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Forrest McClendon

 
Bio:
Broadway/London: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway: City Center Encores!, New Federal, Vineyard, La MaMa. Thoughts of a Colored Man at Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Center Stage. Other regional: Guthrie Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway/London: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway: City Center Encores!, New Federal, Vineyard, La MaMa. Thoughts of a Colored Man at Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Center Stage. Other regional: Guthrie Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
2021
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
Performer
  [West End]
Young Vic Production, 2014
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Mr. Tambo
Deputy Tambo
Lawyer Tambo
Guard Tambo
Samuel Leibowitz
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010
Mr. Tambo
Deputy Tambo
Lawyer Tambo
Guard Tambo
Samuel Leibowitz
  [Philadelphia, PA (Regional)]
Prince Music Theatre Revival, 2005
CC White
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Performer

Photos

Tristan Mack Wilds, Debra Walton, Keenan Scott II and Forrest McClendon Photo

Tristan Mack Wilds, Debra Walton, Keenan Scott II and Forrest McClendon

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Date:
11/22/2021
Forrest McClendon  Photo

Forrest McClendon

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Date:
11/22/2021
Keenan Scott II, Tristan Mack Wilds and Forrest McClendon Photo

Keenan Scott II, Tristan Mack Wilds and Forrest McClendon

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Date:
11/22/2021
Garrett Turner, Bryan Terrell Clark, Cynthia Bailey, Da'Vinchi, Kandi Burruss, DyllĂł Photo

Garrett Turner, Bryan Terrell Clark, Cynthia Bailey, Da'Vinchi, Kandi Burruss, DyllĂłn Burnside, Luke James and Forrest McClendon

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10/21/2021

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
2021
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores Concert Production, 2016
Performer

  [West End]
Young Vic Production, 2014
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Mr. Tambo

Deputy Tambo

Lawyer Tambo

Guard Tambo

Samuel Leibowitz

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010
Mr. Tambo

Deputy Tambo

Lawyer Tambo

Guard Tambo

Samuel Leibowitz

  [Philadelphia, PA (Regional)]
Prince Music Theatre Revival, 2005
CC White

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Performer

Forrest McClendon Biography

Broadway/London: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway: City Center Encores!, New Federal, Vineyard, La MaMa. Thoughts of a Colored Man at Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Center Stage. Other regional: Guthrie Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Westport Playhouse, Two River, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Awards: Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, two Barrymore Awards (five nominations). Numerous visiting professorships. Faculty: National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. @forrestmcclend1 www.forrestmcclendon.com


Forrest McClendon Awards and Nominations

 
The Barrymore Awards - 2012 - Outstanding supporting actor in a musical Gold Star
Forrest McClendonThe Scottsboro Boys
 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys

Forrest McClendon News

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Announces Final Casting for the 2022 National Playwrights Conference
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2022

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the casts for the final two plays featured in the 2022 National Playwrights Conference: House of India by Deepak Kumar and Nightwatch by Max Yu.

Photos: Michael Douglas, Joshua Henry & More at Eugene O'Neill's Theatre Center's 21s Photo Photos: Michael Douglas, Joshua Henry & More at Eugene O'Neill's Theatre Center's 21st Monte Cristo Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022

Last night in New York City, Michael Douglas and Joshua Henry attended the Eugene O’Neill’s Theatre Center’s  21st Monte Cristo Awards which honored George C. White.

The Acting Company Announces Reading of SAM'S COMING By Kia Corthron Photo The Acting Company Announces Reading of SAM'S COMING By Kia Corthron
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2022

The Acting Company has announced the return of The Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series with Kia Corthron’s Sam’s Coming, which will receive a public reading on Monday, April 18 at 7:30 PM at The Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Ends Broadway Run Photo THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Ends Broadway Run
by Robert Diamond - Dec 23, 2021

The Keenan Scott II play, directed by Steven H. Broadnax III has tried its hardest to safely navigate the current health crisis, even putting the playwright on stage with script this past Tuesday evening, but eventually was not able to continue under the unfortunate conditions of Covid exposure in the city and country.

Playwright Steps Into THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN and Saves Performance From Being Canc Photo Playwright Steps Into THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN and Saves Performance From Being Cancelled
by Stephi Wild - Dec 22, 2021

Last night at Broadway's new hit play, Thoughts of a Colored Man, playwright Keenan Scott II made the rare move of going on in one of the roles, after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19 and two non-COVID related illnesses felled the cast.

Photos & Video: Mayor-Elect Eric Adams & More Attend THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Photo Photos & Video: Mayor-Elect Eric Adams & More Attend THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 24, 2021

Mayor-Elect Eric Adams attended last night’s performance of Thoughts of a Colored Man, his first Broadway play in his new position. After the show, which was attended by Mary J. Blige, Broadway’s own Sheryl Lee Ralph and her husband PA. State Senator Vincent Hughes and Tasha Smith, Mr. Adams praised Keenan Scott II’s play as “historic”.

Photos: Go Inside Reopening Night of IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH at Pier 36 Photo Photos: Go Inside Reopening Night of IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH at Pier 36
by Bruce Glikas - Nov 23, 2021

Over the weekend, the Original Immersive Van Gogh celebrated its highly-anticipated return to New York City with a 'Starry Night' reopening at Pier 36 (229 South St). Immersive Van Gogh, the blockbuster art installation of the iconic work by Vincent van Gogh, is back by popular demand through January 2, 2022.

Lantern Theater Company Announces Additional Extension of ME AND THE DEVIL
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2021

The Lantern’s first collaboration with nationally prominent director and playwright Steve H. Broadnax III, this world premiere play with music shows the dramatic confrontation between the great American blues musician Robert Johnson and the Devil from whom, legend has it, Johnson received his extraordinary talent.

Photos: Vanessa Williams and Ashleigh Murray Attend THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Photo Photos: Vanessa Williams and Ashleigh Murray Attend THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 15, 2021

Super star Vanessa Williams, along with Ashleigh Murray, who stars along with Luke James in the upcoming Hallmark Holiday movie “Christmas in Harmony” congratulated actors Bryan Terrell Clark, Dyllon Burnside, Tristen Mack Wilds, and Luke James after a  performance of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN.

VIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Featured on WORKING IN THE THEATRE Live Photo VIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Featured on WORKING IN THE THEATRE Live
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 11, 2021

The American Theatre Wing hosted the first post-pandemic live installment of its Emmy Nominated documentary series, “Working in the Theatre,” with playwright Keenan Scott II and the cast of his acclaimed new Broadway play Thoughts of a Colored Man.

Forrest McClendon Videos

Photos & Video: Mayor-Elect Eric Adams & More Attend THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN VideoPhotos & Video: Mayor-Elect Eric Adams & More Attend THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 24, 2021

Mayor-Elect Eric Adams attended last night’s performance of Thoughts of a Colored Man, his first Broadway play in his new position. After the show, which was attended by Mary J. Blige, Broadway’s own Sheryl Lee Ralph and her husband PA. State Senator Vincent Hughes and Tasha Smith, Mr. Adams praised Keenan Scott II’s play as “historic”.

VIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Stars Appear on THE WENDY SHOW VideoVIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Stars Appear on THE WENDY SHOW
by Michael Major - Nov 3, 2021

Luke James, Tristan 'Mack' Wilds and Forrest McClendon appeared on the Wendy Williams Show to discuss opening Thoughts of a Colored Man on Broadway. The segment also featured a performance from Luke James. Watch guest-host Sherri Shepherd interview the trio in the full interview now!

VIDEO: GOOD MORNING AMERCA Goes Behind the Scenes of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN VideoVIDEO: GOOD MORNING AMERCA Goes Behind the Scenes of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by Michael Major - Oct 13, 2021

Just before its opening night on Broadway, Good Morning America went behind the scenes of Thoughts of a Colored Man, the first Broadway play in history to be written and directed by Black men, and to include a cast of all Black men. Watch the interview with the play's cast and creatives now!

VIDEO: Tristan Mack Wilds & Luke James Honor First Preview of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED M VideoVIDEO: Tristan Mack Wilds & Luke James Honor First Preview of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 2, 2021

Mack gave thanks to playwright and Broadway’s newest voice, Keenan Scott II, and in honor of the first performance, Luke James sang and acapella blessing to the cast and the production and to all the Broadway theaters and their casts.

Celebrating Black History Month: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Commences on Broadway in 2010! VideoCelebrating Black History Month: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Commences on Broadway in 2010!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 7, 2021

This February, BroadwayWorld is committed to celebrating the outstanding contributions that black artists have made to the American theatre. Join us for Black History month as we shine a spotlight on some of the most influential productions from Broadway's past. Today is all about the 2010 Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys.

Broadway Rewind: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Commences on Broadway in 2010! VideoBroadway Rewind: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Commences on Broadway in 2010!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 22, 2020

Today we rewind to 2010 when The Scottsboro Boys moved to Broadway. The musical, which features music and lyrics by legendary songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb, played for 49 performances at the Lyceum Theatre. 

VIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Begins Previews At Baltimore Stage VideoVIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Begins Previews At Baltimore Stage
by Stage Tube - Oct 9, 2019

The new play THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN starts previews tomorrow at Baltimore Center Stage.

VIDEO: CABARET at Connecticut Repertory Theatre VideoVIDEO: CABARET at Connecticut Repertory Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 8, 2019

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) presents the second and final show of the 2019 Nutmeg Summer Series: 'Cabaret,' the Tony-Award-winning musical centering around a German nightclub against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power. The cast is led by Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Sally Bowles and Tony Award-nominee Forrest McClendon as the Emcee. They will be joined by three-time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty and Jonathan Brody. Scott LaFeber will direct with choreography by Christopher d'Amboise. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At CT Rep's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At CT Rep's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by Alan Henry - Dec 4, 2018

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) continues its 2018-19 season with Paula Vogel's 'A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.' Elizabeth VanDyke will direct. Performances will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from November 29th - December 9th, 2018. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of LaChanze, Norm Lewis & More in Encores! CABIN IN THE SKY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 10, 2016

Harvey Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Forrest McClendon, and J.D. Webster star in Vernon Duke and John Latouche's jazz-filled fable Cabin in the Sky, running for seven performances for Encores! at New York City Center, tonight, February 10, through February 14. The 1940 musical is directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson with choreography by Camille A. Brown. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the show below!


Forrest McClendon Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Forrest McClendon been in?
Forrest McClendon has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Forrest McClendon been in?
Forrest McClendon has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Forrest McClendon's first West End show?
Forrest McClendon's first West End show was The Scottsboro Boys which opened in 2014

What awards has Forrest McClendon been nominated for?
Outstanding supporting actor in a musical (The Barrymore Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys .

What awards has Forrest McClendon won?
Outstanding supporting actor in a musical (The Barrymore Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys.