James Monroe Iglehart

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James Monroe Iglehart
James Monroe Iglehart Tony Awards Announcement.jpg
Iglehart holding his Tony Award to announce the 74th Tony Awards Nominations in 2020
BornSeptember 4, 1974 (1974-09-04) (age 46)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1978–present
Height6 ft (183 cm)[2]
Spouse(s)Dawn Iglehart (m. 2002)[3]

James Monroe Iglehart (born September 4, 1974)[1][4] is an American stage actor and singer.

Iglehart is perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning performance as the Genie in the original Broadway production of Aladdin. Iglehart assumed the role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway company of Hamilton in April 2017 and can be heard as super producer Steve Jones in As The Curtain Rises, Broadway's first original podcast soap opera.[5]

Career[edit]

Iglehart attended Cal State Hayward and started his career in California, performing in Bat Boy at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, California and as Teen Angel in Grease at the American Musical Theatre, San Jose, California.[6]

In 2005, he directed Bat Boy the Musical at Ray of Light Theatre.[7] He has played Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway as a replacement starting in April 2007.[8][9] He originated the role of Bobby in Memphis on Broadway in October 2009.

Iglehart performed the role of the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, a performance for which he won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical[10] and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for this role. When asked about the role, he said, "It's not as exhausting as you think. I'm kind of an energetic guy in general, so basically I'm kind of being me with the volume turned up."[2] Iglehart departed the company of Aladdin in February 2017 to begin rehearsals in the role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway company of Hamilton. He also performed in Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway.[11]

Iglehart guest starred in three episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Coriolanus Burt, the rival of male protagonist Titus Andromedon.

Iglehart voices Lance Strongbow in Tangled: The Series, Captain James Hook in Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir, Bronzino in Elena of Avalor, Oscar in Vampirina and Taurus Bulba in DuckTales.[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

He was raised in Hayward, California, with his brother. His mother is a former high school choir teacher. His father James Iglehart is a former minor league baseball player and actor.[15][16][17] He met his wife Dawn in the Mt. Eden High School show choir[4][6] and they married in 2002.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
1978 Death Force Jimmy Russell
2011 Memphis the Musical Bobby
We Are the Hartmans Eustace
2015 Broadway Draft 2015 Anchor Short film
2016 Landed TSA Agent
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz Calvin Carney, Jitterbug (voices) Direct-to-video
2017 Three Christs Benny

Television[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
2010 The Good Wife Geo Episode: "Doubt"
2012 Great Performances Bobby Episode: "Memphis"
Submissions Only Wilson Jones Episode: "Woof!"
Smash Assistant Episode: "Hell on Earth"
2015 Gotham Ringmaster Episode: "The Blind Fortune Teller"
2015–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Coriolanus Burt 4 episodes
2016–2018 Nature Cat Michael Bluejáy, Michael Bluejay (voice) 4 episodes
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Shawn Tompkins Episode: "Intent"
2017–2020 Tangled: The Series Lance Strongbow (voice) 38 episodes
2018 Cady Did Orrin Hackett
Elementary Detective Mason Episode: "Pushing Buttons"
Maniac Carl TV Mini-Series
8 episodes
2018–2019 Our Cartoon President End credits vocals, End credits vocalist, Gospel Singers (voices) 12 episodes
2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Darius Von Hassock Episode: "Makeover"
Anthem: Homunculus Ronnie Castro Episode: "The End of Love"
Hazbin Hotel Bar Patron (voice) Episode: "Pilot"
2020 Perfect Harmony Keith Episode: "Regionals"
Elena of Avalor Bronzino (voice) 2 episodes
Vampirina Oscar (voice) Episode: "Bust Friends"
DuckTales Taurus Bulba (voice) Episode: "Let's Get Dangerous!"
Biggest Little Christmas Showdown Host

Video games[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
2003 Silent Line: Armored Core Additional voices [18]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2006 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Mitch Mahoney Wilbur Theatre Regional/Boston
2007–08 Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway
2009 The Wiz Lion New York City Center Encores! Off-Broadway
2009–11 Memphis Bobby Shubert Theatre Broadway
2011 Aladdin The Genie 5th Avenue Theatre Seattle/Pre-Broadway
2013–14 Ed Mirvish Theatre Toronto/Pre-Broadway
2014–17 New Amsterdam Theatre Broadway
2017–present Hamilton Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson Richard Rodgers Theatre Broadway
2019 Hercules Phil Delacorte Theater Off-Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Aladdin Won
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Diva Performance Nominated
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "James Monroe Iglehart: Performer". Playbill. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ng, David (21 May 2014). "James Monroe Iglehart releases the genie inside". latimes.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  3. ^ "10 Things You May Not Know: James Monroe Iglehart of 'Aladdin'". New York Shows. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. ^ a b "Igleharts Wish Granted" nypost.com, March 9, 2014
  5. ^ https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/as-the-curtain-rises/
  6. ^ a b Blank, Matthew. "The Genie of Broadways Aladdin James Monroe Iglehart" playbill.com, March 18, 2014
  7. ^ "James Monroe Iglehart Nominated for a Tony" rayoflighttheatre.com
  8. ^ "James Monroe Iglehart" broadwayworld.com
  9. ^ "James Monroe Iglehart" Internet Broadway Database
  10. ^ Staff. Just the Winners, Please: Who Won the 68th Annual Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 8, 2014
  11. ^ "Freestyle Love Supreme". broadway.com. 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  12. ^ DJangi, Taraneh (2019-07-12). "Meet the Cast: Cheshire Crossing". Penguin Random House Audio.
  13. ^ Staff, Mary Sue (2019-08-15). "Listen to the Audiobook for Andy Weir's Cheshire Crossing, About the Continued Adventures of Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy". The Mary Sue.
  14. ^ "Stephanie Beatriz and James Monroe Iglehart Drop by 'DuckTales' Darkwing Episode: First Look (Exclusive)". ETonline. 2020-10-06.
  15. ^ Geek.com, 06.11.2019 - MOVIES, 11 Forgotten Blaxploitation Classics That Deserve Your Time,← Savage! By K. Thor Jensen
  16. ^ The Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2014 - Entertainment & Arts, James Monroe Iglehart releases the genie inside By David Ng
  17. ^ Showtickets.com, June 2, 2016 - 10 Things You May Not Know: James Monroe Iglehart of ‘Aladdin’ Category Broadway |by Karu Daniels
  18. ^ FromSoftware. Silent Line: Armored Core. Agetec. Scene: Ending credits, 2:46:43 in, Voice Talent.

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