Actress in Broadway’s Lion King, Motown Was 66 – News Kidda

Marva Hicks, a singer and actress known for Broadway roles in The lionking and Motown: The Musical and for TV credits that included Star Trek: Voyager, has passed away. She was 66.

Hicks died Friday in New York City, her representative Tanya Young Williams confirmed in a statement. Her cause of death was not shared.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our dear Marva Hicks Taha. Our beloved wife, family member and friend will be greatly missed and will remain wonderfully in our hearts forever,” her husband, Akwasi Taha, and family said in a statement shared with News Kidda. “The love she had for her husband, family, friends and entertainment community knew no bounds. We are deeply moved by the incredible outpouring of love. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.”

Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Hicks graduated from Howard University and then enjoyed a career that spanned four decades.

She got her start in music, releasing her self-titled debut album in 1991 with the single “Never Been in Love Before.” Hicks would go on to perform duets with both Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder while touring worldwide.

As a theater performer, her Broadway credits were included Motown: The Musical, The lionking, Caroline of Change and Lena Horne, The Lady at Her Music. She has won a Helen Hayes Award three times for her stage work and appeared in the Alliance Theater production of . earlier this year Angry, raw and shamelessly beautiful.

Hicks’ TV work included recurring as T’Pel on Star Trek: Voyager and appear in four episodes of both crazy about you and Sister, sister. Other TV credits included appearances on House of cards, daredevil, Search party, The blacklist and Madam Secretary.

She is survived by her husband and other relatives.

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