Preview: Tonya Pinkins

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Julian Fleisher and actress Tonya Pinkins perform onstage at the Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars annual gala

Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins is no stranger to the Great American Songbook. Starting with a found box of LPs in her childhood basement and continuing up to her Broadway stage debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Tonya has lived the songbook.

Currently, Tonya is on Hulu with James Franco in the SciFi thriller 11.22.63 from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, and in the Fox comic book crime series Gotham, she plays the villain Dr. Ethel Peabody. Somehow she made time to talked to Julian about the Songbook, Streisand, and Sondheim! And also Kendrick Lamar and Hamilton.

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