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— The Boston Globe


Currently George Washington in HAMILTON on the “And Peggy” Tour in San Francisco, Darnell’s professional performance background spans musical theater, soul music, R&B, and opera. As a result, he has been recognized by audiences and critics alike for his versatility in the theater and on the concert stage. Darnell is a recipient of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nomination for Best Actor. Other honorable nominations include BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

Select credits include: The Color Purple revival 1st National Broadway Tour (Adam and u/s Mister), Ragtime (Coalhouse), Next to Normal (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden), and I Dream (MLK Jr.). In addition to his theatrical engagements, Darnell is a featured solo artist on Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7, which has sold over 4 million copies worldwide since it’s release. Moreover, he has collaborated with Grammy© and Emmy award-winning artists in the studio and on the concert stage.

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He’s outstanding...
— The Wall Street Journal

Articles & Interviews

Here comes the General! - In an interview with The Bakersfield Californian, Darnell talks about his career journey since leaving his childhood hometown up until now playing George Washington in HAMILTON.

Uncommon Justice - In his second interview with Dr. Drama, Darnell discusses his former work as a Standby in HAMILTON.

Opera Grand Rapids brings Douglas Tappin’s “I Dream“ to community for one night only - Darnell talks about peeling back the complex layers of a human being who has become so iconic we may see a single-layer hero. 

Divine Appointment - Darnell talks with Dr. Drama to discuss the therapeutic power of theater.

A Conversation with Zurin Villanueva & Darnell Abraham - Villanueva and Abraham talk about RAGTIME. The source material, the process of breathing new life into the much-beloved show, and where we go from here as artists and Americans.

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