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Elaine May

 
Date Of Birth:
April 21, 1932 (90)
Bio:
Elaine May was a founding member of the improvisational theater groups the Compass Players and The Second City. She first came to national prominence with Nichols and May, her improvisational comedy duo with Mike Nichols, which became an immediate and overnight sensation, and stands as one of the ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: April 21, 1932 (90)

Bio:
Elaine May was a founding member of the improvisational theater groups the Compass Players and The Second City. She first came to national prominence with Nichols and May, her improvisational comedy duo with Mike Nichols, which became an immediate and overnight sensation, and stands as one of the ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Premiere, 2018
Gladys Green
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Ms. Asquith/Sue
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1992
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Concert [Broadway], 1960
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[Off-Broadway, 1969]
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Photos

Elaine May attends Joseph Feury''s Fioretti: Through the Window exhibit. Photo

Elaine May attends Joseph Feury''s Fioretti: Through the Window exhibit.

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Date:
10/16/2019
Joseph Feury and Elaine May attend Feury''s Fioretti: Through the Window exhibit at t Photo

Joseph Feury and Elaine May attend Feury''s Fioretti: Through the Window exhibit at the National Arts Club.

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10/16/2019
Elaine May during the Opening Night Curtain Call bows for "The Waverly Gallery" at th Photo

Elaine May during the Opening Night Curtain Call bows for "The Waverly Gallery" at the Golden Theatre on October 25, 2018 in New York City.

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06/11/2019
Elaine May, Kenneth Lonergan and Lila Neugebauerduring the Opening Night Curtain Call Photo

Elaine May, Kenneth Lonergan and Lila Neugebauerduring the Opening Night Curtain Call bows for "The Waverly Gallery" at the Golden Theatre on October 25, 2018 in New York City.

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06/11/2019
Elaine May arriving for the Opening Night Performance of WEST SIDE STORY at the Palac Photo

Elaine May arriving for the Opening Night Performance of WEST SIDE STORY at the Palace Theatre in New York City. March 19, 2009

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06/03/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Premiere, 2018
Gladys Green

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Ms. Asquith/Sue

  [Broadway]
1992
Performer

  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1960
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  [Broadway]
Performer

Productions

Director

Writing
Lyricist
Playwright
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Elaine May Biography

Elaine May was a founding member of the improvisational theater groups the Compass Players and The Second City. She first came to national prominence with Nichols and May, her improvisational comedy duo with Mike Nichols, which became an immediate and overnight sensation, and stands as one of the most iconic comedy teams in history. Their hit recordings include the Grammy Award-winning chart-topping classic, An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Improvisations to Music, Mike Nichols and Elaine May Examine Doctors, and In Retrospect; and their work has influenced many of the greatest comedians of our time, including Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and the "Saturday Night Live" Not Ready for Prime Time Players. By perfecting the art of improvisation and introducing it to the public through their appearances in clubs and on television and radio, Nichols and May forever changed the face of comedy, and our collective sense of humor. Ms. May's select writing credits include the films The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane (reuniting her with Mike Nichols), Heaven Can Wait, Wolf, Reds, Primary Colors, A New Leaf, and Ishtar (she also directed the latter two films). Ms. May also directed the hit 1972 film, The Heartbreak Kid. The Waverly Gallery marks Elaine May's first appearance on Broadway since her 1960 debut in An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May.

Elaine May Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
 
Drama League Awards - 2019 - Distinguished Performance Award
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1969 - Most Promising Playwright Gold Star
Elaine May, Adaptation
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1969 - Best Director Gold Star
Elaine May, Adaptation/ Next
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1968 - Best New Playwright Gold Star
Elaine May, Adaptation/ Next

Elaine May News

Photos: First Look at Westport Country Playhouse's Production of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Photo Photos: First Look at Westport Country Playhouse's Production of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by Marissa Tomeo - May 28, 2022

Westport Country Playhouse is staging the comic satire, ‚ÄúStraight White Men,‚Ä̬†by Young Jean Lee, from now through June 5, directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.¬†The show‚Äôs 2018 Broadway run made Lee the first Asian American female playwright to have a work produced there.

Westport Country Playhouse Offers Free-of-Charge Events Exploring Comedy STRAIGHT WHI Photo Westport Country Playhouse Offers Free-of-Charge Events Exploring Comedy STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by Stephi Wild - May 25, 2022

Westport Country Playhouse will present ‚ÄúStraight White Men: Dig Deeper,‚ÄĚ a series of special events, free-of-charge and open to the community, surrounding the comedy, ‚ÄúStraight White Men,‚ÄĚ playing May 24 ‚Äď June 5. The events will enhance the community's insight on the production and its themes.

Alison Leiby's OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION Announces Extension Photo Alison Leiby's OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION Announces Extension
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

The limited engagement of Alison Leiby’s Oh God, A Show About Abortion has been extended through June 30 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

A VICIOUS CIRCLE Will Have an Industry Reading Next Week Photo A VICIOUS CIRCLE Will Have an Industry Reading Next Week
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2022

A new play about the decades-long, tempestuous friendship between Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley will receive an industry reading on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Todd Buonopane Joins Jason Kravits For OFF THE TOP at Birdland Theater Next Week Photo Todd Buonopane Joins Jason Kravits For OFF THE TOP at Birdland Theater Next Week
by Stephi Wild - May 9, 2022

After sold-out shows in NYC last fall (and 2+ years after a star-studded week-long London residency) the award-winning, internationally acclaimed, completely improvised night of music and comedy returns to the Birdland Theater for one night only... and then moves on to London for two shows at The Crazy Coqs.

Westport Country Playhouse to Stage STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Photo Westport Country Playhouse to Stage STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by Marissa Tomeo - May 3, 2022

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the comic satire, ‚ÄúStraight White Men,‚Ä̬†by¬†Young Jean Lee, from May 24 through June 5, directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.¬†The show‚Äôs 2018 Broadway run made Lee the first Asian American female playwright to have a work produced there.¬†The cast includes Richard Kline, who was a series regular on television‚Äôs ‚ÄúThree‚Äôs Company‚ÄĚ as Larry Dallas. The production reunites Kline and Lamos, who were classmates at Northwestern University. Others in the ensemble are Bill Army, Denver Milord, Nick Westrate,¬†Akiko Akita, and Ashton Mu√Īiz.

Jason Kravits Brings OFF THE TOP! to New York and London in May Photo Jason Kravits Brings OFF THE TOP! to New York and London in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 22, 2022

OFF the TOP! with Jason Kravits will play Birdland Theater on May 16th as well as The Crazy Coqs in London, May 27th-28th!

Blythe Danner & Bob Dishy to Star in Food For Thought Productions Plays Photo Blythe Danner & Bob Dishy to Star in Food For Thought Productions Plays
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 18, 2022

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRODUCTIONS, now in its 22nd year, will continue celebrating the oft-neglected one-act play and theatre at its best with Award-winning actors, writers and directors, with a tremendously fun production set for its 2022 Season Opener on March 28th.

Alison Leiby's OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION to Play the Cherry Lane Theatre Photo Alison Leiby's OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION to Play the Cherry Lane Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2022

Directed by Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves, The Waverly Gallery), Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion will play the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan for six weeks only, from April 25 through June 4, 2022. Opening night will be May 5, 2022.

ALISON LEIBY: OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION to Begin Performances at the Cherry Lane  Photo ALISON LEIBY: OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION to Begin Performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre This Spring
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 16, 2022

Presenter Ilana Glazer ('Broad City,' 'The Afterparty') will bring Alison Leiby's critically acclaimed comedy about no one's favorite subject to the stage.

Elaine May Videos

VIDEO: Renée Taylor Recalls Jack Paar in MY LIFE ON A DIET VideoVIDEO: Renée Taylor Recalls Jack Paar in MY LIFE ON A DIET
by Stage Tube - Nov 14, 2019

Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Renée Taylor a?" known to millions as Fran Fine's food obsessed mother, Sylvia, on a?oeThe Nannya?? a?" will bring her comedy smash MY LIFE ON A DIET to George Street Playhouse beginning this Tuesday, November 19th. Called a?oefascinating, lighthearted and spicya?? by The New York Times, MY LIFE ON A DIET, an autobiographical comedy written by Ms. Taylor and her late husband Joseph Bologna, had an enormously successful run last season Off-Broadway under the direction of Mr. Bologna. In this brief performance video, Renée shares a priceless anecdote about legendary (pre-Carson) a?oeTonight Showa?? host Jack Paar:

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Heidi Schreck VideoWATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Heidi Schreck
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 27, 2019

Heidi Schreck is a double Tony Awards nominee this year for her brilliant work in What the Constitution Means to Me. Now she's telling us all about what this nomination means to her!

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Annette Bening VideoWATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Annette Bening
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 20, 2019

How does Annette Bening feel about earning her second Tony nomination for her performance in All My Sons? She tells us!

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Laura Donnelly VideoWATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Laura Donnelly
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 25, 2019

Laura Donnelly has already won an Olivier Award for her performance as Caitlin Carney in The Ferryman. Could she take home a Tony Award too?

VIDEO: Lucas Hedges Talks About His Broadway Debut in THE WAVERLY GALLERY VideoVIDEO: Lucas Hedges Talks About His Broadway Debut in THE WAVERLY GALLERY
by Stage Tube - Dec 14, 2018

Lucas Hedges was a guest on today's episode of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan.' During his interview, he talks about what it's like doing Broadway for the first time in 'The Waverly Gallery.'

VIDEO: Lucas Hedges Talks to Seth Meyers About His Broadway Debut in THE WAVERLY GALL VideoVIDEO: Lucas Hedges Talks to Seth Meyers About His Broadway Debut in THE WAVERLY GALLERY
by Stage Tube - Nov 6, 2018

Lucas Hedges was a guest on last night's episode of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers.' During the interview, Hedges talks about his Broadway debut in The Waverly Gallery, what Joel Edgerton was like on the set of Boy Erased and working with his own father on a film.

VIDEO: Lucas Hedges Discusses His 'Big Break' on THE TONIGHT SHOW VideoVIDEO: Lucas Hedges Discusses His 'Big Break' on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2018

Last night, Lucas Hedges sat down to talk with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show.' During the interview, Hedges discusses his 'big break' in his dad's film Dan in Real Life, getting acting notes from his Mid90s child co-star, and calls attention to pain experienced by LGBTQ youth with his film Boy Erased.

VIDEO: Netflix Shares the Trailer for SOMEBODY FEED PHIL Season 2 VideoVIDEO: Netflix Shares the Trailer for SOMEBODY FEED PHIL Season 2
by Macon Prickett - Jun 27, 2018

From the Emmy-Award winning creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, come new episodes of the critically- acclaimed SomebodyFeed Phil: The Second Course, a Netflix original documentary series which combines Phil's joyful approach to food and travel with his signature sense of humor

VIDEO: First Look - Meryl Streep Pays Tribute to Mike Nichols in Upcoming PBS Documentary
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 28, 2016

In PBS's upcoming AMERICAN MASTERS:MIKE NICHOLS documentary, airing Friday, January 29th, Oscar winner Meryl Streep recalls working with the acclaimed director.

VIDEO: First Look - Matthew Broderick & More in AMERICAN MASTERS Mike Nichols Documentary
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 26, 2016

Below, watch clips from the documentary including Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Frank Langella remembering Mike Nichols' famous laugh and Dustin Hoffman and Paul Simon sharing stories about The Graduate.


Elaine May Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Elaine May been in?
Elaine May has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Elaine May been in?
Elaine May has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Elaine May been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Waverly Gallery , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for The Waverly Gallery , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Waverly Gallery , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Waverly Gallery , Most Promising Playwright (Drama Desk Awards) for Adaptation Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Adaptation/ Next and Best New Playwright (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Adaptation/ Next .

What awards has Elaine May won?
Outstanding Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Waverly Gallery, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Waverly Gallery, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Waverly Gallery, Most Promising Playwright (Drama Desk Awards) for Adaptation Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Adaptation/ Nextand Best New Playwright (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Adaptation/ Next.

How many shows has Elaine May written?
Elaine May has written 11 shows including An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May (Playwright), 3 x 3 (Playwright), Adaptation/ Next (Playwright), Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen (Playwright), Death Defying Acts (Playwright), Power Plays (Playwright), Taller Than A Dwarf (Playwright), Short Talks on the Universe (Playwright), Adult Entertainment (Lyricist), After the Night and the Music (Playwright), Relatively Speaking (Playwright).