The Scottsboro Boys
Mr. Tambo, the bantering star of a minstrel show-within-the show, and four smaller roles, including New York lawyer Samuel Leibowitz.
McClendon made his Broadway debut in The Scottsboro Boys after a busy career in regional theater, including roles in Suzan Lori-Parks’ The America Play, The Threepenny Opera, Avenue X and James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire.
This is McClendon’s first Tony Award nomination.
McClendon is an adjunct assistant professor in theater arts department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
“I think that there are times with an African American President that we can feel that we’re living in a post-racial time, and I heard far too many people say that they didn’t know that people were treated that way back then. So that, to me, says that it’s an important story to try to share, especially with young people.” —McClendon in an interview with Broadway.com, 10/10