Ep250 – Brandon Victor Dixon: Driving Change Using the Arts

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Driven to inspire other people with art, Brandon Victor Dixon has been sharing his talent with the world for decades now. And this month, the actor slash theatrical producer is part of the much-anticipated world premiere of the award-winning “MacGyver: The Musical’s” album which will be released on January 27th. Apart from theatre, Brandon is also doing advocacy work. He talks about the We Are Foundation which he created, and how he uses it to bridge gaps between art and us as communities. He brings up a good point on human behavior, what makes it for some people to be kind, and how art can be a gateway to understanding and helping them. In choosing a role or a piece, he considers the tools that can make his role and the exchange between him and the audience the most effective. He adds that the pieces choose him and come into his life at a time when he needs them the most. When he was just starting, Brandon had to pause his graduation to go on a national tour, come back, finish school, and then originate a role on Broadway for which he got a Tony nomination. He recalls his audition process for the role of Simba, why he thinks he shouldn’t have been cast, and how he overcame his doubts and the challenges he encountered as it was happening. As one of the stars in the world premiere album of “MacGyver: The Musical”, Brandon talks about his character, doing comedy, and how his process usually adapts to the show his doing. Brandon reflects on his role as Haywood Patterson in “The Scottsboro Boys”, why he considers it his favorite role, and how it ultimately goes back to his advocacy: to change and help people with the power of art.

Brandon Victor Dixon is an actor, singer, advocate, and theatrical producer known for his Tony Award-nominated Broadway performances as Harpo in the 2005 musical “The Color Purple” and Eubie Blake in “Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”. Apart from originating both roles, he also originated the leading role of Berry Gordy Jr. in Broadway’s “Motown: The Musical”, which earned a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. In 2016, Brandon assumed the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway company of “Hamilton”. He also played the role of Hayward Patterson in “The Scottsboro Boys” both Off-Broadway and in London’s West End, and was nominated for a 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. As a producer, his credits include Broadway revivals of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch which won the 2014 Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical, and “Of Mice and Men”. In 2018, he played Judas in NBC’s live concert version of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar” where he received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. His other stage credits include “Chicago”, “The Lion King”, “The Color Purple”, “Rent”, and “Shuffle Along” among others. His tv credits include “Power”, “She’s Gotta Have It”, “Modern Love”, and “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”. Brandon is part of the much-anticipated album of the award-winning “MacGyver: The Musical’” which will be released on January 27th, 2023.

Connect with Brandon:

  • Instagram: @brandonvdixon
  • Twitter: @brandonvdixon
  • Website: www.brandonvictordixon.com

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