With a professional performance background that spans musical theater, soul music, R&B, and opera, Darnell has been recognized by audiences and critics alike for his versatility in the theater and on the concert stage. He was the recipient of 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. Darnell was a member of the 1st National Tour of the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Revival, THE COLOR PURPLE and will be making his Casa Manana debut in their Broadway Series production of NEXT TO NORMAL.
Recent engagements include: Feinstein’s/54 Below, THE COLOR PURPLE (Paper Mill Playhouse), I DREAM (Grand Rapids Opera), RAGTIME (Barrington Stage Company & Ogunquit Playhouse), SIDE SHOW (The Media Theatre), and FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING (Walt Disney Company). In addition to his theatrical credits, Darnell has collaborated with Grammy© and Emmy award-winning artists in the studio and on the concert stage. Other honorable nominations include two BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
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)