|Born||Joshua Anthony Charlton Henry
September 2, 1984
|Occupation||Actor and singer|
|Known for||Godspell, The Scottsboro Boys|
|Home town||Miami, Florida|
|Awards||Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble Performance|
Joshua Anthony Charlton Henry (born circa 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is an African-American actor of stage and screen. He is best known for portraying Haywood Patterson in Kander and Ebb's 2010 musical The Scottsboro Boys, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Through his career, he has worked with such performers as Jennifer Hudson, Corbin Bleu, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Zadoc Henry and raised in Miami, Florida, Henry currently resides in Harlem, New York City. He had originally wanted to be an accountant, like his mother, but changed his mind after he was cast as Harold Hill in his high school production of The Music Man. Henry studied theatre at the University of Miami, graduating in 2006. He recently married his college sweetheart, Cathryn Stringer.
Henry made his acting debut when he co-starred as Judas in the Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn, New Jersey) production of Godspell in 2006. He was set to join the latter for a 2008 Broadway transfer, but the project was cancelled.
In 2007, Henry appeared in the ensemble of the Off-Broadway musical In the Heights, re-joining the cast for the show's Broadway production. For In the Heights, the entire cast won a Drama Desk Award, and Henry and the ensemble won an ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus from Actors' Equity Association.
Henry starred in Serenade, which played off-Broadway from December 9, 2007, to December 15, 2007. Henry then appeared in the first Sex and the City film in 2008, subsequently playing the Tin Man in The Wiz at the New York City Center in 2009.
On September 23, 2008, Henry performed in a concert performance titled Party Worth Crashing in New York City. In June 2009, Henry contributed original music to the off-Broadway musical Shafrika, The White Girl at the Vineyard Theatre.
Henry then joined the Broadway cast of The Scottsboro Boys, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman with a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. He portrayed Haywood Patterson, for which he achieved critical praise. The Star Tribune wrote of his performance, "Joshua Henry . . . ignites the role of Haywood Patterson as the lightning rod for our identification with the men." Charles Isherwood in The New York Times asserted that Henry "gives a performance of keen intensity as Haywood Patterson, an illiterate young man who becomes the focus of our sympathy as he steadfastly refuses to sign his name to a lie in order to obtain parole. Mr. Henry performs Haywood’s ballad of hopeless yearning, "Go Back Home," with a powerful simplicity that slashes through the evening’s artifice." Despite these positive reviews, The Scottsboro Boys closed within a month. For his performance, Henry was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, but lost to Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can.
Henry, along with Corbin Bleu and Andrea Burns, was featured on "Dare to Go Beyond: The Album", by the nonprofit organization R.Evolución Latina. It was released on December 13, 2010, produced by Luis Salgado. Henry has also appeared on the television series Kings and Nip/Tuck, as well as the 2010 short film Once Upon a Time in Australia.
On January 16, 2011, Henry, Laura Osnes, and Natalie Weiss were featured performers in Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk's You Made This Tour concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. On January 22, he was among the performers in the Broadway Memories concert performance in New York, in which he performed selections from The Scottsboro Boys.
Henry performed in the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists event, honoring Burton Lane, on February 14, 2011. On March 2, 2011, He performed with The Scottsboro Boys's original Broadway cast in Stro!, a gala celebration honoring Susan Stroman.
Henry also attended and performed at a MCC Miscast Gala in New York, held on March 15, 2011. The performance showcases "Broadway's hottest stars performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast."
On April 10, 2011, he returned to the University of Miami to perform in their Broadway Unplugged concert. In addition, Henry and the cast of The Scottsboro Boys performed in the May 16, 2011, performance of Broadway Sensation in New York City.
Henry performed the role of Jake in the American Repertory Theatre's production of Porgy and Bess, which began previews August 17, 2011, at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It officially opened on August 31 and ran through September 30, 2011. It is now expected to begin performances on Broadway on December 17, 2011, at the Richard Rogers Theatre.
Henry also played the role of Corporal Quincy Montclair on season 7 of the Lifetime series Army Wives.
Awards and nominations
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