Harry Groener

Birth Place: Augsberg, GERMANY

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Harry Groener is a versatile actor with extensive experience in theater, film, and television. He is best known for his work on Broadway, where he has earned critical acclaim for his performances in a wide range of roles.
Born in Augsburg, Germany, Groener grew up in the United States and began his career in the theater. He made his Broadway debut in the 1979 production of "Oklahoma!" and went on to appear in a number of other shows, including "Cats," "Crazy for You," and "Copenhagen."
One of Groener's most notable roles was as the Wizard in the original production of "Wicked." His performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and he later reprised the role in the show's national tour.
In addition to his work on Broadway, Groener has also appeared in numerous regional theater productions. He has worked with some of the most prestigious theater companies in the country, including the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
Groener has also made a name for himself in the world of television and film. He has appeared in a number of popular TV shows, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Grey's Anatomy," and "How I Met Your Mother." He has also appeared in several films, including "Amistad," "Road to Perdition," and "About Schmidt."
In addition to his work as an actor, Groener is also an accomplished director and choreographer. He has directed productions of "Into the Woods," "The Music Man," and "1776," among others.
Most recently, Groener appeared in the 2019 Broadway revival of "Tootsie." He played the role of Max Van Horn, a lecherous director who is infatuated with the show's leading lady. Groener's performance was praised by critics, with The New York Times calling him "hilarious" and "terrific."
Overall, Harry Groener is an immensely talented actor who has made a name for himself in a variety of mediums

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[Los Angeles]
Geffen Playhouse West Coast Premiere, 2019
Elliot Isaac

Manhattan Concert Production, 2017
Bela Zangler

[Houston, TX (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2008
Michel Gerard

Broadway Revival Production, 2006

Original Broadway Production, 2005
King Arthur [Replacement]

[Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2003
Featured Performer

Original Broadway Production, 2002
The Man

Off-Broadway Revival, 1999
Nöel Coward

Original Broadway Production, 1992
Bobby Child


[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1986

Original Broadway Production, 1985
Edward Harrigan

Original Broadway Production, 1984
George (Act I) [Replacement]

George (Act II) [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1982

Original Broadway Production, 1982

Original Broadway Production, 1981
Western Mousada

Broadway Revival, 1979
Will Parker

Closed on the road, 1978

[New York]
Reading, 1983

Harry Groener Movies

[1980]Brubaker Dr. Campbell

[1997]Amistad Tecora Captain

[1998]Dance with Me Michael

[1998]Patch Adams Dr. Prack

[1999]Buddy Boy Father Gillespie

[2002]About Schmidt John Rusk

[2002]Manna from Heaven Tony

[2002]Road to Perdition Mr. McDougal

[2002]Role of a Lifetime Brad Collings

[2006]The Last Time Customer at conference

[2007]The Happiest Day of His Life Mrd. Bloom

[2008]Beautiful Loser Ronald Riley

[2011]The Selling Auction Man

[2014]Bread and Butter Donald Karinsky

[2015]The Atticus Institute Lawrence Henault

[2016]Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Hap

[2016]A Cure for Wellness Pembroke

[2018]A Futile and Stupid Gesture Harry Kenney

[2018]Delirium Psychiatrist

[2020]A Place Among the Dead Dad

Harry Groener TV Shows

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mayor Richard Wilkins

Dear John Ralph Drang

How I Met Your Mother Clint

Las Vegas Gunther the Chef

Mad About You Lance Brockwell

Sleepwalkers The Smiling Man

The West Wing Secretary of Agriculture Roger Tribbey

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What We Know So Far About the WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Musical

Water for Elephants is coming to Broadway! The Broadway premiere of the new musical WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will begin previews on Saturday, February 24, 2024, and open Thursday, March 21, 2024, at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). What do you need to know until then?

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is Coming to Broadway in 2024

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is making its Broadway premiere next year! The Broadway premiere of the new musical WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will begin previews on Saturday, February 24, 2024, and open Thursday, March 21, 2024, at the Imperial Theatre. Learn more about the new musical and how to get tickets here!

NiCori Studios & Productions to Present CATS: YOUNG ACTORS' EDITION

Get ready for a purr-fect performance as NiCori Studios & Productions brings the first-ever production of 'CATS: Young Actors' Edition' to New Jersey. Don't miss this opportunity to experience Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical.

Photos: See Ryan Vasquez, Isabelle McCalla & More in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS World Premiere

See photos of Ryan Vasquez, Isabelle McCalla and more in the world premiere of Water for Elephants at Alliance Theatre.

Review Roundup: Critics Sound Off On WATER FOR ELEPHANTS World Premiere at Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre world premiere musical, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is now on stage. What did the critics think? Based on the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS takes audiences on an adventure filled with romance, deception, and a little bit of magic.

Ryan Vasquez, Isabelle McCalla & More to Lead WATER FOR ELEPHANTS World Premiere

The Alliance Theatre has announced the cast and creative team of its world premiere musical, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. See who is starring, performance dates, and how to purchase tickets!

BC/EFA Auctions Limited Edition Autographed Al Hirschfeld Prints

Twenty one limited-edition prints of acclaimed caricature artist Al Hirschfeld – signed by the iconic stage and screen stars featured in the image – are being auctioned online to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, in partnership with Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world.

John Rubenstein Celebrates Pippin's 50th Anniversary On MUSICAL THEATRE MELODIES Next Week

The next broadcast of Rob Morrison's Musical Theatre Melodies will pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Steven Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's Tony Award winning musical PIPPIN, featuring interviews with Tony Award winner John Rubenstein and songs from the original Broadway cast recording with special narration by Tony Award nominee Walter Willison.

Broadway Press Agent Susan L. Schulman Passes Away

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the death of Broadway press agent Susan L. Schulman.

Review: EVERYBODY at Antaeus Theatre Company

EVERYBODY, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ contemporary riff on a 15th-century morality play, is a creative and chaotic allegory about Christian salvation which is, in the end, an uneven production for the usually consistent Antaeus Theatre Company. 

Photos: First Look at Antaeus Theatre Company's EVERYBODY

Antaeus Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of Everybody, a funny, provocative and very modern riff on a 15th-century morality play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Jennifer Chang. Performances take place at Glendale’s Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center from September 16 through October 17. Check out photos here!

Interview: EVERYBODY's Anne Gee Byrd Rifts On Her Long Ties To The L.A. Theatre Community

Next up at the Antaeus Theatre Company the Los Angeles premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody September 16, 2022 (with previews beginning September 11th). Jennifer Chang directs the cast of Anne Gee Byrd, Dawn Didawick, Lisa Sanaye Dring, Cherish Monique Duke, Nicole Erb, Harry Groener, Alberto Isaac, Antonio Jaramillo and Gerard Joseph. I got the chance to finally interview Anne after all these years of seeing her wow her audiences on the Los Angeles stages.

Antaeus Sets L.A. Premiere Of EVERYBODY In Glendale, Running September 16-October 17

Antaeus Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of Everybody, a funny, provocative and very modern riff on a 15th-century morality play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Jennifer Chang.

Musical Theater Melodies Celebrates 120th Birthday of Legendary Composer Richard Rodgers with Broadcast and Streaming Premiere

Tuesday June 28th, 2022, marks the 120th Anniversary of the birth of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, Rob Morrison's Musical Theatre Melodies will commemorate the occasion with the broadcast and streaming premiere of the Museum of the City of New York's A CELEBRATION OF RICHARD RODGERS, recorded live at The Imperial Theatre, New York City, on March 26th, 1972.

New L.A. Theatre Works Season Starts Today

L.A. Theatre Works will segue from the digital stage to in-person performance in 2021-22 with a seven-play season of audio theater.

VIDEO: On This Day, February 19- CRAZY FOR YOU Opens On Broadway

Today in 1992, Crazy for You opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 1622 performances. Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as 'The New Gershwin Musical Comedy', it is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman.The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, and Beth Leavel as Tess.

Theater Stories: A CHORUS LINE, The HELLO, DOLLY! Revival, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD & More About The Shubert Theatre

This week's Theater Stories features the Shubert Theatre! Learn about one of the longest running Broadway shows of all time, A Chorus Line, the incredibly successful production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the star-studded revival of Hello, Dolly! and more.

Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 4 to be Released in March

Dress Circle Publishing has announced the release of THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 4, the latest in a series by historian and producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper. The book will be available on Tuesday, March 9 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2020-2021 Broadway shutdown.

Porchlight Shares Free And Premium Events In December

Tickets for each of the online events are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. Links are available for viewing 72 hours after purchase.  Porchlight also announces the return of the popular series celebrating the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim@90 Roundtable with Michael Weber. The series returns Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. CST with a discussion on Road Show with guests Deanna Dunagan, Chris Jones and Michael Mahler.

Travel to L.A. with Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP CODE PLAYS Podcast Series

Celebrate the culture and history of the diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles from the safety of your home. Antaeus Theatre Company presents The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles, a series of six original audio plays, each set in a different L.A. zip code.


Harry Groener has appeared on Broadway in 12 shows.

Harry Groener has not appeared in the West End

Harry Groener has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Crazy for You," Best Actor - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Crazy for You," Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Crazy for You," Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Harrigan 'n Hart," Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Cats," Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Oklahoma!," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Oklahoma!" He also received a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for his work in "Oklahoma!"

Harry Groener has won the Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for his role in the Broadway production of Oklahoma!.

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