Artist Bio

David Jennings

(Bio as of June 2012)

David Jennings previously appeared at the Goodman in Crowns during the 2011/2012 Season. He has appeared on Broadway in Brooklyn the Musical and alongside Sarah Jessi­ca Parker in Once Upon a Mattress. He appeared as the lead in The Genius of Ray Charles in London’s West End and as Curtis Taylor Jr. opposite Jen­nifer Holliday in Dreamgirls at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Mr. Jennings received a Los Angeles Ovation Award nomination (Best Featured Actor in a Musical) for his portrayal of Jake in the West Coast premiere of Side Show, as well as a NAACP Award for co-starring in the Los Angeles production of Sister Act: The Musical with Dawnn Lewis. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for the 30th Anniversary Recording of Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis. Other notable roles include Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in Ragtime, John in Miss Saigon, Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the Austin Music Hall, Clopin in the Las Vegas premiere of Notre-Dame de Paris, and as a replacement for BeBe Winans in the concert tour of The Civil War. Mr. Jennings has performed alongside legendary Motown icons Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and has shared the stage with such show business luminaries as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Sidney Poitier and Maya An­gelou. As a concert artist, he has appeared throughout the world, including a special New Year’s Eve performance before King Hassan II of Morocco at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, as well as Fourth of July festivities at the White House for the President and First Lady. On screen, Mr. Jennings guest starred on the FX television drama The Shield opposite Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close, and has appeared in comedy sketches on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. He was featured in the films The Sleepless and Burning

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