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Jack O'Brien

 
Bio:
Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Front Page, It's Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony), Hairspray (Tony), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Front Page, It's Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony), Hairspray (Tony), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
2019 Revival Tour, 2019
Fyedka
  [Broadway]
1947
Member of Elder Council

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2021]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Original Direction[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2021]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2015]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Associate Director
 
[West End, 2010]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[West End, 2007]
Director
 
[New York, 2007]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Production Supervisor
 
[US Tour, 2006]
Director
 
[Las Vegas, 2006]
Director
 
[New York, 2005]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Director
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2004]
Director
 
[Toronto, 2004]
Director
 
[New York, 2004]
Director
 
[New York, 2003]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2003]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2003]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[West End, 2002]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2001]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2001]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2000]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2000]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1999]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1998]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Adaptation
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[West End, 1997]
Book Revisions
Director
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Book Revisions
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1965]
Assistant to Mr. Rabb
 
[New York, 2006]
Director

Writing

Conceiver
Bookwriter
Lyricist

Jack O'Brien Biography

Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Front Page, It's Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony), Hairspray (Tony), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, Pride's Crossing, The Little Foxes, Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). Metropolitan Opera: Il Trittico. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Central Park: Much Ado About Nothing. Off-Broadway: Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award). London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier Award nomination). National Theatre: His Girl Friday. He was the artistic director of The Old Globe Theatre from 1981-2007 and directed six movies for PBS's "American Playhouse." Book: Jack Be Nimble, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. O√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘBrien directed the critically acclaimed national tour of The Sound of Music and the world premiere of the Jake Heggie/Terrence McNally opera Great Scott for The Dallas Opera. Mr. O'Brien was nominated for an Emmy Award for his documentary "Becoming Mike Nichols" (HBO).

Jack O'Brien Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Jack O'Brien, All My Sons
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Jack O'Brien, Carousel
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Jack O'Brien, The Front Page
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Jack O'Brien, The Nance
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2007 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
Jack O’Brien, The Coast of Utopia
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Coast of Utopia
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Coast of Utopia
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Coast of Utopia
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Coast of Utopia
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Coast of Utopia
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Jack O'Brien , Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Direction of a Musical
Jack O'Brien, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, Henry IV
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, Henry IV
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, Hairspray
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director - Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, Henry IV (LCT)
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, Hairspray
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director - Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Invention of Love
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Jack O'Brien, The Full Monty
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Invention of Love
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Direction of a Musical
Jack O'Brien, The Full Monty
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Direction of a Play
Jack O'Brien, The Invention of Love
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Jack O'Brien, The Full Monty
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Direction of a Play
Jack O'Brien, Two Shakespearean Actors
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Jack O'Brien, Porgy and Bess
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Direction of a Musical
Jack O'Brien, Porgy and Bess

Jack O'Brien News

Palace Theater Announces Upcoming 'I Wrote That!' Author Talk Series: Jack O'Brien, a Photo Palace Theater Announces Upcoming 'I Wrote That!' Author Talk Series: Jack O'Brien, and Melissa Shapiro
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2022

The Palace Theater will present the next two events in the ‚ÄúI Wrote That!‚ÄĚ Author Talk Series.

Photos & Video: The Company of SHUCKED Takes Over Times Square Photo Photos & Video: The Company of SHUCKED Takes Over Times Square
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2022

See photos of the legendary Jack O'Brien, director of the new musical Shucked on Broadway, handing out ears of corn in Times Square.

HAIRSPRAY Tour to Play The Eccles Theater in April 2023 Photo HAIRSPRAY Tour to Play The Eccles Theater in April 2023
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 12, 2022

HAIRSPRAY, Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10am. This new North American tour, helmed by original director Jack O'Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will play April 11 - 16, 2023 in Salt Lake City at the Eccles Theater. 

Andrew Polec Will Reprise Role in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at the Old Globe Photo Andrew Polec Will Reprise Role in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at the Old Globe
by Stephi Wild - Oct 31, 2022

The Old Globe has announced the full cast and creative team for its 25th annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Globe Resident Artist James Vásquez (Hair) directs San Diego’s yuletide favorite musical once again with Andrew Polec reprising his role as The Grinch.

Photos/Video: First Look at the New Cast of HAIRSPRAY on Tour, Featuring Andrew Levit Photo Photos/Video: First Look at the New Cast of HAIRSPRAY on Tour, Featuring Andrew Levitt aka Nina West
by Sneak Peek - Sep 29, 2022

All new photos and video have been released of the new cast of the North American tour of Hairspray, helmed by Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchell. Check out the clips and photos here!

Tickets for HAIRSPRAY Tour with Nina West at Miller Auditorium On Sale Now Photo Tickets for HAIRSPRAY Tour with Nina West at Miller Auditorium On Sale Now
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 18, 2022

HAIRSPRAY, Broadway‚Äôs Tony Award¬ģ-winning musical comedy phenomenon, went on sale September 16, 2022 at 10 AM. This new North American tour, helmed by original director¬†Jack O‚ÄôBrien¬†and original choreographer¬†Jerry Mitchell, will play Friday, November 4 ‚Äď Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Kalamazoo at Miller Auditorium.¬†

Tickets For HAIRSPRAY at the Ohio Theatre On Sale Now Photo Tickets For HAIRSPRAY at the Ohio Theatre On Sale Now
by Stephi Wild - Sep 9, 2022

HAIRSPRAY, Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, is on sale now! This new North American tour, helmed by original director Jack O'Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will play November 8-13 in Columbus at the Ohio Theatre, presented by CAPA and PNC Broadway in Columbus. 

Single Tickets For HAIRSPRAY at Proctors On Sale Photo Single Tickets For HAIRSPRAY at Proctors On Sale
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2022

HAIRSPRAY, Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8. This new North American tour, helmed by original director Jack O'Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will play Tuesday, December 6 - Sunday, December 11 in Schenectady at Proctors.

Photos: See Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West), Niki Metcalf & More in Rehearsals for the  Photo Photos: See Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West), Niki Metcalf & More in Rehearsals for the HAIRSPRAY North American Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 26, 2022

The HAIRSPRAY North American tour, helmed by Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell, will kick off at The Carson Center in Paducah, KY, prior to visiting more than 55 cities in its second touring season. Get a first look inside rehearsals here!

Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY Photo Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2022

Casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Bartlett Sher's critically acclaimed and multi award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe's much loved MY FAIR LADY, which comes to Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 8 March ‚Äď Sunday 26 March 2023.

Jack O'Brien Videos

Photos & Video: The Company of SHUCKED Takes Over Times Square Videoplay
Photos & Video: The Company of SHUCKED Takes Over Times Square

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2022

See photos of the legendary Jack O'Brien, director of the new musical Shucked on Broadway, handing out ears of corn in Times Square.

Photos/Video: First Look at the New Cast of HAIRSPRAY on Tour, Featuring Andrew Levit Videoplay
Photos/Video: First Look at the New Cast of HAIRSPRAY on Tour, Featuring Andrew Levitt aka Nina West

by Sneak Peek - Sep 29, 2022

All new photos and video have been released of the new cast of the North American tour of Hairspray, helmed by Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchell. Check out the clips and photos here!

VIDEO: Brandon Stalling Talks Returning to Chicago in the HAIRSPRAY Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: Brandon Stalling Talks Returning to Chicago in the HAIRSPRAY Tour

by Nicole Rosky - Feb 12, 2022

HAIRSPRAY, Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, is being presented at Chicago's CIBC Theatre through February 13, and Chicago native Brandon Stalling, who plays Seaweed in the musical, just stopped by ABC7 to chat about his role!

VIDEO: HAIRSPRAY is Coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 2022 Videoplay
VIDEO: HAIRSPRAY is Coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 2022

by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2022

You Can‚Äôt Stop the Beat!¬†HAIRSPRAY, Broadway‚Äôs Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event, is back on tour and will make a stop at the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 5‚Äď9, 2022.

VIDEO: First Look at the HAIRSPRAY North American Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the HAIRSPRAY North American Tour

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 6, 2021

Helmed by original director Jack O'Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, the new non-Equity national tour of  HAIRSPRAY is visiting more than 60 cities in its first touring season and is expected to play for multiple seasons.

VIDEO: Michael Ball, Lizzie Bea, and the London Cast of HAIRSPRAY Perform on BRITAIN' Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Ball, Lizzie Bea, and the London Cast of HAIRSPRAY Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

by Stage Tube - Sep 26, 2020

The London cast of Hairspray performed on Britain's Got Talent tonight, 27 September at 8pm.

Broadway Rewind: IT'S ONLY A PLAY Arrives with Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and More Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: IT'S ONLY A PLAY Arrives with Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and More

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 11, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014 for the arrival of It's Only a Play. It's Only a Play opened on Broadway on October 9, 2014 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it played for 274 performances.

VIDEO: Jack O'Brien Reflects on His Time at the Old Globe as Part of the ACT BREAKS S Videoplay
VIDEO: Jack O'Brien Reflects on His Time at the Old Globe as Part of the ACT BREAKS Series

by Stage Tube - May 9, 2020

Jack O'Brien, The Old Globe's Artistic Director Emeritus and three-time Tony Award winner, reflects on his time at the Globe and sends you a message of hope and love.

Broadway Rewind: Cheyenne Jackson & Kate Baldwin Look to the Sky in FINIAN'S RAINBOW! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Cheyenne Jackson & Kate Baldwin Look to the Sky in FINIAN'S RAINBOW!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 6, 2020

'We close things out with a look at the 48th production of City Center's famed Encore's, the glorious musical Finian's Rainbow, which starred Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Terri White. It was directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Kate told me, 'I get to sing the most beautiful songs. I think Burton Lane was a master of melody.' Cheyenne said he knew the songs but didn't really know the story, 'It's very, very current. I was actually surprised. The main crux of the plot is a bigoted white man in power from the south who is being replaced by an open-minded black man. Hmmm. So, it's very current.''

Broadway Rewind: Will Chase and Malcom Gets Turn the Page on THE STORY OF MY LIFE! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Will Chase and Malcom Gets Turn the Page on THE STORY OF MY LIFE!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 3, 2020

'What I loved the most about this episode', says BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge, 'was following the journey of the 2009 musical The Story of My Life. This episode of Broadway Rewind looks at the ill- fated musical, which featured two wonderful performances by Will Chase and Malcolm Gets, but we start off at a rehearsal for Michael Jacobs play 'Impressionism' directed by Jack O'Brien. It welcomed back to Broadway, Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen along with Marsha Mason, Aaron Lazar and Andre de Shields. Director Jack O'Brien told me why he had to do this play, 'It's about us. We haven't had a really witty, wise, romantic comedy in New York, in a long time and I've got this gorgeous cast.' Joan Allen said,


Jack O'Brien Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jack O'Brien been in?
Jack O'Brien has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Jack O'Brien been in?
Jack O'Brien has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Jack O'Brien been nominated for?
Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for All My Sons , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Carousel , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Front Page , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Nance , Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Coast of Utopia , Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Coast of Utopia , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Coast of Utopia , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Coast of Utopia , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Coast of Utopia , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Coast of Utopia , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Henry IV , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Henry IV , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray , Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Henry IV (LCT) , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray , Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Invention of Love , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Full Monty , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Invention of Love , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Full Monty , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Invention of Love , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Full Monty , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Two Shakespearean Actors Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Porgy and Bess and Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Porgy and Bess .

What awards has Jack O'Brien won?
Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Coast of Utopia, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Coast of Utopia, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Coast of Utopia, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Coast of Utopia, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Coast of Utopia, Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Coast of Utopia, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Henry IV, Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Henry IV, Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray, Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Henry IV (LCT), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray, Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Invention of Love Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Invention of Loveand Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Full Monty.

How many shows has Jack O'Brien written?
Jack O'Brien has written 2 shows including The Selling of the President (Bookwriter), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Conceiver).