21 year old Kyle Jean-Baptiste (pretty sure he’s Haitian too…woop woop!) has just made history as the youngest and first Black actor to star in the legendary role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. The LONGEST running musical in the world, it first premiered on Broadway 30 years ago and is FINALLY bringing some color to its main stage.
A recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and a former student of the iconic Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, Baptiste credits his love of theatre and his family as his motivations to succeed in an industry that makes it very difficult for him to do so.
2015 is proving to be a good year for black actors and actresses on Broadway. In addition to Jean-Baptiste, Taye Diggs will be the first Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch rock and roll musical this August, Keke Palmer starred as the first black Cinderella and Brandy became the third actress to play the lead role of Roxie Hart in Chicago.
You can catch Kyle as Jean Valjean beginning this August.