A Broadway star is starring in a series nominated for an Emmy and in a musical based on the life of Ella Fitzgerald

Broadway Star on Leading TV Role in Emmy-Nominated Series & Upcoming Ella Fitzgerald Musical


J. Bernard Calloway, True Renaissance Artist and veteran theater actor, (MEMPHIS), is paving his way to becoming a household name with his first television lead role in BET+’s Emmy-nominated comedy series, THE MS. After receiving an Emmy nomination for its freshman season, Season 2 is currently airing.

There are new episodes available every Thursday on BET+ and on HULU. In addition, Calloway is currently working on the new musical ELLA: An American Musical written by Anna Deavere Smith and featuring Ella Fitzgerald’s music. Tony-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater and Charity Angel Dawson, who are portraying the iconic singer at different points in her life, are currently working on the project. Afterwards, a private industry presentation will be given.

An original piece with a dark comedy twist dubbed “unforgiving and dark” by The Washington Post and “brutally honest and outrageous” by The New York Times, “The Ms. Pat Show tells the story of a former convicted felon turned suburban mom (Ms. Pat) whose hustle was forged on the streets of Atlanta. She now finds herself in conservative middle America alongside her husband Terry (Calloway), a struggle of a sister and two distinct sets of kids. Calloway stars as the male lead, and her husband/‘voice of reason’ in the series. Tony Award nominee Debbie Allen (West Side Story, Sweet Charity) directed the pilot from a script by Jordan E. Cooper, based on Ms. Pat’s life story as told in her memoir.

The former ASU football player turned Broadway actor, film and TV star has performed in numerous regional theaters; two Tony Award-winning productions, “Memphis the Musical” and “All the Way”; shared the silver screen with Denzel Washington in the “The Taking of Pelham 123,” his movie debut;  starred in “Man on the Ledge”; starred in the television shows “The Breaks,” “Law and Order,” “Blue Bloods” and ‘City on the Hill”; and played the Grinch in the 2015/2016 seasons of the Old Globe’s holiday tradition, Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (the FIRST African-American actor to do so anywhere on the planet), as well many other credits throughout his career.

In 2016, J. Bernard and his wife Broadway actress/singer Carmen Ruby Floyd welcomed their first child. When he’s not rehearsing, running his production company or doing voice over, he enjoys spending time with his son.