Gavin Creel

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Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel at Ryles Jazz Club.jpg
Gavin Creel performing at Boston's Ryles Jazz Club in December 2010.
Background information
Birth name Gavin James Creel
Born (1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 37)
Findlay, Ohio
Genres Pop / Vocal / Broadway
Occupations Singer, Actor, Songwriter

Gavin James Creel (born April 18, 1976) is an American actor, singer and song writer. He starred in Hair at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway and at the Gielgud Theatre on the West End.[1] He played the role of Elder Price in both the first U.S. tour and the original London cast of the 2011 Tony Award winning The Book of Mormon.[2], for which he won Best Actor in a Musical at the 2014 Olivier awards.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Creel received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the University of Michigan in 1998. Creel, who is openly gay,[3] is a regular on the LGBT RFamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell.[4] He is also one of the founders, with Rory O'Malley and Jenny Kanelos, of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LBGT community. He is an alumnus of Findlay First Edition Show Choir. He won the Olivier Award for Elder Price for The Book of Mormon which also won an Olivier Award in 2014

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
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
2004 La Cage aux Folles Jean-Michel Marquis Theatre
December 9, 2004 – June 26, 2005
2006 Mary Poppins[5] Bert Prince Edward Theatre, London
July 26, 2006 – January 12, 2008
2009 Hair Claude Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Mar 31, 2009 – March 7, 2010
2010 Hair Claude Gielgud Theatre, London
April 1, 2010 – September 1, 2010
2013 The Book of Mormon Elder Price Prince of Wales Theatre, London
March 21, 2013 – present

Other theater credits[edit]



Creel was featured on the concept album of Bright Lights, Big City. He released his debut solo album, Goodtimenation, in March 2006. He released his second album, a six song EP titled Quiet. Gavin entered Billboard's Heatseeking Albums chart at No. 44 with Quiet.[6] Creel's third solo release, Get Out, was released on March 20, 2012.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2002 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
2009 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Hair Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2014 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in A Musical The Book of Mormon Won


  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Tony-Winning Hair Revival Opens in London April 14", April 14, 2010
  2. ^ Hetrick, Adam. [1], August 14, 2012
  3. ^ Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making ‘Noise’ and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven, January 16, 2013
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew."All Aboard!: "Rosie" Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15",, March 15, 2008
  5. ^ Portantiere, Michael."Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins", June 16, 2006
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (July 1, 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper". Billboard Chart Beat. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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