De’Lon Grant steps into the role of Bob (and others) in Come From Away on Broadway beginning August 4, taking over from original cast member Rodney Hicks who, as previously reported, had to depart the production after being diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia.
Though Come From Away marks Grant’s Broadway debut, the actor has toured domestically and internationally as Berry Belson in Jersey Boys. He was also recently named Best Leading Actor at the 2017 IRNE Awards for his portrayal of Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys, a role which also earned him an Elliot Norton Award nomination.
Some of his other credits include Frederick Douglass in Douglass (The Wit Theatre), Tod Clifton in Invisible Man (The Studio Theatre and The Huntington Theatre), Jim in Big River (Lyric Stage Company, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and The Barnstomers), Achilles in Troilus and Cressida (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Posthumous/Cloten in Cymbeline (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Gaspard in A Tale of Two Cities (The Wheelock Family Theatre), Kaine in Dessa Rose (The New Repertory Theatre), and Sawyer in Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theatre).
Hicks, who has been part of Come From Away since its 2015 world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, departed on June 14. Understudy Josh Breckenridge has been playing the role since his departure.
Come From Away was inspired by the true story of a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town following the September 11 attacks in 2001. The original musical features book, music, and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding).
The new musical, now on Broadway, played a number of acclaimed out-of-town productions prior to arriving at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City this spring. The Broadway production was nominated for seven 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley). Kelly Devine choreographs, and Ian Eisendrath is the music supervisor.
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