In 2005, wrote and starred in an autobiographical one-man show based on his family and life in Philadelphia entitled A Boy and His Soul, for which he won a GLAAD Media Award and Lucille Lortel Award.
Performed in the world premiere of the stage production Passing Strange in 2008 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and later reprised his role in Spike Lee's film adaptation of the play.
Played the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago.
Gave a performance lecture at University of Texas at Austin called The Intersection of Soul Music, Black Cultural Expression and Surrealism and has also spoken to students at several other academic institutions, including University of North Carolina, University of Minnesota, Temple University and University of Wisconsin.
Directed the off-Broadway productions Exit Cuckoo and Single Black Female.
Is an accomplished playwright, having written Up Jumped Springtime, Mission of a Saint and Redemption of a Sinner.
Is on the Board of Directors of the Vineyard Theatre in New York.
Is a faculty member of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
2011, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
2014, Olivier Awards — Best Supporting Performance in a Musical: Nominee
Derrick Domingo — Brother
Averie — Sister
Phillip Bowles — Brother
Edith Hawkins Bowles — Mother
James Hawkins — Grandfather
Estella Hawkins — Grandmother
Thelma Seawell — Aunt
Nashonda Clark — Niece
Clarence Bowles — Father
Raymond Hawkins — Uncle
Attended Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States