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Joanna Gleason

 
Date Of Birth:
June 02, 1950 (72)
Birth Place:
Winnipeg, MB, CANADA
Bio:
Born Joanne Hall, daughter of Maurice and Marilyn (Plottel) Hall (Halprin) on June 2, 1950 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. At the time her father worked at the Canadian Wheat Board. He later started his TV career and after becoming known as Monty Hall went on to fame as host of Let's Make a Deal. It ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 02, 1950 (72)

Birth Place: Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

Bio:
Born Joanne Hall, daughter of Maurice and Marilyn (Plottel) Hall (Halprin) on June 2, 1950 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. At the time her father worked at the Canadian Wheat Board. He later started his TV career and after becoming known as Monty Hall went on to fame as host of Let's Make a Deal. It ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Production, 2011
Gloria
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
2009
Arlene
  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Alison
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Muriel
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2004
Muriel
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Dr. Emma Brookner
  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Muriel
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 1997
Baker's Wife
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Performer
Nora Charles
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Artie
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Melissa Gardner [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Baker's Wife [Replacement]
Baker's Wife
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
Old Globe Production (Pre-Broadway), 1986
Baker's Wife
  [Broadway]
1986
Trudy Heyman
  [Off-Broadway]
1986
Virginia Noyles
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1985
Pam
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Pam
  [Off-Broadway]
1984
Performer
  [Broadway]
1984
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1977
Monica
  [New York]
Workshop, 1990
Performer

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director

Joanna Gleason Biography

Born Joanne Hall, daughter of Maurice and Marilyn (Plottel) Hall (Halprin) on June 2, 1950 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. At the time her father worked at the Canadian Wheat Board. He later started his TV career and after becoming known as Monty Hall went on to fame as host of Let's Make a Deal. It is interesting to note that Monty's brother Robert also changed his name to Hall.

Joanna graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1968. While there she had a cameo in the school's production of The Music Man.

She continued her education at UCLA, then Occidental College, from which she graduated. Joanna has been a teacher herself, holding classes and workshops all over the country. She has also begun crafting new theatrical works and in early 2002 she directed her first New York play.

Joanna was in the TV Show "Hello, Larry" which was used as the basic outline for the 90s TV smash hit "Fraiser." She was also a star on "Bette" with Bette Midler and Lindsay Lohan and had a good run on TV's "Love and War" where she got to direct a little as well. She is also known for her television roles in shows such as Friends, The West Wing, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Affair, The Newsroom, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

She has also won numerous awards. In 1988 Joanna won the Tony as Best Actress for her role as the Baker's Wife in Sondheim's "Into the Woods." She also won a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for the same performance. She received another Tony nomination and a Drama Desk nomination for her work in "Joe Egg." Joanna won a Theater World Award for "The Real Thing," and another Drama Desk award for "Social Security."

Since 1994 Joanna has been married to actor Chris Sarandon. These two appeared together in movies such as Road Ends, Edie and Pen, Let the Devil Wear Black, and American Perfekt. They met while doing Broadway?s 1991 adoption of the Thin Man: "Nick and Nora". Sadly, this was not a successful play. But the two returned to the stage in 1998's "Thorn and Bloom."

Previously she was married to Michael Bennahum and Paul Gleason from whom she kept her surname for acting purposes. You may remember Paul Gleason as the principle from The Breakfast Club or as the police chief in Die Hard. Paul was also a minor league baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox organizations.

Her siblings are television writer/director Sharon Hall Kessler, and Emmy-award winning television writer/director Richard Hall.

Joanna and Chris have 4 children. Aaron David Gleason ("Gilly Leads" as he has chosen as his name since age 19), from Joanna's marriage to Paul Gleason, has his own band, All Hours (formerly known as The Midnight Radio), which has been signed by Hybrid Recordings. Stephanie, Alexis, and Michael are from Chris' second marriage to Lisa Ann Cooper.

Joanna Gleason Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Joanna Gleason, Sons of the Prophet
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Joanna Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Joanna Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Actress - Musical Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Joanna Gleason, Joe Egg
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Joanna Gleason, Joe Egg
 
Theatre World Awards - 1977 - Performance Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, I Love My Wife

Joanna Gleason News

Photos: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude Final Roundup Photo Photos: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude Final Roundup
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 30, 2022

After thirty days, we conclude the Broadway World Cabaret look at artists for whom our team feels thanks. Here they all are, together, with some thanks of our own.

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Seven - The Legacy Photo Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Seven - The Legacy
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 27, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at THE LEGACY.

Interviews: Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters & More Look Back on THE GOOD FIGHT Photo Interviews: Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters & More Look Back on THE GOOD FIGHT
by Michael Major - Nov 13, 2022

Throughout its six seasons, The Good Fight has featured an impressive lineup of Broadway talent, from regulars like Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, and Sarah Steele, to guest stars like Bernadette Peters, Brenda Braxton, Danny Burstein, Alan Cumming, and more. Read what the stars had to say about the final episode of the series now!

Tony Award Nominee Kenita Miller & Pearl Sun to Join Anika Larsen for NYCCT's MEET TH Photo Tony Award Nominee Kenita Miller & Pearl Sun to Join Anika Larsen for NYCCT's MEET THE PARENT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 9, 2022

New York City Children's Theater will present their first live stream of the MEET THE PARENT series hosted by Broadway actress (and mom) ANIKA LARSEN with guests KENITA MILLER and PEARL SUN. The episode will stream live on YouTube and feature a lively, informative discussion between parents working in the theatre and entertainment community.

Wake Up With BWW 10/13: BEETLEJUICE Tour Finds its Cast, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 10/13: BEETLEJUICE Tour Finds its Cast, and More!
by - Oct 13, 2022

Top stories include casting for the North American Tour of Beetlejuice, which will be led by Justin Collette in the title role! Plus, get a first look at KPOP The Musical which begins previews on Broadway tonight!

Broadway Community Reacts to Angela Lansbury's Passing Photo Broadway Community Reacts to Angela Lansbury's Passing
by HaleyJane Rose - Oct 12, 2022

The Broadway community has shared their grief, praise, and cherished memories of Angela Lansbury in the wake of her passing. Read them here. Read touching tributes and stories from Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Audra McDonald, and more here.

SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED Celebrates 100th Performance And Says Goodbye To Phil Geoffrey Bon Photo SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED Celebrates 100th Performance And Says Goodbye To Phil Geoffrey Bond at 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 16, 2022

Sondheim Unplugged will celebrate its 100th performances as series creator passes the torch to a new host.

Photos: Original Baker's Wife Joanna Gleason Meets the Cast of INTO THE WOODS Photo Photos: Original Baker's Wife Joanna Gleason Meets the Cast of INTO THE WOODS
by Bruce Glikas - Sep 1, 2022

Joanna Gleason, Broadway's original Baker's Wife in Into The Woods, stopped by the current revival and posed backstage with members of the cast. Check out the photos here!

Jane Krakowski Joins 'Seth Rudetsky's Broadway' at The Town Hall Next Month Photo Jane Krakowski Joins 'Seth Rudetsky's Broadway' at The Town Hall Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2022

The Town Hall & Mark Cortale continue with the latest installment of the internationally acclaimed concert series Seth Rudetsky's Broadway, hosted and music directed by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).

Review: Storytelling Floods The Basement When Aaron David Gleason Brings COME HELL AN Photo Review: Storytelling Floods The Basement When Aaron David Gleason Brings COME HELL AND HIGH WATER To 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Jul 27, 2022

It may have taken Aaron David Gleason a few decades to tell his own story in a solo show but those years just gave him and his stories time to grow into the art form.

Joanna Gleason Videos

VIDEO: In Rehearsals for ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Carnegie Hall Videoplay
VIDEO: In Rehearsals for ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Carnegie Hall

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 10, 2022

Tonight, March 10, 2022, the concert production of MasterVoices' performance of Anyone Can Whistle, takes the stage at ​​​​​​​ Carnegie Hall. The performance will star Vanessa Williams, who performed in the 2002 Broadway revival of Sondheim's Into the Woods and the 2010 revue Sondheim on Sondheim, in the role of a corrupt mayor of a small economically depressed American town.

VIDEO: On This Day, November 5- Broadway Heads INTO THE WOODS Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, November 5- Broadway Heads INTO THE WOODS

by A.A. Cristi - Nov 5, 2018

On this day in 1987, James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairytale, Into The Woods opened on Broadway!

VIDEO: Aaron David Gleason Premieres Brand New Video 'The Last To Die In Battle' Videoplay
VIDEO: Aaron David Gleason Premieres Brand New Video 'The Last To Die In Battle'

by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

Singer-songwriter Aaron David Gleason has just released his new video for 'The Last To Die In Battle.' The video features Julia Campanelli, Tatyana Kot, Bill Weeden and many more! Follow a Richard III-inspired tale as a group of actors prepare for their latest play, with a Shakespeare-appropriate plot twist.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/30/16- INTO THE WOODS
by Stage Tube - Apr 30, 2016

Today in 2002, the first Broadway revival of Into the Woods opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for 279 performances. Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, most likely taken from the original story of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/3/16- DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
by Stage Tube - Mar 3, 2016

Today in 2005, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels openend at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 627 performances.Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane; it is based on the 1988 film of the same name. The director was Jack O'Brien, choreographer was Jerry Mitchell, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg carves, and lighting design was by Kenneth Posner. The cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott, with Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/3/15- INTO THE WOODS
by Stage Tube - Sep 3, 2015

Today in 1989, Into the Woods closed at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre), where it ran for 765 performances. Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/30/15- INTO THE WOODS
by Stage Tube - Apr 30, 2015

Today in 2002, the first Broadway revival of Into the Woods opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for 279 performances. Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, most likely taken from the original story of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

VIDEO: Meryl Streep & Cast Go Behind-the-Scenes of INTO THE WOODS!
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 4, 2014

Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and the entire cast of INTO THE WOODS took ABC News behind-the-scenes of the making of Disney's highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the Sondheim classic.

Full Song! Listen to INTO THE WOODS' Anna Kendrick Sing 'On the Steps of the Palace'
by Movies News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Disney's highly anticipated big screen adaptation of INTO THE WOODS hits theaters on December 25th, and today, BroadwayWorld brought you a special treat -- an exclusive world premiere clip of Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) singing 'On the Steps of the Palace'. Now, you can listen to Kendrick sing the full tune below! Plus click HERE for BWW's exclusive scene!

BWW TV: INTO THE WOODS Exclusive World Premiere- Watch Anna Kendrick Sing 'On the Steps of the Palace'!
by Stage Tube - Dec 3, 2014

Disney's highly anticipated big screen adaptation of INTO THE WOODS hits theaters on December 25th, and below, BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you a special treat to hold you over until then! Check out an exclusive world premiere clip of Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) as she sings 'On the Steps of the Palace', and get some behind the scenes scoop from composer Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep (Witch), and Kendrick herself!


Joanna Gleason Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Joanna Gleason been in?
Joanna Gleason has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Joanna Gleason been in?
Joanna Gleason has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Joanna Gleason been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sons of the Prophet , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Into the Woods , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Into the Woods , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe Egg Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Joe Egg and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for I Love My Wife .

What awards has Joanna Gleason won?
Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Into the Woods, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Into the Woodsand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for I Love My Wife.


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