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Harry Belafonte

 
Date Of Birth:
March 01, 1927 (95)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 01, 1927 (95)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1959
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Performer
Singer of "Acorn in the Meadow"
Singer of "Hold 'Em Joe"
Singer of "Mark Twain"

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1987]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1953]
Composer

Writing

Composer/Lyricist

Harry Belafonte Biography

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.

Harry Belafonte Awards and Nominations

 
Theatre World Awards - 1954 - Performance Gold Star
Harry Belafonte, John Murray Anderson's Almanac
 
Tony Awards - 1954 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Harry Belafonte, John Murray Anderson's Almanac

Harry Belafonte News

The New School's College Of Performing Arts Presents PLAYING THE OTHER At The Wild Pr Photo The New School's College Of Performing Arts Presents PLAYING THE OTHER At The Wild Project
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 1, 2022

Contemporary Theatre and Performance students at The New School's College of Performing Arts will present PLAYING THE OTHER, an intimate devised theatrical piece facilitated by Obie Award-winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith and Tony Award-winner Jim Nicola.

Cardinal Du Four Armagnac Celebrates Music Icons During 2022 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME Photo Cardinal Du Four Armagnac Celebrates Music Icons During 2022 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 26, 2022

Cardinal du Four Armagnac 21 Rébellion was a hit at GBK Brand Bar's 'Backstage Artist Lounge' held in October during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Malik Yoba and David Heron Celebrate AGAINST HIS WILL Staged Reading at the Apollo Photo Malik Yoba and David Heron Celebrate AGAINST HIS WILL Staged Reading at the Apollo
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

Actor-Producer Malik Yoba and Playwright David Heron are celebrating the success of their recent staged reading production of Heron's award winning courtroom drama Against His Will, held at the world famous Apollo Soundstage in New York on Monday, November 7.

Meet the Cast of OHIO STATE MURDERS, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight! Photo Meet the Cast of OHIO STATE MURDERS, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 11, 2022

Ohio State Murders will be the first show to play at the newly renamed James Earl Jones Theatre when it begins previews tonight, Friday, November 11, 2022 ahead of an opening on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Meet the cast of Ohio State Murders here!

VIDEO: HBO Releases 2022 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY Special Trailer Photo VIDEO: HBO Releases 2022 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY Special Trailer
by Michael Major - Nov 10, 2022

The live event took place on November 5 in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater. The special will feature performances from Sara Bareilles, Olivia Rodrigo, Ed Sheeran, Sheryl Crow, Dave Growl, P!nk, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, and Zac Brown Band. Watch the video trailer for the new special now!

Bryce Pinkham, Lizan Mitchell & More Join Audra McDonald in OHIO STATE MURDERS; Full  Photo Bryce Pinkham, Lizan Mitchell & More Join Audra McDonald in OHIO STATE MURDERS; Full Cast Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

The complete cast for the Broadway premiere of Ohio State Murders by Adrienne Kennedy is now announced. Joining Emmy, Grammy, and Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham, and Drama Desk nominee Lizan Mitchell.

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Offers A Cornucopia Of Entertainment This November Photo Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Offers A Cornucopia Of Entertainment This November
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 12, 2022

Performing arts fans will have much to be thankful for this November as the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center presents an award-winning film, a tribute to the beloved melodies of The Carpenters, a thrilling evening of dance, two spell-binding one-act plays, and three celebrations of classical and orchestral music with the works of Rachmaninoff, Rameau, Mozart and two early chamber operas.

Warner Theatre To Screen THE LOST BOYS & BEETLEJUICE This Month Photo Warner Theatre To Screen THE LOST BOYS & BEETLEJUICE This Month
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 7, 2022

Movies @ the Warner presents THE LOST BOYS, Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm. The following week, the Warner will show BEETLEJUICE, Thursday, October 20 at 7 pm. Fall Films are presented by Movies @ the Warner and sponsored by Elevator Service Company.

Soweto Gospel Choir and Vienna Boys Choir To Bring Global Vocals To Scottsdale Photo Soweto Gospel Choir and Vienna Boys Choir To Bring Global Vocals To Scottsdale
by Stephi Wild - Sep 30, 2022

Soweto Gospel Choir and Vienna Boys Choir will bring the best vocal music from around the world to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts this fall.

Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts Opens 2022‚Ä"23 Season With Music, Theatre, Photo Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts Opens 2022‚Ä"23 Season With Music, Theatre, and More
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2022

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' calendar just got fuller with freshly added shows for the 2022‚Äď23 season.¬† Learn more about the full lineup here!

Harry Belafonte Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING

by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2020

Harry Chapin: When In Doubt, Do Something is the inspiring story of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/activist Harry Chapin (‚ÄúCats in the Cradle‚ÄĚ). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation‚Äôs most beloved artists and activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.

'Banana' feat. Shaggy Released by Island-Pop Star Conkarah Videoplay
'Banana' feat. Shaggy Released by Island-Pop Star Conkarah

by Abigail Charpentier - Aug 20, 2019

Island-Pop Star, Conkarah, returns with the release of his new single and soon-to-follow music video 'Banana' featuring fellow Jamaican and GRAMMY award-winning artist, Shaggy, who also co-produced the track. 

VIDEO: Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Joel & More Pay Tribute to Tony Bennett; Watch NBC Special in Full
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 21, 2016

Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kevin Spacey, Stevie Wonder and many more paid tribute to legendary singer Tony Bennett last night on NBC's TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert & Playwright Danai Gurira Offer Casting Ideas for Hollywood Adaptation of ECLIPSED
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 25, 2016

Playwright and actress Danai Gurira, who portrays Michonne on AMC's 'The Walking Dead' stopped by last night's LATE SHOW to talk about her new Broadway play ECLIPSED

VIDEO: Watch Harry Belafonte's Exceptional Acceptance Speech at the Governors Awards
by Robert Diamond - Nov 9, 2014

On Saturday night at the Governor's Awards, Harry Belafonte appealed to the Hollywood community to change the world and we've got the video of his emotional and exceptional speech.

VIDEO: BWW Exclusive Premiere - Nathan Gunn Performs John Denver's 'Calypso'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 6, 2013

BWW brings you exclusive footage of renowned baritone & Broadway star Nathan Gunn recording his contribution for the project, a stunning new interpretation of 'Calypso'.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - WHOOPI PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY on HBO
by TV News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

HBO Documentary Films presents a weekly series this fall, debuting provocative new specials every Monday, now through December 9. Featuring recently unearthed photographs, rediscovered performance footage and the words of entertainers and historians, WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY includes interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Arsenio Hall, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, who emphasize how Mabley paved the way for female comedians and performers everywhere in provocative stand-up routines that challenged racism, sexism and ageism. WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY debuts as part of the HBO Documentary Films Fall Series on Monday, November 18. Watch a promo for the doc below!

BWW TV: HAVA NAGILA Trailer Released!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 29, 2013

The definitive, glorious (and musical) story of how the Hebrew song 'Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice),' set to a traditional melody from the Ukraine, became the signature theme of Jewish life. Despite having become truly universal in appeal, the song never lost either its Jewish soul or origin. Features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, and Glen Campbell, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor and Chubby Checker. Plan to walk out humming--or maybe singing out loud--this very special and universally appealing melody.

Angela Lansbury, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, and More Set for Acting Company's Ruby Ball, 12/3
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 13, 2012

At The Acting Company's 40th Anniversary Ruby Ball on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Capitale, James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director of the Signature Theatre and the Richard Rodgers Director of Juilliard's Drama Division, will accept the John Houseman Award recognizing his profound commitment to the development of American actors and an audience for the theater. Earl Weiner, Board Chairman of both The Acting Company and the Theater Development Fund (TDF) will receive the Warburg Humanitarian Award for his outstanding philanthropic endeavor and leadership. According to Barbara Fleischman, Gala Chair, Harriet Harris(Thoroughly Modern Millie, upcoming in Cinderella) and Dr. Kate Levin, Commissioner of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs, will present the awards; Jim Dale will host, Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow, upcoming in Giant) will perform and tributes will be offered by Angela Lansbury, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Rainn Wilson, Dana Ivey, Hamish Linklater, Joe Dowling, Director of The Guthrie and Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of Washington's Shakespeare Theater. Four hundred guests complete an industry-filled audience of producers, directors, entertainers and other notables including The Honorable Thomas Kean, record producer Clive Davis,director/choreographer Susan Stroman, TV personality Pia Lindstrom, Juilliard President Joseph Polisi, composerMary Rodgers Guettel and The Broadway League's Charlotte St. Martin. Tickets from 212-258-3111.

STAGE TUBE: Spike Lee's PASSING STRANGE Film Trailer
by Charlie Piane - Jul 31, 2009

PASSING STRANGE is coming to the big screen in Spike Lee's new film adaptation. The official trailer has been released and we are excited to show it to BroadwayWorld.com Visitors!


Harry Belafonte Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Harry Belafonte been in?
Harry Belafonte has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Harry Belafonte been in?
Harry Belafonte has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Harry Belafonte been nominated for?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for John Murray Anderson's Almanac and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for John Murray Anderson's Almanac .

What awards has Harry Belafonte won?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for John Murray Anderson's Almanacand Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for John Murray Anderson's Almanac.

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