Kudisch, July 2009
September 22, 1966 |
Hackensack, NJ, USA
Early life and education
Kudisch was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of Florence and Raymond Kudisch, and grew up in Plantation, Florida. He enrolled at Florida Atlantic University to study political science and switched to theatre. After receiving his degree, Kudisch went to New York City and was cast as Conrad Birdie in the Barry Weissler-produced national tour of Bye Bye Birdie with Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking. Kudisch later starred in a television version of the Broadway musical along with Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams.
Kudisch's Broadway credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron Bomburst), Assassins (The Proprietor), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Bells Are Ringing (Jeff Moss), Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party at the Public Theater (Jackie), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), High Society (George Kittredge), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben). He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his roles in 9 to 5 (2009), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award.
In late 2008, Kudisch joined Allison Janney, Megan Hilty and Stephanie J. Block in the new musical, 9 to 5. Based on the film of the same name, the production was directed by Joe Mantello and had its pre-broadway run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles beginning September 21, 2008. The musical began preview performances on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on April 7, 2009 with an official opening on April 30, 2009. Kudisch played sexist, egotistical boss Franklin Hart Jr., a part played by Dabney Coleman. Dolly Parton, who appeared in the original film, has written the music and lyrics for the new musical. The show closed on September 6, 2009.
Kudisch appeared off-Broadway in the critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe Noo Yawk Tawk, as well as The Thing About Men, See What I Wanna See (Public Theater) and in the Lucille Lortel Award nominated The Glorious Ones. In 1987 he appeared in the murder mystery/party game Tamara: The Living Movie at New York City's Armory. He appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Minister's Wife. The show's music is by Josh Schmidt, lyrics by Jan Tranen, and a book by Austin Pendleton and it is based on Candida by George Bernard Shaw. He also performed in a one-man show beginning in July 2011 entitled What Makes Me Tick.
Kudisch has also appeared in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, opposite Juliet Stevenson and Jeremy Irons, in a 2003 production at the New York City Opera, and with Victor Garber and Judith Ivey in a 2004 staging by the Los Angeles Opera. In regional theatre, he originated the role of Vincent van Gogh in The Highest Yellow, also by LaChiusa. In June 2007, he starred as Darryl van Horne in the American premiere of The Witches of Eastwick at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
On television, in addition to a recent stint on All My Children, Kudisch played a kinky lawyer on Sex and the City and was also the spokesperson for Toyota in the U.S. for several years. He appeared on the hit NBC show Smash as Darryl Zanuck.
He has been in a relationship since 2003 with actress Shannon Lewis. They married in 2011 in an intimate ceremony in Key West.
- Hand to God (play) as Pastor Greg (2015)
- The Wayside Motor Inn (play) as Vince (2014) Signature Theatre Pershing
- Somewhere In Time (musical) as William Robinson - Portland Center Stage (2013)
- Hamlet (play) as Claudius/Ghost- Yale Rep (2013)
- 9 to 5 as Franklin Hart, Jr. - Broadway (2009)
- The Glorious Ones as Flaminio Scala - Lincoln Center Theater (2007)
- The Witches of Eastwick as Darryl Van Horne - Signature Theatre (2007)
- The Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King - New York City Opera (2007)
- The Apple Tree - Broadway (2007)
- Summer and Smoke - Hartford Stage (2006)
- Young Frankenstein as Inspector Kemp 2006)
- See What I Wanna See as Morito/Husband/CPA - Public Theater (2005)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Baron Bomburst - Broadway (2005)
- Assassins as The Proprietor - Broadway (2004)
- The Highest Yellow - Signature Theatre (2004)
- A Little Night Music - Los Angeles Opera (2004)
- Anna Karenina (2003)
- The Thing About Men (2003)
- A Little Night Music - New York City Opera (2003)
- Earth Girls Are Easy (2002)
- A Little Night Music - Ravinia (2002)
- Thoroughly Modern Millie as Trevor Graydon - Broadway (2002)
- The Prince and the Pauper (2000–2001)
- "The Wild Party" - as Jackie (2000)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel as Chauvelin (1999)
- High Society - George Kittredge (1998)
- Beauty and the Beast as Gaston - Broadway (1995–1997)
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Reuben (1993–1994)
- Bye Bye Birdie as Conrad Birdie - Tour (1990–1991)
- Bye Bye Birdie as Conrad Birdie
- 9 to 5 2009 Original Cast
- The Glorious Ones 2007 Off-Broadway Original Cast
- See What I Wanna See 2005 Off-Broadway Original Cast
- Assassins 2004 Revival Cast
- The Man Who Would Be King 2004 Studio Cast
- The Thing About Men 2004 Original Off-Broadway Cast
- Anna Karenina 2003 Original Broadway Cast
- Thoroughly Modern Millie 2002 Original Cast
- "The Wild Party" as Jackie 2000 Original Cast
- Z: The Masked Musical 1998 Concept Cast
- Smash as himself, playing Darryl F. Zanuck in Bombshell!
Awards and nominations
- 2008 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a resident musical - The Witches of Eastwick
- 2015 Special Drama Desk Award for best ensemble for the play "The Wayside Motor Inn" at The Signature Theatre at Pershing Square
- 2009 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical - 9 to 5
- 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical - 9 to 5
- 2007 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical - The Apple Tree
- 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical - See What I Wanna See
- 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- 2004 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Assassins
- 2002 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Thoroughly Modern Millie
- 2002 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Thoroughly Modern Millie
- "Marc Kudisch Biography (1966-)". Filmreference.com. 1966-09-22. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Parton's 9 to 5 Musical Premieres in LA 2008; Janney, Block, Hilty & Kudisch Star". Broadwayworld.com.
- "Gasteyer, Knight, Kudisch, Diamantopoulos and Newton Will Be Girl Crazy at Encores!". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Noo Yawk Tawk". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Marc Kudisch to Play Feinstein's in July". Playbill.com. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Minister's Wife, A Off-Broadway at Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater - Tickets and Discounts". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- Smash Guest-Stars
- Marc Kudisch Weds His Broadway Sweetheart Shannon Lewis Broadway.com
- Official website
- Marc Kudisch at the Internet Broadway Database
- Marc Kudisch at the Internet Movie Database
- Marc Kudisch - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- Marc Kudisch: The Many Meanings of Temptation
- Marc Kudisch at the Internet off-broadway Database