Woods, Carol (Carol Woods-Coleman)

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Woods, Carol (Carol Woods-Coleman)


Daughter of Marion Jones; married Roy Coleman (a real estate entrepreneur), 1988; children: two. Avocational Interests: Cooking.


Agent—Michael Livingston, Marc Bass Agency, Inc., 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 727, Los Angeles, CA 90069; (commercial and voice work) Marcia Hurwitz, Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Actress and singer. National Actors Theatre, founding member. Performer at various venues, including work as a cabaret performer and a singer in clubs. Appeared and advertisements and affiliated with the computer company Apple Computer, Inc. Worked as a nurse and a postal worker.

Awards, Honors:

Laurence Olivier Award nomination, outstanding performance of the year, Society of West End Theatre, 1987, for Blues in the Night.


Stage Appearances:

Understudy for the role of Georgina, Hallelujah, Baby! (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1967-68.

Big Bertha and understudy for the role of Ma Reed, One Mo' Time, Village Gate, New York City, beginning c. 1979.

Maybelle and understudy for the role of Mrs. Faye, Grind (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Big River (musical), Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, ending in 1987.

Rose, Stepping Out (musical), John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Lady in the road, Blues in the Night (musical revue), Donmar Warehouse, London, 1987, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1987-88, Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, 1988, and Post Street Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 2007.

(As Carol Woods-Coleman) Ma Rainey, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1989, and TheatreFest '92, Montclair State University, 1992.

Alberta Williams King (Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother), King (musical), Piccadilly Theatre, beginning 1990.

(With Karen Saunders) Bosom Buddies (cabaret performance), various performances, including productions in the 1990 and production at the Landmark Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, Port Washington, NY, 2000.

Tituba, The Crucible, National Actors Theatre, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991-92.

Lady, A Little Hotel on the Side, National Actors Theatre, Belasco Theatre, 1992.

Lorena Hickock, First Lady Suite (musical), New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Susan Stein Shiva Theater, New York City, 1993.

Mrs. Crosby, The Goodbye Girl (musical), Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1993.

C'mon and Hear: Irving Berlin's America (musical revue), McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1994.

Side by Side by Sondheim (musical revue; also known as Side by Side), TheatreFest '94, Montclair State University, 1994.

Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen (benefit concert; also known as Over the Rainbow), Wilshire Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 1995.

Smokey Joe's Cafe (musical revue), Virginia Theatre, New York City, c. 1995-2000.

The ghost of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theatre, 1996.

Molly Grant, One Touch of Venus (concert production of musical), City Center Encores! (also known as Encores! and Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert), City Center Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Rose, Greensboro: A Requiem, McCarter Theatre, 1996.

Vy (Aladdin's mother), Dreamstuff (musical; also known as Dream Stuff), Beckett Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Diva, Triplets: The Diva Musical (musical; also known as Divas), TheatreFest '98, 1998.

Mrs. Oxenham, The Hot L Baltimore, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 2000.

An Evening with Carol Woods (benefit), Carnegie Hall, New York City, 2000.

Lyrics & Lyricists Salute to Sondheim, Theatre at the Ninety-Second Street Y, New York City, 2000.

Stella Deems, Follies (musical), Roundabout Theatre Company, Belasco Theatre, 2001.

(Performer in rehearsals) 45 Seconds from Broadway, Richard Rogers Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Jeanette Burmeister, The Full Monty (musical), Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2002.

Matron Mama Morton, Chicago (musical), Ambassador Theatre, New York City, beginning 2008.

Appeared as Jewel, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (musical), An Evening Dinner Theatre (later known as Westchester Broadway Theatre), Elmsford, NY; appeared in Taking My Turn (musical), off-Broadway production; appeared in Mercer: Hooray for Johnny (musical revue); also appeared in 227. Performed in benefits, cabaret shows, and other productions.

Major Tours:

Lady in the road, Blues in the Night (musical revue), Japanese cities, c. 1991.

Matron Mama Morton, Chicago (musical), U.S. cities, beginning c. 1996, other cities, including Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2003, also in productions c. 2005.

Jeanette Burmeister, The Full Monty (musical), U.S. cities, 2002-2003.

Film Appearances:

Eddie's aunt, Eddie Murphy Raw (also known as Raw and Raw: The Concert Movie), Paramount, 1987.

Rose, Stepping Out, Paramount, 1991.

Secretary, Night and the City, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Member of the roach chorus, Joe's Apartment (live action and animated), Warner Bros., 1996.

Voice of Harriet, KnitWits (animated short film; also known as Knitwits), Buzzco Associates, 1997.

Cislyn, Brooklyn Babylon, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Helen Minton, Sweet and Lowdown, Sony Pictures Classics, 1999.

Aunty Patsy, The Blues, Ground Zero Entertainment, 2003.

Alice's mother, The Honeymooners, Paramount, 2005.

Ella, Steam, Fencesitter Films, 2007.

Gospel singer, Across the Universe (also known as Untitled Julie Taymor Project), Columbia/Revolution Studios, 2007.

Herself, Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (documentary), TLA Releasing, 2008.

Mrs. Anderson, When the Evening Comes, 2009.

Provided a voice for Tails (animated).

Television Appearances; Series:

Mrs. Wilcox, The Parent 'Hood, The WB, 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

The Chemical People (documentary), PBS, 1983.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Appeared in two musical specials broadcast by Yorkshire Television.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards (also known as 50th Grammy Awards), CBS, 2008.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, Wogan, BBC, 1988.

Angry parent, "Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story," Lifestories: Families in Crisis, HBO, 1992.

Ms. Price, "Cradle to Grave," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1992.

Polly Fairfield, "Extended Family," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1993.

Lieutenant Rice, "After Hours," Third Watch, NBC, 2000.

Lieutenant Rice, "Know Thyself," Third Watch, NBC, 2000.

Lieutenant Rice, " … And Zeus Wept," Third Watch, NBC, 2001.

Maxine Shipp, "Neighboring Species," The Practice, ABC, 2002.

Appeared in other programs, including an episode of The Equalizer, CBS.


Albums; with Others:

Grind (original Broadway cast), TER, 1985.

Blues in the Night 1987 London cast), First Night Records, 1987.

(As backup singer) Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe, Barcelona, Hollywood Records, 1988.

The Goodbye Girl (original Broadway cast), Sony, 1993.

Jim Cullum Jazz Band, New Year's All Star Jam, Riverwalk Records, 1993.

Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill (also known as Lost in the Stars), Music Masters Jazz, 1993.

Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen (benefit concert cast recording; also known as Over the Rainbow), DRG, 1995.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (world premiere cast recording; also known as Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Musical), c. 1995 (some sources cite 2001).

Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule, Riverwalk Records, 1996.

Jim Cullum Jazz Band, American Love Songs (also known as American Love Songs, Vol. 7), Riverwalk Records, 1997.

(With Karen Saunders) Bosom Buddies, L.B. Music, c. 1998.

Across the Universe (film soundtrack), Interscope Records, 2007.

Across the Universe (deluxe edition of film soundtrack), Interscope Records, 2007.

Appeared in other recordings.


Recorded the album Carol Woods Sings Blues in the Night.

Album Producer:

With Ron Coleman, produced the album Carol Woods Sings Blues in the Night. Producer of songs.


Writings for the Stage:

An Evening with Carol Woods (benefit), Carnegie Hall, New York City, 2000.



Carol Woods Online,http://www.carolwoodsonline.com, November 5, 2008.

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