November 5, 1953|
Los Angeles, California, United States
(m. 1976; div. 1990)
Richard Samson (m. 2013)
Howard McGillin (born November 5, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. He is known for his role of John Jasper in Drood and for being the longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.
Early life and career
McGillin was born in Los Angeles, California. His father William was an accountant, and his mother Margaret was an administrator at Santa Barbara City College. McGillin graduated from Dos Pueblos High School and the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in college, he appeared at the Sacramento Music Circus in seven musicals.
He began his career on television, working as a contract player for Universal Studios, and his early film and TV credits include roles in Mary White (1977), Wheels (1978), Women in White (1979) and Where the Boys Are '84 (1984). He moved to New York City with the intention of pursuing a career on Broadway, and was cast as one of the male leads in the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1984 production of La Boheme, which starred Linda Ronstadt. The New York Times reviewer, Frank Rich, called McGillin "dashing".
Other featured and leading roles on the stage followed. Often considered a "tall, dark and handsome" leading man, McGillin originated the role of John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Imperial Theatre; for his performance he was nominated for a 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He earned a second Tony nomination in 1988 for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes.
McGillin starred in the award-winning West End 1995 production of Mack & Mabel and sings on the cast album recording. He received praise as Molina in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, replacing Brent Carver in 1994.
The New York Times reviewer wrote: "In an impressive change of pace from the smooth philanderer he played in 'She Loves Me,' Howard McGillin is Molina...Mr. McGillin can be almost boyishly blithe at times. He embraces Aurora's campy films with the flair of the musical-comedy aficionado...While Mr. McGillin is playing up Molina's more exuberant charm, Mr. Mitchell is playing down Valentin's brusque condescension. As a result, the growing affection between them seems the more believable." Due to their performances and that of leading lady Vanessa L. Williams, the show received a rare second cast recording.
McGillin originated a leading role in the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim's musical Bounce at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, and the Kennedy Center in 2003. He was featured in the Encores! production of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 in 1999.
He appeared in the Irish Repertory Theatre (New York City) concert, A Child's Christmas in Wales in Concert in December 2011.
McGillin has continued to perform in television and film as a voice-over artist. His is the singing voice of Gregory in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, has narrated many books on tape, and programs/commercials on television (including the PBS series Nature). He voiced Prince Derek in the animated film The Swan Princess (1994). McGillin has released one solo CD, Where Time Stands Still. He has contributed to numerous cast recordings, including those of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, Kiss of the Spider Woman (second cast recording) and Bounce.
McGillin holds the record for the most performances by an actor in the title role of the musical The Phantom of the Opera (official title: "World's Longest Running Phantom"), joining the Broadway cast in 1999. He was part of the musical when it became the longest-running production in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, and its twenty-first anniversary on January 26, 2009. McGillin played his last performance in the role on July 25, 2009, marking his 2,544th show.
McGillin starred as Sir Francis Chesney in the New York City Center Encores! production of Where's Charley? from March 17–20, 2011. He played Applegate in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Damn Yankees! in Millburn, New Jersey, which ran from March 7, 2012 through April 1, 2012.
Selected stage credits
Source: Playbill Vault
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (John Jasper) (1985): Tony Award nomination; Drama Desk Award nomination; Theatre World Award
- Anything Goes (Billy Crocker) (1987): Tony Award nomination; Drama Desk Award nomination
- The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven replacement)
- She Loves Me (Kodaly) (1993-1994)
- Kiss of the Spider Woman (Molina replacement) (1994)
- Sunday in the Park with George (1994 Concert) (Soldier, Act 1; Alex, an artist, Act 2)
- The Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom of the Opera replacement) (1999- July 25, 2009) (Longest running Phantom, in Broadway history)
- Gigi (2015) (Honoré Lachaille)
- As Thousands Cheer (June 1998) (Drama Dept., Off-Broadway)
- Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (Encores!, 1999)
- Bounce (2003 world premiere: Helen Hayes Award nomination)
- Peter Pan (2004 national tour) (Captain Hook)
- A Child's Christmas in Wales (Concert, December 2011)
- Where's Charley? (Sir Francis Chesney) (Encores!, 2011)
- Damn Yankees! (Paper Mill Playhouse, March 2012)
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- "'Mack & Mabel' Cast Recording, 1995, Credits", allmusic.com; accessed April 9, 2015.
- Richards, David. "Theater review. Vanessa Williams's Enticing 'Spider Woman'" New York Times, July 26, 1994
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- Portantiere, Michael. Bounce theatermania.com, November 2003
- Jones, Kenneth. "Cast Announced for 'Encores!' Revival of 'Ziegfeld Follies of 1936'", playbill.com, March 12, 1999.
- " 'Follies in Concert' Listing" sondheimguide.com, accessed April 10, 2015
- Gioia, Michael. "Howard McGillin, Edwin Cahill Among Cast for Irish Rep's A Child's Christmas in Wales in Concert", playbill.com, November 22, 2011.
- The Swan Princess, allmovie.com; accessed April 9, 2015.
- Ehren, Christine. "Howard McGillin Dons the Mask as Bway's 11th Phantom Aug. 23" playbill.com, July 22, 1999
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- Gans, Andrew. "Howard McGillin, George S. Irving, Erin Mackey and More Cast in Mufti 'I Remember Mama'" Archived 2010-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, October 4, 2010.
- Gans, Andrew. "Encores! 'Where's Charley?' to Feature Rebecca Luker and Howard McGillin" playbill.com, February 3, 2011
- Wong, Wayman. "The Leading Men: A ‘Phantom’ phenom - McGillin, Tartaglia & Gurland." Playbill, April 1, 2003
- "McGillin Broadway Credits" playbillvault.com, accessed April 8, 2015
- " 'Anything Goes' Listing" ibdb.com, accessed April 8, 2015
- "'The Secret Garden' Listing" ibdb.com, accessed April 8, 2015
- " 'She Loves Me' 1993-1994" ibdb.com, accessed April 8, 2015
- " 'Sunday in the Park with George' Concert, 1994" sondheimguide.com, accessed April 8, 2015
- Trucco, Terry. "A London Accent for 'Anything Goes'" New York Times, July 25, 1989
- Wallach, Allan. "A CurtainUp Review. 'As Thousands Cheer' " curtainup.com, June 19, 1998
- Hughes, David-Edward. "Interview" talkinbroadway.com, 2004
- Howard McGillin's Official Website
- Howard McGillin on IMDb
- Howard McGillin at the Internet Broadway Database
- Howard McGillin at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Biography at Playbill.com
- "A Veteran Phantom Embraces "The Music of the Night" Once Again Oct. 3" Kenneth Jones, Playbill.com, October 3, 2005
- Howard McGillin: Interview by Ladyghost