NYTimes Profile of Colman Domingo

In the last scene of the Spike Lee movie of “Passing Strange, which captures a curtain call for the musical, Colman Domingo is crying. This tall, sculptured, vamp-ready actor — who during each performance had played the flamboyant, stoic choir director Franklin Jones, the Germanic radical Joop and the Berlin performance artist Mr. Venus — has tears streaming down his face.

Those tears, he said, were for the closing of a show that had practically been his daily routine for almost two years, but they were also for much else. Some months before Mr. Domingo first auditioned for “Passing Strange,” his stepfather had died, and his mother died the day after the tryout. “In the beginning,” he said, “I was so broken”…

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