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Cleavant Derricks

 
Bio:
Broadway: Dreamgirls (Tony and Drama Desk award for Best Featured Actor and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Vocal Arrangements). Bob Fosse’s Big Deal, Tony and Drama Desk award nominations for Best Actor. Vinette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and But Never Jam Today. Revival ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway: Dreamgirls (Tony and Drama Desk award for Best Featured Actor and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Vocal Arrangements). Bob Fosse’s Big Deal, Tony and Drama Desk award nominations for Best Actor. Vinette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and But Never Jam Today. Revival ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 2009
The Wizard [Replacement]
  [Los Angeles]
Reprise! Staged Reading, 2008
Vinnie
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Street Singer
  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Singer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1989
Boris
Boris
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1986
Charley
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
James Thunder Early
James Thunder Early [Replacement]
James Thunder Early
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1980
Performer (Alternate)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Caterpillar
Cook
The Seven of Spades
Tweedledee
Caterpillar/Cook/Tweedledee/Seven of Spades
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1978
Tweedledee
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1977
Hud
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2006
Street Singer
  [US Tour]
First Class National Tour, 2002
Noah T. Simmons

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2001]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[US Tour, 1985]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[US Tour, 1983]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Vocal Music Arranger

Cleavant Derricks Biography

Broadway: Dreamgirls (Tony and Drama Desk award for Best Featured Actor and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Vocal Arrangements). Bob Fosse‚Äôs Big Deal, Tony and Drama Desk award nominations for Best Actor. Vinette Carroll‚Äôs Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and But Never Jam Today. Revival of Hair, Brooklyn The Musical, won the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actor in the Broadway national tour of The Full Monty. Film: Moscow on the Hudson, The Slugger‚Äôs Wife, Offbeat, Carnival of Souls, Bluffing It, World Traveler. TV series regular: ‚ÄúSliders,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThea,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĚDrexell Class,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĚGood Sports,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWoops.‚ÄĚ




Cleavant Derricks News

Michele Pawk Will Join the Broadway Cast of WICKED, and Michael Wartella Returns! Photo Michele Pawk Will Join the Broadway Cast of WICKED, and Michael Wartella Returns!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2022

Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk will join the cast of Wicked at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, taking over the role of Madame Morrible beginning Monday, December 12.  Michael Wartella returned to the role of Boq, starting performances last evening, November 15.

Wake Up With BWW 8/10: 1776 Casting, Jane Lynch to Depart FUNNY GIRL Early, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 8/10: 1776 Casting, Jane Lynch to Depart FUNNY GIRL Early, and More!
by - Aug 10, 2022

Top stories include complete casting for 1776 on Broadway! The cast includes Crystal Lucas-Perry, Carolee Carmello, Elizabeth A. Davis, and more. Plus, Jane Lynch will depart Funny Girl earlier than planned, The Kite Runner will require masks for Friday performances, and more.

Photos: Talia Suskauer, Cleavant Derricks, Mikayla Renfrow & More Join WICKED On Broa Photo Photos: Talia Suskauer, Cleavant Derricks, Mikayla Renfrow & More Join WICKED On Broadway
by Show Highlights - Aug 9, 2022

See all new photos of the cast of WICKED on Broadway in action! The current company includes Talia Suskauer as Elphaba, Brittney Johnson as Glinda, Sharon Sachs as Madame Morrible, Jordan Barrow as Boq, Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks as The Wizard, James D. Gish as Fiyero, Tony Award nominee Clifton Davis as Doctor Dillamond, and Broadway newcomer Mikayla Renfrow as Nessarose.

WICKED's Live Lottery Will Return This Summer Photo WICKED's Live Lottery Will Return This Summer
by Team BWW - Jun 16, 2022

Good news! The Broadway blockbuster WICKED has announced that the Live Lottery will return to the Gershwin Theatre for Summer 2022. Broadway’s only in-person lottery will open two and a half hours before each performance begins in the Gershwin Theatre breezeway.

Wake Up With BWW 5/24: Angela Lansbury to Receive Special Tony Award, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 5/24: Angela Lansbury to Receive Special Tony Award, and More!
by - May 24, 2022

Today's top stories include legendary actress and five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury who will receive the 2022 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Plus, Chibueze Ihuoma will take over the role of Orpheus in Hadestown on tour beginning June 14.

Wake Up With BWW 4/28: POTUS and MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Reviews, MACBETH Photos, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 4/28: POTUS and MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Reviews, MACBETH Photos, and More!
by - Apr 28, 2022

Yesterday, POTUS and Mr. Saturday Night both officially opened on Broadway. Read the reviews here! Plus, new casting announced for Wicked, go inside rehearsal for Into The Woods at Encores!, and more!

Talia Suskauer, Cleavant Derricks, James D. Gish, and More Will Join the Broadway Cas Photo Talia Suskauer, Cleavant Derricks, James D. Gish, and More Will Join the Broadway Cast of WICKED This Summer
by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2022

Find out when the new cast will join Wicked the Musical on Broadway. Talia Suskauer will assume the role of Elphaba; Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks will take over the role of The Wizard; James D. Gish will become the production's new Fiyero; Tony Award nominee Clifton Davis will step into the role of Doctor Dillamond; and Broadway newcomer Mikayla Renfrow will assume the role of Nessarose.

Lisa Howard Will Join The National Tour Of WICKED as Madame Morrible Photo Lisa Howard Will Join The National Tour Of WICKED as Madame Morrible
by Stephi Wild - Jan 31, 2022

Lisa Howard will take over the role of Madame Morrible in the National Tour of WICKED, beginning performances tomorrow February 1, 2022 at Centennial Hall in Tucson, AZ. 

VIDEO: Go Inside Load-In For WICKED On Tour Photo VIDEO: Go Inside Load-In For WICKED On Tour
by Stage Tube - Jan 28, 2022

What does it take to bring Wicked to cities across the country? Go inside the load-in process for the Wicked national tour, filmed at Tucson's Centennial Hall!

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think Of WICKED On Tour? Photo Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think Of WICKED On Tour?
by Alan Henry - Sep 22, 2021

Wicked is back on the road across the country, and the reviews are in! The cast includes Talia Suskauer (Elphaba), Allison Bailey (Glinda), Sharon Sachs (Madame Morrible) and Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner Cleavant Derricks (The Wizard).

Cleavant Derricks Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside Load-In For WICKED On Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Load-In For WICKED On Tour

by Stage Tube - Jan 28, 2022

What does it take to bring Wicked to cities across the country? Go inside the load-in process for the Wicked national tour, filmed at Tucson's Centennial Hall!

BWW TV: Eden Espinosa, Karen Olivo, Ramona Keller Will Star in BKLYN 15th Anniversary Videoplay
BWW TV: Eden Espinosa, Karen Olivo, Ramona Keller Will Star in BKLYN 15th Anniversary Concert

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 17, 2019

Today, producers Eden Espinosa, Bridget Elise Yingling, Scott Prisand, Doug Feurring and Jana Shea announced a one-night-only 15th Anniversary reunion concert of BKLYN: The Musical featuring Original Broadway stars Drama League nominee Eden Espinosa (RENT, Wicked) as Brooklyn, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (Moulin Rouge, In the Heights) as Faith, and stage star Ramona Keller (The Public Theatre's Hercules, City Center's Little Shop of Horrors) as Paradice. The concert, which benefits Covenant House Foundation (www.covenanthouse.org), will be presented on the 15th anniversary of the show's Broadway opening night, Monday, October 21 at 7:30 PM, at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222). Tickets can be purchased HERE. 

STAGE TUBE: Amber Riley Debuts Iconic, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' on The Graham Norton Show
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2016

Amber Riley dropped in on The Graham Norton Show this week in support of her upcoming West End turn as Effie White in the first ever UK production of the 1980's classic musical, Dreamgirls. Watch the video below to catch one of the first glimpses of the production as Ms. Riley slays the iconic ballad, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'.

STAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed byJared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in the rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam!

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch a teaser for the show!

BWW TV: Cleavant Derricks, Larry Marshall and More in Highlights of Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 19, 2013

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith presents the Chicago premiere production of Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues-a 2013 Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award nominee for Outstanding New Play/Musical. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - 'Hispaniola' from TREASURE ISLAND ~ A NEW MUSICAL at Arkansas Rep!
by Stage Tube - Mar 13, 2013

TREASURE ISLAND ~ A NEW MUSICAL set to sail at Arkansas Rep on March 8, 2013. Featuring a book by Brett Smock and Carla Vitale and music and lyrics by Corinne Aquilina, the show is directed and choreographed by Brett Smock. Watch the video below as cast and crew replicate storms on the high seas in 'Hispaniola'!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Syfy's SWAMP VOLCANO Premiering 1/28
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 29, 2011

Syfy's new original movie SWAMP VOLCANO will premiere on Saturday, January 28th from 9-11 p.m. ET.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/20- DREAMGIRLS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 20, 2011

30 years ago today, Dreamgirls premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. The production was directed by Michael Bennett, produced by Bennett, Bob Avian, Geffen Records, and The Shubert Organization, and choreographed by Bennett and Michael Peters. It starred Sheryl Lee Ralph as Deena Jones, Jennifer Holliday as Effie White, Loretta Devine as Lorrell Robinson, Ben Harney as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Cleavant Derricks as James 'Thunder' Early, and Obba Babatundé as C. C. White. Dreamgirls proved to be a star-making vehicle for several of its performers, particularly Holliday, whose performance as Effie received significant praise.


Cleavant Derricks Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Cleavant Derricks been in?
Cleavant Derricks has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Cleavant Derricks been in?
Cleavant Derricks has not appeared in the West End