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John David Washington produced and starred alongside Zendaya in the Sam Levinson directed film Malcolm & Marie. The film’s production set the example for others on how to safely film during COVID-19. The film was released on February 5th, 2021 on Netflix. He stared as “The Protagonist” in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film Tenet which released internationally on August 27, 2020 and domestically on Sept 3, 2020. He was also recently seen in the Luca Guadagnino produced film Beckett released on Netflix in 2021. John David played the lead in Blackkklansman, directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jason Blum and Jordan Peele. He appeared alongside Adam Driver and Laura Harrier. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation and won the Grand Prix. John David received multiple nominations for his portrayal of Ron Stallworth during the 2019 awards season including a Best Actor nomination for both a Golden Globe and SAG Award. Up next John David will be seen in the upcoming untitled David O. Russel movie where he stars alongside Christian Bale and Margot Robbie. It was also recently announced that he will star in the latest sci-fi story from director Gareth Edwards titled True Love. John David was previously seen in Monsters and Men directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, where he played the role of ‘Dennis’ alongside up-and-comers Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Chante Adams. The script was selected and developed as part of the 2017 Sundance Directors Lab. John David received a nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Male for his performance. He can also be seen in the Anthony Mandler helmed All Rise, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, starring Jeffrey Wright, ASAP Rocky, & Jennifer Hudson. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. In the fall of 2018, he appeared in Fox Searchlight’s Old Man and the Gun, directed by David Lowery playing opposite Casey Affleck, Elisabeth Moss, and Robert Redford. John David got his film debut as a child in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X in 1992. He returned to the big screen in 2017 in Lionsgate’s Love Beats Thymes, directed by RZA, opposite Common and Jill Scott. Prior to acting, John David spent six years playing professional football. Shortly after, he booked his first-ever audition to play ‘Ricky Jerret’ in the HBO series “Ballers” with Dwayne Johnson. His performance as ‘Ricky’ generated rave reviews.

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John David Washington STAGE CREDITS

Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Boy Willie

John David Washington Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2023 - Distinguished Performance Award

John David Washington, The Piano Lesson

Theatre World Awards - 2023 - Theatre World Awards

John David Washington, The Piano Lesson

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Photos: PURLIE VICTORIOUS Welcomes Angela Bassett, Alicia Keys, Mariska Hargitay, and Hilary Swank Backstage

See photos from a special Saturday Night on Broadway! The Music Box Theatre was graced by multiple celebrities on Saturday Night for the performance of Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch. 



STRANGER THINGS' Cara Buono Comes to New Jersey

'An Evening with Cara Buono,' television and film star of 'Stranger Things' and Emmy Nominated for 'Mad Men,' will be held at New Jersey's Mahwah High School on Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more about the event here!

THE PIANO LESSON Film Adds Gail Bean, Malik J. Ali, Jerrika Hinton & More

Malik J. Ali, Gail Bean, Jerrika Hinton, Stephan James, Jay Peterson, and Matrell Smith have joined the cast of The Piano Lesson film. They join Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Ray Fisher, and Michael Potts, who will be reprising their Broadway performances. Danielle Deadwyler Corey Hawkins, and Erykah Badu are also in the movie.

Erykah Badu Joins THE PIANO LESSON Film Adaptation For Musical Cameo

Erykah Badu has joined Netflix's upcoming film adaptation of The Piano Lesson. Badu will make a cameo for musical performances in the new feature. She will join Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Ray Fisher, and Michael Potts, who will be reprising their Broadway performances in the film.

Annaleigh Ashford, SOME LIKE IT HOT, LEOPOLDSTADT & More Win 2023 Drama League Awards

Today, May 19, the best of Broadway gathers to celebrate the 89TH Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Check back to find out who will win!

Julie Benko, Jodie Comer & More Will Receive 2023 Theatre World Awards

The Theatre World Awards Board of Directors has announced the 2023 Honorees for the Theatre World Award for an Outstanding Debut Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production. See the full list!

Who Else Was Eligible for 2023 Tony Nominations?

Nominations for the 2023 Tony Awards were announced this morning, and while a select, talented few will spend the day celebrating their achievements, there are many who (while still great!), didn't get a nomination this year. Check out who else was eligible here.

How to Watch the 2023 Tony Nominations

The 76th Annual Tony Award Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 2, by Lea Michele and Myles Frost. The announcement can be viewed LIVE (9am ET) in their entirety here on BroadwayWorld.


The hit Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson is featured in the latest episode of “Working in the Theatre” with director LaTanya Richardson Jackson and set designer Beowulf Boritt. The episode features exclusive interviews and discussion on their collaboration on August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

INTO THE WOODS, SWEENEY TODD, A DOLL'S HOUSE & More Lead in Nominations for 2023 Drama League Awards

The Drama League has announced the 2023 Drama League Awards Nominees. See the full list!

Wake Up With BWW 4/14: CAMELOT Reviews, Plus a Message From Jennifer Holliday!

Top stories: Read the reviews for Camelot on Broadway, check out all new clips and photos from the upcoming The Little Mermaid film, plus watch an exclusive video message from Jennifer Holliday!

Danielle Deadwyler & More Join Samuel L. Jackson & John David Washington in THE PIANO LESSON Film Adaptation

Samuel L. Jackson and John David Washington will reprise their Broadway performances in the upcoming film adaptation of The Piano Lesson, which is currently set for a Netflix premiere. Malcolm Washington will direct the upcoming feature, which will also include Danielle Deadwyler, Michael Potts, Corey Hawkins, and Ray Fisher.

The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts Welcomes Producer Brian Anthony Moreland To Board Of Trustees

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts has appointed Brian Anthony Moreland to its Board of Trustees.

Danielle Brooks Among This Year's New York Women in Film and Television Honorees

CBS Sunday Morning contributor, comedian, actress, and self-described “Accidental Pundette” Nancy Giles will once again serve as the event’s emcee. David Yurman, America’s foremost luxury jewelry brand, has designed and provided this year’s Muse Award statues for honorees, as well as an exclusive gift for attendees.

Eric Berryman and Jay O. Sanders Complete the Cast of PRIMARY TRUST at Roundabout Theatre Company

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the complete cast for the world premiere of Primary Trust by playwright Eboni Booth, directed by Knud Adams. See who is starring, and how to purchase tickets!

Photos: The Billie Holiday Theatre's 50th Anniversary Major Presentation BLACK GENIUS IN THE AMERICAN THEATER

See photos from The Billie Holiday Theatre's first major presentation of its 50th Anniversary season with the world premiere of  Black Genius in the American Theater: A Concert Reading.

Video: Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for NEW YORK, NEW YORK; Plus Watch a New Trailer!

The full cast and creative team has been announced for the brand new Kander & Ebb musical, NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Plus, check out a new trailer of the cast in action!

Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Cast Takes Final Bows On Broadway

The Piano Lesson played its final Broadway performance on January 29, 2023. BroadwayWorld was there to see the cast take their final bows, and you can check out photos here!

THE PIANO LESSON Plays Final Broadway Performance

On January 29, the Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson concludes its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, having played 27 previews and 124 regular performances. The production is the highest grossing revival of a play on Broadway and the highest grossing Wilson production on Broadway ever.


John David Washington's next show will be The Piano Lesson which opens on 10/13/2022 on Broadway.

John David Washington has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

John David Washington has not appeared in the West End

John David Washington has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for his performance in "The Piano Lesson" and the Theatre World Awards for the same production. These nominations highlight his talent and recognition in the theater industry.

John David Washington has won the Theatre World Awards for his performance in "The Piano Lesson".

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