Gavin Creel

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Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel 2010.jpg
Creel at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards in 2010
Gavin James Creel

(1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 45)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1998–present
Musical career
  • Vocals

Gavin James Creel (born April 18, 1976) is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. Creel is best known for his work in musical theatre. He has received a Tony Award for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, and two other nominations, for originating the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and for his performance as Claude in Hair. He has received a Laurence Olivier Award for originating the West End version of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre and has played the role of Elder Price in the US National Tour and on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. He played Steven Kodaly in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of She Loves Me, which premiered in spring 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Creel was born in Findlay, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1998. During his time at Findlay High School, he was in FFE (Findlay First Edition), which is a show choir. Creel graduated from Findlay High School in 1994.

Theater credits[edit]

Year Show Role Venue Notes
1998 Fame Nick Piazza The North American Tour
2000 Honk! Ugly North Shore Music Theatre
2001 The Flood Male Lead Prospect Theater Company
2001 Bat Boy: The Musical Swing/Understudy Original Off-Broadway production
2001 Spring Awakening Melchior Workshop
2001 Hair Principal/Father/Tribe Encores! Concert
2001 Spring Awakening Melchior Roundabout Theatre Company Workshop
2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Jimmy Smith Marquis Theatre Broadway
2003 Bounce Hollis Bessemer Chicago/Washington, DC
2003 Bright Lights, Big City Michael New York Concert
2004 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Darnay Workshop
2004 The Mystery Plays Second Stage Theatre & Yale Repertory Theater[1]
2004 Hair Performer New Amsterdam Theatre Actors' Fund Concert
2004 La Cage aux Folles Jean-Michel Marquis Theatre Broadway
2006 Mary Poppins[2][3] Bert (replacement) Prince Edward Theatre West End
2009–10 Hair Claude Al Hirschfeld Theatre Broadway
2010 Gielgud Theatre West End
2011 Prometheus Bound Prometheus American Repertory Theater
2012 Flashdance US National Tour
2012 The Book of Mormon Elder Price National tour
2013 Prince of Wales Theatre West End
2014 Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto / Montreal
2015 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Broadway
2016 She Loves Me Steven Kodaly Studio 54 Broadway
2017–18 Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl Shubert Theatre Broadway
2019 Waitress Dr. Pomatter (replacement) Brooks Atkinson Theatre Broadway
2020 Adelphi Theatre West End


Performing at the Ryles Jazz Club
in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2010



Studio albums
  • 2006: Goodtimenation • Creel/Roth
  • 2010: QuietEP • Self-published • No. 44 at the Billboard's Top Heatseekers[4]
  • 2012: Get Out • Self-published
  • 2011: "Noise (Equality Now)" • Self-published
  • 2012: "Whitney Houston" • Self-published
Cast recordings
  • 2002: Thoroughly Modern Millie (RCA Victor)
  • 2005: Bright Lights, Big City (Sh-K-Boom)
  • 2009: Hair (New Broadway Cast Recording) (Sh-K-Boom)
  • 2011: Fine and Dandy (World Premiere Recording) (PS Classics)
  • 2012: Flashdance - The Musical (Roth Music Inc.)
  • 2012: Fugitive Songs - A Song Cycle (Warner/Chappell)
  • 2016: She Loves Me (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) (Ghostlight Records)
  • 2017: Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording) (Masterworks Broadway)
Other appearances
2007: "Young at Heart" • Appears on VA compilation Over the Rainbow (Universal)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
2009 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Hair Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2010 GLAAD Media Award Special Recognition Award
(shared with cast)
2014 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical The Book of Mormon Won
WhatsOnStage Award Best Actor in a Musical Won
2017 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Hello, Dolly! Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won

Personal life[edit]

Creel is openly gay.[5] He is a regular on the LGBT RFamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell.[6] 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.[7] He was in a relationship with actor Jonathan Groff in 2009.[8]

Creel took a temporary leave from Hello, Dolly! in March 2018 for medical reasons.[9]

In 2020, days after leaving Waitress in London, Creel announced he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.


  1. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Gavin Creel Starts in The Mystery Plays at Second Stage's New Plays Uptown, June 21". Playbill. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Portantiere, Michael (June 16, 2006). "Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 26, 2006). "Gavin Creel Joins London Company of 'Mary Poppins' July 26". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Trust, Gary (July 1, 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making 'Noise' and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven". January 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 15, 2008). "All Aboard!: 'Rosie' Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15". Archived from the original on June 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Dwiggins, Margaret (September 16, 2014). "Creel excited to be returning to northwestern Ohio". The Courier. Findlay, Ohio. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Sessums, Kevin (December 20, 2016). "Jonathan Groff Talks Looking, Hamilton, and Madonna's iPhone". FourTwoNine. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Clement, Olivia (February 21, 2018). "Santino Fontana to Step Into 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018.

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