Gavin Creel

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Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel at Ryles Jazz Club.jpg
Gavin Creel performing at Boston's Ryles Jazz Club in December 2010.
Background information
Birth name Gavin James Creel
Born (1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 40)
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 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]

Theatre 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
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 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
2017 Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl Shubert Theatre
March 15, 2017 – TBD

Other theater credits[edit]



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.[6] Creel's third solo release, Get Out, was released on March 20, 2012.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2002 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
2009 Hair Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2014 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in A Musical The Book of Mormon Won


  1. ^ Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making ‘Noise’ and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven, January 16, 2013
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew."All Aboard!: "Rosie" Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15",, March 15, 2008
  3. ^ "Coming home: Findlay native plays Stranahan with 'Book of Mormon' tour". Toledo Free Press. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Portantiere, Michael."Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins", June 16, 2006
  5. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Gavin Creel Starts in The Mystery Plays at Second Stage's New Plays Uptown, June 21". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (July 1, 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper". Billboard Chart Beat. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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