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Jefferson Mays

 
Bio:
Mays appeared on Broadway in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright, from November 2003 (previews) to October 31, 2004. He had appeared in the play Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in May 2003, and at the La Jolla Playhouse in July 2001. Mays won the 2004 Tony Award for ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Mays appeared on Broadway in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright, from November 2003 (previews) to October 31, 2004. He had appeared in the play Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in May 2003, and at the La Jolla Playhouse in July 2001. Mays won the 2004 Tony Award for ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2022
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Mayor Shinn
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Terje Rod-Larsen
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2016
Bensinger
  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theater Original Production, 2016
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
D'Ysquith Family
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2011
British Secret Service
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2007
Henry Higgins
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2007
Private Mason
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2006
Alexander Throttlebottom
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Jeremiah Grady
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Abbe de Coulmier
  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Mokie

Photos

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Jefferson Mays

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Date:
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Jefferson Mays and Jayne Houdyshell

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Date:
06/08/2022
Jefferson Mays and Jayne Houdyshell  Photo

Jefferson Mays and Jayne Houdyshell

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Date:
06/08/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2022
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Mayor Shinn

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Terje Rod-Larsen

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2016
Bensinger

  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theater Original Production, 2016
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
D'Ysquith Family

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2011
British Secret Service

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2007
Henry Higgins

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2007
Private Mason

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2006
Alexander Throttlebottom

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Jeremiah Grady

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Abbe de Coulmier

  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Mokie

Jefferson Mays Biography


Mays appeared on Broadway in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright, from November 2003 (previews) to October 31, 2004. He had appeared in the play Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in May 2003, and at the La Jolla Playhouse in July 2001. Mays won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show, an Obie Award, and a 2004 Theatre World Award for his solo performance. He also won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play for seasons of I Am My Own Wife in Australia in 2006.

Mays starred in two Broadway revivals in 2007. He appeared as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, in which he won critical praise. He appeared in a revival of Journey's End in February to June 2007, in which he starred as Private Mason.

In August 2009, Mays appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Grey.

Mays starred in the 2013 Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, in which he played nine roles. He performed in the musical from October 2013 (previews) until closing on January 17, 2016. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He also was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and tied for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (with Neil Patrick Harris). Mays played Terje R√łd-Larsen in the Broadway play Oslo, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination. Mays is set to play Mayor George Shinn in the upcoming revival of The Music Man opening on Broadway in 2020.

Mays also narrates audiobooks, including The Expanse series and "The Invention of Sound" by Chuck Palahniuk.

Mays has appeared in several television programs as well; he notably appeared in several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as cross-dressing murderer Carl Rudnick, and as Black Dahlia suspect George Hodel in the Turner Network Television miniseries I Am the Night. His television credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and The Americans.

Jefferson Mays Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2017 - Distinguished Performance Award
Jefferson Mays, Oslo
 
Obie Awards - 2017 - Ensemble Gold Star
Jefferson MaysOslo
 
Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Jefferson Mays, Oslo
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
 
Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Performance Award
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
 
Drama League Awards - 2012 - Distinguished Performance Award
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
 
The Lortels - 2012 - Outstanding Lead Actor
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production Gold Star
Jefferson MaysI Am My Own Wife
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2004 - Best Leading Actor in a Play Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
 
Obie Awards - 2004 - Performance Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Solo Performance Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
 
Theatre World Awards - 2004 - Performance Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Solo Performance Gold Star
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
 
Obie Awards - 1994 - Performance Gold Star
Jefferson MaysOrestes

Jefferson Mays News

THE MUSIC MAN Cast Recording to be Released This Friday Photo THE MUSIC MAN Cast Recording to be Released This Friday
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2022

The official cast recording of the Broadway revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, will be released this Friday, September 23 at 10 AM ET.

THE MUSIC MAN to Close on Broadway This Winter Photo THE MUSIC MAN to Close on Broadway This Winter
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

The Music Man will end its Broadway run on January 1, 2023. The revival of Meredith Willson‚Äôs musical,¬†starring two-time Tony Award¬ģ, Grammy Award¬ģ, and Emmy Award¬ģ-winning star¬†Hugh Jackman¬†as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner¬†Sutton Foster¬†as Marian Paroo, will have played 358 regular and 46 preview performances by the time it takes its final bow.

What's Coming to Broadway in Fall 2022? Photo What's Coming to Broadway in Fall 2022?
by Team BWW - Sep 10, 2022

A new Broadway season has officially begun! Two Broadway shows (Into the Woods and The Kite Runner) have already kicked off the 2022/23 theatre season this summer and a whole lot more are on the way. As the weather starts to cool, get ready for 15 (and counting) new productions, which will take their first Broadway bows this autumn. What are the best shows on Broadway this fall...?

Wake Up With BWW 9/8: INTO THE WOODS Extends, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Casting, and Mor Photo Wake Up With BWW 9/8: INTO THE WOODS Extends, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Casting, and More!
by - Sep 8, 2022

Top stories include a final extension for Into The Woods, and watch the show's new cast take their first bows! Plus, Little Shop of Horrors will get a new cast featuring Brad Oscar, Bryce Pinkham, and Tiffany Renee Thompson.

Jefferson Mays Will Play 50+ Roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Broadway Photo Jefferson Mays Will Play 50+ Roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Broadway
by Team BWW - Sep 7, 2022

Producers Hunter Arnold and Kayla Greenspan announced that Jefferson Mays’ universally celebrated, one man virtuoso, tour-de-force performance in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be coming to Broadway this holiday season for a strictly limited 66-performance engagement at the Nederlander Theatre. Mr. Mays, who is currently performing as Mayor Shinn ten blocks north in The Music Man, will depart that role on October 23rd.

I AM MY OWN WIFE Comes to Bootless Stageworks in October Photo I AM MY OWN WIFE Comes to Bootless Stageworks in October
by Stephi Wild - Sep 6, 2022

Bootless Stageworks presents I AM MY OWN WIFE by Doug Wright in October. I Am My Own Wife is an examination of the life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde, who killed her father when she was a young child and survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin as a transgender woman.

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by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2022

Mets Manager Buck Showalter is 'Mesmerized' By Broadway's THE MUSIC MAN Photo Mets Manager Buck Showalter is 'Mesmerized' By Broadway's THE MUSIC MAN
by HaleyJane Rose - Aug 15, 2022

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter expressed fascination with Broadway during a recent press conference after seeing The Music Man.

World Premiere of HIGH NOON Written by Eric Roth & Directed by Michael Arden Will Com Photo World Premiere of HIGH NOON Written by Eric Roth & Directed by Michael Arden Will Come to Broadway in 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 27, 2022

The world premiere production of HIGH NOON, based on the iconic and beloved Academy Award-winning film of the same title will arrive on Broadway in 2023.

Photos: THE MUSIC MAN to Release New Broadway Cast Recording - Get a First Look at th Photo Photos: THE MUSIC MAN to Release New Broadway Cast Recording - Get a First Look at the Recording Session
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 27, 2022

Accidental Jacket Entertainment will release the official cast recording of the Broadway revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo. See photos of the recording session here!

Jefferson Mays Videos

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks MUSIC MAN Pre-Show Ritual With Hugh Jackman on LIVE VideoVIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks MUSIC MAN Pre-Show Ritual With Hugh Jackman on LIVE
by Michael Major - Jul 11, 2022

Watch Sutton Foster on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan discussing her current Broadway run in The Music Man. She discussed her pre-show ritual with Hugh Jackman, which they call 'carpet chats,' in which they sit down and talk before every performance. Foster also touched on her love of crafting and why she considers herself to be a 'pro-crocheter.'

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Celebrates Sutton Foster's Drama League Awards Win with Curtain C VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Celebrates Sutton Foster's Drama League Awards Win with Curtain Call Speech
by Marissa Tomeo - May 22, 2022

On Friday night, May 20th, Hugh Jackman made a curtain call speech at The Music Man in honor of Sutton Foster's recent Drama League win. Foster, who currently stars as Marian Paroo alongside Jackman's Harold Hill, was awarded the 2022 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award.

VIDEO: Sutton Foster & Hugh Jackman Reveal They Were 'Intimidated' to Work Together i VideoVIDEO: Sutton Foster & Hugh Jackman Reveal They Were 'Intimidated' to Work Together in MUSIC MAN on MEYERS
by Michael Major - May 6, 2022

Music Man stars Sutton Foster and Hugh Jackman sat down with Seth Meyers to discuss their return to Broadway in the Music Man after the pandemic, troublesome audience members, and why they were initially intimidated to work with each other. They also praised swings and understudies, with Foster detailing her experiences working as one.

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Discusses Performing For Her Daughter in MUSIC MAN on CBS MORNIN VideoVIDEO: Sutton Foster Discusses Performing For Her Daughter in MUSIC MAN on CBS MORNINGS
by Michael Major - Apr 29, 2022

Sutton Foster dished on her pre-show ritual with Hugh Jackman, returning to the stage after the pandemic, and more. Foster also discussed that she sings 'Goodnight, My Someone' from the show every night to her daughter, Emily. Foster spoke on what it was like to have her daughter in the audience while she sang the song during the show.

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Reveals Her 'Dream Role Goals' on COLBERT VideoVIDEO: Sutton Foster Reveals Her 'Dream Role Goals' on COLBERT
by Michael Major - Apr 7, 2022

On a new episode of Stephen Colbert's 'Dream Role Goals,' Sutton Foster revealed her musical theatre dream roles. Foster discusses which Broadway roles she'd like to take one, including parts in Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!, and Funny Girl.

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks MUSIC MAN & Returning to ANYTHING GOES on TODAY VideoVIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks MUSIC MAN & Returning to ANYTHING GOES on TODAY
by Michael Major - Mar 4, 2022

Sutton Foster appeared on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss starring on Broadway alongside Hugh Jackman in The Music Man. In the new interview, Foster also discusses returning to the role of 'Reno Sweeney' in Anything Goes, her crocheting skills, and more. Watch the full segment now!

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2022

Last night, the hugely anticipated revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo opened triumphantly on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and we're taking you to the curtain call and after party below!

VIDEO: Watch Hugh Jackman Perform 'Ya Got Trouble' in THE MUSIC MAN VideoVIDEO: Watch Hugh Jackman Perform 'Ya Got Trouble' in THE MUSIC MAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2022

Last night, the Broadway revival of The Music Man opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Tony-winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Watch a clip of Hugh Jackman performing 'Ya Got Trouble.'

VIDEO: Young Stars of THE MUSIC MAN Celebrate Broadway Debuts Outside the Winter Gard VideoVIDEO: Young Stars of THE MUSIC MAN Celebrate Broadway Debuts Outside the Winter Garden Theatre!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 9, 2022

Just yesterday, The Music Man kicked off its opening week with a special event including an (un)official Mayoral Proclamation by Mayor George Shinn (Jefferson Mays) and a performance by The Barbershop Quartet (Phillip Boykin, Eddie Korbich, Daniel Torres, Nicholas Ward), all to celebrate the production's 21 Broadway debuts. This event marked the first time any cast members will be seen in costume outside of the theater. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the big day!

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Releases Holiday Video from the Winter Garden Theatre to Broadway VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Releases Holiday Video from the Winter Garden Theatre to Broadway
by Robert Diamond - Dec 25, 2021

'Humbled and Inspired' star of stage and screen Hugh Jackman (now back on the boards in The Music Man) has released a holiday message to the Broadway community, straight from the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway where the show recently began previews.


Jefferson Mays Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jefferson Mays been in?
Jefferson Mays has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Jefferson Mays been in?
Jefferson Mays has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Jefferson Mays been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Oslo , Ensemble (Obie Awards) for Oslo , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Oslo , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Blood and Gifts , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Blood and Gifts , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Blood and Gifts , Outstanding Lead Actor (The Lortels) for Blood and Gifts , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for I Am My Own Wife , Best Leading Actor in a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for I Am My Own Wife , Performance (Obie Awards) for I Am My Own Wife , Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for I Am My Own Wife , Performance (Theatre World Awards) for I Am My Own Wife , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for I Am My Own Wife Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for I Am My Own Wife and Performance (Obie Awards) for Orestes .

What awards has Jefferson Mays won?
Ensemble (Obie Awards) for Oslo, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for I Am My Own Wife, Best Leading Actor in a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for I Am My Own Wife, Performance (Obie Awards) for I Am My Own Wife, Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for I Am My Own Wife, Performance (Theatre World Awards) for I Am My Own Wife, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for I Am My Own Wife Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for I Am My Own Wifeand Performance (Obie Awards) for Orestes.

What is Jefferson Mays next theatre project?
Jefferson Mays's next show will be A Christmas Carol which opens on 11/21/2022 on Broadway.