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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, is a regular on the LGBT RFamily Vacations cruise with Rosie O’Donnell. 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.

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 Award Category Work Result
2002 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
2009 Hair Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2010 GLAAD Media Award Special Recognition Award (shared with cast) Honoree
2014 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical The Book of Mormon Won
2017 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Hello, Dolly! Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won

 

References/Links

 

Gavin Creel Broadway Actor Stage Singer

Hello Dolly – Book of Mormon