Performer, director, and choreographer who played the title role in the original Broadway production of The Wiz. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Full Monty.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University.
He made his Broadway debut in a short-lived 1973 production entitled Warp!
He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was nominated for a 1997 Drama Desk Award for his performance in Duke Ellington's Play On! musical revue.