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Will Chase

Will Chase (born September 12, 1970) is an American Tony-Award-nominated actor and singer, best known for his work in Broadway musicals and and a role as country superstar Luke Wheeler on ABC’s Nashville. Chase was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, and is the youngest of three boys. He graduated from Western Hills High School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied conducting with Robert Spano and majored in percussion.[1][2]


He has two daughters, Daisy and Gracie, with Lori Chase, with whom he was married from 1998 to 2008, when the pair amicably divorced.[12] He married Stephanie Gibson on November 15, 2009; they filed for divorce in January 2012.[13] As of 2012[update], he was dating his Smash costar Debra Messing.[14] As of October 2014, Messing and Chase have reportedly split.[15]


He first performed in a Broadway show in 1998 as the Squeegee Man and Roger understudy in Rent; he also starred as the last Roger in the final Broadway company of Rent, which was recorded for the theatrical release entitled Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.[3][4] His additional Broadway credits include Miss Saigon (with the original star Lea Salonga playing Kim to close the Broadway production), The Full Monty as Jerry Lukowski replacement (2001), Lennon (2005), and Aida (Radames replacement, 2003–04),another role originated by Pascal, and Tony in Billy Elliot the Musical.[5] He was also in A Little Princess the Musical as Captain Crewe.

In 2005, he played Neville Craven in the 2005 World AIDS Day The Secret Garden concert.[6] In 2006 he starred in the short lived High Fidelity on Broadway, and starred as Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, for which he received a nomination for the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.[7] He appeared in The Pajama Game opposite Kate Baldwin at The Muny in July 2007.[8] He also starred in Oklahoma in 2007 at the Lyric Theatre opposite Kelli O’Hara, as well as the Broadway musical The Story of My Life, with Malcolm Gets in February 2009.[9]

Chase’s television guest appearances include the recurring role of Pat Mahoney on Rescue Me, Cupid, Canterbury’s Law, Law & Order, Third Watch, Conviction, and Queens Supreme. He had a small role in the 2000 film Shaft.[10] Chase guest-starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode “Passion” in July 2009.

His television appearances include Hallmark’s The Lost Valentine alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White, the 2011 season finale of Royal Pains (USA), Blue Bloods (CBS), and the new ABC drama Pan Am. In 2012, he appeared on the series White Collar in the episode “Neighborhood Watch” and appeared on the series Unforgettable in the episode “The Comeback”. He also guest starred as Michael Swift in the NBC series, Smash.[11]

Most recently, he has completed the production on Butterflies of Bill Baker, where he plays the title role. He currently plays the role of country superstar Luke Wheeler on the television series Nashville. He was nominated for the 2013 Tony Awards for Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget in the revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.




Productions Date of Productions
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
[Musical, Revival]

  • Starring: Will Chase [John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget]
Nov 13, 2012 – Mar 10, 2013
Nice Work If You Can Get It
[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
    • Jimmy Winter – Replacement (Aug 21, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012)
Apr 24, 2012 – Jun 15, 2013
The Story of My Life
[Musical, Original]

  • Starring: Will Chase [Thomas Weaver]
Feb 19, 2009 – Feb 22, 2009
Billy Elliot: The Musical
[Musical, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
    • Tony – Replacement (? – Jul 10, 2011)
Nov 13, 2008 – Jan 08, 2012
High Fidelity
[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Starring: Will Chase [Rob]
Dec 07, 2006 – Dec 17, 2006
[Musical, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
Aug 14, 2005 – Sep 24, 2005
The Full Monty
[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
    • Jerry Lukowski – Replacement (Nov 06, 2001 – ?)
Oct 26, 2000 – Sep 01, 2002
[Musical, Drama, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
    • Radames – Replacement (Jun 17, 2003 – Jun 27, 2004)
  • Standby: Will Chase
    • Radames – Replacement
Mar 23, 2000 – Sep 05, 2004
[Musical, Drama, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
    • Roger Davis – Replacement
    • Steve, man with squeegee, a waiter, and others – Replacement
  • Understudy: Will Chase
    • Roger Davis – Replacement
    • Mark Cohen – Replacement
Apr 29, 1996 – Sep 07, 2008
Miss Saigon
[Musical, Drama, Original]

  • Performer: Will Chase
    • Chris – Replacement (Jul 20, 1998 – ?)
    • Chris – Replacement (? – Jan 28, 2001)
Apr 11, 1991 – Jan 28, 2001



  1. Feldman, Ed.Spotlight on Will Chase Talkin’Broadway, accessed July 11, 2009
  2. BWW News Desk.The Story of My Life broadwayworld.com, January 8, 2009
  3. Rent Internet Broadway Database, accessed July 11, 2009
  4. “Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway” Appears on DVD and Blu-Ray Feb. 3
  5. Will Chase Internet Broadway Database, accessed July 11, 2009
  6. Gans, Andrew and Jones, Kenneth.“Chase, Pasquale, Cavenaugh and More Join All-Star Secret Garden Benefit Concert,” playbill.com, November 11, 2005
  7. Will Chase on BroadwayWorld.com
  8. Gans, Andrew.“Chase and Baldwin Play The Pajama Game at the Muny Beginning July 23,” playbill.com, July 23, 2007
  9. The Story of My Life” Internet Broadway Database, accessed July 11, 2009
  10. Will Chase Internet Movie Database, accessed July 11, 2009
  11. Will Chase Joins the Cast of SMASH on NBC
  12. Lori Chase to host fundraiser
  13. Registry registry.weddingchannel.com
  14. Debra Messing’s New Man Meets Her Parents, People, January 27, 2012
  15. Lee, Esther and Brown, Brody. “Debra Messing and Will Chase Split After Nearly Two-and-a-Half Years of Dating” usmagazine.com, October 27, 2014

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