Chip Zien

Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI, USA

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Chip Zien 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’s THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, THE COUNTRY GIRL directed by Mike Nichols and as Thenardier in the revival of LES MISÉRABLES. 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.

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Chip Zien STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2023
Rabbi

[Off-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
Detective Kirby (Understudy)

Charles Cogan (Understudy)

Demetrius (Understudy)

Louie (Understudy)

Laurent (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 Movies

[1979]The Rose Reporter

[1981]So Fine Wise Guy in Disco

[1984]Grace Quigley Dr. Herman

[1984]The House of God Eat-My-Dust-Eddie

[1986]Howard the Duck Howard T. Duck

[1987]Hello Again Reporter #4

[1994]Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Franklin P. Adams

[1995]The Real Shlemiel Treitel, The Donkey

[1998]The Siege Chief of Staff

[1998]Snake Eyes Mickey Alter

[1999]Breakfast of Champions Andy Wojeckowzski

[2006]United 93 Mark Rothenberg

[2009]Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Dr. Marsh

[2012]Commentary Clifford Blowman

[2017]Little Evil Stepdad Therapist

[2022]Simchas and Sorrows Mortimer


Chip Zien TV Shows

All My Children Donald Steele

Almost Perfect Gary Karp

As the World Turns Roastmaster, Arthur Howell

Deadline Sammy Klein, Detective Sammy Klein

Law & Order Cromwell, Attorney Steven Cromwell, Mr. Green

Love, Sidney Jason Stoller

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Chip Zien News


Julie Benko, Norbert Leo Butz, Joshua Henry and More Set For BROADWAY BACKWARDS

Stars of Broadway and beyond have joined the lineup for this year's Broadway Backwards. Learn more about who is joining the event, set for March 11!

Photos: Julie Benko & Company Let The Good Times Roll at Birdland

Birdland presented Julie Benko – direct from Broadway’s Funny Girl and Harmony– with her band “Euphonic Gumbo” on Monday, February 12. Check out photos here!

Shoshana Bean, Tituss Burgess, Jordan Fisher, Alex Newell, and More Set For BROADWAY BACKWARDS

The lineup has been announced for Broadway Backwards, which returns on Monday, March 11, 2024. Find out who will be performing at the event here!

Photos: Get an Inside Look Into HARMONY's Final Weekend Events

See photos from the events of Harmony's final weekend on Broadway

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 6, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is February 6, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Video: Chip Zien Gives Speech at HARMONY Closing Night Curtain Call

Harmony officially concluded its run on Broadway on February 4. Producer Ken Davenport shared a video of the show's final curtain call, which included a speech by Chip Zien. Check out the video here!

Video: Watch Chip Zien Perform Rabbi's Final Monologue from HARMONY: A NEW MUSICAL, Closing Today

Watch Chip Zien perform Rabbi's final monologue from Harmony here!

2 Broadway Shows Close Today

Purlie Victorious takes its final bow at the Music Box Theatre following 23 previews and 151 regular performances; and Harmony will conclude its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre following 28 previews and 96 regular performances.

Photos: Ben Stiller and Family Visit HARMONY on Broadway

See photos of Ben Stiller visiting Harmony on Broadway!

Video: HARMONY Honors Hannah Szenes on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Watch Julie Benko of Harmony on Broadway honor Hannah Szenes, one of the resistance's many heroes, with a musical performance of Szenes's poem 'Éli, ’Éli,' for Holocaust Remembrance Day here!

Photos: James Lapine, Joanna Gleason & More Visit HARMONY on Broadway

The stage door alley at the Barrymore Theatre was filled with Broadway’s best last night all to congratulate the cast of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony and star Chip Zien. See photos!

HARMONY Broadway Cast Recording is Available on CD Today

The cast recording for Harmony – the new Broadway musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman – has been released on CD today, Friday, January 26. The album was released on digital and streaming platforms earlier this season.

Photos: Get a Look Backstage at HARMONY With Sierra Boggess

Get a look at backstage photos of Sierra Boggess at Harmony.

Video: See the First Two Minutes of HARMONY's Epic 15-Minute Opening Number

Get an extended look at The Comedian Harmonists in action as the production shares the first two minutes of Harmony on Broadway's epic 15-minute opening number! Check out the video!

HARMONY Announces Broadway Closing Date

Producers Ken Davenport, Sandi Moran and Garry Kief announced that the Broadway production of Harmony will play its final performance at the Barrymore Theatre on Sunday, February 4, 2024. The Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman musical will have played 96 performances and 24 previews at the time of its closing. 

Photos: Cyndi Lauper and Theresa Rebeck Visit HARMONY on Broadway

Cyndi Lauper and Theresa Rebeck recently visited the Broadway production of Harmony at the Barrymore Theatre. The pair then congratulated the stars including Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko and the six “Harmonists”, Danny Kornfeld, Sean Bell, Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, Eric Peters and Zal Owen after the show backstage. Check out photos here!

Video: Julie Benko Gives a Tour of Her HARMONY Dressing Room

In a new video, Julie Benko gave a tour of her Broadway dressing room, backstage at Harmony! Get a closer look at some of her costumes, backstage essentials, and more in the video here!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld December 28th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is December 28, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Video: Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko, and the HARMONY Cast Perform 'Stars in the Night' and 'Where You Go'

Two new videos have been released of the cast performing songs from Harmony! Check out 'Where You Go' performed by Julie Benko and Sierra Boggess, as well as 'Stars In The Night' performed by Chip Zien, Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, and Steven Telsey.

Words From The Wings: Zal Owen of HARMONY Shares Backstage Routines, Must-Haves, and More!

As part of our Words From The Wings series, we're chatting with Zal Owen who is currently in Harmony. Zal told us all about his backstage routines, favorite moments, and more!

Chip Zien FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Chip Zien's next show will be Harmony which opens on 11/13/2023 on Broadway.

Chip Zien has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

Chip Zien has not appeared in the West End.

Chip Zien has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for the show "Harmony," Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Harmony," and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Isn't It Romantic."

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