Dossett in Shubert Alley, New York (2004)
|Born||c. 1958 (age 57–58)|
|Residence||South Orange, New Jersey|
Early life and education
Dossett attended Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Delaware from 1972 through 1976, where he was an announcer for the school's radio station, WMPH, and appeared in student theater productions.
Dossett made his Broadway debut in 1979 in a short-lived musical entitled the King of Schnorrers. In 1982 he joined the cast of Fifth of July, after which the bulk of his work was in off-Broadway productions and on television. He was a member of the off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company, performing in many plays between 1980-1994. A significant screen credit is the 1990 AIDS drama, Longtime Companion.
He later achieved success in two popular musicals, Ragtime (1998) and the 2003 revival of Gypsy as "Herbie" opposite Bernadette Peters. His performance in the latter garnered him both Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. He was re-united with his Gypsy co-star Peters in a one-night only benefit reading of Love Letters in September 2007, for Opening Act.
Dossett appeared in the world premiere of the Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson musical Giant, as Bawley, at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia through May 31, 2009. He reprised his role at the Dallas Theater Center production of Giant, from January 18, 2012 through February 19.
He played the role of "Aaron" in the new musical First Wives Club, starting in July 2009 at the Old Globe, San Diego, California. In September 2009, Dossett returned to the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! in the role of Sam Carmichael opposite Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and later Lisa Brescia.
In September 2011, he played the role of Joseph Pulitzer in the premiere of the Disney stage musical Newsies at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. He had been cast as Frank Crawley in the Broadway production of Rebecca, but left that musical because he appeared in Newsies on Broadway as Joseph Pulitzer. Newsies opened on Broadway on March 15, 2012 in previews. He later joined the Broadway production of Chicago as Billy Flynn for an engagement lasting from March to May 2015.
He played the role of "Larry" in the Off-Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen, which opened in previews on March 26, 2016 at the Second Stage Theatre, and closed on May 29, 2016. He appears as "Tommy Lewis" in the new musical by Doug Wright (book), Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) titled War Paint. The musical, which stars Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, premiered at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, on June 28, 2016.
Dossett is married to actress Michele Pawk. The couple met in 1994 while working together in an off-Broadway musical, Hello Again. They worked together in the musical Mamma Mia! in 2005. The couple reside in South Orange, New Jersey. They have a son, Jack, born in 2000.
Stage credits (selected)
- King of Schnorrers (1979)
- Fifth of July (1982)
- Reckless (1988)
- Prelude to a Kiss (1989)
- Hello Again (1993)
- Ragtime (1998)
- Dinner With Friends (1999)
- A Little Night Music (2002, Kennedy Center)
- Dinner at Eight (2002)
- Gypsy (2003)
- Democracy (2004)
- The Constant Wife (2005)
- Mamma Mia! (2005)
- The Clean House (2006)
- Saved (2008)
- Mamma Mia! (2009)
- Man on a Ledge (2010)
- Newsies (2011, Paper Mill Playhouse)
- Giant (2012, Dallas Theater Center)
- Newsies (2012, Broadway)
- Chicago (2015)
- Dear Evan Hansen (2016)
- War Paint (2016, Goodman Theatre, Chicago)
Selected television credits
- Law & Order (1993, 1999, 2003, 2005)
- Homicide: Life on the Street (1994)
- JAG (1996)
- Sex and the City (1999) - role: Don
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999, 2005)
- Hack (2002)
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006)
- John Adams (2008) - HBO - role: Benjamin Rush
- Blue Bloods (2011) - role: Father McMurray
- "WMPH History - Past and Present". Brandywine School District. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
- Gans, Andrew. "Peters and Dossett Send 'Love Letters' at Sept. 24 Benefit" Playbill, September 24, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth. "Cleale, Dossett, Blazer, Robinson and More Begin Giant, the Musical, Run April 28 in VA". Playbill. April 28, 2009
- Hetrick, Adam (January 18, 2012). "New York-Aimed Giant, with Kate Baldwin, Aaron Lazar and P.J. Griffith, Sweeps Into Texas Jan. 18". Playbill. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Gans, Andrew. "Ziemba, Lenox and Walsh to Star in Old Globe's First Wives Club". Playbill, May 15, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. "Newsies, Featuring Jeremy Jordan, John Dossett and More, Begins Paper Mill Run Sept. 15". Playbill.com, September 15, 2011
- Kelleher, Linsey. "Newsboys strike against publishing giants in new Paper Mill musical". The Item of Millburn and Short Hills. September 8, 2011.
- BWW News Desk (December 20, 2011). "Howard McGillin Replaces John Dossett in Broadway-Bound REBECCA". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Gans, Andrew (January 19, 2012). "Casting Announced for Broadway's Newsies". Playbill. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- "Tony Nominee John Dossett Ready to Join Broadway's CHICAGO Following Injury". Broadway World. March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Dear Evan Hansen 2st.com, accessed March 26, 2016
- Gans, Andrew. "Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Apply 'War Paint', Starting Tonight" Playbill, June 28, 2016
- Gans, Andrew. "Mamma Mia! Welcomes John Dossett and Michele Pawk Oct. 19". Playbill.com. October 19, 2005.
- Rockland, Kate. "Where the Midtown Direct, Oz and Springsteen Meet". The New York Times. December 25, 2005. Accessed February 3, 2008. "Mr. McCourt recently helped John Dossett and Michele Pawk, two stars of the Abba musical Mamma Mia! move into a house in his neighborhood."
- O'Connell, Sheryl. "Double Billing: Michelle Pawk & John Dossett". Matters Magazine. 2006.