Kelly oozes stage presence from every pore and it's a treat to just watch him
Reggie Kelly is a multi-award-winning singer-actor, dancer-choreographer and playwright with over 40 years of professional experience in the United States and abroad. Reggie Kelly has been Resident Director/Choreographer for the Black Theater Troop in Phoenix, Arizona; the West Coast Black Theater in Sarasota, Florida; the Paul Robeson Theater in Buffalo, New York; Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana; Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio; Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida and Howard University in Washington, DC.
A protégé of internationally critically acclaimed director-choreographer Mike Malone, whose students include Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Dave Chappelle, Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Anderson, recording artists Ami Stewart, Tony Terry and a host of Broadway and film greats. His professional director-choreographer achievements have been honored with national award-winning stage productions of the wide tapestry of African American classics that include: Dreamgirls, Black Nativity, Eubie, Spunk, Once on This Island, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, Five Guys Named Moe, Christmas is Comin’ Uptown, Blues in the Night, and the critically acclaimed staging of the opera Canaan-land that premiered at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland. He conceived directed and choreographed the Motown musical biography Soul Sounds for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which became the longest-running touring production in Cleveland. He also has the distinction of being the first African American choreographer for both the Cleveland Playhouse and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Other notable accolades include rave reviews for his role as the professional leading actor in Dream Girls, Once on This Island, the national tour of Showboat (Cleveland Opera - Portland Opera), Sankofa, starring Ossie Davis, the Virgin Island and European International tour of The Black Gospel, Sepia Stages at the Kennedy Center and Five Guys Named Moe (Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC: Helen Hayes nomination for best actor in a musical). Reggie Kelly also starred in the national tour of Heaven's Child: the Emmett Till Story with co-star and Grammy award-winner Regina Belle and TV actress Charnele Brown of the television series A Different World.
Having semi-retired from professional theater some years ago, Reggie Kelly travels the world receiving rave reviews as he sings and enchants audiences with his unique velvety smooth jazz vocals. He headlines at premier Jazz rooms, annual jazz festival invitations, concert halls, and he is a soloist with the renowned Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He was the opening act for recording artists Najee at the Nautica Stage and Angie Stone at the House of Blues, and he has made reoccurring appearances at B Smith's at Union Station in Washington, DC and he undertook a two-year residency at the InterContinental hotels with his jazz quartet, The Gents of Jazz.
His repertoire includes a mélange of new fresh arrangements of the American Songbook and familiar jazz classics known throughout the world. A seven-year member, Reggie Kelly is currently a featured soloist and staging director of the New York Harlem Singers, a six-member vocal ensemble that annually tours Japan, China and South Korea under the musical direction of Grammy award-winning musical director and vocal arranger e'Marcus Harper-Short.