Chuck Cooper

The Amen Corner 


Helena-Joyce Wright, Chuck Cooper, and  Jean Cheek – “Amen Corner.” Martha Swope (photo)

Amen Corner (Musical) Broadway
Chuck Cooper, Jean Cheek, and Helena-Joyce Wright – Broadway musical “Amen Corner.” Martha Swope

THE AMEN CORNERJAMES BALDWIN Directed by Phillip Rose; Choreography by Al Perryman; Scenery by Karl Eigsti; Costumes by Felix E. Cochren; Lighting by Shirley Prendergast; Orchestrations by Garry Sherman and Dunn Pearson; Vocal arrangements by Mr. Sherman; Dance arrangements by George Butcher; Musical direction by Margaret Harris; Assistant musical director, Joseph Joubert; Production manager, Mortimer Halpern. Presented by Prudhomme Productions Ltd., Edward Mann, Judith Henry, Joel Goldstein, and Gil Gerard. Nederlander Theater, 208 West 41st Street Photos by Martha Swope. 1983 Margaret Alexander- Rhetta Hughes, Sister Moore- Jean Cheek, Odessa – Ruth Brown, David- Keith Lorenzo Amos, Sister Boxer- Helena-Joyce Wright, Brother Boxer- Chuck Cooper, Luke- Roger Robinson, Members of the Congregation Loretta Abbott, Leslie Dockery, Cheryl Freeman, Gene Lewis, Denise Morgan, Lewis Robinson, Renee Rose, Vanessa Shaw, Jeffrey V. Thompson. Dancers Loretta Abbott, Leslie Dockery, and Renee Rose





Colette Hawley, Ted Brunetti,  John Leone,  Harold Perrineau,  Ray Leslee,  Keith Johnston




Colored People’s Time

Negro Ensemble Company

Chuck Cooper, Kim Staunton, Charles Weldon, and Scott Caldwell



The Tap Dance Kid 


The Tap Dance Kid
Dipsey (Eugene Fleming), Emma (Martine Allard), Ginnie (Monica Pege), Little Willie (Dule Hill), William (Chuck Cooper)




Someone To Watch Over Me


Chuck Cooper and Stephen Rea – Broadway production of the playSomeone To Watch Over Me“.



On the Levee









Lost In The Stars  


Chuck Cooper, left, and Jeremy Gumbs in a scene from “Lost in the Stars,” based on the novel “Cry the Beloved Country.” The show, part of City Center Encores!, is a revival of a 1949 musical. Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Photos: Broadway World /

Chuck Cooper as Stephen Kumalo and Sharon Washington as Grace Kumalo in Lost in the Stars. 


Lost In the Stars New York City Center Cast List: Chuck Cooper, Sharon Washington, Daniel Breaker, Sherry Boone, Kieran Campion, Daniel Gerroll, Stephen Kunken, John Douglas Thompson, Ted Sutherland, Jeremy Gumbs, Clifton Duncan, Chike Johnson, Patina Miller   – From Photo Flash: Encores!  – LOST IN THE STARS! Date:2011-02-03

Amazing Grace


“Cooper plays the manservant of the slave merchant John Newton, who wrote the famous hymn. He says generations of slaves “speak through me.”

“I feel a particular range of emotion and responsibility about it,” he says. “I want to respect the ancestors. I want to grieve them. I want to celebrate them. I want to do all of that with honesty and dignity and courage and selflessness. I want to get me out of the way.”



Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch
Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Marija Abney, Leslie Becker
Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste
Sean Ewing, Rachael Ferrera, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr
Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Allen Kendall, Elizabeth Ward Land
Michael Dean Morgan, Oneika Phillips, Clifton Samuels, Gavriel Savit
Dan Sharkey. Bret Shuford, Evan Alexander Smith, Uyoata Udi
Charles E. Wallace, Toni Elizabeth White, Hollie E. Wright


Harriett D Foy and Chuck Cooper – “Amazing Grace

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 16: Chuck Cooper, Josh Young, and Erin Mackey during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for ‘Amazing Grace‘ at the Nederlander Theatre on July 16, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)


It is my hope that people will go on this journey and, as a result, will search themselves and find out where in themselves they are stuck. You cannot live in America and not have some kind of a racial sticking place,” he says. “The only way through it is through it.


Finian’s Rainbow 


Finian’s RainbowThe Begat – James Stovall, Chuck Cooper, Devin Richards, and Bernard Dotson.


Finian’s Rainbow with James Stovall, Chuck Cooper, Devin Richards, and Bernard Dotson.


In This House


Brenda Pressley, Jeff Kready, Margo Seibert, and Chuck Cooper * In This House  – Red Bank – New Jersey.




J. Bernard Calloway and Chuck Cooper in the Two River Theater’s production of August Wilson’s JITNEY. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)


Chuck Cooper in August Wilson’s JITNEY. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)


The Piano Lesson


The Piano Lesson  – Chuck Cooper, center, Eric Lenox Abrams and Roslyn Ruff, at the piano, in August Wilson’s play at the Signature Center. Credit…Karli Cadel for The New York Times


“As Wining Boy, a family friend who has made an itinerant living as a musician, Chuck Cooper has landed perhaps the finest role of his already distinguished career. He brings the requisite lived-in, richly felt quality to his performance that can make a supporting character in a Wilson play seem to constitute in himself (or herself) a fully realized drama.”


THE PIANO LESSON – Chuck Cooper, Jason Dirden, Brandon Dirden, and Roslyn Ruff  – Photo by Joan Marcus


Brandon Dirden, Chuck Cooper, and Jason Dirden, – Photo by Joan Marcus


A Wonderful Life


Chuck Cooper, Phylicia Rashad, and Philip Bosco during “A Wonderful Life” Holiday Concert Reading – December 12, 2005, at The Shubert Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage)


The Mikado


Victoria Clark and Chuck Cooper (Photo by Erin Baiano) The Mikado at Carnegie Hall.


The Collegiate Chorale, American Symphony Orchestra, and The Cast Of “The Mikado



A Celebration of the Life of Maestro Julius Rudel


New York City Opera Renaissance presents “A Celebration of the Life of Maestro Julius Rudel” at Rose Theater on Monday night, March 9, 2015. The New York City Opera Orchestra performed.This image: Chuck Cooper singing a song from Weill’s “Lost in the Stars” with the conductor Pacien Mazzagatti.(Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

New York City Opera Renaissance presents “A Celebration of the Life of Maestro Julius Rudel” at Rose Theater on Monday night, March 9, 2015. The New York City Opera Orchestra performed.This image: Chuck Cooper singing a song from Weill’s “Lost in the Stars” with the conductor Pacien Mazzagatti.(Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)






Me and My Girl 


Chuck Cooper and Christian Borle
Do the Lambeth Walk – “ME AND MY GIRL


Cabin in the Sky 


Chuck Cooper, Michael Potts, and Norm Lewis in “Cabin in the Sky.”
Credit – Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Cabin in the Sky” – “Do What You Wanna Do” — with Chuck Cooper, Tiffany Mann, and Andre’ Garner.

Romeo And Juliet


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19: Christian Camargo, Jayne Houdyshell, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Brent Carver, Chuck Cooper during the “Romeo And Juliet” Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call at Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 19, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)





Chuck Cooper and cast
Photo Flash: First Look at Raul Esparza, Brandon Uranowitz, and More in Encores! ROADSHOW


Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow as Bill Rawkins,  Lennon,  Caroline Or Change (Audelco Award, Best Featured Actor) as the dual role of The Bus and The Dryer, Chicago as “Billy Flynn”, PassionSomeone to Watch Over Me, Rumors, Amen Corner and Getting Away With Murder.  Mr. Cooper has also performed across the country in the National tours of The Tap Dance KidEubie, and Whistle Down the Wind. His Off-Broadway: Caroline Or Change at The Public Theatre, Thunder Knocking On The Door at the Minetta Lane Theatre (Audelco Award Nomination), Marco Polo Sings a Solo at the Signature Theatre, Avenue XPolice Boys; Four Short Operas for Playwrights Horizons, and  Colored People’s Time at the legendary Negro Ensemble Company, as well as benefit performances of Hair and A Wonderful Life. He performed also in the role of soloist at the US Premiere of the Seven Scenes from Hamlet by the Spanish composer Benet Casablancas at the Miller Theatre New York on February 25, 2010 (Perspectives Ensemble, cond.  Angel Gil-Ordóñez).


Chuck Cooper and Leslie Uggams


Chuck Cooper’s Regional Theatre credits include: Hamlet (The Shakespeare Theatre Co.), Being Alive (Westport Country Playhouse); Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Yale Rep), The World Beyond the Hill (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Robeson (Passage Theatre), Othello (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival); Julius Caesar (Philadelphia Drama Guild), The Doctor Is Out, Coriolanus, Timon Of Athens, Two Trains Running, (San Diego Critics Circle Award, The Old Globe Theatre), The Tempest, and American Dreams Lost And Found (Alliance Theatre).


He has appeared on television in Gossip Girls, Nurse Jackie, 3 LBS, Hack, 100 Centre Street, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Oz, Strangers with Candy, NYPD Blue, Cosby, The Cosby MysteriesNew York Undercover, I’ll Fly Away.


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