Robin de Jesús
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Life and career
His first major role was as Michael in the independent film Camp (2003), where he plays a gay teen who gets beat up for wearing drag to his prom. While the film (which also starred a young Anna Kendrick) went relatively unnoticed in the mainstream, it gained a cult following among musical theater fans and teens who connected to the outcast theme.
He is perhaps best known for playing the role of Sonny in the 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2010, he joined the revival cast of La Cage aux Folles as Jacob, the sassy housekeeper, which earned him his second Tony Award nomination in the Featured Actor category. The production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010. De Jesús left the production on February 13, 2011, replaced by Wilson Jermaine Heredia. De Jesús played the role of Boq in the Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. In 2019, he received a third Tony Award nomination, for Best Featured Actor in a Play, for his role of Emory in The Boys in the Band. He recreated the role for the 2020 film adaptation produced for Netflix.
In 2021, Jesús played Michael in the musical drama tick, tick... BOOM!, the directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda, for which he received critical acclaim and a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
Robin is gay.
|2011||Gun Hill Road||Robin|
|2013||Hair Brained||Romeo Torres|
|Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship||Student|
|The Boys in the Band||Emory|
|2021||tick, tick... BOOM!||Michael|
|2010||How to Make It in America||Street teenager||Episode: "Crisp"|
|2012–16||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jose Silva||5 episodes|
|2022||Santiago of the Seas||Pepito||Episode: "A Tale of Two-mas"|
|Would I Lie to You?||Himself||Episode: "Boy in a Barrel"|
|Welcome to Chippendales||Ray Colon||Recurring role|
|In the Heights||Sonny||Eugene O'Neill Theater Center|
|2008–10||Broadway; February 14, 2008 – February 14, 2010|
|2010–11||La Cage aux Folles||Jacob||Broadway revival; April 6, 2010 – February 14, 2011|
|2013||Domesticated||Bar Patron||Lincoln Center Theater|
|2014||Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade||Jack Dorsey||New York Musical Theatre Festival|
|2014–16||Wicked||Boq||Broadway; December 16, 2014 – January 31, 2016|
|2017–18||"Munchkinland" national tour; May 2, 2017 – March 12, 2018|
|2018||The Boys in the Band||Emory||Broadway revival|
|2023||Little Shop of Horrors||Seymour Krelborn||The Muny|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Ensemble Performance||In the Heights||Won|
|2008||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|2010||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Musical||La Cage aux Folles||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical||Nominated|
|2019||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||The Boys in the Band||Nominated|
|2021||Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||tick, tick... BOOM!||Nominated|
|Hollywood Critics Association Film Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
- "Q&A: Robin De Jesús". The Ensemblist. 11 November 2015. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- Peitzman, Louis (October 28, 2015). "The Movie That Taught A Generation Of Misfits To Let Their Freak Flags Fly". Buzzfeed. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- Isherwood, Charles. "From the Corner Bodega, the Music of Everyday Life", The New York Times, February 9, 2007.
- Jones, Kenneth (February 3, 2010). "Shively, Cox, Andreas, Hoch, De Jesús, Shaddow and Cunningham Join La Cage aux Folles". Playbill. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
- Propst, Andy. "PS Classics to Release New Broadway Cast Recording of La Cage Aux Folles" theatremania.com, July 27, 2010.
- "Tony Winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia Set for La Cage aux Folles". Broadway.com, January 4, 2011.
- "Seven Questions with Wicked's Robin de Jesus About #TheStruggleIsReal & Bringing Sexy Boq". Broadway Box. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- "Robin De Jesus Tony Awards Info". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2021-11-20.
- "2021 Winners | International Press Academy".
- Wong, Curtis M. (4 October 2013). "Robin De Jesús On Taking Over For Ben Rimalower In 'Patti' Issues' And Choosing Gay Roles Responsibly". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- Cordero, Rosy (2 March 2022). "'Immigrant': 'Tick, Tick, BOOM!' Star Robin de Jesús Boards Hulu Series". Deadline.
- "New York Musical Festival :: 2014 Events". NYMF.org. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- Wong, Curtis M. (21 July 2014). "Robin de Jesús On 'Mother Jones And The Children's Crusade' At The New York Musical Theatre Festival". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- "DUNE, CODA, AND BELFAST LEAD THE 5TH ANNUAL HCA FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Hollywood Critics Association. December 2, 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
- "AWARDS: OUR 2021 NOMINEES". GREATER WNY FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION. December 22, 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-23.