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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 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’s Wife, Offbeat, Carnival of Souls, Bluffing It, World Traveler. TV series regular: “Sliders,” “Thea,” ”Drexell Class,” ”Good Sports,” “Woops.”

Cleavant Derricks Photos

Cleavant Derricks STAGE CREDITS

[US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 2009
The Wizard [Replacement]

[Los Angeles]
Reprise! Staged Reading, 2008

Original Broadway Production, 2004
Street Singer

[Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003

Original Broadway Production, 2003
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Replacement]

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1989


Original Broadway Production, 1986

Original Broadway Production, 1981
James Thunder Early

James Thunder Early [Replacement]

James Thunder Early

Return Engagement [Broadway], 1980
Performer (Alternate)

Original Broadway Production, 1979


The Seven of Spades


Caterpillar/Cook/Tweedledee/Seven of Spades

Closed on the road, 1978

Broadway Revival, 1977

[US Tour]
National Tour, 2006
Street Singer

[US Tour]
First Class National Tour, 2002
Noah T. Simmons

Cleavant Derricks 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 Movies

[1981]Fort Apache the Bronx Suspect #4

[1984]Moscow on the Hudson Lionel Witherspoon

[1985]The Slugger's Wife Manny Alvarado

[1986]Off Beat Abe Whington

[1998]Carnival of Souls Sid

[2001]World Traveler Carl

[2006]Dreamgirls music arranger

[2008]Rome & Jewel Reverend Q

Cleavant Derricks TV Shows

Drexell's Class George Foster

Private Eye Felix, Felix McPhatter

Sliders Rembrandt 'Crying Man' Brown

Thea Charles

Cleavant Derricks Videos

Cleavant Derricks News

Photo: Get a First Look at McKenzie Kurtz as Glinda in WICKED

Get a first look at McKenzie Kurtz as Glinda in WICKED on Broadway! Her first performance at the Gershwin Theater will be Tuesday February 14.

John Dossett, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, and William Youmans Join WICKED This Spring

Wicked will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this spring. Tony Award-nominee John Dossett will take over the role of The Wizard, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, last seen on Broadway in Girl from the North Country, will assume the role of Nessarose, and William Youmans, the original Dr. Dillamond, will reprise his role and return to the halls of Shiz University.

Alyssa Fox to Take Over as Elphaba in WICKED Beginning in March

Alyssa Fox will take over the role of Elphaba in WICKED at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre beginning Tuesday, March 7th. See how to purchase tickets!

McKenzie Kurtz to Join WICKED on Broadway as 'Glinda' in February

McKenzie Kurtz will join the cast of WICKED at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre, taking over the role of Glinda beginning Tuesday, February 14. See how to purchase tickets!

Michele Pawk Will Join the Broadway Cast of WICKED, and Michael Wartella Returns!

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!

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 Broadway

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

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!

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!

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 Cast of WICKED This Summer

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

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

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?

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).

BWW Interview: Original DREAMGIRL Jennifer Holliday Toasting TO LIFE

Coinciding with DREAMGIRLS 40th Anniversary, DREAMGIRLS’ original Effie Jennifer Holliday will perform her concert HERE’S TO LIFE at The Wallis October 9, 2021. Had the chance to chat with Jennifer of her current LIFE, her signature song, and her one-upping lockdown.

Listen: WICKED Returns to a Thrillifying Reception in Dallas!

Last week, the international sensation WICKED became the first Broadway tour to resume performances in the U.S. following the pandemic shutdown. The musical celebrated its relaunch at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas on August 3 to a very excited audience.

BWW Review: WICKED Brings Dallas Back Together

The story of Elphaba and Glinda shares a timely message while bringing the people of Dallas back together. August 3-September 5 at Music Hall at Fair Park.

Photo: WICKED Tour Resumes with First Bow in Dallas!

Hear from Wicked superfans who were in attendance at the first performance, including one who has seen the show 267 times!

VIDEO: Fans Return to Oz as the WICKED Tour is the First to Reopen

Hear from Wicked superfans who were in attendance at the first performance, including one who has seen the show 267 times!

Wake Up With BWW 7/28: New WEST SIDE STORY Movie Trailer, WICKED Tour to Resume Next Week, and More!

Today's top stories: check out the new trailer for the West Side Story film, the Wicked tour will be the first to reopen when it resumes next week, and more!


Cleavant Derricks has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Cleavant Derricks has not appeared in the West End.

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