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Soon to be seen reprising his Broadway role on screen in The Boys in the Band on Netflix, credits include: Mamma Mia! (original Broadway company); the 2005 revival of La Cage Aux Folles; and Saturday Night (Second Stage). La Jolla Playhouse credits include The Wiz, Memphis, Letters to Obama, and Blueprints to Freedom (which he also wrote). TV credits include “30 Rock,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Glee,” “Law & Order,” “The Jury,” and “Hope and Faith,” among others. Mr. Washington's political drama, Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, was developed at the McCarter Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. The play also enjoyed sold out co-productions at La Jolla and Kansas City Repertory Theatre in 2015, earning him Outstanding New American Play Award by the Edgerton Foundation, the San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play. Film credits include Love and Other Drugs.

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Michael Benjamin Washington STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2019
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Off-Broadway Reading, 2019
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2019
Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2018
Bernard

[San Diego, CA (Regional)]
La Jolla Revival, 2006
Tin Man

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
Jacob

[Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Ensemble/Other Roles

The Summer Bride

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Eddie

[New York]
Reading, 2004
Performer

Writing


Michael Benjamin Washington Movies

Love & Other Drugs
[ 2010 ] Richard
The Boys in the Band
[ 2020 ] Bernard

Michael Benjamin Washington TV Shows

30 Rock
Donald
American Auto
Cyrus Knight

Michael Benjamin Washington Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2020 - Distinguished Performance Award

Michael Benjamin Washington, Fires in the Mirror


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Solo Performance

Michael Benjamin Washington, Fires in the Mirror

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Works & Process to Present Caleb Teicher's THIS IS THE PART WHEN YOU GO WOO

Experience the innovative performance-presentation by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher, This Is The Part When You Go Woo, at the Guggenheim’s Peter B. Lewis Theater. Learn more!
La Jolla Playhouse Unveils Projects for 2023 DNA New Work Series

La Jolla Playhouse has revealed the dates and projects for its 2023 DNA New Work Series, running November 30 – December 10.
Works & Process Unveils Spring 2024 Season Featuring Bartlett Sher-Directed CORRUPTION, Paper Mill's GUN & POWER and More

Works & Process is back with their biggest season yet! Discover the lineup of performances and discussions happening in Spring 2024, including venues and dates. Don't miss out on this unique behind-the-scenes experience in the world of performing arts.
Jordan E. Cooper, Michael R. Jackson, Christine Toy Johnson & More Named to 2023-2024 Tony Awards Nominating Committee

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has revealed the Nominating Committee for the 2023-2024 Broadway season.
Photos: Whoopi Goldberg Toasts Jordan E. Cooper and AIN'T NO MO'

Just last night, the best of broadway came out to celebrate the six-time Tony-nominated Ain't No Mo. Whoopi Goldberg is hosted a private celebration of the acclaimed play at The Edition Times Square. Check out photos from the big night!
Industry Pro Newsletter: Six Recoups, Government Funding Shifts in Australia and Canada

Governmental funding shifts continue around the globe as governments reveal their latest budget proposals - often with some form of a decrease of support for the creative economy as these countries wind down the support they offered at the height of the pandemic.
Get to Know the Tony Nominators

This time of year, most know the most important people in the industry are sadly not anyone putting on a show, but rather the Tony nominators. Usually, this is the time that many selected nominators start dropping out, typically because of involvement in an eligible production or failure to see all eligible productions. This season, we’ve so far had very few recusals, so as of now there is a pretty full slate.
Photos: Stars Arrive on the Red Carpet at Opening Night of PARADE

Parade is back on Broadway! The revival, starring Tony Award winner Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, directed by two-time Tony nominee Michael Arden, opened last night, March 16, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out our photos of attendees Sara Bareilles, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jeremy Jordan, Rachel Zegler, and more as they walk the red carpet here!
Cynthia Nixon, Matthew Broderick, Tony Shalhoub, and More Are Set For This Weekend's Philip Roth Festival

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Philip Roth Festival, a three-day celebration (Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19) of the iconic writer from Newark, New Jersey. A bevy of actors come out to discuss and participate in events celebrating the novelist who influenced their work as actors. 
Tony Shalhoub, Cynthia Nixon, And More To Lead Reading of Philip Roth's THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, March 19

Some of the country's finest actors including Tony Award-winner Tony Shalhoub and Cynthia Nixon, with Sam Waterston and more will deliver a March 19 dramatic reading of The Plot Against America, Philip Roth's timely and timeless masterwork.
Matthew Broderick, Tony Shalhoub, and More Join the Roth Festival Line-Up

New Jersey Performing Arts Center announced the complete cast of its one-time dramatic reading of the late Philip Roth's bestselling novel The Plot Against America featuring some of the most esteemed actors working today in a monumental performance at the center of PHILIP ROTH UNBOUND: Illuminating a Literary Legacy, NJPAC's three-day celebration of the iconic writer.
New Works by Keith Bunin, Idris Goodwin & More to be Presented in La Jolla Playhouse's 2022 DNA New Work Series

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the dates and projects for its 2022 DNA New Work Series, running December 1 – 12 in the Playhouse’s Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center.
Industry Editor Exclusive: Who Are the 2022 Tony Nominators?

As we focus on the Tony nominations announcement on Monday, you may be wondering – who does the nominating? This year over 50% of the announced nominators will not in fact be nominating anyone. There are now only 29 essential players in the Tony nominator pool.
Photos: Inside Opening Night of AN EVENING WITH AMBER IMAN at the Minetta Lane Theatre

 For three nights only, Audible Theater will present An Evening with Amber Iman, which began performances last night. Remaining performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre are this evening (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) at 7:00pm. 
YoungArts Announces New Mentorship Program

YoungArts has announced a new mentorship program pairing established artists and industry leaders with emerging artists to provide one-on-one, personalized and direct support to help mentees meet their artistic goals.
YoungArts Announces New Mentorship Program

YoungArts has announced a new mentorship program pairing established artists and industry leaders with emerging artists to provide one-on-one, personalized and direct support to help mentees meet their artistic goals.
Signature Theatre Announces One-Week Extension for TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992

Signature Theatre has announced one-week extension for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, National Humanities Medal-recipient Anna Deavere Smith’s gathering of voices surrounding the 1992 L.A. civil unrest in a complex portrait of a city’s racial anguish.
Signature Theatre Announces the Cast of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, National Humanities Medal-recipient Anna Deavere Smith’s gathering of voices surrounding the 1992 L.A. civil unrest in a complex portrait of a city’s racial anguish.
VIDEO: See a Preview of Anna Deavere Smith's TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 at Signature Theatre's

Signature Theatre has announced a 35-minute video preview of playwright, actor, and scholar Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, directed by Taibi Magar, ahead of the Fall 2021 production on the Irene Diamond Stage.
92Y to Celebrate Pride Month 2021 With Free Archived Talks Featuring Alan Cumming, Tony Kushner and More

92Y will celebrate Pride 2021 by sharing fee archived talks and events featuring luminaries from the world of culture, politics, activism, and literature. 

Michael Benjamin Washington FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Michael Benjamin Washington been in?

Michael Benjamin Washington has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Benjamin Washington been in?

Michael Benjamin Washington has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Michael Benjamin Washington been nominated for?

Michael Benjamin Washington has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for "Fires in the Mirror" and for Outstanding Solo Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Fires in the Mirror."

What awards has Michael Benjamin Washington won?

Michael Benjamin Washington has won the Outstanding Solo Performance award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in Fires in the Mirror.

How many shows has Michael Benjamin Washington written?

Michael Benjamin Washington has written 1 shows including Pride Plays (Author).

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