James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart
Born September 4, 1974 (age 41)
Hayward, California
Height 6 ft (183 cm)[1]
Weight 295 lb (134 kg)[1]
Spouse(s) Dawn Iglehart (m. 2002) [2]

James Monroe Iglehart (born September 4, 1974)[3] is a stage actor and singer. In 2014, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing the Genie in Aladdin.


Iglehart attended Cal State Hayward and started his career in California, performing in Bat Boy at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, California and as Teen Angel in Grease at the American Musical Theatre, San Jose, California.[4]

In 2005, he directed Bat Boy the Musical at Ray of Light Theatre.[5] He has played Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway as a replacement starting in April 2007.[6][7] He originated the role of Bobby in Memphis on Broadway in October 2009.

He is currently playing the role of Genie in Aladdin, which opened on Broadway in March 2014. He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical[8] and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for this role. When asked about the role, he said, "It's not as exhausting as you think. I'm kind of an energetic guy in general, so basically I'm kind of being me with the volume turned up."[1]

Igleheart also guest starred in two episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Coriolanus Burt, the rival of male protagonist Titus Andromedon.

Personal life

He was raised in Hayward, California, with his brother. His father is a business man, and his mother is a former high school choir teacher. He met his future wife Dawn in the Mt. Eden High School show choir.[3][4]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Aladdin Won
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Diva Performance Nominated
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated


  1. 1 2 3 Ng, David (21 May 2014). "James Monroe Iglehart releases the genie inside". latimes.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  2. "10 Things You May Not Know: James Monroe Iglehart of 'Aladdin'". New York Shows. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  3. 1 2 "Igleharts Wish Granted" nypost.com, March 9, 2014
  4. 1 2 Blank, Matthew. "The Genie of Broadways Aladdin James Monroe Iglehart" playbill.com, March 18, 2014
  5. "James Monroe Iglehart Nominated for a Tony" rayoflighttheatre.com
  6. "James Monroe Iglehart" broadwayworld.com
  7. "James Monroe Iglehart" Internet Broadway Database
  8. Staff. Just the Winners, Please: Who Won the 68th Annual Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 8, 2014

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