Robert Hooks



Robert Hooks

Production credits:

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
Negro Ensemble Company
Ford’s Theatre
Washington, DC
February 5 – March 3, 1985

Here’s a throwback to one of my favorite friends and colleagues in life Glynn Turman. This was a classic (and fun) scene from the great playwright Lonne Elder III’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men“. Glynn’s “Theo” and my “Blue Haven”.

Hallelujah, Baby!
Martin Beck Theatre
New York, NY
April 26, 1967 – January 13, 1968


Robert Hooks and Leslie Uggams –
Hallelujah, Baby!, written by Arthur Laurents, with a score by Jule Styne and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 26, 1967, it ran for 293 performances.

© 2020 Sony Music Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.


Where’s Daddy?

Clem * (1966) Stage Play: Where’s Daddy? Comedy. Written by William Inge. Directed by Harold Clurman [final Broadway credit]. Billy Rose Theatre: 2 Mar 1966- 26 Mar 1966 (21 performances + 14 previews that began on 17 Feb 1966). Cast: Beau Bridges (as “Tom”) [Broadway debut], Barbara Dana (as “Teena”) [final Broadway role], Betty Field (as “Mrs. Bigelow”), Robert Hooks (as “Razz”), Hiram Sherman (as “Pinky”), Barbara Ann Teer (as “Helen”). Standby actor: Dortha Duckworth. Produced by Michael Wager. Produced by arrangement with Robert Whitehead.


Founded: 1967
Headquarters: New York, NY
Robert Hooks, Gerald S. Krone, and, Douglas Turner Ward

(1967) Co-founders of the renowned theatrical troupe The Negro Ensemble Company.

Robert Hooks, Douglas Turner Ward, Gerald S. Krone,

Robert Hooks, Douglas Turner Ward, and Gerald Krone (front row from left), the founders of the Negro Ensemble Company, with other members of the company in 1969.Credit…Bettmann, via Getty Images


Douglas Turner Ward and Robert Hooks. 


Robert Hooks, Douglas Turner Ward, Gerald S. Krone 

“Staying in celebration mode of the world-famous NEC, and in honor and tribute to its recently departed Artistic Director, Douglas Turner Ward. Photographed here is an august assemblage of NEC alumni joining in its 50th Anniversary Founders Tour in Atlanta Ga.! Standing, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Louis Gossett Jr., the late Walter Dallas, and Oz Scott. Seated: Douglas Turner Ward, Pearl Cleague, and Me. What a grand and auspicious coming together of some of our NEC greats!”

A Raisin In The Sun

Robert Hooks and Diana in the original production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN.  Mr. Hooks—then known as Bobby Dean Hooks—replaced Louis Gossett, Jr. during the show’s Broadway run and later appeared with Diana on the national tour.

Henry V

(1965) Stage: Appeared (as “Henry V”) in “Henry V” at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Joseph Papp (right), founder, producer, and director of the New York Shakespeare Festival coaches Robert Hooks, Ellen Holly, and Lynn Hamilton (l. to r.) for a production at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. (Photo by Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)


Hallelujah, Baby!

(1967) Stage Play: Hallelujah, Baby! Musical. Music by Jule Styne. Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden. Book by Arthur Laurents. Musical Director: Buster Davis. Vocal arrangements by Buster Davis. Music orchestrated by Peter Matz. Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson. Choreographed by Kevin Carlisle. Scenic Design by William Eckart and Jean Eckart. Directed by Burt Shevelove. Martin Beck Theatre: 26 Apr 1967- 13 Jan 1968 (293 performances + 22 previews that began on 6 Apr 1967). Cast: Allen Case (as “Harvey”), Robert Hooks (as “Clem”), Leslie Uggams (as “Georgina”), Lou Angel (as “Calhoun”), Chad Dee Block (as “Bouncer”), Hope Clarke (as “Maid/Ensemble”), Marilyn Cooper (as “Mrs. Charles/Mistress/Ethel/Dorothy”), Carol Flemming (as “Princess”), Frank Hamilton (as “Mister Charles/Timmy”), Lillian Hayman (as “Momma”), Winston DeWitt (as “Hemsley Tip/G.I.”), Justin McDonough (as “Captain Yankee/Ensemble”), Saundra McPherson (as “Cutie”), Garrett Morris (as “Prover/Ensemble”) [Broadway debut], Michele Murray (as “Cutie”), Alan Peterson (as “Director”), Ann Rachel (as “Brenda”), Barbara Sharma (as “Mary”), Don Strong (as “Sugar Daddy/Master”), Bud Vest (as “Prince/Ensemble”), Alan Weeks (as “Prover/Tap/G.I.”), Standby: Norma Donaldson (as “Georgina”). Understudy: Justin McDonough (as “Harvey”). Replacement actors: Clifford Allen (as “Ensemble/G.I./Prover”), Lou Angel (as “Ensemble”), Judith Austin (as “Ensemble”), Michael Beirne (as “Captain Yankee/Ensemble”), Chad Dee Block (as “Ensemble/Official”), Carol Flemming (as “Ensemble”), Lee Hooper (as “Ensemble”), Bernard Johnson (as “Ensemble/G.I./Tip”), Louis Johnson (as “Ensemble”), Carolyn Kirsch (as “Ensemble”), Saundra McPherson (as “Ensemble/Maid”), Gerrianne Raphael (as “Dorothy/Ethel/Mistress/Mrs. Charles”), Larry Roquemore (as “Ensemble/Prince”), Kenneth Scott (as “Ensemble/G.I./Prover”), Don Strong (as “Ensemble”), Ella Thompson (as “Ensemble”), Billy Dee Williams (as “Clem”). Standbys: Lincoln Kilpatrick (as “Clem”), Lu Parks (as “Momma”), Freda Payne (as “Georgina”). Understudies: Michael Beirne (as “Harvey”), Carol Flemming (as “Ethel”), Louis Johnson (as “Tap/Tip”), Suzanne Rogers (as “Mary”). Produced by Albert W. Selden, Hal James, Jane C. Nussbaum, and Harry Rigby. Note: Mr. Hooks was nominated for Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical).


Hallelujah, Baby!: Watch My Dust

Hallelujah, Baby! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

℗ Originally released 1967 Sony Music Entertainment

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation

Leslie Uggams ` Lillian Hayman ~ Robert Hooks


Robert Hooks ~ Leslie Uggams ~ Allen Case  

Friedman-Abeles/New York Public Library

The Blacks

 The original production of the play, here in its second year (it ran for nearly four.) James Earl left for a film I believe, and I replaced him in the lead role opposite CicelyTyson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lou Gossett, Maya Angelou, Louise Stubbs, Godfrey Cambridge, Chuck Gordone, Raymond St Jacques, Helen Martin, Vinnie Burrows, Lex Monson, Larry Riley, and other brilliant performers. As an artist, Nothing so soul-fulfilling for me since “The Blacks”!

A Soldier’s Play

Robert Hooks and Denzel Washington – A Soldier’s Play. Photo by Jay Thompson.                                    August 19 – October 2, 1982 – MARK TAPER FORUM

Bill Overton, Adolph Caesar, Charles Weldon, Larry Riley, Kene Holliday, Denzel Washington, Robert Hooks.Earl Billings, Cotter Smith, and Jesse Goins.


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Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
Research Accomplishments:
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. In 2020 He was also awarded The Actors Fund / Encore Award

On the web, he is the archivist and historian of and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).

B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Ohio University.