For his depiction of Michael Jackson, Myles Frost won a Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical for “MJ The Musical,” becoming the youngest winner in that category. The Bowie State alum made his Broadway debut at 22-years-old.
— MJ (@MJtheMusical) June 13, 2022
“We are absolutely thrilled,” Dr. Aminta Breaux, president of Bowie State University, said in a news release. “Myles is the youngest HBCU student to win a Tony. I believe the best is yet to come.”
“Mama, I made it,” Frost sang when he first stepped to the microphone during his award-winning speech and thanked his parents.
“Mom, I love you so, so much, without you, there would be no me,” Frost said.
Congratulations to the DMV & Wootton High School’s own Myles Frost for winning the Tony for Best Performance by an Lead Actor in MJ: The Musical! pic.twitter.com/SJdl9dJNWu
— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) June 13, 2022
“You’ve taught me and showed me what a strong Black woman is, and what it means to raise a strong Black man, and I just pray I made you proud,” he said.
Frost grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland, with his mother, where he decided to put his love for theater to the side to pursue a career in audio engineering.
He attended Belmont University in Nashville for two years before transferring to Bowie State University in Maryland for his last two years.
📷 | Myles Frost, Prince & Paris Jackson at the Tony Awards, 2022. pic.twitter.com/btmyi7Z1tS
— 𝘕𝘈𝘌𝘋 ◡̈ (@mjjNAED) June 13, 2022
Frost won the Tony against Billy Crystal in “Mr. Saturday Night,” Hugh Jackman from “The Music Man,” Rob McClure in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Jaquel Spivey in “A Strange Loop.”
“He’s one of our own, and he’s starring on Broadway portraying a music icon,” Breaux said. “Myles Frost exemplifies excellence, and the BSU family came to Broadway to show him our unyielding support. Bowie State is supporting him today and will continue to follow his career over the years as he expands and grows as an entertainer,” she wrote.
Just as a reminder in case some people forget… #MJtheMusical is a FOUR TIME Tony Award winning musical!
And Myles Frost is a Tony Award winning actor, just 4 months after debuting on Broadway. “I made it mama!” ♥️
— Jennifer Niles ☮ (@iamjniles) June 13, 2022
Frost’s career is set to soar since he has become the youngest actor to win best leading man, dethroning Ben Platt, who previously won the award for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”