Hensley outside Young Frankenstein, February 29, 2008
|Born||Shuler Paul Hensley
March 6, 1967
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
|Spouse(s)||Paula Hensley (DeRosa)|
|Children||Skyler Hensley and Grayson Hensley|
|Parent(s)||Sam P. Hensley, Jr. (father)
Iris Antley (mother)
Shuler Paul Hensley (born March 6, 1967) is an American singer and actor.
Hensley was born in Atlanta, Georgia. The youngest of three children, Hensley grew up in Marietta, Georgia. His father, Sam P. Hensley, Jr., is a former Georgia Tech football star, retired civil engineer and former state senator. His mother, Iris (née Antley) Hensley, was a ballerina, and later, Artistic Director of the Georgia Ballet. Hensley had an early start in show business at the age of four when he appeared as Fritz in her production of The Nutcracker.
He was educated at The Westminster Schools and attended the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship. After attending a recital by Jessye Norman and being cast as Judge Turpin in a college production of Sweeney Todd, he decided to leave university after his sophomore year in order to study voice at the Manhattan School of Music where he majored in opera and graduated in 1989. From there he went to the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, and obtained his master's degree in 1993.
Hensley's stage career began in the early 1990s with roles such as Pitkin in On the Town, Joe in The Most Happy Fella, and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, He has also sung in the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas Pirates of Penzance and Patience and in the operas Carmen, Faust, La bohème and Don Giovanni. And in addition to an early Oklahoma! casting as Jud Fry at the North Shore Music Theatre, Boston, Shuler also played Curly at the Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee.
He continued to play the role when the show transferred to the West End (1999), the only United States native in the cast, and then to Broadway (2002–2003) where he won the Tony for his performance. He also won the 2002 Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for the same role.
He has performed on several occasions with Hugh Jackman. They both performed in the musical Oklahoma! in London in 1998, as well as in the films Someone Like You and Van Helsing, in the latter of which Hensley played Frankenstein's monster.
Hensley was most recently seen in the Broadway production of Young Frankenstein as the Monster. For this role he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. He recently reprised the role in the United States national tour which also features his former co-stars Roger Bart and Cory English.
In 2011 he portrayed American Yiddish theatre great Boris Thomashefsky in The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater, a concert stage show celebrating the Thomashefskys and the music of Yiddish theatre, hosted by their grandson the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The show aired on the PBS series Great Performances in 2012.
Hensley is married to Paula DeRosa; they have two children.
- "Shuler Hensley Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- Tribute to Iris Hensley
- 53rd ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
- Together Again: Bart and Hensley Will Tour in Young Frankenstein
- Jones, Kenneth (March 29, 2012). "Thomashefskys, Musical Portrait of Yiddish Stage, Airs on PBS March 29". Playbill.
- Philadelphia Orchestra, Bernstein's Mass from YouTube.
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