Colman Domingo

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Colman Domingo
Domingo at the premiere of Dreamgirls, December 2006, at the Gotham Hall in New York
Born (1969-11-28) November 28, 1969 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Colman Domingo (born November 28, 1969) is an award-winning actor, playwright and director.

Life and career[edit]

Domingo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University[1] where he majored in journalism. Soon thereafter he moved to San Francisco, California, where he started acting, mainly in theatre productions.[2]

One of the first films for Domingo was in 1999 in the movie Around the Fire as Trace, where he worked with Eric Mabius and Tara Reid.

Colman starred as the closeted Baptist church choir director, Mr. Franklin Jones, Amsterdam naturist, Joop, and West Berlin protest artist, Mr. Venus, in the critically acclaimed rock musical Passing Strange,[3] which, after a successful 2007 run at The Public Theater, opened on Broadway on February 28, 2008. Colman Domingo received an Obie Award in spring 2008 as part of the ensemble of Passing Strange Off-Broadway. Colman reprised his roles in the film version of Passing Strange,[4] directed by Spike Lee, which made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.

In 2010, Domingo's self-penned play A Boy and His Soul premiered Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater, for which he won GLAAD Award: Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. He was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Drama League Award.

Domingo starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago, the longest running revival on Broadway.[5]

Colman also starred in the final collaboration by Kander and Ebb of The Scottsboro Boys,[6] directed by Susan Stroman on Broadway in Fall 2010, and, for that role, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical in May 2011. When the The Scottsboro Boys[7] opened in London in Fall 2013, Domingo was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical in April 2014.

Domingo was also nominated for the Fred Astaire Award for Best Principal Dancer on Broadway in 2011.

He starred on the second and third (final) seasons of Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show, produced by Rosie O'Donnell; his best known character is his impression of Maya Angelou.

Domingo has taught at the O'Neill National Theater Institute,[8] University of Texas at Austin,[9] University of Wisconsin at Madison.[10]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Show Role Venue Notes
2005 People's TempleThe People's Temple Eugene Smith and others Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2006 People's TempleThe People's Temple Eugene Smith and others Minneapolis, Guthrie Theater
2006 Passing Strange Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre Bay Area Critics Circle Award
2007 Passing Strange Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus Off-Broadway, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Anspacher Theater OBIE Award
2008 Passing Strange Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus Broadway, Belasco Theatre
2008 Well Jim and others Boston, Huntington Theatre
2009 Coming Home New Haven, Long Wharf Theatre Connecticut Critics Circle Award
2009 Wiz, TheThe Wiz WizThe Wiz New York City Center Encores!
2009 Boy and His Soul, AA Boy and His Soul Himself Off-Broadway, Vineyard Theatre also playwright
Lucille Lortel Award, GLAAD Media Award
nominations: Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award, Audelco Award
2010 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones Off-Broadway, Vineyard Theatre
2010 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones Minneapolis, Guthrie Theater
2010 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones Broadway, Lyceum Theatre Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical nomination, Fred Astaire Award Nomination
2010, 2011 Chicago Billy Flynn Broadway, Ambassador Theatre
2011 Blood Knot Zachariah Pietersen Off-Broadway, Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
2012 Wild with Happy Gil Off-Broadway, Joseph Papp Public Theater, LuEsther Hall also playwright, Audelco Awards for Best Dramatic Production, Best Playwright and Best Featured Actress in a Dramatic Production
2013 Wild with Happy Gil TheatreWorks, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts also playwright
2013 Boy and His Soul, AA Boy and His Soul Himself London, Tricycle Theatre also playwright
2013 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones London, The Young Vic Olivier Award for Best Featured Performance in a Musical nomination, nomination
2014 Boy and His Soul, AA Boy and His Soul Himself Brisbane, Brisbane Powerhouse also playwright
2014 Guys and Dolls Rusty Charlie Carnegie Hall
2014 Nothing Personal James Baldwin Live Ideas Festival at the New York Live Arts


Genre Year Title Role Episodes Notes
Film 1995 Timepiece Khris
TV series 1997 Nash Bridges Reggie Harell "Dirty Tricks" 04 episodes total
Film 1998 Around the Fire Trace
Short film 1999 King of the Bingo Game Sonny
TV series 1999 Nash Bridges Hassam
Desmond Kenner
"Power Play"
"Girl Trouble"
04 episodes total
Film 1999 True Crime Wally Cartwright
TV series 2000 Nash Bridges Trumpet Player "Skin Trade" 04 episodes total
Film 2000 Desi's Looking for a New Girl Mother
Film 2003 Kung Phooey! Roy Lee
TV series 2004 Law & Order Ronald Gumer "Hands Free" 02 episodes total
Film 2006 Freedomland Male Patient
TV series 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sergeant Ev Sides "To the Bone" 02 episodes total
TV series 2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Gus "Eros in the Upper Eighties"
TV series 2008 Big Gay Sketch Show, TheThe Big Gay Sketch Show 08 episodes; 16 episodes total
TV series 2008 Law & Order Donnie "Sweetie" 02 episodes total
Film 2008 Miracle at St. Anna West Indian Postal Customer
TV series 2009 Great Performances Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus/Joop "Passing Strange" musical telecast
TV series 2010 Big Gay Sketch Show, TheThe Big Gay Sketch Show 08 episodes; 16 episodes total
TV series 2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Andre Lanier "Love Sick" 02 episodes total
Film 2012 Lincoln Private Harold Green
Film 2012 Red Hook Summer Blessing Rowe
Film 2013 All Is Bright Lawson Bowman
Film 2013 42 Lawson Bowman
Film 2013 HairBrained Finals Moderator
Film 2013 Butler, TheThe Butler Freddie Fallows
Film 2014 400 Boys Talon
Film 2014 Time Out of Mind Mr. Oyello
Film 2014 'Selma' Ralph Abernathy


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