Broadway's Kevin Gray Dies at 55; Starred in PHANTOM, THE LION KING, SHOWBOAT, SPIDER WOMAN & More

In 1987, he sang the lead in Heitor Villa-Lobos' Magdalena in New York, with George Rose, Judy Kaye, Faith Esham, and Jerry Hadley, a production recorded for CBS Masterworks. His musical credits include Che in Evita, the dual leads in Jekyll and Hyde, Zach in A Chorus Line, Henrik in A Little Night Music, Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Macheath in The Three Penny Opera, the Caliph in Kismet, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Lamar in Godspell, Lancelot in Camelot, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, Matt in The Fantasticks, and Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof.

Kevin has guest starred on Law and Order SVU, Law and Order C.I., Linc's Miami Vice, and The Equalizer; played roles on Ryan's Hope and The Guiding Light; and co-starred in the film White Hot.

Mr. Gray's also recently appeared with the symphony tour Three Phantoms in Concert. His many concert appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, and he was the recipient of the National Institute For Music Theatre Award in 1989.

In addition to Magdalena and The Complete Miss Saigon, Mr. Gray also can be heard on his solo albumIt's My Time to Shine, Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms, and two recordings by Dodie Pettit: Voices of Broadway, a joint venture with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Songs from the Journey.

Kevin has been the audio voice of many books including works by Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Nick Hornby, Lian Hearn, Alvin and Heidi Toeffler, John Yokoyama, Larry Bossidy, and Ram Charan. He has just completed recording of a musical children's book, A Frog's Tale, which he co-authored with Ms. Pettit and will be released as an EBook this year.

A graduate of Duke University, Mr. Gray has studied with William Alderson of The Neighborhood Playhouse School, Julia Wilson Dickson of The Central School of Speech and Drama, Michael MacGowan of the Royal Academy Of Speech and Drama, and at LAMDA. For the past two years, Mr. Gray served on the faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he taught Meisner Technique, Acting For Musical Theatre, Acting for Opera, and Comparative Literature, and where he has directed Cabaret, Grease, and the Humperdinck opera Hansel and Gretel.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

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