Ian Coulter-Buford

Birth Place: Saint Louis, Missouri

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In the heart of St. Louis, a three-year-old dynamo named Ian Coulter-Buford boldly declared his destiny to his entire family, proclaiming, "I AM A STAR!" Little did anyone know that this proclamation would set the stage for a remarkable journey of passion, creativity, and unbridled talent. From the first solo at his hometown church, Ian felt an undeniable calling within him, a calling that transcended the confines of conventional entertainment. Born and raised in the Gateway City, Ian, known musically as PALAWN, has become a multi-hyphenate force to be reckoned with in the world of entertainment. Award-winning performer, choreographer, creative director, recording artist, and instructor, Ian's journey has taken him from the MUNY Youth program in St. Louis to the global stage, leaving a trail of accolades, captivating performances, and infectious smiles in his wake.

A true St. Louis luminary, Ian earned his stripes as part of The MUNY Youth program, where he cultivated his love for storytelling, musicality, and dance, setting the stage for a future that would span continents. Armed with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University, Ian took the plunge into the vibrant arts scene of New York City. Since then, his star has continued to rise, with performances and creative endeavors taking him to London, Johannesburg, and northern Italy. Ian's unstoppable spirit, work ethic, and showmanship have not gone unnoticed, earning him a coveted spot among St. Louis Americans' "People on The Move."

Beyond the stage, Ian is a recording artist under the moniker PALAWN, a musical alter ego that has been crafting sonic landscapes since 2014. His debut single, "Juxtapose," released in early 2022, marked the beginning of a musical journey that has seen him captivate audiences worldwide. Under his own music label, ICB Creative Co., Ian continues to unleash his creativity, with more music slated for release in the coming year. Currently gracing stages across North America as Hermes understudy and Swing in Broadway's HADESTOWN, a production boasting 8 TONY® and Grammy awards, Ian Coulter-Buford remains committed to giving back to his roots. Returning to St. Louis to instruct and inspire the next generation, Ian affirms, "Countless people did it for me, so it's only right to do the same." In every step of his journey, Ian Coulter-Buford, is not just a star; he's a constellation, illuminating the world with his unique blend of talent, charisma, and unwavering dedication to his craft.

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Ian Coulter-Buford STAGE CREDITS

[US Tour]
First National Tour, 2021
Performer (Swing) [Replacement]

Broadway Bounty Hunter   Lazarus u/s, Swing, Fight Captain  Greenwich House Theatre (Off-Broadway) 



Camp Morning Wood          Choreographer        Playwrights Horizon (Off-Broadway)



 



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HADESTOWN Comes to Jacksonville Center For The Performing Arts, February 6-11

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, presents Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, February 6-11, 2024, as part of the 23/24 Broadway Season in Jacksonville.

Tickets on Sale Now For HADESTOWN in Indianapolis

Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play in Indianapolis at Clowes Memorial Hall April 2-7, 2024. Tickets are on sale now.

HADESTOWN National Tour is Coming to Popejoy Hall in December

Get the latest news about the Broadway show Hadestown in this press release from Popejoy Presents. Discover the details and updates about this highly anticipated production.

HADESTOWN On Sale At Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, October 27

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, presents Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, February 6-11, 2024.

Photos: First Look at All New Photos From the North American Tour of HADESTOWN

New production photos have been released of the Hadestown North American Tour, which has dates confirmed through May 2024. Check out the photos here!

HADESTOWN Will Return to Toronto in Spring 2024

Following a successful sold-out 7-week run this summer, Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will return to Toronto next spring, May 15 – 26, 2024 at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre for a strictly limited engagement. 

Interview: Lana Gordon's Happy to be Returning to HADESTOWN

The North American tour of Hadestown returns to the Ahmanson Theatre for a limited 16 performances starting October 3, 2023. Rachel Chavkin directs the cast of Amaya Braganza, Lana Gordon, Will Mann, Matthew Patrick Quinn, J. Antonio Rodriguez, Marla Louissaint, Lizzie Markson, Hannah Schreer, Sevon Askew, Ian Coulter-Buford, KC Dela Cruz, Jamal Lee Harris, Courtney Lauster, Colin LeMoine, Daniel Tracht, Cecilia Trippiedi and Racquel Williams. The newest member of the North American tour, Lana reprises her role of Persephone beginning with this Los Angeles engagement.

HADESTOWN is Coming to Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in 2024

HADESTOWN, winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is coming to Fort Myers in 2024. Tickets on sale October 6. Don't miss this acclaimed production!

HADESTOWN Comes to The North Charleston PAC in January 2024

Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will come to the Lowcountry in 2024. Learn more about the musical and find out how to get tickets here!

Tickets On Sale This Week For HADESTOWN in Albuquerque

Hadestown will come to Albuquerque in 2023. As part of the Popejoy Presents 2023-24 Broadway in New Mexico Season, the show will play Popejoy Hall for seven performances from December 6 - 10. Find out how to get tickets here!

HADESTOWN Tour Will Welcome New Cast Members Next Month

The full cast has been announced for the upcoming third year of the North American Tour of Hadestown. Dates are now confirmed through May 2024. Find out who is starring in the cast, and where to catch the show at a city near you!

HADESTOWN Comes to San Francisco in September

Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play limited engagements at two venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Back by popular demand, Hadestown will perform at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre (1192 Market St.) from September 12–17, 2023 as part of BroadwaySF.

VIDEO: Anaïs Mitchell and the Cast of HADESTOWN Celebrate Opening Night in Toronto

Anaïs Mitchell, the Tony and Grammy-winning creator of Hadestown, performed with the touring cast at the show’s opening night curtain call. Hadestown had its Toronto premiere at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on July 7, 2023. Toronto performances run through August 20, 2023. Check out the video here!

Milwaukee Premiere Of HADESTOWN Opens Tonight

The Milwaukee premiere of Hadestown opens tonight, Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30pm at the Marcus Performing Arts Center for one week only through Sunday, May 7 as part of the 2022/23 Johnson Financial Group Broadway at the Marcus Center Season.

Performing Arts Fort Worth Presents HADESTOWN This Summer

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced that tickets are on sale now for HADESTOWN, making its Bass Hall debut in a limited engagement June 27 – July 2 as the final show of the 2022-2023 Broadway at the Bass Season presented by PNC Bank.

Chibueze Ihuoma Sets Final Performance In HADESTOWN Tour

Chibueze Ihuoma, who launched the North American Tour of Hadestown in the Workers Chorus and took over the role of Orpheus last year, will play his final performance at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA, on Sunday, April 9. 

HADESTOWN Comes to Proctors in Two Weeks

Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will come to Schenectady in two weeks.

Tickets On Sale Now For The Tony-Winning Best Musical HADESTOWN At DeVos Performance Hall

Broadway Grand Rapids has announced that tickets for Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album are now on sale.

Tickets for HADESTOWN at the Royal Alexandra Theatre to Go On Sale This Week

Tickets for Hadestown at the Royal Alexandra Theatre will go on sale to the public on Friday February 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Review: HADESTOWN at The Overture

The dancing was well choreographed, although, many numbers were very similar, presumably noting the tedium of the underworld. The use of the rotating stage was well executed, and the overall energy was high. In the end, although disappointed by the book and lack of passion between the two main couples, I was glad to have seen it. id our critic think of HADES TOWN at The Overture?

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