threat, high kicking murderess, Velma Kelly, in Chicago. A role for which she is in
demand on both sides of the Atlantic, both on Broadway and in Londonʼs West End, and
which she has played with acclaim since 2001 in the UK, Europe, South Africa, and in
2010 in Japan, where she performed the role in Japanese. In 2005 she won both the
Naledi Theatre & Fleur du Cap awards in South Africa for Best Actress for this role, and
has performed it with numerous stars and celebrities such as: Chandre Wilson, Huey
Lewis, Jerry Springer, Christie Brinkley, among many others.
Amra-Faye’s performing career grew unconventionally from the farmlands of her native
South Africa to the international stage. She trained extensively as a classical and jazz
dancer, and began her career performing in the Spectacular Musical Revues at Sun
City. She spent the following years developing her skills in many musical genres,
studying Opera with Yamilla Tellinger, Jazz Vocals with Jazzwize in London, and
obtained a diploma in Contemporary Music at Allenby College in Johannesburg, which
has resulted in a versatile and eclectic performance style. But it is her vivacious worldlywise
persona and ironic subtle humor, for which she is best known.
After starring in Viva Sun City at Sun City Theatre, Amra-Faye left for Monte
Carlo where she performed as lead artist in the world famous Cabaret du Casino
for two years. Thereafter she starred in many Musical Revues in Europe and the
Far East where she performed in French, Italian, German, Korean and Japanese.
Her gift for story-telling led her to write, and perform her first one-woman revue, Rouge
Pulp (Vita Award), which enjoyed a sellout season, and prompted her to write “Drinks on
Me” (Vita Award); and “It’s Not Where I Start”. She performed cabarets at London’s
famed fringe theatre, The Kings Head, and regularly hosted evenings at Pigalle, in
London. She has performed with and is a frequent guest soloist with Production
Companies around the world, such as Kyodo Tokyo, and Rios productions in Paris, and
continues to make star appearances around the globe for many organizations such as:
South African VIP Gala at the 2000 Sydney Olympics; SPAR International (Sun City
Superbowl); 2007 World-Cup Rugby Gala with the Johannesburg Philharmonic;
AquABBA with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other highlights have been performances at the Royal Albert Hall for Europride 2006
and the 10th anniversary performances of Chicago on Broadway and in the West End,
directed by Walter Bobbie, Anne Reinking and Rob Fisher.
Since making NYC her home in 2010, she has performed her new cabaret, Sittin on Top
Of the Worldʼ, at the Metropolitan Room and at Feinsteinʼs with music direction and
arrangements by Mark Hummel.