Gavin Creel

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Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel 2010.jpg
Creel at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards in 2010
Born Gavin James Creel
(1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 41)
Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Years active 1998–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, for which he has received three Tony Award nominations—for originating the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for his performance as Claude in Hair, and for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!—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 played Steven Kodaly in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of She Loves Me, which premiered in spring 2016.

Personal life[edit]

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,[1] is a regular on the LGBT RFamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell.[2] 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.[3]

Theater credits[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2001 Spring Awakening Melchior Workshop at Roundabout Theatre Company
June 2001
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
La Cage aux Folles Jean-Michel Marquis Theatre
December 9, 2004 – June 26, 2005
2006 Mary Poppins[4] Bert Prince Edward Theatre, London
July 26, 2006 – January 12, 2008
2009 Hair Claude Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Mar 31, 2009 – March 7, 2010
2010 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
2017 Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl Shubert Theatre
March 15, 2017 – TBD

Other stage credits[edit]


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[6]
  • 2012: Get Out • Self-published
  • 2011: "Noise (Equality Now)" • Self-published
  • 2012: "Whitney Houston" • Self-published
Cast recordings
Other appearances
2007: "Young at Heart" • Appears on VA compilation Over the Rainbow (Universal)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Work Award Category Result
2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated [7]
2009 Hair Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated [8]
Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated [7]
2010 GLAAD Media Awards Special Recognition Award (shared with cast) Honored [9]
2014 The Book of Mormon Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in A Musical Won [10]
2017 Hello, Dolly! Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Pending
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Pending


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