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John Earl Jelks

 
Bio:
Tony Nominee, August Wilson's Radio Golf. After appearing on Broadway in Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf &Holler If Ya Hear Me, Jelks is excited to return to Broadway in Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, directed by the brilliant Kate Whoriskey. After a successful run of Sweat at the Public, Jelks recently ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Tony Nominee, August Wilson's Radio Golf. After appearing on Broadway in Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf &Holler If Ya Hear Me, Jelks is excited to return to Broadway in Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, directed by the brilliant Kate Whoriskey. After a successful run of Sweat at the Public, Jelks recently ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2022
Matt/William [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Brucie
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere at the Public Theater, 2016
Brucie
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Street Preacher
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Theatre Workshop Production, 2013
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
MCC Theater Production, 2010
Lawyer / Detective
  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Harper Edwards
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Sterling Johnson
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Citizen Barlow

Photos

Director Vivienne Benesch, Susannah Flood, John Earl Jelks, Enrico Colantoni, Debra M Photo

Director Vivienne Benesch, Susannah Flood, John Earl Jelks, Enrico Colantoni, Debra Messing, Playwright Noah Haidle, Crystal Finn and Christopher Livingston

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John Earl Jelks and Debra Messing

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John Earl Jelks, Enrico Colantoni, Playwright Noah Haidle and Christopher Livingston

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Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2022
Matt/William [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Brucie

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere at the Public Theater, 2016
Brucie

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Street Preacher

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Theatre Workshop Production, 2013
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
MCC Theater Production, 2010
Lawyer / Detective

  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Harper Edwards

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Sterling Johnson

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Citizen Barlow

John Earl Jelks Biography

Tony Nominee, August Wilson's Radio Golf. After appearing on Broadway in Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf &Holler If Ya Hear Me, Jelks is excited to return to Broadway in Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, directed by the brilliant Kate Whoriskey. After a successful run of Sweat at the Public, Jelks recently appeared at the Public Theater in Head of Passes and ToasT. Select Off-Broadway credits include: The Break of Noon, Magnolia, Two Trains Running, Fetch Clay, Make Man and Sunset Baby. Recently honored with an Obie Award for Fetch Clay, Make Man and Sunset Baby. Other awards: L.A. Ovation Award, NAACP Theatre Award, AUDELCO Award. Film/TV credits include: Snap, The Miraculous, Miracle at St. Anna, "Law &Order: SVU" and "Blue Bloods."

John Earl Jelks Awards and Nominations

 
Obie Awards - 2014 - Performance Gold Star
John Earl JelksSunset Baby and Fetch Clay
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
John Earl Jelks, Radio Golf

John Earl Jelks News

BIRTHDAY CANDLES Starring Debra Messing Begins Final Two Weeks on Broadway Photo BIRTHDAY CANDLES Starring Debra Messing Begins Final Two Weeks on Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

Roundabout Theatre Company will conclude the New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch on Sunday, May 29.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at the KEEPING COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM Screening Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at the KEEPING COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM Screening
by Jennifer Broski - May 9, 2022

This past weekend, Tracie Bennett, Erin Davie,¬†Antwayn Hopper,¬†Michael R. Jackson,¬†John Earl Jelks,¬†Tavon Olds-Sample,¬†Andy Nyman,¬†Soara-Joye Ross,¬†Jessie Shelton,¬†Matthew Sklar,¬†Antoine L. Smith,¬†original cast members¬†Pamela Myers¬†and¬†Teri Ralston,¬†and more were on hand to celebrate the exclusive screening of ‚ÄúKeeping Company with Sondheim‚ÄĚ, a documentary from¬†Great Performances¬†on PBS.¬†

Recap Tony Awards Eligibility of the 2021-22 Season Photo Recap Tony Awards Eligibility of the 2021-22 Season
by Team BWW - May 7, 2022

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has been meeting all year to discuss the eligibility of the 2021-22 Broadway productions all leading up to Monday's big announcement... the Tony nominations. Need a recap before the nominations announcement? Below, we've rounded up all rulings from all four meeting. Apart from these specific decisions, all other eligibility rulings were consistent with opening night billing.

Tony Awards Administration Committee Makes Final Eligibility Rulings for FUNNY GIRL,  Photo Tony Awards Administration Committee Makes Final Eligibility Rulings for FUNNY GIRL, A STRANGE LOOP & More
by Team BWW - May 5, 2022

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today to confirm the eligibility status of fifteen Broadway productions for the 2021-2022 season.  This was the third and final time the Tony Awards Administration Committee met to decide the eligibility for the 75th Annual Tony Awards.

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of BIRTHDAY CANDLES Photo VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of BIRTHDAY CANDLES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 11, 2022

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Manhole Explosions Cause Panic at Opening Night of BIRTHDAY CANDLES Photo Manhole Explosions Cause Panic at Opening Night of BIRTHDAY CANDLES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

Yesterday, Sunday, April 10, manhole cover explosions in Times Square caused panic among tourists and the exiting opening night audience of Broadway's Birthday Candles.

Photos: BIRTHDAY CANDLES Company Celebrates Opening Night Photo Photos: BIRTHDAY CANDLES Company Celebrates Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Apr 11, 2022

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway and BroadwayWorld was there to capture photos!

Photos: BIRTHDAY CANDLES Opening Night Red Carpet Photo Photos: BIRTHDAY CANDLES Opening Night Red Carpet
by Bruce Glikas - Apr 11, 2022

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night and BroadwayWorld was there to capture pictures.

Photos: Debra Messing and Company Take Opening Night Bows in BIRTHDAY CANDLES Photo Photos: Debra Messing and Company Take Opening Night Bows in BIRTHDAY CANDLES
by Bruce Glikas - Apr 11, 2022

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Review Roundup: BIRTHDAY CANDLES on Broadway Photo Review Roundup: BIRTHDAY CANDLES on Broadway
by Review Roundups - Apr 10, 2022

Read all the reviews of Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch including the New York Times and more.

John Earl Jelks Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of BIRTHDAY CANDLES VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of BIRTHDAY CANDLES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 11, 2022

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from BIRTHDAY CANDLES on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from BIRTHDAY CANDLES on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 8, 2022

Watch a video from Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

VIDEO: Kirsten Dunst Stars in the Trailer for ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA VideoVIDEO: Kirsten Dunst Stars in the Trailer for ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2019

SHOWTIME has released the official trailer for its new dark comedy series ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, premiering on Sunday, August 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), the 10-episode series is a story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman's relentless pursuit of the American Dream.

VIDEO: Showtime Debits Trailer For ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA VideoVIDEO: Showtime Debits Trailer For ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2019

SHOWTIME has released the official poster and trailer for its new dark comedy series ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, premiering on Sunday, August 25 at 10 p.m. ETPT. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), the 10-episode series is a story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman's relentless pursuit of the American Dream. 

VIDEO: On This Day, June 19 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Brings Tupac To Broadway VideoVIDEO: On This Day, June 19 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Brings Tupac To Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 19, 2019

On this day in 2014, the music and poetry of legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made its Broadway debut as Holler If Ya Hear Me celebrated its opening night at the Palace Theatre.

VIDEO: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs 'Unconditional Love' on Good Day NY
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 9, 2014

Saul Williams and Saycon Sengbloh from Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed 'Unconditional Love' on this morning's 'Good Day New York.'

VIDEO: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs 'California Love' on GMA
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 8, 2014

The cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed on this morning's 'Good Morning America'. Check out the appearance below!

VIDEO: All New Cast Featurette for Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME!
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2014

Below, check out an all-new cast featurette from Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, now playing at New York's Palace Theatre!

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 21, 2014

The show opened last night, June 19 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street), and BroadwayWorld was there for all of the festivities. Below, Richard Ridge chats with the company right after they took their first bows!

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 20, 2014

The show opened last night, June 19 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street), and BroadwayWorld'S Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to celebrate. Below, check out interviews with Valisia LeKae, Sam Rockwell, Condola Rashad, Constantine Maroulis and more!


John Earl Jelks Frequently Asked Questions

What is John Earl Jelks next theatre project?
John Earl Jelks's next show will be Birthday Candles which opens on 4/10/2022 on Broadway.

How many Broadway shows has John Earl Jelks been in?
John Earl Jelks has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has John Earl Jelks been in?
John Earl Jelks has not appeared in the West End

What awards has John Earl Jelks been nominated for?
Performance (Obie Awards) for Sunset Baby and Fetch Clay and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Radio Golf .

What awards has John Earl Jelks won?
Performance (Obie Awards) for Sunset Baby and Fetch Clay.