OPERA / BROADWAY PERFORMER / NYC / 1992 / MUSIC
Cedric Neal (Darden)- had aspirations of being a Classical Opera Singer when he graduated from Arts Magnet (Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing And Visual Arts) in 1992. He attended the prestigious Eastman School Of Music, where he studied with renowned Mezzo- Marcia Baldwin. But, when he returned to Dallas in 1995, it would be Musical Theater that would prove to be his real calling. After years of constantly performing at every major regional theater in the Texas/Oklahoma region, in 2008 he was ask to be one of nine Actors to make up the Hal And Dianne Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center. There he starred in critically acclaimed productions of "The Who' Tommy" (Tommy), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Puck), "It's A Bird, It's A Plane...It's Superman" (Cadabra) and most recently starred in the World Premier Production of Will Power and Justin Ellington's new musical- "Stagger Lee" (Billy Lyons.) Neal moved to New York City in January of 2011, and just a month later booked his first Broadway show; the 2012 Tony Winning Revival- "The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess." Cedric is featured on the Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording for his role as The Crab Man. The following year, he returned to Broadway in the Tony Nominated Best Musical- "After Midnight", where he performed alongside entertainment legends such as Fantasia Barrino, K.D. Lang and Patti LaBelle. In between his stints on Broadway, Neal gave a Helen Hayes' Award Winning performance as James "Thunder" Early in Signature Theatre's production of "Dreamgirls." It was during this time that he met his future husband, Mitchell. This past summer, Cedric made his London-West End debut as Sportin' Life in Regent Park Open Air Theatre's production of "The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess." This production was just nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Revival Of A Musical, and Mr. Neal will be performing his show-stopping number "It AIn't Necessarily So" on the live broadcast in April. He was a featured guest star on Seasons 4 & 5 of the Emmy Winning Television hit "Friday Night Lights," and his voice can be heard on several Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Broadway recordings. With all of that, he still considers himself- Cedric Of Oak Cliff. He currently lives in London, England with his husband and their search for a puppy or kitten is taking up most of his free time. Smile.