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Cedric Neal

 
Birth Place:
Dallas, Texas
Bio:
Cedric Neal most recently was a Semifinalist on "The Voice UK" 2019 Series. He made his West End debut as Berry Gordy in the original London cast of "Motown- The Musical." Neal was featured as The Arbiter in the first revival of "Chess" at London's Coliseum. Other London credits include Jesus ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Dallas, Texas

Bio:
Cedric Neal most recently was a Semifinalist on "The Voice UK" 2019 Series. He made his West End debut as Berry Gordy in the original London cast of "Motown- The Musical." Neal was featured as The Arbiter in the first revival of "Chess" at London's Coliseum. Other London credits include Jesus ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
2022
Lola/Simon [Replacement]
  [West End]
West End Premiere, 2021
Goldie
  [West End]
London Coliseum Revival Production, 2018
The Arbiter
  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2016
Berry Gordy [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Performer

Cedric Neal Biography

Cedric Neal most recently was a Semifinalist on "The Voice UK" 2019 Series. He made his West End debut as Berry Gordy in the original London cast of "Motown- The Musical." Neal was featured as The Arbiter in the first revival of "Chess" at London's Coliseum.

Other London credits include Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent‚Äôs Park Open Air Theatre, the European premiere of 21 Chump Street at the Courtyard Theatre, ‚ÄėWillie‚Äô in the Soho Theatre premiere of The View Upstairs, the critically acclaimed concert staging of Martin Smith's musical King, portraying the legendary civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cy Coleman's revue - Rhythm Of Life (St. James Theatre), and a turn as Sporting Life in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's Olivier Nominated production of The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess. Broadway credits include the Tony Nominated After Midnight (Director/Choreographer- Warren Carlyle) and the 2012 Tony Winning revival of The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess (Director- Diane Paulus.). Mr. Neal was an original member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center, where he starred in productions of The Who's Tommy (Tommy), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Death Of A Salesman (Happy Loman), and as Billy Lyons in the World Premiere of the musical Stagger Lee.

His American Regional Theatre credits include - Pollard Theatre (Oklahoma), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), Zach Theatre (Austin, TX), American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, MA), Uptown Players, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Jubilee Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas)

Television Credits: The Good Guys (Fox) and Seasons 4 & 5 of the Emmy Winning Drama Friday Night Lights (NBC-Universal). 2012 & 2014 Tony Awards Telecast. NBC Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the 2015 Olivier Awards Telecast.

Film Credits: Lost In London (Written, Produced and Starring - Woody Harrelson)

Cedric studied Classical Vocal Performance at the prestigious Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY.) His training also includes the Interlochen Arts Academy, and he's a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, Texas.) Awards include - Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Supporting Actor- Dreamgirls), Texas Legacy Of Success; Leon Rabin Award (Outstanding Supporting Actor - Tick, tick...BOOM) Cedric is featured on the Original Cast Recording of The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess as The Crabman.

Glory to God for LIFE. Love to my Husband, Mitchell and our Doghter, Brookland, and thanks to Claire O’Sullivan and Revolution Talent.

Cedric Neal Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical Gold Star
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Cedric Neal News

Photos: TREASON THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT Premieres at Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Photos: TREASON THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT Premieres at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2022

Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder plot featuring stunning music by Ricky Allan, and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn.The musical had its live stage debut at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 22 August, and added an additional performance on 23 August due to popular demand. Check out photos here!

Photos: First Look at KINKY BOOTS-THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Photos: First Look at KINKY BOOTS-THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 9, 2022

Kinky Boots is the feel-good musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, based on the popular 2005 film of the same name. Leading the cast is Cedric Neal (Back To The Future, Motown The Musical) as Lola/Simon, Joel Harper-Jackson (C O C K, Chess The Musical In Concert) as Charlie Price and Courtney Bowman (Legally Blonde, SIX) as Lauren. Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert will be stepping out and painting the town red for an extra night and we have photos of the cast in action!

Review: KINKY BOOTS - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Review: KINKY BOOTS - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 9, 2022

Boy, has the West End missed the wit and sparkle of Kinky Boots! As part of the concert series at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, last night saw the first in two special concert-versions of the show, that served to remind audiences just what they had been missing.

Sir Trevor McDonald Joins CHESS and Joel Harper-Jackson Leads KINKY BOOTS in Theatre  Photo Sir Trevor McDonald Joins CHESS and Joel Harper-Jackson Leads KINKY BOOTS in Theatre Royal Drury Lane Concert Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2022

There is less than a week to go before the three-part concert series presented at Theatre Royal Drury Lane kicks off, starting with Chess the Musical in Concert on Monday 1 August.

Daisy Wood-Davis and Hannah Lowther Join KINKY BOOTS Concert, Plus Additional Date Ad Photo Daisy Wood-Davis and Hannah Lowther Join KINKY BOOTS Concert, Plus Additional Date Added
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022

Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert will be stepping out and painting the town red for an extra night on Tuesday 9 August at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane this summer. 

VIDEO: BACK TO THE FUTURE Teases 2023 Broadway Run Photo VIDEO: BACK TO THE FUTURE Teases 2023 Broadway Run
by Stephi Wild - Jun 22, 2022

Back to the Future the Musical has released an all new teaser trailer for the show's upcoming Broadway run, set for 2023. Learn more about how to be among the first to get tickets!

Pride in London Announce Ava Max and More Photo Pride in London Announce Ava Max and More
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2022

Pride in London returns on Saturday 2 July with its biggest and most inclusive event in history, with a stellar line-up of artists who will perform across four stages around Central London. Chartbusting pop superstar Ava Max will close the show on the Trafalgar Square stage in a year that celebrates 50 years since London's first ever Pride march in 1972.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT Photo VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT
by Stephi Wild - Jun 1, 2022

The cast of Back to the Future The Musical led by Roger Bart took the stage last night on Britain's Got Talent! Check out the full performance video here!

BACK TO THE FUTURE Booking Extends to February 2023 Photo BACK TO THE FUTURE Booking Extends to February 2023
by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

Due to overwhelming demand, BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical’s performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End will extend to 12 February 2023. Tickets on sale now. The critically acclaimed Olivier, WhatsOnStage and Broadway World Award-winning Best New Musical had its opening night in London on Monday 13 September 2021.  

Additional Date Added For TREASON THE MUSICAL  In Concert At Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Additional Date Added For TREASON THE MUSICAL In Concert At Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2022

Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder plot featuring stunning music by Ricky Allan, and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn. Since announcing the live stage debut of the musical on 22 August at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, it sold out within 2 weeks of going on sale, a record for an original new musical!

Cedric Neal Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

by Stephi Wild - Jun 1, 2022

The cast of Back to the Future The Musical led by Roger Bart took the stage last night on Britain's Got Talent! Check out the full performance video here!

BWW TV: The Cast Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Discuss The Staged Musical Concert Videoplay
BWW TV: The Cast Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Discuss The Staged Musical Concert

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 27, 2020

The cast of A Christmas Carol chat to Tom Hayden Millward (@WestEndReporter) about their upcoming West End run at the Dominion Theatre.

VIDEO: 150 Performers Record 'Make Them Hear You' to Raise Runds for StopWatch Videoplay
VIDEO: 150 Performers Record 'Make Them Hear You' to Raise Runds for StopWatch

by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2020

Danielle Tarento has brought together more than 150 Black and Black mixed race actors from the UK and the US, along with a 38-piece orchestra, to record a??Make Them Hear You,a?? from the Broadway musical Ragtime.

VIDEO: Christopher Lloyd Meets Roger Bart as Dr. Emmett L. Brown in New BACK TO THE F Videoplay
VIDEO: Christopher Lloyd Meets Roger Bart as Dr. Emmett L. Brown in New BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL Trailer

by Stage Tube - Jan 29, 2020

Back to the Future the Musical will open at Manchester Opera House on 20 February for a strictly limited 12-week season, finishing on 17 May. The first official trailer has been released for the show! In the trailer, original Doctor Emmett Brown, Christopher Lloyd meets the musical's Roger Bart!

BWW Flashback: Looking Back At PORGY AND BESS's Opening Night! Videoplay
BWW Flashback: Looking Back At PORGY AND BESS's Opening Night!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 21, 2020

With David Alan Grier making his official return to Broadway tonight as Sergeant Vernon C. Waters in Roundabout Theatre Company's A Soldier's Play, we're looking back at his Tony-nominated turn as Sportin' Life in 2012's Tony-nominated production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on the show's opening night. Check out the video to see Grier alongside Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Phillip Boykin, Joshua Henry, and more as they celebrate the special night!

VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, Starring Tyrone Huntley, Andy Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, Starring Tyrone Huntley, Andy Mientus, and More!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 31, 2019

A brand new trailer has been released for the European premiere of new LGBTQ+ musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS. The show began previews at the Soho Theatre on 18 July and will run until 24 August.

BWW TV: The Cast Discuss The Opening Night Of CHESS! Videoplay
BWW TV: The Cast Discuss The Opening Night Of CHESS!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 2, 2018

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as Molokov. This epic musical love story had its press night last night and is now playing at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited season. Watch a video from the opening night party below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Neil Sean Checks in with the Ladies of CHESS, Alexandra Burke and  Videoplay
BWW TV Exclusive: Neil Sean Checks in with the Ladies of CHESS, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 30, 2018

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Philip Browne as Molokov. This epic musical love story is now playing at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited 5 week season.

BWW TV: Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and More Chat West End's MOTOWN on the Red Carpet
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 9, 2016

Last night (8 March 2016) marked the opening of the West End production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Last month, due to public demand, a further 200,000 tickets were released for sale taking bookings at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 18 February 2017. Click below to watch the stars strut the red carpet, including Gordy, director Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and more!

BWW TV: Sneak Peek of Rufus Bonds Jr., Nicola Hughes and More in Open Air's PORGY AND BESS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 12, 2014

Timothy Sheader's critically acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess which ends its strictly limited run at Regents Park Open Air Theatre on 23 August, draws on talent from both sides of the Atlantic, Rufus Bonds Jr plays Porgy and Nicola Hughes plays Bess, with Phillip Boykin as Crown, Cedric Neal as Sportin' Life and Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Check out highlights from the production below!


Cedric Neal Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Cedric Neal been in?
Cedric Neal has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Cedric Neal been in?
Cedric Neal has appeared on London's West End in 4 shows.

What was Cedric Neal's first West End show?
Cedric Neal's first West End show was Motown the Musical which opened in 2016

What awards has Cedric Neal been nominated for?
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Dreamgirls .

What awards has Cedric Neal won?
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Dreamgirls.

What is Cedric Neal next theatre project?
Cedric Neal's next show will be Kinky Boots - The Musical In Concert which opens on 8/8/2022 on West End.