George Merritt
Biographical Information
Born 1942
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died February 15th, 2010
Hawthorne, New Jersey, United States
Productions Porgy and Bess as Crown
Ain't Misbehavin' as Ken
Big River as Jim
Lost in the Stars as Stephen Kumalo
Step Into My World
Once on This Island as Tonton Julian
King David as King Saul
Jekyll & Hyde as John Utterson (original Broadway cast)
Recordings Porgy and Bess (1976 revival cast)
Jekyll & Hyde (original Broadway cast)
Vocal Type Baritone

George Merritt was an American actor.


Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Merritt became best known for his musical roles, particularly his operatic performances. However, he also received plaudits for his performance as Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy.

For the centenary celebrations of the Gershwin Brothers, Merritt was called to perform at the White House by President Reagan. In later years he focused on behind the scenes work, such as production and composition, co-creating the work Composer of My Soul.

Merritt passed away in 2010.


An accomplished baritone, Merritt appeared in a number of operas before making his Broadway debut as Crown in Porgy and Bess. He would have later roles in straight musicals such as Ain't Misbehavin' and Big River before gaining a Drama Deak nomination for his role as Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

In 1997, Merritt played the role of John Utterson in Jekyll & Hyde, continuing with the show until it closed, including playing the role for the show's DVD.


Porgy and Bess (1976)Edit

Ain't Misbehavin' (1978)Edit

Big River (1985)Edit

  • Muddy Water (duet)
  • River in the Rain (duet)
  • When the Sun Goes Down in the South (contains solo lines)
  • Worlds Apart (duet)
  • Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go (contains solo lines)
  • Free at Last (contains solo lines)
  • River in the Rain (reprise)(duet)

Lost in the Stars (1988)Edit

  • Thousands of Miles (solo)
  • The Search (contains solo lines)
  • The Little Gray House (contains solo lines)
  • Lost in the Stars (contains solo lines)
  • O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me! (Solo)

Step Into My World (1989)Edit

Once on This Island (1990)(originated the role)Edit

  • One Small Girl (contains solo lines)
  • Pray (contains solo lines)
  • Ti Moune (contains solo lines)
  • A Part of Us (contains solo lines)

King David (1997)Edit

  • Israel and Saul (contains solo lines)
  • Samuel Confronts Saul (contains solo lines)
  • The Enemy Within (contains solo lines)
  • There Is a View (contains solo lines)
  • Genius from Bethlethem (contains solo lines)
  • The Valley of Elah (contains solo lines)
  • Sheer Perfection (contains solo lines)
  • You Have It All (contains solo lines)
  • Psalm 23 (duet)
  • Hunted Partridge on the Hill (contains solo lines)
  • The Death of Saul (contains solo lines)

Jekyll & Hyde (1997)Edit

  • Facade (contains solo lines)
  • Pursue the Truth (duet)
  • Your Work and Nothing More (contains solo lines)

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