BWW TV Exclusive: Hal Prince, Norm Lewis, Craig Schulman, Cris Gronenedaal & More Remember Kevin Gray
Just yesterday, the Broadway community gathered together to celebrate the life and show business legacy of beloved Broadway performer Kevin Gray at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). The Majestic Theatre held a special place for Mr. Gray, having starred there in The Phantom of the Opera, first as Raoul and later as The Phantom. Titled A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Gray, the memorial tribute, you can check out highlights from the special event below.
Participants included Phantom director Harold Prince; many of Mr. Gray's former Phantom co-stars including Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Cris Groenendaal,Karen Culliver, Sarah Pfisterer, Lisa Vroman and Dodie Pettit (Mr. Gray's wife); Judy Blazer; Carolee Carmello; Robert Cuccioli; Elizabeth Renihan and Craig Schulman; as well as presentations by members of the casts of the Broadway and national touring companies of The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic and The King & I. Director Charles Randolph Wright served as the celebration's director.
Mr. Gray passed away in February 2013 in Westport, CT. He'd most recently starred as Scar in the National Tour of The Lion King. Before that, he toured the UK as The King in The King & I, reprising his role from the Broadway revival, in which he became only the third actor in history to play the role on Broadway. Gray played Pontius Pilate in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and starred in Harold Prince's production of Show Boat, as Gaylord Ravenal. He toured in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Music of the Night, and appeared as The Engineer in the Los Angeles and Toronto productions of Miss Saigon, receiving Drama-Logue and Dora Mavor Moore awards. He appears on The Complete Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon. He was the youngest actor to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on the National Tour, receiving The Carbonell Award for his performance. Before that, he created the role of Valentin in the world premiere of the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. Kevin first came to the attention of New York audiences with his portrayal of Kayama in the 1985 revival of Pacific Overtures, and subsequently was seen on Broadway as The Prince in Chu Chem and Off-Broadway in The Knife and The Death of Garcia Lorca, both at The Public.
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