Keala made her Broadway debut in 2011 as Shirley in PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, before going on to originate the role of Norma Valverde in HANDS ON HARDBODY which received rave reviews when it ran on Broadway in 2013 . Keala was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She went on to perform in the revival of LES MISÉRABLES as Madame Thenardier and then starred in the Broadway musical WAITRESS in 2016. Keala has made the jump to film and starred in RICKI AND THE FLASH in 2015 alongside Meryl Streep. She has just finished filming Hugh Jackman's latest film, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, which will be released in December. Because of her work in the film, she will have an opportunity to perform her number “This Is Me” at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony this year.
On January 11, 2018, Keala’s first EP titled “chapter one” was released and is now available for purchase through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music and all other digital music platforms. Her second EP titled “chapter two” will be available by March 2018.