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Alex Newell has made history with their recent Tony Award win for the hit musical SHUCKED, which has received glowing reviews and praise with Alex’s performance of the song “Independently Owned” being called a showstopper. Their performances have also granted them the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical. Prior to this, Alex starred as the God ‘Asaka’ (female role) in the Broadway revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. This show granted Alex a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, and the show was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 2018, won Best Revival and featured Alex’s song which they performed live.

Alex has been named in this year’s Variety New Power of New York List, and they are also featured in the 2023 TIME 100 Next list. The TIME’s annual list consists of 100 individuals who are shaping the future of their fields and defining the next generation of leadership. Alex’s piece was written by Academy Award winning actress Mary Steenburgen, and they will be honored at their gala in October as well. Then in December 2023, Alex Newell was named TIME’s 2023 Breakthrough of the Year!

Apart from theater, Alex was also recently a series regular on NBC show ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST, where they played the non-binary character Monique. Most recent guest credits include Fox’s OUR KIND OF PEOPLE, EMPIRE and NBC pilot IMAGINARY FRIEND. Most notably, Alex rose to national attention from the GLEE PROJECT which led to their series regular role on GLEE in which they portrayed the transgender character UNIQUE. On the music side, Alex is signed to Big Beat Records (an Atlantic Records subsidiary). Their song “Kill the Lights” was featured throughout the HBO series VINYL. Alex is also a spokesperson for GLAAD and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award in 2020 for their work on ZOEY’S as well.