Nasia Thomas: Almost There
Nasia Thomas is an actress, singer, and dancer, known for "The Last Five Years" (2021), "4400" (2021) and "Clayton Howe's Entertainmentx" (2018). Starting December 5, 2022, she played the role Anna of Cleves in the Broadway production of "SIX: The Musical". her other Broadway credits include "Caroline, or Change", "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations", and "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical".
On February 26, 2018, as part of the "Broadway at The Pierre" cabaret series in association with Broadway Sings for Pride, a concert was held at Two E Bar/Lounge — the sophisticated saloon located inside the New York City luxury hotel, The Pierre. The concert featured a performance by Robinson, backed by pianist and musical director Chris Curcio.
Thomas performed the song "Almost There" during the concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "Almost There" is a song written by Randy Newman for Walt Disney Pictures' 49th animated feature film "The Princess and the Frog" (2009). It was originally recorded by actress and singer Anika Noni Rose in her film role as Tiana. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 82nd Academy Awards, but lost to "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart". "Down in New Orleans", another song from the film, performed by Dr. John (with prologue and finale versions by Rose), was also nominated for the Academy Award.
In the film, the characters Tiana and her mother Eudora are at Tiana's restaurant. In the song, Tiana is singing that she is "Almost There" to successfully opening her dream restaurant. During the song sequence, the animation shifts to the same art deco style used in Tiana's picture of her dream restaurant that her father James gave her.
Besides the original English version, Disney Character Voices International released "The Princess and the Frog" (including the song) dubbed in 41 foreign-language versions of "Almost There".
Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist known for his Southern-accented singing style, early Americana-influenced songs (often with mordant or satirical lyrics), and various film scores.
Newman has received 22 Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories. He has also won 3 Emmy Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. In 2007, he was recognized by the Walt Disney Company as a Disney Legend. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
- Videographer: Shefik
Last Updated: January 3, 2023