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Actor, singer and theatrical producer Brandon Victor Dixon CC'07, who studied drama and theatre arts at the College, is appearing in the highly anticipated revival of Shuffle Along, produced by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by tap genius Savion Glover. The show, currently in previews but opening officially on April 21, was featured recently in the New York Times Magazine.

If history repeats itself, Dixon will make headlines with his new role. His professional debut came in the originating role of adult Simba in The Lion King National Tour, for which he took leave from the College during his senior year. Since then, he has displayed his diverse abilities in a number of roles. Notably, he earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Harpo in The Color Purple. Most recently, he was nominated for Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and AUDELCO awards for his portrayal of Haywood Patterson in Kander and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys.

Dixon is a Presidential Scholar Semi-finalist and scholarship winner at the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford and a recipient of the University's I.A.L Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts, an honor he shares several other alumni, including Art Garfunkel CC'62, Tom Kitt CC'96 and Brian Yorkey CC'93.

Dixon has also produced works such as Indomitable: James Brown (The Music, the Man), a concert piece on the life of James Brown, and Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber. He also performed in concerts and benefits with Jennifer Hudson, Nathan Lane, Wynton Marsalis, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Matthew Broderick, David Hyde Pierce, Levi Kries, Kelli O'Hara, Frenchie Davis and Ace Young.

Learn more about Dixon's accomplishments and his rise in theater in CCT.