Nominated for Broadway's Tony Award in 2012 for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
In 2014, he was cast as the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera", becoming the first African-American to play the role on Broadway.
Personal Quotes (3)
My life and work ethic comes from the business world, but I envy those who have been through conservatories because they've had the choice to delve into character study in a way I never did. But at the same time I've heard horror stories about acting teachers at these places who've said to students 'You have no talent and you'll never work'. I don't know if I could have pursued a theater career if I had been told that at a young age.
[Advice to young actors] Remember that the producer, director and casting director - all of them - are in that audition because they have a problem. The actor is there to solve the problem. There is no reason for the actor to be overwhelmed.
[More advice] (A newcomer) should audition for virtually everything, whether or not he's ethnically right for the part. And this is especially true for African-American actors.