In memory of Kyle Jean-Baptiste, we at Broadway Wiz are naming 10 Broadway shows, roles and people who broke boundaries on the Broadway stage. Help his memory live on by donating to the scholarship fund started in his name.


  1. In Dahomey is the first Broadway musical written by African Americans and starring African Americans.
  2. The first female author to win the Tony for Best Play was Frances Goodrich with her partner (and husband) Albert Hackett for The Diary of Anne Frank in 1956.
  3. In 1962, Diahann Carroll was the first African American woman to win a Tony Award for the show No Strings.
  4. In 1973, Jose Quintero was the first Hispanic to win a Tony for Best Director.
  5. DuDu Fisher was the first Orthodox Jew to appear in a Broadway musical while still keeping Jewish traditions.
  6. Falsettos was first Broadway show to address the topics of AIDS and its relation in the gay community.
  7. Julie Taymor was the first woman to win a Tony award for Best Director in 1998.
  8. Norm Lewis was first black person to play the coveted role of the Phantom,  in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
  9. Fun home writers Jeanine Tesorie (music) and Lisa Kron (lyrics), are the first female pair to win a Tony award for a Musical.
  10. Kyle Jean-Baptiste was the youngest person, and the first African American, to play Jean Valjean the lead role in Les Misérables.