Ephraim Sykes On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Ephraim Manessah Sykes was born on July 17, 1985 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a Tony & Grammy Award nominee and Broadway favorite, who also starred as Seaweed J. Stubbs in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” in 2016.
After attending Fordham University in New York City, Sykes made his Broadway debut in 2009, joining the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He then earned a spot later that year in the Broadway premiere of the Tony Award-winning ‘Best Musical’ Memphis and would make his Off-Broadway debut originating the role of Benny in the 2011 revival of Rent at New World Stages. In 2011, he became part of the original cast of Disney’s Newsies on Broadway and followed it up as an original cast member of the 2013 Broadway premiere of Motown The Musical.
In January 2015, Sykes returned Off-Broadway to the Public Theater, originating the role of George Eacker in the musical juggernaut that is Hamilton. After wide acclaim, the production transferred to Broadway from July 2015, eventually winning the 2016 Tony Award for ‘Best Musical’ and Sykes would remain with the production until September 2016.
His big break as a leading man came after being cast as David Ruffin in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations and following tryouts in Berkeley, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Toronto, the Broadway premiere opened at the Imperial Theatre in March 2019. Sykes would earn his first Tony Award nomination for his efforts, followed by a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ in 2020.
On screen, Sykes is perhaps best known for playing Seaweed J. Stubbs in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” in 2016 and he has also appeared in “30 Rock” on NBC in 2011, “Leave It on the Floor” (2011), NBC’s Broadway-centric musical series “Smash” (2013), as Marvin in “Vinyl” on HBO (2016), Marvel’s “Luke Cage” on Netflix (2016), Amazon’s “Crisis in Six Scenes” (2016), and the movie “Detroit” (2017).
Sykes is currently scheduled to return to Broadway to star as Michael Jackson in the (delayed) world premiere of MJ The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre from March 8, 2021.