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


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 is a recipient of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nominee for Best Actor. Darnell is currently a member of the HAMILTON (And Peggy) Tour.

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), I DREAM (MLK Jr.). In addition to his theatrical engagements, 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. 

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Press Interviews

Uncommon Justice - In his second interview with Dr. Drama, Darnell discusses his work 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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