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"[Onyejekwe] commands the stage ... when he lets loose vocally it's thrilling..."
"Onyejekwe's expressive characterizations and smooth dance moves are the highlights of the show ... the engaging Onyejekwe..."
"[Onyejekwe] shows off a powerhouse voice."
A CALL TO ARMS:
In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd (and the countless other Black victims seen and unseen) and the urgency to seize upon this moment to foster dialogue towards an enduring social change in its aftermath, I penned the following essay for The Theatre Times as a call to arms:
"Azudi Onyejekwe [is] charismatic..."
LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NY
SINGER-SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN, ARRANGER, PRODUCER
MAIN INSTRUMENTS: VOICE, KEYS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR
With a voice praised by Millennium Magazine as a "powerhouse" and lauded by BroadwayWorld as "vocally thrilling," Brooklyn based singer-songwriter and performer, Azudi, has been blessed to perform at various venues all over NYC; including The Shrine in Harlem, Pete's Candy Store, The Recoup Lounge, The Parkside Lounge, Joe's Pub, 54 Below and Carnegie Hall.
Azudi's musical style harkens back to various bygone eras of R&B and Soul. As the last born of six, to two incredible Nigerian born parents who immigrated to America in the 1970's; infectious melodies, soulful basslines, African diasporic rhythms, and a transnational consciousness have permeated his existence for as long as he can remember. Music was always a vital necessity throughout his childhood, from Highlife legend Oliver De Coque to the inimitable Michael Jackson to Marvin Gaye to the Beatles ... the eclectic nature of his personal soundtrack growing up certainly had a major influence on the music he would come to create.
Stay tuned, there's so much more to come...
PERFORMANCE SHOTS AND PRESS EVENTS
Union(s): Actors Equity | Screen Actors Guild (Eligible)
Height: 5'10 | Weight: 170 | Eyes: Dark Brown | Hair: Black
Vocal: Tenor to C/Db5 full voice | Instruments: Piano and Guitar
Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 (Original Broadway Cast), Violet (Flick standby, Original Broadway Cast) - B'Way Debut opposite 2x Tony Winner Sutton Foster.
Off-Broadway: Sincerely, Oscar (Theatre Row), The Great Comet (Kazino), Leaving Eden (Alice Griffin Theatre, 2019 NYMF Award for Best Musical), Central Avenue Breakdown (NYMF), Cotton Candy... (Theatre C/Plaxall Gallery).
Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Guthrie Theater, American Repertory Theater, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, New Harmony Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre.
Workshops: The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizon, The York Theatre.
Select Concerts/Solo Shows: 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall,
The Cutting Room.
Film/TV: HairBrained, "Madam Secretary", "The 71st Tony Awards,
Good Morning America, The Today Show.
Education: NYU Tisch - BFA - Double Major in Theatre and Africana Studies. with Honors.
“Onyejekwe--smirky, quirky, with some slick choreography to boot--commands the stage vocally with Ol' Man River while a massive paddle wheel churns in the background. When he lets loose vocally it's thrilling…”
~Derek McCracken, BroadwayWorld
“Onyejekwe’s expressive characterizations and smooth dance moves are the highlights of the show … tender interaction with the engaging Onyejekwe.”
~ Deb Miller, DC Metro
"Azudi Onyejekwe shares the stage with her, complimenting her presence with nimble moves for sure, but when he does reach for the stars, as in Old Man River, he shows off a powerhouse voice."
~ Lori, Zelenko, Millennium Magazine
“Onyejekwe cuts a handsome figure as he handles the male characters in the songs with style and conviction ... presented with panache by two expert singers able to honor the lyricist’s genius …”
~ William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
"Mr. Onyejekwe does a fine job with “Nobody Else But Me/I Have the Room Above Her,” and the somber, “Ol’ Man River.'"
~ Winnie McCroy, The Broadway Blog
"Azudi Onyejekwe, a charismatic singer and dancer ...."
~ Patrick Christiano, TheaterLife
"Thanks to [Onyejekwe's] appealingly soulful voice and offhand manner..."
~ David Barbour, Lighting&Sound America
CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN (NYMF)
"Rodrick Covington and Azudi Onyejekwe gave great performances as the two brothers..."
~ Aya Esther Mayashi, Show Showdown
VIOLET (Guthrie Theater)
"Azudi Onyejekwe provides a stellar performance as Flick ..."
~ Bev Wolfe, Twin Cities Daily Planet
"Azudi Onyejekwe provides a carefully refined depth of feeling to a character whose justified caution won't allow his giving into emotion. This tension is masterfully rendered in Onyejekwe's moving take on Hard to Say Goodbye."
~ Brad Richason, The Examiner
"... piercing portrayals by Azudi Onyejekwe and Randy Schmeling as two Vietnam era soldiers."
~ John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"The characters are well drawn, and beautifully portrayed ... Onyejekwe's Flick has an admirable courage born of adversity."
~ Erin Carlyle, CityPages
LEAVING EDEN (Signature/NYMF)
"The entire company turns in strong acting and vocal performances... Mr. Onyejekwe brings a quiet intensity and soulful tenor to Modern Adam"
~ Stanford Friedman, The Front Row Center
"She struggles to communicate with her husband, Adam, portrayed by the talented Azudi Onyejekwe."
~ Aron Canter, Theatre's Leiter Side
"Well sung by a talented and tuneful cast with harmonious voices..."
~ Deb Miller, DC Metro
THE GREAT COMET (Broadway)
"Azudi Onyejekwe shines ..."
~ Kamila Daurenova, Washington Square News
"Two understudies tonight- Blaine Krauss as Anatole and Azudi Onyejekwe as Dolokhov- both very strong."
~ Adam Feldman of Time Out NY via Twitter