Anthony Crivello

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Anthony Crivello
Born (1955-08-02) August 2, 1955 (age 61)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Spouse(s) Dori Rosenthal
Awards Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman

Anthony Crivello (born August 2, 1955) is an American actor and singer. He has won numerous theatre awards, including the 1993 Tony for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He has written several scripts and more than twenty songs.


Personal life[edit]

Crivello was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Josephine (née Mussomeli) and Vincent J. Crivello.[1] He graduated from Saint Thomas More High School (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in 1973 and was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1995. In the Milwaukee area, he appeared in productions at Sunset Playhouse directed by Alan Furlan.[2] He married actress Dori Rosenthal on May 14, 2005, and they have two children together.

Behind the scenes[edit]

Mr. Crivello is an experienced writer for film, TV, music, and theater. He has co-written a comedic screenplay, based on a story he conceived entitled Scouting Patti Style. Mr. Crivello wrote the book and lyrics for Allegoria-An Irreverent Fairy Tale Musical. Additionally, he is working on a musical-opera for the stage entitled Lucrece as well as the sitcom The Chicken Brothers. Crivello directed the workshop production of John Kassir's one-man play Confessions of A TV Junkie. He also co-authored and directed the one-man stage play Hear What's In The Heart.

He is currently writing a one-man play The King Of Sicily.

Mr. Crivello is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.

Mr. Crivello is also a member of the Actors Studio (NYC/LA). His past teachers include: Tony Greco, Estelle Parsons, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Michael Howard, Terry Schreiber and Mary Strong. His vocal coach for over thirty years is Anne Perillo, retired from DePaul University.

Mr. Crivello is an Honored Member of Marquette University's Century of Scholarship. He was the recipient of Marquette University's College of Speech & Communications distinguished 2003 Communicator of the Year Award. He is listed in Who's Who in America, and is an outstanding member of the Saint Thomas More High School Alumni Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Marquette University Hall of Fame with his likeness on a plaque at Johnston Hall in the Diederich College of Communication on the campus of Marquette University.

In 2008, Mr. Crivello was the host of his own radio show on FOX SPORTS/ 920 AM Las Vegas called Tony Crivello and The Sicilians. Mr. Crivello has also moonlighted as a ring announcer & commentator for ESPN2's Kickboxing Championships, and owns stock with the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

Theater career[edit]

Crivello has the distinction of being in the original cast of a number of Broadway plays. These include: Les Misérables, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Golden Boy, Marie Christine and The News.

In 1978, Crivello's first job outside of Milwaukee and Marquette University was a role in the original cast of John R. Powers' Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? He was then cast in the Chicago National Touring company of Evita by director Harold Prince in 1980. Subsequently, his first Broadway role was as a replacement for Mandy Patinkin in the original production of Evita in 1981, taking over the starring role of "Che".

He then appeared in the Broadway musical The News as "the Killer" and in the original Broadway cast of Les Misérables, first as Grantaire, and then taking over the lead role of Javert. He continued his prominence in lead roles on Broadway as "Valentin" in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman (musical) in 1993 directed by Harold Prince, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical. In 1999, he starred opposite Audra McDonald in Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine directed by Graciela Daniele at The Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Two years later, he received an Los Angeles Ovation Award nomination, a Garland Award, a Robby Award nomination, and an L.A. Drama Critics Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in the musical Do I Hear a Waltz? at the Pasadena Playhouse directed by David Lee (screenwriter).

He starred in the Goodman Theater of Chicago production of The House Of Martin Guerre for which he received Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for his portrayal of Martin Guerre. In August 2005, he appeared at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California in a workshop production of Zhivago, a musicalization of the Boris Pasternak novel by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon directed by Des McAnuff. He also starred in the Steve Martin adaptation of The Underpants at the Geffen Playhouse, directed by John Rando as well as David Ives adaptation of A Flea in Her Ear for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater directed by Gary Griffin for which he received his second Joseph Jefferson Award nomination. He starred in the John Caird Paul Gordon musical Jane Eyre for which he received a second Dora Mavor Moore nomination in Canada for his portrayal of Edward Rochester.

He was cast by director Hal Prince as one of two actors rotating in the title role in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera. Subsequently, he was cast as the sole actor playing the Phantom. Closing in September 2012, he appeared in over 2,400 performances.

He starred in the Lincoln Center 75th Anniversary revival of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy at the Belasco Theatre in New York City, produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 2012-2013, with a star studded cast which included Tony Shaloub, Seth Numrich, and Yvonne Strahovski, and directed by Bartlett Sher In 2014, he starred in the cult hit Heathers in New York at New World Stages, and directed by Andy Fickman.

In 2015 and 2016, Crivello starred in producer Hershey Felder production of Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara directed by Taylor Hackford, and written by Hackford, Vanessa Claire Stewart and Jake Broder. The musical was performed at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, as well as the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Stewart played the role of Keely Smith to Crivello's Louis Prima. He received his third Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for his performance in 2015.

In 2017, Crivello played the late Marquette University Basketball Hall Of Fame basketball coach Al McGuire in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater one man show of McGuire, written by HOF broadcaster Dick Enberg.[3]

Television and movies[edit]

In 1988, Crivello co-starred in three films: Crocodile Dundee II, Spellbinder, and Shakedown. While still in Les Misérables, he was featured in Slaves of New York in 1989.

In 1988, Crivello appeared as Miguel Carrera in Miami Vice. He starred in the soap opera One Life to Live as mobster Johnny Dee Hesser from 1990 to 1991. In 1990 he co-starred in the made-for-television movie The Lost Capone. In 1992, Crivello appeared in The Bet, later returning to movies in 1995's Dillinger and Capone and Monster Mash: The Movie. He also appeared in Dominic Dunne's 919 Fifth Avenue on television. 1996 saw Crivello's appearances in Alien Avengers and Independence Day. In 2000, he was featured in the made-for-television musical Geppetto.

Crivello has guest starred on the science fiction television shows Star Trek Voyager, Team Knight Rider, and Babylon 5. He has also appeared in numerous sitcoms, including Seinfeld, Frasier, In-Laws and Normal, Ohio. Crivello has had roles in a number of police procedurals, including CSI: New York and Law & Order. He also co-starred in the TV film Alien Hunter.

Crivello has also appeared in the films Mafia! (1998), Texas Rangers (2001), Material Girls (2006), and Trade (2007). In 2013, he was in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. Crivello starred in the independent film Henry Toy in 2014, and in Emma's Chance and The Mark in 2016.

Crivello appeared as film director David Lean in the 2017 FX miniseries Feud, centered around the rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

Stage appearances[edit]





  1. ^ "Anthony Crivello Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Milwaukee Journal". July 10, 1988. [dead link]
  3. ^ Fischer, Mike (January 23, 2017). "Anthony Crivello is treetops in 'McGuire'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 

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