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Dick Latessa

 
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Bio:
Latessa was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother was an automotive upholstery maker. He made his Broadway debut in The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N in 1968. Additional theatre credits include Follies, Rags, The Cherry Orchard, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Awake ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Bio:
Latessa was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother was an automotive upholstery maker. He made his Broadway debut in The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N in 1968. Additional theatre credits include Follies, Rags, The Cherry Orchard, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Awake ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Vineyard Theatre Production, 2011
Ben Lyons
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2010
Dr. Dreyfuss
  [Las Vegas]
Las Vegas Production, 2006
Wildbur Turnblad
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Wilbur Turnblad
  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Ron
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Nunzio Christano
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 1998
Herr Schultz [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Burt Hines
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1997
Dr. Dreyfuss
  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Carl
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Senex [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1996
Docteur Michel
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Van Buren
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Whitey McCoy
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Daniel Shannon
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Capt. Jack Boyle
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Clem Rogers
  [Broadway]
1988
Ernie Cusack [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1986
Jack [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1986
Avram Cohen
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1984
Performer
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1984
Myron Berger
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Jack Jerome [Replacement]
Jack Jerome [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983
Boris
Boris
  [Broadway]
1980
Renzo
  [Off-Broadway]
1980
Performer
  [Broadway]
1980
Herb [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1977
Leo Schneider [Replacement]
Leo Schneider [Replacement]
Leo Schneider (Standby)
George Schneider (Standby)
  [Off-Broadway]
1976
Nicolo Polo
  [Off-Broadway]
1975
Cockian
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Major-Domo
Buddy Plummer (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
Giovanni Pastora
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1964
First Spy
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1960
Hucklebee [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1999
Herr Schultz

Dick Latessa Biography

Latessa was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother was an automotive upholstery maker. He made his Broadway debut in The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N in 1968. Additional theatre credits include Follies, Rags, The Cherry Orchard, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Awake and Sing!, Cabaret, and Hairspray, for which he won both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Throughout the years he also has been featured in several Neil Simon plays, including Chapter Two, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Rumors, and Proposals.

Latessa's screen credits include The Substance of Fire, Alfie, and Stigmata. He has appeared in numerous television movies, including Izzy and Moe, The Trial of Bernhard Goetz, and Pudd'nhead Wilson, and primetime series such Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, Ironside, Spenser: For Hire, The Sopranos, Ed, and Law & Order.

Dick Latessa Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Dick Latessa, Promises, Promises
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Dick Latessa , Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Dick Latessa, Hairspray
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical Gold Star
Dick Latessa, Hairspray
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production Gold Star
Dick LatessaCabaret
 
Obie Awards - 1975 - Performance Gold Star
Dick Latessa, Philemon

Dick Latessa News

Cady Huffman to Lead ADM21 in “Our Favorite Son” From THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES Photo Cady Huffman to Lead ADM21 in “Our Favorite Son” From THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 4, 2021

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century will release its latest joyous virtual video, “Our Favorite Son” from the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies, performed by Cady Huffman in the role of Will Rogers, and 10 original Broadway cast members, along with 10 of ADM21's featured dancers.

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 4, 2021

THE LYONS Is Next Up At The Ensemble Company Photo THE LYONS Is Next Up At The Ensemble Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 7, 2021

The Ensemble Company, the theatre company in residence at Penguin Point Productions located in the Oviedo Mall, follows its recent acclaimed production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning W;t with Nicky Silver's savage comedy about a dying breed, The Lyons.

Where Are They Now? Catch Up on the Careers of the Original Cast of HAIRSPRAY Photo Where Are They Now? Catch Up on the Careers of the Original Cast of HAIRSPRAY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2021

In our new series, 'Where Are They Now?' we're taking a look back at some of our favorite original Broadway casts, and catching up with their careers! Next up, the original cast of Hairspray!

Vineyard Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season, Featuring Work by David Cale, Lucas Hnat Photo Vineyard Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season, Featuring Work by David Cale, Lucas Hnath and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2021

The Vineyard has just announced its new season, which will include productions of Is This A Room, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Tina Satter; and the Center Theatre Group, Goodman Theatre and Vineyard Theatre production of Dana H., by Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath and directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters. Both shows will come to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street, New York, NY), playing on a rotating schedule.

UN DÍA COMO HOY: HAIRSPRAY ganaba 8 Premios Tony Photo UN DÍA COMO HOY: HAIRSPRAY ganaba 8 Premios Tony
by Nuria Pedret - Jun 7, 2021

La obra estuvo nominada a 13 premios en 2003, incluyendo los Premios al Mejor Musical, Guión, Música y Dirección

The 15 Best Theater Tweets from Theater Stars and Fans This Week Photo The 15 Best Theater Tweets from Theater Stars and Fans This Week
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Apr 2, 2021

We're rounding up # tweets from the week of 3/29/2021 to 4/2/2021 from Broadway stars and theater fans!

VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'You Can't Stop the Beat' From HAIRSPRAY! Photo VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'You Can't Stop the Beat' From HAIRSPRAY!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 8, 2020

In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history! Today's number, You Can't Stop the Beat from Hairspray!

Where is the HAIRSPRAY Original Cast Now? Photo Where is the HAIRSPRAY Original Cast Now?
by Linnae Medeiros - Aug 15, 2019

Hey there, teenage Baltimore! It's officially been seventeen years since Broadway audiences were first welcomed the the 60s with the opening of Hairspray at the Neil Simon Theatre on August 15, 2002. To celebrate the special occasion, we're looking back what the nicest kids in town have been up to since leaving The Corny Collins Show, including Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Morrison, Kerry Butler, and more! Check it all out!

BWW Interview: Susie Mosher Wants You to Take Your Tuesdays to THE LINE UP! Photo BWW Interview: Susie Mosher Wants You to Take Your Tuesdays to THE LINE UP!
by Richard Ridge - Jul 30, 2019

Monday nights belong to Jim Caruso's Cast Party at the legendary Birdland and now in less than a year the place to be on Tuesday night is Birdland's new downstairs theatre and The Line Up with Susie Mosher.

Dick Latessa Videos

Broadway Mourns the Passing of Tony Winner Dick Latessa
by Alan Henry - Dec 20, 2016

Yesterday BroadwayWorld was saddened to report the passing of Tony Award Winner Dick Latessa, who is fondly remembered for his timeless Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning performance as Wilbur Turnblad in the original Broadway production of Hairspray. Latessa was a veteran of the stage and screen. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the revival of Promises, Promises and The Lyons.

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 5 - Harvey, Shoshana, Jackie + HAIRSPRAY + Disney + Dreidel!
by Robert Diamond - Dec 17, 2014

So .... this is sort of a 'mash-up' of mediums and a fun 'take' on a traditional Hanukkah song, bolstered by the additional creative forces of Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman. It also boasts the talents of Harvey Fierstein, Jackie Hoffman, Peter Matthew Smith, Shoshana Bean, Clarke Thorell, Jenn Gambatese, Michael Longoria, Rashad Naylor, Tracy Jai Edwards, Chester Gregory II, Dick Latessa and others from the Broadway cast of HAIRSPRAY. The year was 2003, and HAIRSPRAY, pretty much, owned Broadway.

STAGE TUBE: Wild Root Company Previews ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL Workshop
by Stage Tube - Feb 19, 2014

The highly-anticipated March 2014 Manhattan workshop performances of Rocco Natale's 'powerful' new drama ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL gets just a bit more exciting with the release of this haunting new teaser from the workshop's presenter. Tickets for the workshop presentations are now available at www.WildRoot.org. Check out a trailer for the project below!

AUDIO: Lea Salonga Sings 'Back to Before' in RAGTIME Concert!
by Stage Tube - Feb 19, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions just presented a special concert performance of RAGTIME at Avery Fisher Hall last night, Monday, February 18, 2013. Click below to hear a recording of Lea Salonga, who played Mother, singing 'Back to Before' at the concert!

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: The Glorious Opening Number from the RAGTIME Concert- Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, Patina Miller and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 19, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions just presented a special concert performance of Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall last night, Monday, February 18, 2013. The cast included: Michael Arden as Younger Brother, Phillip Boykin as Booker T. Washington, Kerry Butler as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh as Henry Ford, Tyne Dalyas Emma Goldman, Jarrod Emick as Willie Conklin, Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Dick Latessa as Grandfather,Norm Lewis as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Jose Llana as Harry Houdini, Michael McCormick as J.P. Morgan,Howard McGillin as Father, Patina Miller as Sarah, Lea Salonga as Mother Lilla Crawford as The Little Girl and Lewis Grosso as The Little Boy and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sarah's Friend. BroadwayWorld was there for the special concert event and you can check out the full opening number below!

MEGA STAGE TUBE: RAGTIME Video Flashback!
by Stage Tube - Feb 18, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions will present a special concert performance of Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall tonight, Monday, February 18, 2013. The cast will include: Michael Arden as Younger Brother, Phillip Boykin as Booker T. Washington, Kerry Butler as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh as Henry Ford, Tyne Daly as Emma Goldman, Jarrod Emick as Willie Conklin, Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Dick Latessa as Grandfather, Norm Lewis as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Jose Llana as Harry Houdini, Michael McCormick as J.P. Morgan, Howard McGillin as Father, Patina Miller as Sarah, Lea Salonga as Mother Lilla Crawford as The Little Girl and Lewis Grosso as The Little Boy and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sarah's Friend. In celebration of ths special day, BroadwayWorld brings you a collection of highlights from the original 1998 production and the 2009 revival below!

BWW TV: Chatting with the RAGTIME Concert Cast- Norm Lewis, Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh, Patina Miller & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 12, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions will present a special concert performance of Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday, February 18, 2013. The cast will include: Michael Arden as Younger Brother, Phillip Boykin as Booker T. Washington, Kerry Butler as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh as Henry Ford, Tyne Daly as Emma Goldman, Jarrod Emick as Willie Conklin, Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Dick Latessa as Grandfather, Norm Lewis as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Jose Llana as Harry Houdini, Michael McCormick as J.P. Morgan, Howard McGillin as Father, Patina Miller as Sarah, Lea Salonga as Mother Lilla Crawford as The Little Girl and Lewis Grosso as The Little Boy and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sarah's Friend. The full cast met the press just yesterday and you can check out what they had to say about the special concert below!

BWW TV: Stars & Puppies! Bernadette Peters, Mary Tyler Moore, Andrew Rannells, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan & More at Broadway Barks 14!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 16, 2012

Yesterday, July 14, Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore hosted the 14th annual BROADWAY BARKS!, a star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you full video coverage of the event, including the opening performance by ONE MAN, TWO GUVNOR's band The Craze, plus interviews with the hostesses, as well as Julie Halston, Newsies' Jeremy Jordan, The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells, The Lyons' Dick Latessa (CQ) and many of the rescue groups in attendance, plus footage of Linda Lavin, Angela Lansbury and more presenting the animals available for adoption. Watch the video below!

BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of THE LYONS with Linda Lavin & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 26, 2012

THE LYONS, which debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre, officially opened on April 23 at the Cort Theatre. Previews began on April 5. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mark Brokaw directs. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night, and was on the red carpet inside the after party to chat with the cast and company!

BWW TV: First Look at Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & More in THE LYONS on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 23, 2012

THE LYONS, which debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre, officially opens tonight, April 23, at the Cort Theatre. Previews began on April 5. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mark Brokaw directs. The opening night curtain has just come up and below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production footage below!


Dick Latessa Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Dick Latessa been in?
Dick Latessa has appeared on Broadway in 18 shows.

How many West End shows has Dick Latessa been in?
Dick Latessa has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Dick Latessa been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Promises, Promises , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray , Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Cabaret and Performance (Obie Awards) for Philemon .

What awards has Dick Latessa won?
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray, Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Cabaretand Performance (Obie Awards) for Philemon.