Telly Leung

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

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TELLY LEUNG was born and raised in New York City. He grew up in a traditional Chinese home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He is a proud alumni of New York’s prestigious math & science specialized high school, Stuyvesant High School. After Stuyvesant, Telly was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama (CMU), where he received most of his formal training in acting, singing, and dance.

It was also at CMU that Telly met fellow CMU-alum and KINKY BOOTS Tony-Award Winner, Billy Porter, who returned to his alma mater to direct the main stage production of Sondheim’s COMPANY. After casting Telly as Bobby in “Company”, Porter made a phone call to his colleagues who were involved in the upcoming Broadway revival of FLOWER DRUM SONG and landed Telly an audition. In the fall of 2002, Telly made his Broadway debut in the revival of ‘Flower Drum Song”, starring Lea Salonga, as a member of the ensemble and an understudy for Wang Ta.

After playing Bobby in Sondheim’s COMPANY in college, Telly would later get the opportunity to work with the legendary Stephen Sondheim in Roundabout’s Broadway revival of PACIFIC OVERTURES in 2005. After PACIFIC OVERTURES, Telly originated the role of Boq in the Chicago company of WICKED, collaborating with fellow CMU-alum, Stephen Schwartz. Other Broadway credits include the final company of RENT – where he also got to make his film debut in Radical Media / Sony’s RENT: FILMED LIVE ON BROADWAY, which is available on DVD and Blue Ray.

After RENT ended its Broadway run, Telly went on an international tour with original RENT stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in RENT: THE BROADWAY TOUR. He would later reprise the role of Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris and starring Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Tveit, Skylar Astin, & Wayne Brady. In 2011, Telly would get another opportunity to collaborate with composer Stephen Schwartz in the Broadway revival of GODSPELL at the Circle in the Square Theater.

Regionally, he starred alongside George Takei & Lea Salonga in the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance at the Old Globe Theatre. Regionally, he has also appeared at Pittsburgh CLO, the MUNY, and Philadelphia Theater Company. In concert, he has performed to sold-out houses all over the country, at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Magic Castle, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s At The Nikko Hotel, London’s Hippodrome Casino, NYC’s 54 Below, Tokyo’s La Donna, and San Diego’s Diversionary Theater.

His first solo CD “I’ll Cover You” is available on The Yellow Sound Label. He is also the producer of the musical short film, GRIND, starring Rent‘s Anthony Rapp ( He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. For more information on Telly, check out

Telly Leung Photos


[West End]

Original Broadway Production, 2016

Manhattan Concert Productions Concert, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2015
Sammy Kimura

Off-Broadway, 2015
Pete / Ran Feng

Original Broadway Production, 2014
Aladdin [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2011

[US Tour]
The Broadway Tour [National Tour], 2009

Broadway Revival [Cancelled], 2008

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2006

Chicago Production, 2005

[Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 2005
Bun Foo

Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005

Roundabout Revival, 2004



Shogun's Companion


Kayama (Understudy)

[New York]
Reading, 2004

Broadway Revival, 2002

Ta (Understudy)

Broadway Transfer, 1996
Steve, man with squeegee, a waiter, and others [Replacement]

Ensemble [Replacement]

A Waiter [Replacement]

Man with squeegee [Replacement]

Steve [Replacement]

Angel Schunard (Understudy) [Replacement]

Telly Leung Movies

[2016]George Takei's Allegiance Sammy Kimura

[2019]Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm Vocalist

Telly Leung TV Shows

Glee Wes

Telly Leung Awards and Nominations

Telly Leung Videos

Telly Leung News

New York City Gay Men's Chorus Will Honor Chita Rivera, Robin De Jesús, and Ali Forney Center at Annual Gala Benefit

New York City Gay Men's Chorus will host its annual gala benefit ‘HARMONY'  on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 6:00 PM at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, New York City. Learn more about the gala and the honorees here!

Cast Members From HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, HAMILTON, MJ & More to Join AT THIS PERFORMANCE... at The Green Room 42

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies, and Alternates from HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, HAMILTON, HARMONY, MJ THE MUSICAL, and KIMBERLY AKIMBO. Join us on Monday, February 19th at 7 PM for an evening of Broadway talent.

Review: Telly Leung at Theatre Raleigh

Kicking off Theatre Raleigh’s 2024 concert series is Broadway star Telly Leung. For those unfamiliar, he has appeared in long-running hits such as Rent and Aladdin, revivals of Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, and Godspell, as well as short-lived musicals such as Allegiance and In Transit.

Dan Lauria, Courtney Reed, Telly Leung & More to Join EMPATHY! CONCERT

Empathy! is a key element in the success and health of our workforce, workplaces and communities. The MASIE Learning Foundation is inviting you and your colleagues to a free one-hour online concert.

Charity Concert FROM ST ALBANS... WITH LOVE Will Be Performed Next Month

From St Albans...With Love will performed on Saturday 10th February at 7.30pm. Learn more about the concert and how to attend here!

Single Tickets Now On Sale For Theatre Raleigh In Concert Series

Single tickets are now on sale for Theatre Raleigh's Concert series. Don't miss Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block's concert in North Raleigh.

Matthew Morrison, Norm Lewis, Christian Borle and More Will Join American Pops Orchestra for BROADWAY'S LEADING MEN Concert

On Saturday, February 3, the American Pops Orchestra will present some of Broadway’s most celebrated leading men performing hits from an array of Broadway musicals. Check out the full lineup!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld January 3, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is January 3, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Jessica Vosk, Telly Leung, and More Set For NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS Benefit Concert Tonight at Joe's Pub

Arts Ignite's annual benefit concert, New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit Arts Ignite, will return tonight! The concert will take place Monday, December 11 at 7:00 PM at Joe’s Pub at The Public in New York City.  Get your tickets now!

Stephanie J. Block, Eva Noblezada, And More Join Theatre Raleigh 2024 Concert Series Lineup

Theatre Raleigh announces its 2024 concert series lineup featuring performances by Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block and other Broadway stars.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 This Month

AT THIS PERFORMANCE… returns to The Green Room 42 featuring standbys, understudies and alternates from  Hamilton; Merrily We Roll Along; Harmony; Here We Are;  Purlie Victorious; The Gardens Of Anuncia; Into The Woods and Here Lies Love.        

Cabaret Photographers: Bobby Patrick

Broadway World Cabaret gets photographic content from some of the best shutterbugs in the business. Here's a look at some of the captures they've shared with us.

Applications Open For Songbook Academy 2024

Applications are now open for Songbook Academy 2024, a national summer music intensive for high school vocalists. This transformative program offers professional mentoring and lifetime connections in America's musical heritage. Apply now!

Photos: HERE LIES LOVE Star Arielle Jacobs Gets Her Caricature Unveiled at Sardi's

Arielle Jacobs received her portrait at Sardi's. Check out photos from the unveiling here!

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 This Month

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies, and Alternates from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, THE BOOK OF MORMON, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, WAITRESS, TITANIQUE, and SAW THE MUSICAL: THE UNAUTHORIZED PARODY. Join us on Monday, November 20th at 7 PM for this monthly residency showcasing Broadway talent.

Amber Ruffin, Jonathan Groff, And More Join Bloomingdale's and BC/EFA For Holiday Window Unveiling

As the ultimate holiday gifting destination, Bloomingdale's announces a series of holiday programming including The Carousel @ Bloomingdale's: Wonka, and window unveiling in partnership with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Telly Leung & More to Star in HAS ANYONE SEEN MY MIND? Industry Readings

Private industry readings of 'Has Anyone Seen My Mind?' by Bill Russell, are scheduled for October 26 & 27.

New Lucrezio Musical, UNHEARD, to Hold Industry Presentation in NYC, Directed By Telly Leung

New Lucrezio Musical, 'UnHeard,' will hold an industry presentation in NYC on October 17th. Inspired by Nathan Lucrezio's true story, the musical explores themes of love and overcoming cancer. Directed by Telly Leung, the cast includes Julia Murney and Michael Iskander.

Photos: See Cynthia Nixon, Jane Krakowski & More at A TECTONIC CABARET

Get a glimpse into the star-studded performance of A TECTONIC CABARET, featuring Jane Krakowski, Cynthia Nixon, and more. Explore the captivating photos from this unforgettable night of entertainment.


Telly Leung has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

Telly Leung has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Telly Leung has been nominated for the Best Leading Actor in a Musical award at the BroadwayWorld Awards for his performance in the musical Allegiance.

Telly Leung has won the Best Leading Actor in a Musical award at the BroadwayWorld Awards for his performance in the musical "Allegiance".

Telly Leung's next show will be George Takei's Allegiance which opens on 1/17/2023 on West End.

Telly Leung's first West End show was George Takei's Allegiance which opened in 2023

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