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Chuck Cooper

 
Birth Place:
Cleveland, OH, USA
Bio:
Chuck won the Tony Award for his performance in Cy Coleman's The Life. He has been featured in 15 Broadway shows in every theatrical genre from Shakespeare to musical comedy. His most recent guest starring TV appearances include "Bull," "Power," "The Good Wife," "House of Cards" and "Madam ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 08, 1954 (67)

Birth Place: Cleveland, OH, USA

Bio:
Chuck won the Tony Award for his performance in Cy Coleman's The Life. He has been featured in 15 Broadway shows in every theatrical genre from Shakespeare to musical comedy. His most recent guest starring TV appearances include "Bull," "Power," "The Good Wife," "House of Cards" and "Madam ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
2021
Sheldon Forrester
  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Concert Productions Concert, 2020
Jacob
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Papa Mizner
  [Off-Broadway]
Shakespeare In the Park, 2019
Leonato
  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Original Broadway Production, 2019
Headmaster Marrow
  [New York]
MasterVoices Production, 2017
Matthew Fulton
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Performer
  [New York]
Roundabout Theatre Company Benefit Concert, 2016
Harry Trevor/Baptista
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Revival, 2016
Pischik
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
The Head Man
  [New York]
New York City Center Gala Concert, 2015
Pawnee Bill
Mr. Wilson
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Thomas
  [Chicago]
World Premiere Production, 2014
Performer
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2014
Langston Hughes
Max Siegel
Charles Gilpin
Wally
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2013
Lord Capulet
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company, 2012
Wining Boy
  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theater LCT3 Production, 2010
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
Bill Rawkins
  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
Uncle Billy
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2004
Performer
The Dryer
The Bus
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
The Dryer/The Bus
The Dryer/The Bus
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2002
Jaguar Senior/Dregster Dupree
Jaguar Senior/Dregster Dupree
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Frank Schaeffer
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Memphis
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Billy Flynn [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1996
Dan Gerard (Standby)
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Capt Jabali Abdul LaRouche
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Lieutenant Torasso (Understudy) [Replacement]
Fosca's Father (Understudy) [Replacement]
Lieutenant Barri (Understudy) [Replacement]
Major Rizzolli (Understudy) [Replacement]
Private Augenti (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1994
Roscoe
  [Broadway]
1992
Adam [Replacement]
Adam (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Man 1 (Break)/ Man (Agnes)/ Man in Dirty Dungarees (Eulogy for Mister Hamm)/ Cabbie (Lucky Nurse)
  [Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1990
Memphis
Memphis
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Brother Boxer
Brother Boxer (elder of the church)
  [Off-Broadway]
1982
Isaac/Blind John/Abner/Bert

Photos

Chuck Cooper and LaChanze Photo

Chuck Cooper and LaChanze

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Date:
05/17/2022
Chuck Cooper, Emilio Sosa, LaChanze and Sydney Beers Photo

Chuck Cooper, Emilio Sosa, LaChanze and Sydney Beers

From: 
Date:
05/17/2022
Chuck Cooper, Emilio Sosa, LaChanze and Sydney Beers Photo

Chuck Cooper, Emilio Sosa, LaChanze and Sydney Beers

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Date:
05/17/2022
Chuck Cooper and LaChanze Photo

Chuck Cooper and LaChanze

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Date:
05/16/2022
Chuck Cooper Photo

Chuck Cooper

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Date:
05/13/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
2021
Sheldon Forrester

  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Concert Productions Concert, 2020
Jacob

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Papa Mizner

  [Off-Broadway]
Shakespeare In the Park, 2019
Leonato

  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Original Broadway Production, 2019
Headmaster Marrow

  [New York]
MasterVoices Production, 2017
Matthew Fulton

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Performer

  [New York]
Roundabout Theatre Company Benefit Concert, 2016
Harry Trevor/Baptista

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Revival, 2016
Pischik

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
The Head Man

  [New York]
New York City Center Gala Concert, 2015
Pawnee Bill

Mr. Wilson

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Thomas

  [Chicago]
World Premiere Production, 2014
Performer

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2014
Langston Hughes

Max Siegel

Charles Gilpin

Wally

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2013
Lord Capulet

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company, 2012
Wining Boy

  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theater LCT3 Production, 2010
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
Bill Rawkins

  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
Uncle Billy

Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Performer

  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles

Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2004
Performer

The Dryer

The Bus

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
The Dryer/The Bus

The Dryer/The Bus

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2002
Jaguar Senior/Dregster Dupree

Jaguar Senior/Dregster Dupree

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Frank Schaeffer

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Memphis

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Billy Flynn [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1996
Dan Gerard (Standby)

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Capt Jabali Abdul LaRouche

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Lieutenant Torasso (Understudy) [Replacement]

Fosca's Father (Understudy) [Replacement]

Lieutenant Barri (Understudy) [Replacement]

Major Rizzolli (Understudy) [Replacement]

Private Augenti (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1994
Roscoe

  [Broadway]
1992
Adam [Replacement]

Adam (Understudy)

  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Man 1 (Break)/ Man (Agnes)/ Man in Dirty Dungarees (Eulogy for Mister Hamm)/ Cabbie (Lucky Nurse)

  [Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1990
Memphis

Memphis

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Brother Boxer

Brother Boxer (elder of the church)

  [Off-Broadway]
1982
Isaac/Blind John/Abner/Bert

Chuck Cooper Biography

Chuck won the Tony Award for his performance in Cy Coleman's The Life. He has been featured in 15 Broadway shows in every theatrical genre from Shakespeare to musical comedy. His most recent guest starring TV appearances include "Bull," "Power," "The Good Wife," "House of Cards" and "Madam Secretary." Other awards: Lucille Lortel Award, San Diego Critics' Circle Award, Audelco Award and two Drama Desk nominations. His favorite role is Eddie, Alex and Lilli's father. He is gratefully married to playwright Deborah Brevoort. www.chuckcooper.net

Chuck Cooper Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Chuck Cooper, Choir Boy
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Chuck Cooper, The Piano Lesson
 
The Lortels - 2013 - Outstanding Featured Actor Gold Star
Chuck Cooper, The Piano Lesson
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Featured Actor - Musical
Chuck Cooper, The Life
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Chuck Cooper, The Life

Chuck Cooper News

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY & KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead in Wins for 2022 Outer Critics Circle Award Photo THE LEHMAN TRILOGY & KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead in Wins for 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 17, 2022

The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, is pleased to announce the winners of the 71st Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, honoring the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season.

Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 2 Photo Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 2
by Bruce Glikas - May 17, 2022

Tonys season is here at last! The nominations for the biggest Broadway awards ceremony were announced last week on Monday, May 9. Leading the pack was A Strange Loop with eleven nominations, followed closely by MJ and Paradise Square, with ten nominations each.

Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 1 Photo Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 1
by Bruce Glikas - May 17, 2022

Tonys season is here at last! The nominations for the biggest Broadway awards ceremony were announced last week on Monday, May 9. Leading the pack was A Strange Loop with eleven nominations, followed closely by MJ and Paradise Square, with ten nominations each. On Thursday, the nominees met the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture photos.

SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards Photo SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 16, 2022

Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees is available below.

Photos: Meet the 2022 Tony Awards Nominees! Photo Photos: Meet the 2022 Tony Awards Nominees!
by Jennifer Broski - May 16, 2022

Tonys season is here at last! The nominations for the biggest Broadway awards ceremony were announced last week on Monday, May 9. Leading the pack was A Strange Loop with eleven nominations, followed closely by MJ and Paradise Square, with ten nominations each.

Orlando REP Announces TheaterWorksUSA Partnership & DOG MAN THE MUSICAL Photo Orlando REP Announces TheaterWorksUSA Partnership & DOG MAN THE MUSICAL
by A.A. Cristi - May 11, 2022

Orlando Repertory Theatre will join in partnership with TheaterWorksUSA bringing three productions to Orlando REP stages during 2022-2023.  After a successful presentation of TheaterWorksUSA's The Pout-Pout Fish earlier this year, a full season partnership brings Dog Man: The Musical, Click, Clack, Moo, and The Lightning Thief: Theater for Young Audiences Edition to Orlando family audiences. Orlando REP's full 2022-2023 Season will be announced soon.

Photos: Inside TheatreWorks USA's Spring Benefit Event Photo Photos: Inside TheatreWorks USA's Spring Benefit Event
by James Blinken - May 10, 2022

On Monday, April 25th, 2022, in New York City, TheaterWorks USA had their spring benefit at 'The Current' located at Chelsea Piers. The special honorees at the event included Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Tom Costanzo, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Schele Williams.

2022 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show! Photo 2022 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show!
by Team BWW - May 9, 2022

The nominations are in! Below, check out how each show fared individually in BroadwayWorld's list of nominations by show.

A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, PARADISE SQUARE, MJ & More Lead The 2022 Tony Awards Nominat Photo A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, PARADISE SQUARE, MJ & More Lead The 2022 Tony Awards Nominations
by Team BWW - May 9, 2022

This year's Tony Awards nominations were announced this morning by Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry and here they are, celebrating the best of the 2021-22 theatre season. The 2022 Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2022 (8:00 - 11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00 - 8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.

Photos: Inside POTUS' Opening Night Starry Blue Carpet Arrivals Photo Photos: Inside POTUS' Opening Night Starry Blue Carpet Arrivals
by Bruce Glikas - May 2, 2022

 Just yesterday, Selina Fillinger's new Broadway comedy POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, officially celebrated its opening gala at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the special day and you can check out photos from the blue carpet arrivals!

Chuck Cooper Videos

VIDEO: Watch Star-Studded 'Sunday' Clip from TICK, TICK...BOOM! VideoVIDEO: Watch Star-Studded 'Sunday' Clip from TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by Michael Major - Nov 30, 2021

Netflix has released the complete 'Sunday' sequence from tick, tick...BOOM!, complete with numerous Broadway cameos. Sung by Andrew Garfield, the clip features appearances by Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Dé Shields, Reneé Elise Goldsberry, Daphne Rubin Vega, Phillipa Soo, Chuck Cooper, and more.

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of TROUBLE IN MIND on Broadway! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of TROUBLE IN MIND on Broadway!
by Team BWW - Nov 19, 2021

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway premiere of Trouble in Mind opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the big night!

VIDEO: First Look at LaChanze, Chuck Cooper & More in TROUBLE IN MIND VideoVIDEO: First Look at LaChanze, Chuck Cooper & More in TROUBLE IN MIND
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 17, 2021

Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the Broadway premiere of Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and starring Tony & Emmy Award winner LaChanze.

VIDEO: See Interviews With LaChanze, Michael Zegen, Jessica Frances Dukes & More on T VideoVIDEO: See Interviews With LaChanze, Michael Zegen, Jessica Frances Dukes & More on TROUBLE IN MIND
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 29, 2021

Check out interviews from the cast of Trouble in Mind, including LaChanze as ‚ÄúWiletta Mayer,‚ÄĚ Michael Zegen as ‚ÄúAl Manners,‚ÄĚ Chuck Cooper as ‚ÄúSheldon Forrester,‚ÄĚ Danielle Campbell as ‚ÄúJudy Sears,‚ÄĚ Jessica Frances Dukes as ‚ÄúMillie Davis,‚ÄĚ Brandon Micheal Hall as ‚ÄúJohn Nevins,‚ÄĚ and more.

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Tomorrow' From ANNIE VideoVIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Tomorrow' From ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2020

Jennifer Hudson performed Tomorrow from Annie as part of Broadway For Biden's In our America: A Concert For the Soul of the Nation earlier this week.

Broadway Rewind: AMAZING GRACE Sings Out on Broadway with Josh Young and More! VideoBroadway Rewind: AMAZING GRACE Sings Out on Broadway with Josh Young and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 25, 2020

Today we rewind to 2015, when Amazing Grace arrived at the Nederlander Theatre, where it played for 116 performances.

Broadway Rewind: Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad Bring ROMEO AND JULIET Back to Broa VideoBroadway Rewind: Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad Bring ROMEO AND JULIET Back to Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 3, 2020

Today we rewind to 2013 for the latest revival of Romeo and Juliet. The classic play opened on September 19 the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it ran for 93 performances.

VIDEO: Sara Bareilles Talks Making LITTLE VOICE on THE LATE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: Sara Bareilles Talks Making LITTLE VOICE on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Aug 13, 2020

James Corden connected with Sara Bareilles on The Late Late Show last night! James asked Sara about the experience of making 'Little Voice' for Apple TV+, and Sara shares a performance of the titular song.

Broadway Rewind: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Makes Broadway Look to the Sky in 2009! VideoBroadway Rewind: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Makes Broadway Look to the Sky in 2009!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 7, 2020

Today we rewind to 2009, when Finian's Rainbow had its fourth Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre. Starring Cheyenne Jackson, Kate Baldwin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jim Norton and Chuck Cooper, the musical transferred to Broadway following an Encores! production earlier that year. In Finian's Rainbow, An elderly Irishman, Finian, moves to the southern United States with his daughter Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief that it will grow. Og, a leprechaun, follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. 

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from MCP's Star-Studded JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR D VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights from MCP's Star-Studded JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Concert!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2020

Just last night, Manhattan Concert Productions presented a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Michael Arden (Stage Director) and Stephen Oremus (Music Director) lead this one-night-only performance, featuring a chorus of over 300 singers from across the United States, professional cast and creative team, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.


Chuck Cooper Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Chuck Cooper been in?
Chuck Cooper has appeared on Broadway in 18 shows.

How many West End shows has Chuck Cooper been in?
Chuck Cooper has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Chuck Cooper been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Trouble in Mind , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Trouble in Mind , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Choir Boy , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Piano Lesson , Outstanding Featured Actor (The Lortels) for The Piano Lesson Best Featured Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Life and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Life .

What awards has Chuck Cooper won?
Outstanding Featured Actor (The Lortels) for The Piano Lessonand Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Life.