Quentin Oliver Lee
Quentin Oliver Lee was an actor and singer and has made his mark on Broadway. He was discovered by a casting agent when he was singing in the New York subway to earn grocery money. This led to a role in the first national tour of Porgy and Bess. He has performed on Broadway in Prince of Broadway and elsewhere in Festival of the Lion King, The Golden Apple, La Boheme, Carmen, Gianni Schicchi, and Encores! He played the role of the Phantom in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
He began singing in high school when the choir director had seen him in band and asked him to audition. After graduating from high school, he majored in opera performance at Northern Arizona University and became a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
Lee was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was raised as a Christian and in high school in California, he was good friends with Latter-day Saints. Later he was roommates with a member of the Church. When invited, he attended church with a friend for the first time. "I visited and I [thought,] 'This is definitely the church of Jesus Christ. This is a good church,' and it all kind of came from there. I read the Book of Mormon and thought, 'Well, this is the word of God.’”
Questions began to plague his mind after coming across negative comments about the Church. "I was concerned that maybe this wasn’t the same Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I wasn’t sure. I had heard about blacks not getting the priesthood," Lee says. "I remember praying about that and feeling very clearly instructed, 'Why don’t you write down all of your questions . . . and just pray with it. Walk and pray and think and pray.' It took maybe three or four hours and I got a very clear impression, 'I’ll answer those when the time is ready, but for now, just move forward.’” He did and was baptized in 2010.
Lee met his wife, Angie, in the Harlem YSA ward. They married in 2015 and had one daughter.
Lee died on December 1, 2022, after a six-month battle with colon cancer. Earlier in the year, he starred in the award-winning Off Broadway production of “Oratorio for Living Things."