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JELANI ALLADIN

Currently: Kristoff in Disney's Frozen (Broadway)

Recently: Sweetee, the Musical (Off - B'way)


BIO

A Brownsville, Brooklyn native, Jelani is thrilled to be making his Broadway Debut next spring in the upcoming Frozen the Musical as Kristoff. A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway, his work has been seen Off- Broadway and regionally. Following his matriculation from NYU, Jelani starred as Pharus in Oscar winner, Tarell McCraney's Choir Boy at both Studio Theatre of DC and Marin Theatre Company. Though both productions received rave reviews, at MTC, Jelani received the San Francisco Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor In A Play. Other regional credits include, The History Boys (Palmbeach Dramaworks), World Premiere of Josephine (Asolo Rep), Violet (Clarence Brown Theatre), and I and You (TheatreSquared). Jelani has also been seen Off- Broadway at the York Theatre in a revival of Don't Bother Me I Cant Cope and NYC premiere of Lord Tom. He is currently starring as Cat Jones in Sweetee the Musical, with performances from May 26-June 18th and the Pershing Signature Center. Jelani has a strong passion for new works and has developed plays and musicals with The Lark, NYTW, The Drama League, Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, and many more.


REVIEWS

FROZEN

"Jelani Alladin is charming as Kristoff" - Variety

"...the engaging Jelani Alladin" - Hollywood Reporter

"Jelani Alladin exudes charm and is a vocal treat as Kristoff." - Denver Post

SWEETEE

"Alladin’s Cat Jones is Sammy Davis Jr. hip." - Huffington Post

"Of the cast, Jelani Alladin is the standout" - TalkinBroadway

"But once Cat Jones comes on stage, the show takes off. The music gets more rousing and varied, and the book itself gets stronger as Kriegel begins to develop a slow-burning but thoroughly appealing love story between Sweetee and Cat. (It helps that Tyson, in her off-Broadway debut, is a real charmer, and Alladin, who will be seen in Denver later this summer as Kristoff in the Broadway-bound stage version of Disney's Frozen, has charisma to spare.)" - TheatreMania

"...the superb, multi-talented Jelani Alladin whose portrayal hits every emotional note with precision." - Theatre Pizzazz

"And when Jelani Alladin, as Cat, takes the stage, his staggering energy and confidence hijacks the proceedings so thoroughly you start to wonder why the musical isn't named Cat. Alladin has been cast as Kristoff in the upcoming Disney musical Frozen, in which he is likely to make a very big impression; his electric presence gives Sweetee a much-needed jolt, but he also steals focus, very nearly making Sweetee a supporting character in her own story." - Light and Sound America

CHOIR BOY

"With his lyrical tenor voice, Alladin neatly captures the almost angelic nature of Pharus, then undercuts it with his sassy, boisterous sense of humor." - TheatreMania

"If you didn’t know any better, you’d be forgiven for thinking that McCraney wrote the part of Pharus for Jelani Alladin, so completely does the young actor in Studio’s production capture the essence of this sympathetic character." - MetroWeekly

"Alladin drives several focused moments throughout the show including an intense speech of his during a creative writing class assignment describing spiritual beliefs through praise and love as a way of true life’s freedom of love, liberty, and rebellion. Alladin’s passionate truth spreads fresh spirit into a whole new take on a spiritual way of life’s meaning." -  Maryland Theatre Guide

"As Pharus, Jelani Alladin is masterful in the role he reprises from a recent Washington, D.C. (Studio Theatre) production.  In voice, he soars into high octave realms with clear notes that hang in the air like melodic rainbows.  As an actor, he spontaneously and naturally creates singular moments of ecstasy, agony, and every emotion in between that any young boy might feel who is full of faith, himself, and life’s every opportunity to shine as well as one plagued by peers’ smirks, a headmaster’s wariness of his leadership abilities, and his own desires of body that he dare not show to others." -  TheatreEddy

DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE

"A pulsating “They Keep Coming” speaks about the freedom seekers, those who fight for the cause; “My Name is Man” (poignantly sung by Jelani Alladin) talks of fighting and dying for my right to live like a man." -  Theater Pizzazz

VIOLET

"But it's clear the real love affair is between Violet and Flick, an African-American soldier performed with steady strength by visiting actor Jelani Alladin." - Knoxville Sentinel

"Yet it is with Flick (Jelani Alladin) that Violet has the most in common. Both Monty and Flick have substantial vocal moments; Flick’s is a marvelous gospel derived number, “Let It Sing.” -  Arts Knoxville

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

San Francisco Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor - Choir Boy (2015)

AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Performance in a Musical, Male - (2017)


CONNECT WITH JELANI

Twitter: @jelanialladin

Instagram @jelanialladin