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2012
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012
Live at Beacon Theater

David Alan Grier — Nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

David Alan Grier

Show:
Porgy and Bess

Role:
Sporting Life, resident drug dealer and supplier of “happy dust” to the people of Catfish Row, who tries to convince Bess to leave Porgy and move to New York.

Bio Brief:
Before David Alan Grier gained nationwide fame in TV’s In Living Color, he was a Tony nominee for his Broadway debut as Jackie Robinson in the 1981 musical The First. The Yale Drama School grad later stepped in to star in Dreamgirls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and received a second Tony nomination for Race.

Other Honors for This Role:
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Tony History
1982: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, The First
2010: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Race

Fun Fact:
Grier was briefly considered for the role of George Costanza on Seinfeld.

Quotable Quote:
“It’s wonderful and fun and thrilling to be in a production where you can feel the positive buzz [from the audience].” —Grier in an opening night interview with Broadway.com, 1/12/12

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