Is currently producing the thriller House of Bodies, in which Latifah will star alongside Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda.
Latifah is also no stranger to the small screen. Her first television series, Living Single, was a huge success and is currently in syndication. From the small screen, Latifah made a leap to film and her acting skills have earned her the status of leading lady.
Since her screen debut in Spike Lee's 1991 film Jungle Fever, her film career has taken off. She starred in Set it Off, which earned her a nomination for a Spirit Award in the Best Actress category, and co-starred with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito in the critically acclaimed Living Out Loud. In 1999, she was seen in Universal's The Bone Collector, directed by Philip Noyce and starring Denzel Washington.
In addition to music, film and television, Queen Latifah has also written a book on self-esteem entitled Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman. Queen Latifah's book, Put on Your Crown: Life Lessons from the Queen, was released in May 2010.
Queen Latifah is diligent in her pursuit of excellence, as is evident by the awards she has received for her work in film and music. Her sincere concern for others is revealed by the generous amount of time and money she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, Queen Latifah serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Established by her mother, Rita Owens, to perpetuate the memory of a loving son and brother, the foundation provides scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but have limited financial resources.
Reserved tickets priced at $95, $75 and $55 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.rutheckerdhall.com 24/7.
Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked in the top 5 venues in the world with seats of 2,500 or less by industry trade publications and is known for its 2,180-seat, acoustically perfect auditorium. Artists from America and around the world, ranging from classical, rock, opera, Broadway, jazz, pop and more are included in the stellar lineup of more than 200 performances a year. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.