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Chip Zien

 
Date Of Birth:
March 20, 1947 (75)
Birth Place:
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Bio:
Chip Zien created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine's award-winning INTO THE WOODS and also created the role of Mendel in William Finn's highly acclaimed FALSETTOS. Most recently he was seen on B'way in THE BIG KNIFE directed by Douglas Hughes, The Roundabout√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs THE PEOPLE IN ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 20, 1947 (75)

Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Bio:
Chip Zien created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine's award-winning INTO THE WOODS and also created the role of Mendel in William Finn's highly acclaimed FALSETTOS. Most recently he was seen on B'way in THE BIG KNIFE directed by Douglas Hughes, The Roundabout√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs THE PEOPLE IN ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Off-Broadway Premiere Production, 2022
Elder Rabbi
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Revival, 2021
Mr. Stopnick
  [Regional (US)]
Regional World Premiere Production, 2018
Oscar
  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Opera Production, 2017
Max's servant (Hugo), Radu (1st Bulgarian), Judge, Father Bernard, Rich Jew (Issachar), First Gambler
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Murray Steinberg
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Production, 2013
Nat Danziger
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater Production, 2012
Vasily Korinsky
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Production, 2011
Yossie Pinsker
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Phil Cook
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2008
Buzz Richards
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Thénardier [Replacement]
[Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2005
Goran
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2002
Dromio of Ephesus
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1998
Mr. Bungee
Mr. Bungee
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 1997
Baker
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Matt Abelman
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Mendel
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Otto Kringelein [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Baker
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
Old Globe Production (Pre-Broadway), 1986
Baker
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Production, 1985
Charley Kringas
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1984
Performer
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1984
Marty Sterling
  [Off-Broadway]
1983
Marty Sterling
  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1982
Mendel
  [Off-Broadway]
1981
Mendel
  [Off-Broadway]
1981
Mendel
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Mendel
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Victor Victorovich
  [Off-Broadway]
1980
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1975
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1975
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1975
Louis Polaski
  [Broadway]
1974
Louie (Understudy)
Laurent (Understudy)
Detective Kirby (Understudy)
Demetrius (Understudy)
Charles Cogan (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1974
Inari
  [Off-Broadway]
1973
Performer
  [New York]
Workshop, 2003
Performer
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer

Chip Zien Biography

Chip Zien created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine's award-winning INTO THE WOODS and also created the role of Mendel in William Finn's highly acclaimed FALSETTOS. Most recently he was seen on B'way in THE BIG KNIFE directed by Douglas Hughes, The Roundabout√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, THE COUNTRY GIRL directed by Mike Nichols and as Thenardier in the revival of LES MIS√ČRABLES. He appeared in Tommy Tune's GRAND HOTEL playing Otto Kringelein, the memorable dancing bookkeeper. Other Broadway credits include, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, ALL OVER TOWN directed by Dustin Hoffman and THE SUICIDE with Derek Jacobi. Mr. Zien also starred in the La Jolla reworking of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.

On TV, Mr. Zien is currently filming CRIME, a new HBO series and was a regular on THE CAROLINE RHEA SHOW, ALMOST PERFECT (CBS), NOW AND AGAIN (CBS), DEADLINE (NBC), SHELL GAME (CBS) and LOVE, SIDNEY (NBC).

Mr. Zien has recently turned his attention to writing. His new musical, THE HISTORY OF WAR was selected and presented at The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). His one-man show DEATH IN ASHTABULA and a musical revue TRAVELS WITH MY DISCONTENT, showcasing the music of Deborah Abramson, were both developed and performed at The Barrington Stage.

Additionally, Mr. Zien has performed his solo concert at 54 Below to smashing notices.

Chip Zien Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Chip Zien, Harmony
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Chip Zien, Harmony
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Chip Zien, Isn't It Romantic

Chip Zien News

Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards Photo Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards
by BWW Awards - Dec 5, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 5th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Review: MALTBY AND SHIRE: REVUE # 3 at 54 Below Is Heaven On The Way Photo Review: MALTBY AND SHIRE: REVUE # 3 at 54 Below Is Heaven On The Way
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 30, 2022

After groundbreaking and life-changing revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever, Maltby and Shire have made a start on REVUE #3

Samantha Pauly, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, and More to Play 54 Below Next We Photo Samantha Pauly, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 20, 2022

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. 

Julie Benko, Santino Fontana, Leslie Uggams, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month Photo Julie Benko, Santino Fontana, Leslie Uggams, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 31, 2022

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Chip Zien And Ben Rimalower To Talk INTO THE WOODS Live At The Green Room 42 Photo Chip Zien And Ben Rimalower To Talk INTO THE WOODS Live At The Green Room 42
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 14, 2022

The Green Room 42 will present a live podcast taping of Giants In The Sky: How Sondheim and Lapine Went Into The Woods featuring original Into The Woods star Chip Zien in conversation with Ben Rimalower on Sunday, October 23.

National Alliance For Musical Theatre Announces Initial Casting and Additional Progra Photo National Alliance For Musical Theatre Announces Initial Casting and Additional Programming For FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by Stephi Wild - Oct 3, 2022

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced preliminary casting and additional programming for their 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which returns in person and takes place on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022, at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED Celebrates 100th Performance And Says Goodbye To Phil Geoffrey Bon Photo SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED Celebrates 100th Performance And Says Goodbye To Phil Geoffrey Bond at 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 16, 2022

Sondheim Unplugged will celebrate its 100th performances as series creator passes the torch to a new host.

NAMT's 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Announces Directors and Music Directors Photo NAMT's 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Announces Directors and Music Directors
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year's directors and music directors for the 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which returns in person and takes place on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022, at New World Stages.

Jackie Evancho, Krysta Rodriguez, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week Photo Jackie Evancho, Krysta Rodriguez, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 10, 2022

Next week,¬†54 BELOW, Broadway‚Äôs Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.¬†A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards¬ģ¬†Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.¬†

Photos: The Stars Arrive at Opening Night of INTO THE WOODS Photo Photos: The Stars Arrive at Opening Night of INTO THE WOODS
by Bruce Glikas - Jul 12, 2022

The star-studded New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical, Into the Woods, officially opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos of all of the stars on the red carpet here!

Chip Zien Videos

Photos & Video: See Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman & Warren Carlyle at Curtain Call for Videoplay
Photos & Video: See Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman & Warren Carlyle at Curtain Call for the Final Performance of HARMONY

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 16, 2022

Last night, Off-Broadway saw the closing night of the new musical Harmony at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. Joining the cast on stage at the curtain call and teasing a potential transfer were the creators, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, along with the director/choreographer Warren Carlyle.

VIDEO: HARMONY Opens at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Videoplay
VIDEO: HARMONY Opens at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 14, 2022

The curtain was raised last night at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for the opening night of the anticipated musical Harmony written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. 

VIDEO: Watch Sharon D Clarke & Company in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE on Broadway Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Sharon D Clarke & Company in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE on Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 27, 2021

Tonight, October 27, Roundabout Theatre Company’s new Broadway production of the Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change officially opens on Broadway at Studio 54. Check out  footage of Clarke and company in action!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Perform 'Salty Teardrops' on LATE NIGHT Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Cast of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Perform 'Salty Teardrops' on LATE NIGHT

by Michael Major - Oct 27, 2021

Nya, Nasia Thomas, and Harper Miles performed on The Late Show with Seth Meyers as the 'Radio' from Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Caroline, or Change with a performance of 'Salty Teardrops'. Watch the full performance now!

VIDEO: Go Inside CAROLINE, OR CHANGE's First Night on Broadway! Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside CAROLINE, OR CHANGE's First Night on Broadway!

by Team BWW - Oct 9, 2021

The new Broadway production of the Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change, began previews, last night at Studio 54. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in attendance to address the crowd and pay a visit backstage with the cast and creatives.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Cast of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Michael Major - Sep 28, 2021

Nya, Nasia Thomas, and Harper Miles perform 'Salty Teardrops' as the Radio in Caroline, or Change. The production's lead, Sharon D. Clarke, introduced this morning's performance.

VIDEO: Chip Zien Plays Skylar Astin's Dad on ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST Videoplay
VIDEO: Chip Zien Plays Skylar Astin's Dad on ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2021

'Into the Woods' Broadway originator Chip Zien appears in this clip from tonight's brand new episode of 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist!' 

VIDEO: Chip Zien, Eden Espinosa, Max von Essen and More Spend 'A Day in Falsettoland' Videoplay
VIDEO: Chip Zien, Eden Espinosa, Max von Essen and More Spend 'A Day in Falsettoland' from Quarantine!

by Stage Tube - May 22, 2020

Nick Adams, Nick Blaemire, Audrey Cardwell, Eden Espinosa, Bryonha Marie Parham, Max Von Essen, and Chip Zien join a special FALSETTOS quarantine performance to raise money for The Actor's Fund!

Exclusive: First Listen To 'Unworthy Of Your Love' From LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DI Videoplay
Exclusive: First Listen To 'Unworthy Of Your Love' From LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM

by Alan Henry - Mar 15, 2020

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first listen to 'Unworthy Of Your Love' From LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM. Check out the track!

VIDEO: First Look at Barrington Stage's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY With Music and L Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at Barrington Stage's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY With Music and Lyrics by William Finn

by Alan Henry - Jun 13, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Barrington Stage Company's The Royal Family of Broadway. The show is now on stage through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Get a first look at the show in the video below!


Chip Zien Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chip Zien next theatre project?
Chip Zien's next show will be Harmony: A New Musical which opens on 4/14/2022 on Off-Broadway.

How many Broadway shows has Chip Zien been in?
Chip Zien has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

How many West End shows has Chip Zien been in?
Chip Zien has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Chip Zien been nominated for?
Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Harmony Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Harmony and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Isn't It Romantic .