Gavin James Creel
April 18, 1976
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
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
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.
|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||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|
|2004||Hair||Performer||New Amsterdam Theatre||Actors' Fund Concert|
|2004||La Cage aux Folles||Jean-Michel||Marquis Theatre||Broadway|
|2006||Mary Poppins||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|
- 2016: The Ceiling Fan (producer) • short film
- 2003: Eloise at the Plaza (as Bill)
- 2003: Eloise at Christmastime (as Bill)
- 2016: She Loves Me (as Kodaly) • Broadway show (broadcast live)
- 2019: Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (as Matthews)
- Studio albums
- 2006: Goodtimenation • Creel/Roth
- 2010: Quiet • EP • Self-published • No. 44 at the Billboard's Top Heatseekers
- 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)
Awards and nominations
|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|
Creel is openly gay. He 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. He was in a relationship with actor Jonathan Groff in 2009.
Creel took a temporary leave from Hello, Dolly! in March 2018 for medical reasons.
In 2020, days after leaving Waitress in London, Creel announced he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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- Portantiere, Michael (June 16, 2006). "Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins". theatermania.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
- Gans, Andrew (July 26, 2006). "Gavin Creel Joins London Company of 'Mary Poppins' July 26". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 16, 2018.
- 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.
- "Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making 'Noise' and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven". Broadway.com. January 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013.
- Gans, Andrew (March 15, 2008). "All Aboard!: 'Rosie' Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clement, Olivia (February 21, 2018). "Santino Fontana to Step Into 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018.
- Gavin Creel (official website)
- Gavin Creel at AllMovie
- Gavin Creel at AllMusic
- Gavin Creel at Billboard
- Gavin Creel on Discogs
- Gavin Creel at the Internet Broadway Database
- Gavin Creel at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Gavin Creel at IMDb
- Gavin Creel at Rotten Tomatoes
- Gavin Creel at the TCM Movie Database