Darnell Abraham has established himself a versatile artist by seamlessly slipping into character for contemporary or traditional theater and is currently a member of the First National Tour of the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Revival, THE COLOR PURPLE. In 2017, he was awarded the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and nominated Best Actor for the 2018 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards. Other recent nominations include two BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Recent theatrical engagements include: I DREAM (Martin Luther King Jr., Grand Rapids Opera), RAGTIME (Coalhouse, Barrington Stage Company & Ogunquit Playhouse), SIDE SHOW (Jake, The Media Theatre), and FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING (Nakawa, Walt Disney). In addition to his theatrical credits, Darnell has collaborated with Grammy© and Emmy award-winning artists in the studio and on the concert stage.
Darnell is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association and resides in Manhattan.
"Darnell Abraham delivers a powerhouse performance as Coalhouse, communicating the character’s joyous embrace of life at the start and his icy, resolute fury when events spur him on to a quest for revenge." - The Boston Globe
"Darnell Abraham is a riveting Coalhouse Walker, who makes the character's transition from dignified gentleman to embittered terrorist both believable and empathetic. He delivers his big vocal numbers in a creamy baritone capable of stabbing intensity." - BroadwayWorld
"Darnell Abraham, as the sisters’ guardian and best friend, Jake, strikes sparks when he tries to convince the girls not to leave the sideshow with “The Devil You Know.” Later, he tragically answers their question with one of the scores most moving moments, “You Should Be Loved”. - DC Metro
"The Long Goodbye, sung by Darnell Abraham features beautiful lyrics and an excellent vocal performance as well. The melody itself is exquisite and the overall vibe has a pop/R&B feel to it." - VGMOnline (Tekken 7 Soundtrack)