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Derrick Baskin (born November 10, 1975) is an actor best known for his role of "Comfort Counselor" Mitch Mahoney in the popular Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Derrick Baskin
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Derrick B. Baskin

(1975-11-10) November 10, 1975 (age 44)
Alma materHampton University
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2005–present
Known forThe Little Mermaid and Memphis
Parent(s)Douglas Baskin and Nicole Ragland

Baskin also played the role of "Jetsam" in the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid. He originated the role of "Gator" in Memphis and also appeared in the filmed version of the musical, Memphis: Direct from Broadway by Broadway Worldwide. He received a Tony Award nomination for playing Otis Williams in Ain't Too Proud.

Baskin has a BA in Biology from Hampton University.[1]

Theatre creditsEdit



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Memphis: Direct from Broadway Gator
2014 Annie Auditioning father
2015 Anesthesia Medical examiner
2017 Marshall Ted Lancaster


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Uni Episode: "Personal Fouls"
2012 Great Performances Gator Episode: Memphis
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cash Gilette Episode: "Acceptable Loss"
2015 Episode: "Undercover Mother"
2015–2017 Difficult People Nate Recurring role (18 episode)


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Submissions Only Julius White Episode: "Mean Like Me"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Work Result
2005 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Ensemble Performance The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Won[2]
2014 Viv awards Outstanding Performance in a Musical/Male Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story Won[3]
2019 Tony Awards Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Ain't Too Proud Nominated[4]
2020 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Pending


  1. ^ Denver Post, published July 21, 2007
  2. ^ Murray, Matthew (May 22, 2005). "2005 Drama Desk Awards Presented". TheaterMania. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "2014 Winners". AUDELCO. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  4. ^ McPhee, Ryan (April 30, 2019). "2019 Tony Award Nominations: Hadestown and Ain't Too Proud Lead the Pack". Playbill. TotalTheater. Retrieved November 12, 2019.

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