Telly Leung

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Telly Leung
Telly Leung.jpg
Telly Leung, September 2010
Born(1980-01-03) January 3, 1980 (age 33)
New York City, New York
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Stuyvesant High School
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter
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Telly Leung
Telly Leung.jpg
Telly Leung, September 2010
Born(1980-01-03) January 3, 1980 (age 33)
New York City, New York
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Stuyvesant High School
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter

Telly Leung (born January 3, 1980) [1] is an American actor, singer and songwriter. He is known for his many musical theatre roles on Broadway and his role as Dalton Academy Warbler 'Wes' on Glee. In November 2011, he began starring on Broadway in the Godspell revival at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City, New York.

Telly was named one of twelve Faces to Watch in 2012: Dance, Theater, Architecture and Art [2] by the Los Angeles Times.

Early life and education[edit]

Telly was born and raised in New York City. He grew up in a traditional Chinese home in Brooklyn.[3] Telly gained admission into New York's prestigious math & science specialized high school, Stuyvesant High School where he graduated from in 1998 with fellow actor Malcolm Barrett. It was at Stuyvesant that Telly seriously pursued theater as a break from physics and calculus, performing in high school productions of Pippin, Guys & Dolls and West Side Story. Telly's first professional job was as a featured performer in THE WB-TEAM 11, doing live and television promotional work for the WB Channel 11. After high school, Telly was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, where he received most of his formal training in acting, singing, and dance.

Acting career[edit]


During the summers off of his college career, Telly gained his Equity Card performing at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and The MUNY in St. Louis. He worked with top directors and choreographers like Tony-winner Thommie Walsh, Paul Blake, Larry Fuller, Mitzi Hamilton, Liza Gennaro, Lee Roy Reams, and Mercedes Ellington. It was also at CMU that Telly met fellow CMU-alum and Broadway performer Billy Porter, who returned to his alma mater to direct the main stage production of Stephen Sondheim's Company. After casting Telly as Bobby in Company, Porter made a phone call to colleagues involved in the upcoming Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song and landed Telly an audition.

Leung performing in the 2011 Broadway Revival of Godspell

In the fall of 2002, Telly made his Broadway debut [4] in the revival of Flower Drum Song, starring Lea Salonga, as a member of the ensemble and an understudy for Wang Ta. Telly later worked on Broadway with Sondheim in Roundabout Theatre's revival of Pacific Overtures in 2005.

After Pacific Overtures, Telly originated the role of Boq in the Chicago company of the Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked. He moved back to New York in 2006 to take part in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Godspell.[5] Telly then returned to Broadway and performed in the final run of RENT. Telly has performed all over the country at theatres such as Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Sacramento Music circus, Ford's Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Four Seasons Centre, and North Shore Music Theatre.

Telly appeared in the Broadway revival of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre. He reprised his role from the Papermill Production as the "All Good Gifts" soloist.

Telly was a featured performer in the world premiere of Allegiance: A New American Musical at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September 2012, with co-stars Lea Salonga and George Takei.[6]


Telly was a member of the final company of RENT - and made his film debut in Radical Media / Sony's RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway.


Telly had a recurring role in Glee in 2010-2011, performing as Wes in the Dalton Academy Warblers. He's also appeared in the pilot of Limelight and in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.


Telly's first solo CD, "I'll Cover You," was released on December 4, 2012 on the Yellow Sound Label.[7] He is featured on the cast recordings of Godspell, Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Dear Edwina and Wall to Wall Sondheim. In 2005, Telly released an EP of his original music, "Getaway" on Mopptopp Records.[8]

Notable Roles[edit]

2012AllegianceYoung SamOld Globe Theatre
2011GodspellPerformerBroadway revival
2010RENTAngelHollywood Bowl – Los Angeles
2005Pacific OverturesPerformerBroadway
2002Flower Drum SongPerformerBroadway
2009Rent: Filmed Live on BroadwayPerformer
2010–2011GleeWes – Dalton Academy WarblerRecurring role
2010–2011LimelightKevin ChangPilot
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentKenny Li


2012Telly LeungI′ll Cover You
2011VariousSweet Bye and Bye
2008VariousDear Edwina
2006VariousWall to Wall Sondheim
2005Telly LeungGetaway
2005VariousPacific Overtures


  1. ^ "Telly Leung on IMDB". Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "LA Times: Faces to Watch in 2012". Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Telly Leung bio". Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Telly Leung on IBDB". Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Playbill interviews Telly Leung". December 1, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ALLEGIANCE – A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL". December 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Telly Leung CD Release from Playbill". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Getaway at CDBaby". Retrieved January 3, 2012. 

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