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Jerry Zaks

Birth Place: Stuttgart, GERMANY

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Jerry Zaks BIO

Jerry won four Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and an Obie Award. Mr. Zaks directed many Broadway shows including Sister Act, Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors and more. Mr. Zaks received SDC's Mr. Abbott Award for lifetime achievement and an honorary doctorate of fine arts from his alma mater, Dartmouth College. Mr. Zaks is a 2013 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame.

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Jerry Zaks STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1994
Fiorello LaGuardia

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1980
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1979
Performer

[Broadway]
1978
Weisskopf

[Off-Broadway]
1978
Al

[Off-Broadway]
1976
Harlequin

[Off-Broadway]
1975
Devoted Hack

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Kenickie [Replacement]

Jerry Zaks Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, unknown]
Production Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2022]
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[Regional (US), 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
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[US Tour, 2018]
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[Broadway, 2017]
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[Broadway, 2017]
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[Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2016]
Co-Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2012]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2011]
Creative Consultant
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Creative Consultant
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
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[Broadway, 2006]
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[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2004]
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[US Tour, 2004]
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[Off-Broadway, 2004]
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[Broadway, 2003]
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[Broadway, 2001]
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[Broadway, 2000]
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[Broadway, 1999]
Production Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1999]
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[Broadway, 1999]
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[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[New York, 1996]
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[Broadway, 1995]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1993]
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[Broadway, 0]
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[Broadway, 1992]
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[Off-Broadway, 1990]
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[Broadway, 1990]
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[Off-Broadway, 1990]
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[West End, 1989]
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[Broadway, 1989]
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[US Tour, 1988]
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[Off-Broadway, 1988]
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[Broadway, 1987]
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[Broadway, 1986]
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[Broadway, 1986]
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[Off-Broadway, 1986]
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[Off-Broadway, 1985]
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[Off-Broadway, 1984]
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[Off-Broadway, 1983]
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[Off-Broadway, 1981]
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[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Director

Jerry Zaks Movies

Outrageous Fortune
[ 1987 ] Tobacco Clerk
Crimes and Misdemeanors
[ 1989 ] Man on Campus
Husbands and Wives
[ 1992 ] Dinner Party Guests

Jerry Zaks TV Shows

The Edge of Night
Louis Van Dine

Jerry Zaks Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, The Music Man

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Mrs. Doubtfire

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Direction of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Sister Act

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Jerry Zaks , The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Jerry Zaks , The Civil War


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1996 - Best Director - Musical

Jerry Zaks, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Direction of a Musical

Jerry Zaks , A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Direction of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Smokey Joe's Cafe

Helen Hayes Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Play or Musical

Jerry ZaksGuys and Dolls

Helen Hayes Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Play or Musical

Jerry ZaksSix Degrees of Separation

Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Jerry Zaks, Guys and Dolls


winner
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Direction of a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Guys and Dolls

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1991 - Best Director

Jerry Zaks , Six Degrees of Separation


winner
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Direction of a Play

Jerry Zaks , Six Degrees of Separation

Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Direction of a Play

Jerry Zaks , Six Degrees of Separation

Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Jerry Zaks , Assassins

Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Director - Play

Jerry Zaks , Six Degrees of Separation


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Drama Desk Awards - 1989 - Outstanding Director - Play

Jerry Zaks, Lend Me a Tenor

Olivier Awards - 1989 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production

Jerry ZaksWenceslas Square


winner
Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Direction of a Play

Jerry Zaks, Lend Me a Tenor


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Director

Jerry Zaks, Wenceslas Square


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Director

Jerry Zaks, Anything Goes

Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Direction of a Musical

Jerry Zaks , Anything Goes


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Jerry Zaks, Anything Goes


winner
Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Direction of a Play

Jerry Zaks , The House of Blue Leaves


winner
Obie Awards - 1985 - Direction

Jerry Zaks, The Foreigner


winner
Obie Awards - 1985 - Direction

Jerry Zaks, The Marriage of Bette and Boo

Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Jerry Zaks, Tintypes

Jerry Zaks Videos

Jerry Zaks News


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FUNNY GIRL, MYSTIC PIZZA & More Set For Kravis 2024/2025 Season

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts announced its 16th season of Kravis On Broadway brimming with Tony Award®-winning hits. The 2024 – 2025 Kravis On Broadway season showcases Broadway’s finest with a subscription package power-packed with 32 Tony Awards® among them. 
Subscriptions on Sale For Smith Center Broadway Season

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New Cast Members to Join MRS. DOUBTFIRE in the West End

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Review: MRS. DOUBTFIRE IS A COMEDIC GEM, WITH A REFLECTIVE LENS at STRAZ CENTER

Mrs. Doubtfire, a new musical based on the 1993 hit family film of the same name, is actually based on the 1987 novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. The stage musical in all its purposes features music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. The National Tour is currently onstage in the Carol Morsani Hall, at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
The Green Room 42 Presents The Return Of Josie De Guzman This May

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Previews: MRS. DOUBTFIRE Dazzles at Straz Center

Directed by Jerry Zaks with music supervision, arrangements, and orchestration by Ethan Popp, we watched in awe as Daniel, an out-of-work man-child actor, magically transforms into the lovable Mrs. Doubtfire, a spry geriatric Scottish woman with some help from two friends. He does this to be hired by his ex-wife as a nanny after losing custody of his children in the divorce. And we have to give a round of applause for his real-life leading lady, Lakis, who dazzles as the believable, underappreciated, exasperated ex-wife.
A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, & JULIET and More Set for Segerstrom Center for the Arts 24/25 Season

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Krysta Rodriguez & More to Perform at Signature Theatre Gala Honoring Nathan Lane

On April 29, 2024, Signature Theatre will honor icon of stage and screen Nathan Lane with the company’s thirteenth Stephen Sondheim Award. Learn more!
Review: MRS. DOUBTFIRE National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center

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THE WIZ, COMPANY, and More Set For The Smith Center for the Performing Arts' 2024-25 Broadway Season

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Meet the Cast of THE WHO'S TOMMY, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

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Jerry Zaks FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Jerry Zaks been in?

Jerry Zaks has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Jerry Zaks been in?

Jerry Zaks has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Jerry Zaks been nominated for?

Jerry Zaks has been nominated for numerous awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Direction of a Musical at the Drama League Awards for "The Music Man", "Mrs. Doubtfire", and "Hello, Dolly!". He has also been nominated for Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Hello, Dolly!", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Smokey Joe's Cafe", and "Guys and Dolls". Zaks received nominations for Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for various productions such as "Hello, Dolly!", "Sister Act", and "The Civil War". Additionally, he was nominated for Best Director at the Olivier Awards for "Wenceslas Square" and for Direction at the Obie Awards for "The Foreigner" and "The Marriage of Bette and Boo". Zaks has garnered recognition for his work across a wide range of Broadway productions, showcasing his talent and versatility in the theater world.

What awards has Jerry Zaks won?

Jerry Zaks has won several awards for his work in Broadway. These include Best Director - Musical from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Best Direction of a Musical from the Tony Awards for "Guys and Dolls," Best Direction of a Play from the Tony Awards for "Six Degrees of Separation," Outstanding Director - Play from the Drama Desk Awards for "Lend Me a Tenor," Best Direction of a Play from the Tony Awards for "Lend Me a Tenor," Best Director from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Anything Goes," Best Director from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Wenceslas Square," Outstanding Director - Musical from the Drama Desk Awards for "Anything Goes," Best Direction of a Play from the Tony Awards for "The House of Blue Leaves," Direction from the Obie Awards for "The Foreigner," and Direction from the Obie Awards for "The Marriage of Bette and Boo."

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