St. Pete Star, Ephraim Sykes, is Rocking Broadway in Ain’t Too Proud

Header photo courtesy of Ephraim Sykes on Instagram

Ephraim Sykes, a St. Pete Native, SHOWED UP at the Tony’s this past Sunday in hopes of taking home the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations absolutely killed their Tony Performance. Check it out below.

Sykes, 33, plays David Ruffin in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. He is no newbie when it comes to awards. Sykes has been nominated for the Fred and Aleta Astaire Awards– an award honoring the best dancers on Broadway– three times, once for Newsies, once for Memphis, and once for Hamilton.

This year, the nominations rolled in. He was nominated for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. He was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Sykes won the Chita Rivera Award (the new name for the Astaire Awards) and he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. 

Sykes started out his performance career at ten, when he was forced into The Nutcracker. His dance career took off from there. He attended Gibbs High School and then made his way up to New York City to train at the school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in conjunction with Fordham to get his BFA.

Sykes then went on to be a replacement in The Little Mermaid. He originated roles in Mowtown, Newsies, and Hamilton, before heading over to Ain’t Too Proud.

Sykes represented St. Pete this weekend on the Tony’s but he will continue to represent the arts in St. Pete as long as he performs. This kid is a star and will keep shining on Broadway for a hot minute. Keep killing it up there, Ephraim, the Burg supports you!

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.