Harry Belafonte

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Harry Belafonte is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. He is one of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history. Belafonte is known for his recording of "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". He has recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards.
He has starred in films, including Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).
Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. He also received the Kennedy Center Honors and was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards.
Throughout his career he has been an advocate for political and human rights cause. He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s.

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Harry Belafonte STAGE CREDITS


Original Broadway Production, 1955

Original Broadway Production, 1953

Singer of "Acorn in the Meadow"

Singer of "Hold 'Em Joe"

Singer of "Mark Twain"

Harry Belafonte Productions

[Broadway, 1987]
[Broadway, 1959]
[Broadway, 1959]
[Broadway, 1953]


Harry Belafonte Awards and Nominations

Theatre World Awards - 1954 - Performance

Harry Belafonte, John Murray Anderson's Almanac

Harry Belafonte News

L.A. Women's Theatre Festival Reveals Hosts

The 31st Annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (LAWTF) has a roster of accomplished co-hosts for its six programs. Learn more about the hosts here!

Ballet Hispánico to Present Diálogos: Black Leadership �" Post-Pandemic Reconstruction

Ballet Hispánico will present Diálogos: Black Leadership - Post-Pandemic Reconstruction, in honor of Black History Month, on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 6:00pm at Ballet Hispánico's Penthouse Studio.

Review: BEETLEJUICE: THE MUSICAL at Bass Concert Hall

Maybe BEETLEJUICE: THE MUSICAL, is Gen Z’s ROCKY HORROR SHOW. When THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW first premiered in London in 1973, it received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised its campy humor, catchy songs, and provocative themes, others found its content shocking and controversial. However, it quickly gained a cult following among audiences. Fast forward to BEETLEJUICE: THE MUSICAL. It has campy humor, (somewhat) provocative themes, and a cult following. It has a strong presence on social media platforms, with the cast and creative team actively engaging with fans through channels like TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter. This has helped to cultivate a dedicated fan base among younger audiences who are drawn to the show's behind-the-scenes content, fan art, and discussions.

National Dance Institute's DREAM Project Celebrates 10 Years With Alumni Homecoming Event

National Dance Institute will host a DREAM alumni homecoming on February 23rd in honor of the 10th anniversary of the NDI DREAM Project. Learn more about the upcoming event here!

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Director Norman Jewison Dies at 97

Fiddler on the Roof director Norman Jewison has passed away at 97. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, and Paul Mann. Jewison also directed Moonstruck, which won Cher an Academy Award.

2024 Island SPACE Reggae Genealogy Concert Set For February

Reggae Genealogy Concert will take place in February. Island SPACE Caribbean Museum hosts historic musical showcase.

SCENES WITH GIRLS to Hold Limited Performances In NYC & LA This Winter

SCENES WITH GIRLS is holding limited performances in NYC (Jan. 25 - 28) & LA (Feb. 3-4). Learn how to purchase tickets.

Harlem Stage, Sugar Hill Salon, And Concert Artists Guild Present An Evening Of Chamber Music By Living Composers Of Color, February 23

Harlem Stage, Sugar Hill Salon, and Concert Artists Guild present an Evening of Chamber Music by Living Composers of Color on February 23. Collaboration between these organizations showcases the work of diverse composers.

MUSE/IQUE Announces 2024 Six Concert Season

MUSE/IQUE announces its 2024 season: “Make Some Noise: Music and Stories of American Defiance and Hope”; six concerts that celebrate transformative American artists and thinkers who rejected norms and limitations to forge a new and better future. 

Harlem Stage Adds Urban Bush Women's HAINT BLUE To Star-Studded Anniversary E-Moves Series

Urban Bush Women's 'Haint Blue' joins Harlem Stage's star-studded 40th anniversary E-Moves dance series, celebrating groundbreaking dance theater and a vital Harlem-based performing arts institution.

Photos: Jane Curtin Honored At The Players

Actress and comedy icon Jane Curtin has joined a century-old tradition by being honored by a capacity crowd at The Players, New York's landmark members club for artists and arts lovers. See photos!


What did our critic think of BEETLEJUICE IS THE GHOST WITH THE MOST at Auditorium Theatre?

Greenway Court Theatre Unveils 2023-24 Season Featuring Two World Premieres

Greenway Court Theatre announces its 2023-2024 season featuring two world premieres. Get all the details on the upcoming productions.

The New School's College of Performing Arts and New Victory Theater Partner to Cultivate New Work for Young Audiences

The College of Performing Arts at The New School partners with New Victory Theater to support artists and cultivate new work for young audiences.

HARRY BELAFONTE: KING OF CALYPSON Comes to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe This Month

Later this month, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present “Harry Belafonte: King of Calypso,” an original musical revue featuring popular WBTT artist Michael Mendez.

Inkwell Singers Will Debut AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY MINUTES at the Triad

One of New York City's most acclaimed new singing groups, THE INKWELL SINGERS, will debut their new show AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY MINUTES on November 4th and November 9th, 2023, at 7:00pm at The Triad Theater.

James Rich Pays Tribute To Nat King Cole At 54 Below, November 9

James Rich will be performing his tribute to Nat King Cole at 54 Below on Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 PM. Join him on a musical journey celebrating the iconic artist.

Alon Nechushtan Presents 'Moving Voices' U.S. Tour Dates

Alon Nechushtan's latest project, Moving Voices, is a jazz performance that aims to amplify immigrant voices and tell stories of extraordinary voyages. Join the international quartet on their East Coast tour in November 2023.

Janet Jackson to Headline World AIDS Day Event in Houston

Janet Jackson’s December 1st performance comes on the heels of her North American Together Again tour, the highest grossing tour ever in her career, which derives its name from Jackson’s 1997 hit song “Together Again” – the artist’s personal tribute to a friend lost to AIDS as well as AIDS victims and their families worldwide. 

La Combinación única De Big Band, Música Latina Y Son Jarocho Llegan Con Arturo O'Farrill Al Palacio De Bellas Artes

Experience a unique combination of big band, Latin music, and son jarocho with Arturo O’Farrill at Palacio de Bellas Artes. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Colectivo Conga Patria Son Jarocho will perform on October 26th at 8:00 PM in the Sala Principal.


Harry Belafonte has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Harry Belafonte has not appeared in the West End.

Harry Belafonte has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received a nomination for Performance at the Theatre World Awards for his role in "John Murray Anderson's Almanac." Additionally, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for the same production, "John Murray Anderson's Almanac."

Harry Belafonte has won the Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for his role in "John Murray Anderson's Almanac". He has also won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical award at the Tony Awards for the same production, "John Murray Anderson's Almanac".

Harry Belafonte has written 1 shows including John Murray Anderson's Almanac (Composer/Lyricist).

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