A. J. Holmes

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A. J. Holmes
Born
Andrew James Holmes

(1989-11-14) November 14, 1989 (age 31)
California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActor, Singer, composer

Andrew James Holmes (born November 14, 1989 in California) is an American actor, singer and composer working in musical theater, and a member of StarKid Productions.

He is known primarily for playing the role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, the US tour, the West End, Melbourne and Sydney. Holmes is also a member of StarKid Productions, having composed music for four of the theatre company's shows and acted in two of them. He was the sole composer of Twisted, leading him to be most closely identified with that musical.[1]

Early life[edit]

Holmes grew up in Southern California and graduated from University of Michigan in 2011.

Career[edit]

While still in college, Holmes was a founding member of StarKid Productions, co-composing the music for their first show in 2009, A Very Potter Musical, where he also was credited as the music director and played the piano in the pit orchestra.[2] Holmes then reprised his role as co-composer, music director, and pianist for Me and My Dick later that year, as well as playing the acting role of Joey's Heart.[3]

After graduating, Holmes was cast as Frederick Frankenstein in the US national tour of Young Frankenstein. Holmes played this role from September 30, 2011 to May 31, 2012.

In 2012, Holmes returned to StarKid for A Very Potter Senior Year. He served as co-composer, musical director, and keyboard 1 in the pit orchestra, as well as playing the role of Gilderoy Lockhart.[4]

In 2013, Holmes was the standby for Elder Cunningham on The Book of Mormon in the Chicago, Illinois production. He also composed the music for StarKid's Twisted alongside Kaley McMahon, who wrote the lyrics.[5]

In 2013–2014, Holmes played Cunningham on the first national tour of The Book of Mormon.[6][7]

In 2014, Holmes transferred to the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon as a standby for Cunningham from January 14, 2014 to June 29, 2014. From July 28, 2014 to January 31, 2015, he played the role in the West End production of the show, replacing Jared Gertner.[8][9]

In 2015–2016, Holmes embarked on the second national tour of The Book of Mormon, again reprising his role as Elder Cunningham. He played this role from February 13, 2015 to May 1, 2016.[10]

In 2017–2018, Holmes continued playing Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. He played the role in Melbourne from its opening, January 17, 2017, to February 8, 2018.[11] Holmes continued in this role when the production moved to the Sydney Lyric theater on February 28, 2018.[12] Holmes departed the production September 9, 2018.

Credits[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Category
2009 Me and My Dick Joey's Heart University of Michigan
2011 Starship Uncredited Cameo Chicago
2011–2012 Young Frankenstein Frederick Frankenstein US tour
2012 A Very Potter Senior Year Gilderoy Lockhart LeakyCon
2013 The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham – standby Chicago
2013–2014 Elder Cunningham First U.S. national tour
2014 The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham – standby Broadway
2014–2015 Elder Cunningham West End
2015–2016 Second U.S. national tour
2017–2018 Australia national tour
2020 Spies Are Forever TBA Feinstein's/54 Below

Music[edit]

Year Title Contribution
2009 A Very Potter Musical Composer, music director, piano
Me and My Dick Composer, music director, piano
2012 A Very Potter Senior Year Composer, music director, keyboard 1
2013 Twisted Composer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hypable.com/2014/03/18/team-starkid-twisted-concert-review/
  2. ^ StarKid Productions (July 5, 2009). "A Very Potter Musical: Act 2, Part 9". Retrieved January 4, 2013 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ StarKid Productions (November 13, 2009). "Me and My Dick: Act 2, Part 10". Retrieved January 4, 2013 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ StarKid Productions (March 15, 2013). "A Very Potter Senior Year: Act 2, Part 7". Retrieved March 15, 2013 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ StarKid Productions (November 27, 2013). "Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier". Retrieved February 15, 2015 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Team StarKid Member A.J. Holmes Joins The Book of Mormon Tour as Elder Cunningham". broadway.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "AJ Holmes". facebook.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  8. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Tighe and Holmes Lead West End's THE BOOK OF MORMON, July 28". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "AJ Holmes on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 28, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  10. ^ "AJ Holmes on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 28, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  11. ^ "Cast – The Book of Mormon Musical – Melbourne – Official Website". bookofmormonmusical.com.au. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Cooper, Nathanael (September 4, 2017). "The Mormons are coming: The Book of Mormon announces Sydney season in 2018". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 10, 2018.

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