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Joel Grey

Also Credited As: Joel Katz

Birth Place: USA

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In a career that was launched in the early 1950’s, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles each decade since: as the iconic M.C. in Cabaret (1966, Tony Award), as song and dance man George M. Cohan in George M! (1967, Tony nomination), as Charley VII in Goodtime Charlie (1975, Tony nomination), as Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (1979, Tony nomination), as Olim in New York City Opera’s Silverlake (1981), as Amos Hart in the landmark revival of Chicago (1996), and as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked (2004).

Joel’s non-musical stage roles include John Guare’s Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1975) at the Public Theatre; the title role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Chekhov’s Platonov (1978); Larry Kramer’s seminal The Normal Heart (1986) at the Public Theatre; the American Repertory Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken (1991) at the Sao Paulo Biennale, directed by Robert Wilson; Herringbone at the Hartford Stage (1992); John Patrick Shanley’s A Fool and Her Fortune (NY Stage and Film, 1992); and in the Roundabout Theatre production of Brian Friel’s Give Me Your Answer, Do! (1999), for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. Grey’s film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award), Frank Perry’s Man on A Swing (1974), Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976); Herbert Ross’ The Seven Percent Solution (1976); Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, Golden Globe Nomination); Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka (1991); Altman’s The Player (1992); Phillip Haas’ The Music of Chance (1993); Michael Ritchie’s adaptation of The Fantasticks (2000); Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark (2000) with Bjork and Catherine Deneuve; and Clark Gregg’s Choke, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Joel’s recent television credits include “Alias,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” (Emmy Award-nomination), “Oz,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” "House," "Brothers & Sisters," "Private Practice," and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In April 2010, The Paley Center for Media in New York presented “An Evening with Joel Grey,” celebrating Joel’s remarkable, multi-decade career in television. Joel is also an internationally exhibited, acclaimed photographer. He has had three photography books published: Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), and 1.3: Images from My Phone (2009). Joel Grey is one of only eight actors to have won both the Tony and Academy award for the same role. In 1984, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and has received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center. In 1993, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis presented Joel with the Municipal Arts Society medal naming him a Living New York Landmark.

In October 2009, Grey performed at Carnegie Hall, alongside Lady Gaga, Bono, Rufus Wainwright and more to benefit (RED) and help stop AIDS in Africa.

Currently directing Fiddler on the Roof, Grey also, co-directed the Tony-winning Broadway premiere of The Normal Heart in 2011.

Joel is an internationally exhibited photographer with four published books: Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), 1.3—Images From My Phone (2009) and The Billboard Papers (2013). His memoir, Master of Ceremonies, was released in 2016 (Flatiron Press).

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Joel Grey STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Revival, 2016
Firs

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2011
Moonface Martin

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

[Off-Broadway]
1999
Jack Donovan

[US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1997
Amos Hart [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Amos Hart

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1996
Amos Hart

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1987
Master of Ceremonies

The Emcee (Master of Ceremonies)

[Off-Broadway]
1985
Ned Weeks [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
S. L. Jacobowsky

[Off-Broadway]
1977
Stony McBride

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Charley

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
George M. Cohan

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Master of Ceremonies

[Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1965
Arthur Kipps [Replacement]

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1963
Littlechap

[Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1962
Littlechap [Replacement]

[Broadway]
1961
Buddy Baker [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1958
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1956
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1956
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [NYCO Revival], 1980
Performer

Joel Grey Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director

Joel Grey Movies

About Face
[ 1952 ] Bender
Come September
[ 1961 ] Beagle
Man on a Swing
[ 1974 ] Franklin Wills
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
[ 1976 ] The Producer Nate Salisbury
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
[ 1976 ] Lowenstein
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
[ 1985 ] Chiun
Kafka
[ 1991 ] Burgel
The Player
[ 1992 ] Joel Grey
The Music of Chance
[ 1993 ] Willy Stone
The Dangerous
[ 1995 ] Flea
The Empty Mirror
[ 1996 ] Josef Goebbels
My Friend Joe
[ 1996 ] Simon
Dancer in the Dark
[ 2000 ] Oldrich Novy
The Fantasticks
[ 2000 ] Bellomy
Reaching Normal
[ 2001 ] Dr. Mensley
Wicked
[ 2003 ] The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Choke
[ 2008 ] Phil
A. Hitler
[ 2010 ] Joseph Goebbels
tick, tick... BOOM!
[ 2021 ] Sunday Legend #4

Joel Grey TV Shows

Brooklyn Bridge
Jacob Prossman
The Outer Limits
Gideon Banks, Dr. Nathan Seward

Joel Grey Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)


winner
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play

Joel Grey, The Normal Heart


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Joel Grey, The Normal Heart

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play

Joel Grey, The Normal Heart

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Joel Grey , Wicked


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play

Joel Grey, Give Me Your Answer, Do!


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Featured Actor - Musical

Joel Grey, Chicago


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical

Joel Grey, Chicago

Helen Hayes Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production

Joel Grey Cabaret

Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Actor - Musical

Joel Grey, The Grand Tour

Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Joel Grey, The Grand Tour

Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Actor - Musical

Joel Grey, Goodtime Charley

Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Joel Grey, Goodtime Charley

Tony Awards - 1969 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Joel Grey, George M!


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1968 - Best Performance

Joel Grey, George M!


winner
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Joel Grey, Cabaret

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The Cherry Orchard Festival Will Present the New York Premiere of ADDRESS UNKNOWN

The Cherry Orchard Festival will present the New York premiere of ADDRESS UNKOWN, a playstarring pianist Evgeny Kissin and baritone Thomas Hampson in acting-only roles, based on the anti-fascist novel by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor banned in 1930s Germany.

In a Deconstructed and Immersive Production CABARET KIT KAT CLUB Opens in Brazil

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish MC welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld April 11, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is April 11, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Brenda Braxton, Amanda Green & More to Join BACKSTAGE BABBLE CELEBRATES JOE ALLEN RESTAURANT

54 BELOW will present a special edition of Backstage Babble Live celebrating the iconic wall of Broadway flop posters at Joe Allen Restaurant. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Ava Paris Locknar to Present TALL GIRL SINGING at Birdland Theater

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See Alice Ripley and John McDaniel, JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY & More at Birdland in April

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this April with a full slate of nightly performances! See who is performing and learn how to purchase tickets.

See Ari Axelrod, a Johnny Cash Tribute & More at Feinstein's This Month

Feinstein's has revealed the full lineup for April. See who is performing and learn how to purchase tickets.

Meet the Cast of CABARET AT THE KIT KAT CLUB, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway

The Kit Kat Club is now open! Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, starring Academy Award and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne and introducing Gayle Rankin, begins previews tonight, April 1, at the August Wilson Theatre. Meet the cast of Cabaret here!

Registration Now Open For Ballet Hispánico School Of Dance Spring Adult Classes

Join Ballet Hispánico School of Dance's spring adult classes from April 1 - June 6, 2024. Offering open-level classes in salsa, tango, ballet, pilates, and flamenco, enhance your dance and fitness skills with world-renowned professionals in a fun, supportive environment.

THE VOICE's Wendy Moten to Return to Birdland Jazz Club in April

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Broadway Stage and Screen- A Spring 2024 Watch Guide

A new Broadway season has arrived at last, full of exciting new shows and revivals of beloved classics. While many of them are original concepts or based on plays, 10 are already films that you can watch from home. If you are seeing any of the below productions in 2024, check out how you can study up beforehand or unpack afterwards!

Alice Ripley and John McDaniel to Perform at Birdland in April

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Tony Award-winning singer and actress Alice Ripley and Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director and pianist John McDaniel in concert. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Photos: Dawn Derow & Peter Calo Bring A Troubadour Tribute To Cafe Centro

For 90 minutes last night Cafe Centro Cabaret in West Palm Beach Florida was transformed into the world-famous Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood California as award winning vocalist Dawn Derow and guitarist Peter Calo  performed a powerful new show. Check out photos here!

Storm Large Returns To NYC In TALES FROM A BROAD At 54 Below

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The Blue Strawberry Brings Broadway Veterans Melissa Errico, John Lloyd Young, and Alice Ripley to St. Louis

Blue Strawberry Showroom and Lounge welcomes a pair of Tony winning actors and a Tony nominee in the coming months. Melissa Errico, Alice Ripley, and John Lloyd Young will bring their cabaret shows to the club in mid-town St. Louis. Errico, a 2008 Tony nominee, will perform her show of Sondheim classics on April 26th and 27th. Young, the Tony winner for Lead Actor in a Musical for his role as Franki Valli in JERSEY BOYS, performs on May 8th and 9th. The Tony winner for NEXT TO NORMAL, Alice Ripley, will be joined by Grammy and Emmy Winner John McDaniel on May 24th and 25th to share their music and stories from a lifetime on Broadway.  

Broadway Streaming Guide: March 2024 - Where to Watch GIRLS5EVA & More

It's your lucky month as March is filled with a brand-new lineup of streaming content for Broadway fans! From the return of Girls5Eva and movie musicals like Wonka and Cabaret coming to streaming, this season also features new streaming projects with Carol Burnett, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ariana DeBose, Ariana Grande, and more.

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Announces School of Dance Adult Programs NOW through March 23, 2024 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is offering spring adult classes, available now! Learn more bout the classes and see how to register.

Avery Sommers To Return To Café Centro in April

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Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 8, 2024

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Photos: Peter Dinklage, Ben Platt, Joel Grey & More Celebrate THE CONNECTOR Opening Night

MCC Theater's The Connector officially opened February 6. Check out photos from opening night here!

Joel Grey FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Joel Grey been in?

Joel Grey has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

How many West End shows has Joel Grey been in?

Joel Grey has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Joel Grey been nominated for?

Joel Grey has been nominated for various awards throughout his career. These include Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Fiddler on the Roof" (in Yiddish), Best Direction of a Play at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "The Normal Heart," Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Wicked," and many more. Grey has also received nominations for his performances in productions such as "Chicago," "Cabaret," "Goodtime Charley," and "George M!" among others.

What awards has Joel Grey won?

Joel Grey has won several awards throughout his career, including Best Direction of a Play at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "The Normal Heart," Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Normal Heart," Outstanding Featured Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Give Me Your Answer, Do!," Best Featured Actor - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Chicago," Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Chicago," Best Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "George M!," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Cabaret."

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