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Gavin Creel

Gavin James Creel (born April 18, 1976) is an American actor, singer and songwriter. Creel is best known for his work in musical theatre, for which he has received two Tony Award nominations—for originating the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and for his performance as Claude in Hair—and an Laurence Olivier Award for originating the West End version of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre. He also played the role of Elder Price in US National Tour and on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. He played Steven Kodaly in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of She Loves Me, which premiered in spring 2016.

Personal Life

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Creel received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1998. Creel, who is openly gay,[1] is a regular on the LGBT RFamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O’Donnell.[2] He is also one of the founders, with Rory O’Malley and Jenny Kanelos, of Broadway Impact, an LGBT activist group. He is an alumnus of Findlay First Edition Show Choir.[3]

Theater Credits

Year Show Role Notes
2001 Spring Awakening Melchior Workshop at Roundabout Theatre Company
June 2001
2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Jimmy Smith Marquis Theatre
March 19, 2002 – April 27, 2003
2004 Hair (Actors’ Fund Concert) Performer New Amsterdam Theatre
September 20, 2004
La Cage aux Folles Jean-Michel Marquis Theatre
December 9, 2004 – June 26, 2005
2006 Mary Poppins[4] Bert Prince Edward Theatre, London
July 26, 2006 – January 12, 2008
2009 Hair Claude Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Mar 31, 2009 – March 7, 2010
2010 Gielgud Theatre, London
April 1, 2010 – September 1, 2010
2013 The Book of Mormon Elder Price Prince of Wales Theatre, London
March 21, 2013 – July 26, 2014
2015 Eugene O’Neill Theatre
January 6, 2015 – January 3, 2016
2016 She Loves Me Stephen Kodaly Studio 54
March 17, 2016 – July 10, 2016
2017 Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl Shubert Theatre
March 15, 2017 – TBD

Other Stage Credits

  • 1998: Fame (as Nick Piazza) • The North American Tour
  • 2000: Honk! (as Ugly) • North Shore Music Theatre
  • 2001: The Flood (Male Lead) • Prospect Theater Company
  • 2001: Bat Boy: The Musical (Swing/Understudy) • Original Off-Broadway Production
  • 2001: Spring Awakening (as Melchior) • Workshop
  • 2001: Hair (as Principal/Father/Tribe) • Encores! Concert
  • 2003: Bounce (as Hollis Bessemer) • Chicago/Washington DC
  • 2003: Bright Lights, Big City (as Michael) • New York Concert
  • 2004: A Tale of Two Cities (as Charles Darnay) • Workshop
  • 2004: The Mystery Plays • Second Stage Theatre & Yale Repertory Theater[5]
  • 2011: Prometheus Bound (as Prometheus) • American Repertory Theater
  • 2012: The Book of Mormon (as Elder Price) • US National Tour
  • 2014: The Book of Mormon (as Elder Price) • Toronto/Montreal

Filmography

  • 2016: The Ceiling Fan (producer) • short film

Television

  • 2003: Eloise at the Plaza (as Bill)
  • 2003: Eloise at Christmastime (as Bill)
  • 2016: She Loves Me (as Kodaly) • Broadway show (broadcast live)


Discography

Studio albums

  • 2006: Goodtimenation • Creel/Roth
  • 2010: Quiet • EP • Self-published • No. 44 at the Billboard‘s Top Heatseekers[6]
  • 2012: Get Out • Self-published

Singles

  • 2011: “Noise (Equality Now)” • Self-published
  • 2012: “Whitney Houston” • Self-published

Cast recordings

  • 2002: Thoroughly Modern Millie (RCA Victor)
  • 2005: Bright Lights, Big City (Sh-K-Boom)

Other appearances
2007: “Young at Heart” • Appears on VA compilation Over the Rainbow (Universal)

Awards and Nominations

Year Nominated Work Award Category Result
2001–2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated [7]
2008–2009 Hair Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated [8]
Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated [7]
2009 GLAAD Media Awards Special Recognition Award (shared with cast) Honored [9]
2013–2014 The Book of Mormon Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in A Musical Won [10]

References

  1. ^ Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making ‘Noise’ and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven broadway.com, January 16, 2013
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew.”All Aboard!: “Rosie” Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15″, playbill.com, March 15, 2008
  3. ^ “Coming home: Findlay native plays Stranahan with ‘Book of Mormon’ tour”. Toledo Free Press. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  4. ^ Portantiere, Michael.”Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins” theatermania.com, June 16, 2006
  5. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. “Gavin Creel Starts in The Mystery Plays at Second Stage’s New Plays Uptown, June 21”. Playbill.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (July 1, 2010). “Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper”. Billboard Chart Beat. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  7. ^ a b Tony Awards > History > Search Past Winners
  8. ^ Billy, Carnage, Hair, Blithe and Rush Win Drama League Awards
  9. ^ http://glaadblog.org/releases/joy-behar-cynthia-nixon-honored-21st-annual-glaad-media-awards-new-york
  10. ^ Olivier Winners 2014
  11. Full References at Wiki

External links

 

Gavin Creel Broadway Actor Stage Singer

Hello Dolly – Book of Mormon