A Brownsville, Brooklyn native, Jelani most recently made his Broadway Debut in Frozen the Musical as Kristoff which earned him a Drama Desk nomination for Best Leading Actor and a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. Jelani is a graduate of the inaugural class of Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include Sweetee (Signature Theatre Company), Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (York Theatre Company), and Nassim (Barrow Street Theatre). Regional credits include I and You (TheatreSquared), Violet (Clarence Brown Theatre), The History Boys (Palmbeach Dramaworks) and Choir Boy (Studio Theatre of DC and Marin Theatre Company). Jelani received the San Francisco Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor In A Play for his work as Pharus in Choir Boy. His past film credits include I Didn’t Come Here to Make Love, High Noon on the West Side and One Hit Wonder.



"Jelani Alladin is CHARMING as Kristoff" - Variety

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

“(Jelani Alladin), is BEAMISH” - NY Times

“…INTREPID” - Vulture

“…HEART-MELTING.” - Broadway News

"a VOCAL TREAT as Kristoff." - Denver Post



"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



"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



"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



"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



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The Hottest Snow on Broadway - Vanity Fair

The Hottest Snow on Broadway - Vanity Fair


Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Frozen (2018)

Drama League Award Nomination for Distinguished Performance - Frozen (2018)

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

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


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Sheri Talkovsky