Gavin Creel performing at Boston's Ryles Jazz Club in December 2010.
|Birth name||Gavin James Creel|
April 18, 1976 |
Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
|Genres||Pop, vocal, Broadway|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actor, songwriter|
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 plays Steven Kodaly in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of She Loves Me, which premiered in spring 2016.
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 RFamilyVacations 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.
|2001||Spring Awakening||Melchior||Workshop at Roundabout Theatre Company
|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||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 – 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
Other theater credits
- Fame – The North American Tour – as Nick Piazza – 1998
- Honk! – North Shore Music Theatre – as Ugly – 2000
- The Flood – Prospect Theater Company – Male Lead – May 2001
- Bat Boy: The Musical – Original Off-Broadway Production – Swing/Understudy – 2001
- Spring Awakening – Workshop – as Melchior – 2001
- Hair – Encores! Concert – as Principal, Father, Tribe – 2001
- Bounce – Chicago/Washington DC – as Hollis Bessemer – 2003
- The Mystery Plays – Second Stage Theatre & Yale Repertory Theater
- Bright Lights, Big City – New York Concert – as Michael – 2003
- A Tale of Two Cities – Workshop – as Charles Darnay – 2004
- Prometheus Bound – American Repertory Theater – as Prometheus – 2011
- The Book of Mormon – US National Tour – As Elder Price – 2012
- The Book of Mormon - Toronto/Montreal - Elder Price - 2014
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. Creel's third solo release, Get Out, was released on March 20, 2012.
Awards and nominations
|2002||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|2014||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actor in A Musical||The Book of Mormon||Won|
- Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making ‘Noise’ and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven broadway.com, January 16, 2013
- Gans, Andrew."All Aboard!: "Rosie" Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15", playbill.com, March 15, 2008
- "Coming home: Findlay native plays Stranahan with 'Book of Mormon' tour". Toledo Free Press. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- Portantiere, Michael."Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins" theatermania.com, June 16, 2006
- Hernandez, Ernio. "Gavin Creel Starts in The Mystery Plays at Second Stage's New Plays Uptown, June 21". Playbill.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
- Trust, Gary (July 1, 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper". Billboard Chart Beat. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Gavin Creel at the Internet Broadway Database
- Gavin Creel at the Internet Movie Database
- The Official Web Site
- MusicalTalk Podcast Interview with Gavin
- Interview with Gavin Creel on Theatre.com
- Gavin Creel's Top Ten Picks on NYC-ARTS.org
- Broadway Impact Official Site
- Broadway World Theatre Credit Listing