Gary Beach (born October 10, 1947) is an American actor, primarily in Broadway musical theatre.
Beach was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and later went on to graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the same school as his Beauty and the Beast co-star Terrence Mann. Beach and his husband, Jeffrey Barnett, live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
His television credits include both the 2009 and 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, Queer as Folk, Murder, She Wrote, Cheers, Sisters, Arli$$, and Saved by the Bell, as well as "Recording the Producers", a documentary for PBS. Beach also recently lent his voice to FOX's Family Guy where he played Dale, in the now infamous 'banned from television' episode, "Partial Terms of Endearment" (available on DVD).
In 1994, Beach originated the comical role of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, a performance that earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2001, he originated the stage role of Roger DeBris in The Producers for which he won the Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2004, he starred as Albin in the Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles, earning him his third Tony nomination, this time for Leading Actor. After starring in the 2005 film version of The Producers, Beach returned to his stage role as Roger De Bris while the movie was in release, becoming the first artist to play the same part on Broadway and in movie theaters at the same time. In 2006, Beach played the role of Thénardier in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables, a role he had originated in the Los Angeles production. Previously, he performed in the chorus for the 1989 Les Misérables: Complete Symphonic Recording. In March 2008, Beach joined the US national tour cast of Monty Python's Spamalot in the lead role of King Arthur.
Other Broadway credits include Annie, Doonesbury, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Broadway Bash, Sweet Adeline (Encores), Something's Afoot and 1776. He toured nationally with the James Kirkwood comedy Legends! starring Mary Martin and Carol Channing. In addition to his Broadway credits, Beach is well known for his Summer stock theatre performances. He frequently returns to Sacramento as a music circus favorite in shows such as Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Spamalot.
Awards and nominations
- 1994 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Beauty and the Beast
- 2004 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical - La Cage Aux Folles
- National tours
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- ^ "Gary Beach is New King Arthur in 'Spamalot' Tour" Broadway World. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- ^ "'The Producers' Dominates Drama Desk Awards, Taking Record 11" New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- ^ "PHOTO CALL: The Producers Take Home Some Outer Critics Awards May 24" Playbill. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- ^ "'Producers' Shatters Tony Award Record With 12 Prizes; 'Proof' Takes Best Play And 2 Other Awards" New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- ^ "From a candelabra to Adolf Hitler: The musical comedy career of Gary Beach" Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2013-11-26.