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James Snyder (actor)

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James Snyder
James Snyder
James Snyder at a film premiere
Born (1981-02-07) February 7, 1981 (age 43)
Alma materUSC School of Dramatic Arts (BFA)
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2002–present
SpouseJacqueline D. Snyder
WebsiteOfficial website

James Randall Snyder (born February 7, 1981) is an American actor and singer. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the USC School of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the SoCal VoCals, USC's premiere a cappella group.

Professional career[edit]

Since 2002, Snyder has appeared on numerous television shows. His television credits include the television film Anna's Dream, and the TV series Married to the Kellys, Gilmore Girls, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Related, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Eli Stone, Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Blue Bloods, and The Outrageously Fabulous Weekly Parody Talk Show.[1] He can also be seen in the shorts The Baker's Dozen, A Cut Above, 5 or Die, Webloe Jobs, True Blood: The Parody Movie, Genre This, and, most recently, Adonis.

Snyder has had various movie roles and is best known for his role as Malcolm in She's the Man. His other roles include Dave in Pretty Persuasion, Jeremy in The Gingerbread Man, Seth in Shuttle, David in An American in China, and Ben Carter in Anderson's Cross. He finished filming the movie Meth Head, released in 2013.

On the stage, Snyder's credits include the Los Angeles and Vegas productions of Rock of Ages as Drew, Happy Days, The Fantasticks, Hamlet, Ray Bradbury's Let's All Kill Constance, Sneaux, Plop, and Oklahoma! He also played Luke Skywalker in The Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes.[2]

Snyder originated the role of Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker in Cry-Baby, which had its premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego on November 18, 2007. He then transferred with the cast and made his Broadway debut the following year. Cry-Baby began previews at the Marquis Theatre on March 15, 2008, opened on April 24, 2008, and closed on June 22, 2008.[3] In 2010, Snyder starred as Marius in the Encores! production of Fanny.[4] In 2011, Snyder originated the role of Marco Venier in the premiere of Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse, which ran from February to March.[5]

Snyder has appeared in several benefit concerts, including "Broadway Rocks Anaheim" and "Rebuild Japan", and in various cabarets in the Los Angeles area, including Upright Cabaret's "I Want To Hold Your Hand: The Music of the Beatles",[6] and The Coterie's "Cousins: An Evening with Beck and May"[7] and "Red Carpet Memories: A Celebration of Academy Award-Nominated Songs". From January 2012 to March 2012, Snyder starred as Christian in Show at Barre's "For The Record: Baz Luhrmann."[8]

Snyder's voice can be heard on the studio recording of Bare: A Pop Opera, which was released on October 30, 2007.[9] His first solo album, L.A. Curse, was released on March 20, 2008. He also released a single in 2018 called "Old River Road."

Snyder performed as Billy Bigelow in Carousel at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, which ran from July 13, 2012 to September 29, 2012.[10]

On August 7, 2013, it was announced that Snyder would join the cast of If/Then, a new musical opening on Broadway in Spring 2014, with a pre-Broadway run at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. from November 5 – December 8, 2013. Snyder played the role of Josh, an army doctor who meets and falls in love with Liz (Elizabeth) (played by Idina Menzel) on her first day back in Madison Square Park in New York City. The musical opened on March 30, 2014. He was next seen as Prince Henry in the world premiere of the musical Ever After, which is based on the 1998 film of the same name.[11] In November 2016 he originated the role of "Nate" in Broadway's first a capella musical, In Transit at the Circle in the Square Theater.[12]

Beginning March 20, 2019, Snyder assumed the role of Harry Potter in the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.[13] He was suspended from the play in November 2021, pending an investigation, after a complaint about his conduct was filed by Diane Davis, who portrayed Ginny Potter. The investigation concluded in January 2022 and Snyder was subsequently fired from the production.[14][15]



Year Show Role Notes
2002 Patrick Gorman's Star Wars in 30 Minutes Luke Skywalker
2003 Sneaux! Ensemble/French Poodle
2005 Rock of Ages Drew Los Angeles
Las Vegas
2007 Cry-Baby Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker La Jolla Playhouse
2008 Broadway; Apr 24 – June 22, 2008
2010 Fanny Marius Encores!
2011 Dangerous Beauty Marco Venier Pasadena Playhouse; Feb – March 2011
2012 Carousel Billy Bigelow Goodspeed Opera House
2013 Johnny Baseball Johnny Williamstown Theatre Festival
If/Then Josh National Theatre
2014 Broadway, March 30, 2014 – March 22, 2015
2015 Ever After Prince Henry Paper Mill Playhouse
If/Then Josh National Tour, October 13, 2015 – January 29, 2016
2016 Casa Valentina Jonathon Pasadena Playhouse
In Transit Nate Broadway
2018 Grand Hotel Baron von Gaigern Encores!
2019 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter Broadway
2023 The Music Man Professor Harold Hill Sacramento Music Circus


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Pretty Persuasion David
The Baker's Dozen Jeremy Leigh Short
The Gingerdead Man Jeremy Leigh
2006 She's the Man Malcolm Festes
A Cut Above Trent Desmond Short
2008 Shuttle Seth
An American in China David Braddock
2010 Anderson's Cross Ben Carter Short
Webloe Jobs Dick Webloe Short
2011 True Blood: The Parody Movie Jason Stackhouse Short
2012 Genre This Justin Amara Short
2013 Adonis Kip Short
Meth Head Pete




  • February 28, 2011 – Show at Barre in Los Angeles (w/ Bryce Ryness)
  • May 3, 2015 – Birdland (w/ Prince Charming)
  • September 17, 2015 – Cry-Baby Reunion at 54 Below

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "If/then: James Snyder joins cast". New York Theater Guide. October 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Star Wars in 60 Minutes Website". Starwars30.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Cry-Baby, with James Snyder and Harriet Harris, to Play Broadway's Marquis" Playbill, January 13, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2016
  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Encores! Announces Casting For ‘Fanny’" The New York Times, January 12, 2010
  5. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Musical Dangerous Beauty, With Jenny Powers, James Snyder, Michael Rupert, Premieres in CA" Playbill, February 1, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2016
  6. ^ "James Snyder , Tom Lowe Lead La Mirada's 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' 4/17". Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Sierra, Gabrielle. "Todrick Hall, James Snyder Join Beck & May In Pre-Album Release". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "FOR THE RECORD: BAZ LUHRMANN Closes at Show At Barre". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "bare: The Album". Barethealbum.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  10. ^ " 'Carousel' Cast and Creative Team" goodspeed.org. Retrieved December 2, 2016
  11. ^ Gordon, David (March 20, 2015). "Full Casting Announced for Paper Mill Playhouse's Ever After". TheaterMania. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  12. ^ "James Snyder Broadway" ibdb.com. Retrieved December 1, 2016
  13. ^ McPhee, Ryan (December 20, 2018). "James Snyder and More to Join Broadway's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". www.playbill.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Evans, Greg (January 23, 2022). "'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Broadway Star James Snyder Fired Over Misconduct Allegations By Co-Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  15. ^ "James Snyder's Contract Terminated at CURSED CHILD Following Misconduct Investigation". BroadwayWorld. January 23, 2022. Retrieved January 24, 2022.

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