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Jay Reiss

 

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2005
Vice Principal Douglas Panch
Douglas Panch
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Douglas Panch
Douglas Panch
  [Regional (US)]
Workshop, 2004
Performer

Writing

Additional Material

Photos

top row: Rebecca Feldman, Jay Reiss, Afra Hines  middle row: Jessica Hooker-Bailey, L Photo

top row: Rebecca Feldman, Jay Reiss, Afra Hines middle row: Jessica Hooker-Bailey, Lee Aaron Rosen, Michael Park Bottom row: Cody Jamison Strand, Susie Carroll, Sasha Hutchings

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Date:
12/11/2020
top row: Rebecca Feldman, Jay Reiss, Paige Davis  second row: Michael Park, Susie Car Photo

top row: Rebecca Feldman, Jay Reiss, Paige Davis second row: Michael Park, Susie Carroll, Jessica Hooker-Bailey third row: Sasha Hutchings and Afra Hines fourth row: Lee Aaron Rosen and Cody Jamiso

From: 
Date:
12/11/2020
Phyllis Newman with Cast Alumni featuring: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jenni Barber, Dan Fol Photo

Phyllis Newman with Cast Alumni featuring: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jenni Barber, Dan Folger, Deborah S. Craig, Sarah Saltzberg, Jose Llana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard and Jay Reiss during the Curtain Call for the One Night Only 10th Anniversary Concert of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' at Town Hall on July 6, 2015 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019
Lee Aaron Rosen, Jay Reiss Photo

Lee Aaron Rosen, Jay Reiss

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Date:
05/08/2019
Evan Todd, Paige Davis, Jay Reiss, Carol Johnson Photo

Evan Todd, Paige Davis, Jay Reiss, Carol Johnson

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Date:
05/08/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2005
Vice Principal Douglas Panch

Douglas Panch

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Douglas Panch

Douglas Panch

  [Regional (US)]
Workshop, 2004
Performer

Writing
Additional Material





Jay Reiss News

Howard Community College Announces AS YOU LIKE IT and More for 22/23 Season Photo Howard Community College Announces AS YOU LIKE IT and More for 22/23 Season
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 10, 2022

The Howard Community College (HCC) Theatre Program has announced its 2022-2023 season, which includes theatre for young audiences, a Thornton Wilder play, a stage combat show, a Shakespeare comedy, and a free outdoor musical. 

Raleigh Little Theatre's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Next Week Photo Raleigh Little Theatre's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Aug 4, 2022

Raleigh Little Theatre presents the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” outside in the Stephenson Amphitheatre August 11-20.

MNM Theatre Company To Present AVENUE Q In April 2023 Photo MNM Theatre Company To Present AVENUE Q In April 2023
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 28, 2022

MNM Theatre Company has revealed that Avenue Q will be the third production the award-winning company will present during their 2022 – 2023 Season.

UCSB Department of Theater/Dance Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Photo UCSB Department of Theater/Dance Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by A.A. Cristi - May 5, 2022

The Department of Theater/Dance at UCSB continues our return to live performances with our Spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Winner of a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. 'The Bee' comes to the Ballet Studio Theater on UCSB's campus May 11 – 28, 2022.

BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Titusville Playhouse Photo BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Titusville Playhouse
by Joseph Harrison - Mar 15, 2022

A county spelling bee may not sound like a likely setting for a musical, but THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE defies convention and delivers laughs and a heartwarming story that is sure to please. In the latest production on its Shuler Stage, Titusville Playhouse’s production of this hit musical is filled with quirky characters, fun staging and great music – while also illustrating some of the stresses impacting the children of today – pressure to succeed, parental involvement and the pros (and cons) of standing out from the crowd.

Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals of 2020-21 Revealed! Photo Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals of 2020-21 Revealed!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2021

Find out what the most popular plays and musicals were in high school according to Educational Theatre Association’s annual high school play survey.

UCSB THEATER/DANCE Announces 2021-2022 Season Photo UCSB THEATER/DANCE Announces 2021-2022 Season
by Stephi Wild - Sep 30, 2021

The Department of Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara has announced another exciting year of performances, this time back in-person. This season includes everything from unique takes on old classics to new and original works in both theater and dance.

The Fulton Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season Photo The Fulton Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021

A year ago, it was “The Impossible Dream,” now, the nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to announce a marquee season in the theatre's 169th year. The Fulton invites audiences to “Return to LIVE,” beginning this summer with a concert series that will ease back into full audiences.

BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Celebration Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Celebration Theatre Company
by Joseph Harrison - May 2, 2021

Settings for musicals range from the rather ordinary to the extraordinary. Audiences can be transported to the pre-war Austrian countryside or the magical world of Oz, or in the case of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Celebration Theatre Company’s latest production at Dr. Phillips Center, a county spelling bee. And though this may not sound like the most exciting of places to set a musical, this show is filled with quirky (but lovable) characters, a compelling story and great music – making for a fun couple hours of theatrical magic that is both touching and funny, and which also illustrates some of the challenges facing young people today – parental approval, pressure to excel, first crushes and the intense need to fit in.

Disney to Adapt THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Photo Disney to Adapt THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 22, 2021

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.

Jay Reiss Videos

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/16- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2016

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions.

BWW TV: Our Favorite Moment of the Bee? Chatting with the Company of the 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Reunion!
by TV - Red Carpets - Jul 8, 2015

With cheers, tears, and special surprises (we're looking at you Celia Keenan-Bolger!), nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard,Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg (plus Jenni Barber) - reunited for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert Monday night, July 6.

BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!
by TV - Press Previews - Jun 27, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Jenni Barber, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld caught up with the company in rehearsal - see what they had to say about the nostalgia, the concert and more!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/15- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2015

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/2- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2014

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/2- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2013

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/2- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2012

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions.

STAGE TUBE: Paper Mill's Putnam County Spelling Bee
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 26, 2011

Craving a fun musical comedy to sweep you up in the action and keep you laughing all the way home?


Jay Reiss Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jay Reiss been in?
Jay Reiss has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Jay Reiss been in?
Jay Reiss has not appeared in the West End

How many shows has Jay Reiss written?
Jay Reiss has written 1 shows including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Additional Material).