What It Takes To Be A Broadway Star: Tony® and Grammy Award® Nominee, Phillip Boykin

Tony® and Grammy Award® nominee Phillip Boykin is not only a talented performer, but also a shining example of resilience in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges that come with his intense performance schedule as ‘Hades’ in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hadestown, Phillip maintains his endurance and consistently delivers outstanding performances on Broadway.

Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Phillip shared that those who are familiar with the story are still shocked by the ending. He assures that audiences will view this must-see show in a never seen way. Some notable figures that have already attended a Hadestown performance include Tony Award Winner for Some Like It Hot Musical, J Harrison Ghee and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award Winner Hugh Jackman.

Today we take a quick glimpse at what it takes to be a Broadway star!

Phillip Boykin as Hades and Betty Who as Persephone. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Self Care Is Vital

To ensure he stays at the top of his game, Phillip prioritizes self-care. He understands the importance of taking care of his physical well-being to meet the demands of his role. Regular full body massages help him relax and rejuvenate, allowing him to tackle each performance with energy and precision.

In addition to massages, Phillip recognizes the value of grooming. Visiting the barber for regular haircuts not only helps him maintain a polished appearance on stage but also serves as a form of self-care. By taking care of his personal grooming needs, he demonstrates attention to detail that translates into his captivating performances.

Pedicures and manicures are also part of Phillip’s self-care routine. These treatments not only keep him looking sharp but also provide moments for relaxation and pampering. By indulging in these small luxuries, he ensures that he is always ready to give his best on stage.

Rest also plays a crucial role in maintaining Phillip’s stamina throughout his demanding schedule. Understanding the importance of downtime, he prioritizes getting enough rest whenever possible. This allows him to recharge both physically and mentally so that he can consistently deliver stellar performances night after night.

Phillip Boykin’s commitment to self-care serves as an inspiration for aspiring performers everywhere. His dedication to maintaining physical well-being through massages, grooming rituals, and rest showcases how taking care of oneself can lead to success even in challenging circumstances like performing on Broadway’s biggest stages.

Being An Example To Those With The Same Dream

In the world of performing arts, there are few individuals who embody resilience and determination quite like Phillip Boykin. He made his Broadway Debut as Crown in the 2012 TONY Award Winning Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwin’s “PORGY AND BESS,” at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NY. Phillip’s remarkable career took a new turn in September of 2023 when he joined the cast of the Hadestown. This hit Broadway masterpiece has been receiving rave reviews, further solidifying Boykin’s status as a talented lead performer.

When asked about his advice to aspiring performers, Boykin offers words that resonate deeply: “Don’t give up. Everyday make a deposit into your dream account. Keep working on your craft and eventually you will get there. You have to have faith when every door seems to be closed.”

These words hold immense wisdom for anyone pursuing their dreams. They remind us that success often requires persistence and dedication to honing our skills. Phillip Boykin’s journey serves as an inspiration to all those facing challenges along their path to success.

In conclusion, Phillip Boykin’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and unwavering faith in oneself. Aspiring performers can draw strength from his words and find solace in knowing that even during times when doors seem closed, with hard work and belief in their abilities, they too can rise above adversity and shine brightly on their chosen stage.

More on Phillip Boykin (Hades)

Phillip Boykin (Hades) is a Grammy Award Nominee for his role as Tonton Julian in Tony Award-winning Once On This Island. A Theatre World Award winner and The Distinguished Alumni and The Anchor Award from the UofH Hartt School of Music. Other performances on Broadway: The Music Man, On the Town and Sunday in the Park With George. Other performances, Joe in the National Tour of Show Boat, The Pirate King/Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crown/Jake in Porgy and Bess, Caiaphas in JCS, and Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Fred in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Lion in The Wiz and Jim in Big River just to name a few. Phillip performed as Booker T. Washington in the Anniversary Concert of Ragtime at Lincoln Center. Mr. Boykin portrayed the role of Big Hand in the movie Freedom (starring Cuba Gooding Jr.) and The Driver in Top Five (starring Chris Rock). He also studied at SC State University, Howard University, and the NC School of the Arts. He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia, Poland, and North America. Mr. Boykin is the Founder, Director, and Manager of the NYGOSPEL BROTHERS.

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