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Joel Grey

Also Credited As: Joel Katz
 
Birth Place:
USA
Bio:
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), ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: April 11, 1932 (90)

Birth Place: USA

Bio:
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), ... (read complete bio)

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

Productions

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

Photos

Joel Grey and Chita RIvera Photo

Joel Grey and Chita RIvera

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06/21/2022
Joel Grey and Chita RIvera Photo

Joel Grey and Chita RIvera

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06/21/2022
Joel Grey and Chita RIvera Photo

Joel Grey and Chita RIvera

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06/21/2022
Joel Grey Photo

Joel Grey

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06/14/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [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

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director

[Broadway, 2011]
Director

Joel Grey Biography

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. He is currently directing an all-star, one-night only staged reading of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on Broadway to benefit The Actors Fund and Friends in Deed.

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)
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
Joel Grey, The Normal Heart
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
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
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play Gold Star
Joel Grey, Give Me Your Answer, Do!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Featured Actor - Musical Gold Star
Joel Grey, Chicago
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical Gold Star
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!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1968 - Best Performance Gold Star
Joel Grey, George M!
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Joel Grey, Cabaret

Joel Grey News

Photos: Celebrating Broadway's Harvey Evans At The Triad Theatre on June 22nd Photo Photos: Celebrating Broadway's Harvey Evans At The Triad Theatre on June 22nd
by Grace Cutler - Jun 26, 2022

Dancers over 40 presented a sold out one-night-only special event: A Toast to Harvey - Celebrating the Life and Career of Harvey Evans on Wednesday, June 22nd, 6 ‚Äď 9PM at The Triad Theatre. The evening was hosted by Broadway legend, Lee Roy Reams and featured performances and remembrances by Jim Brochu, Anita Gillette, Kurt Peterson, Marianne Tatum, Penny Worth and Tony Yazbeck.

Photos: On the Red Carpet of the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet of the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 21, 2022

Winners for the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards have been announced! Winners include MJ, Paradise Square, Tick, Tick... Boom! and more. Check out photos from the red carpet here!  

MJ, PARADISE SQUARE, TICK, TICK...BOOM! and More Win 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo MJ, PARADISE SQUARE, TICK, TICK...BOOM! and More Win 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2022

Winners for the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards have been announced! In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered outstanding choreography, featured dancers, and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as outstanding choreography in film that opened pre-Covid as well as in the 2021-2022 season.

Yiddish Women Playwrights Series Continues With ALE FENTSTER TSU DER ZUN (ALL WINDOWS Photo Yiddish Women Playwrights Series Continues With ALE FENTSTER TSU DER ZUN (ALL WINDOWS FACE THE SUN)
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 17, 2022

At long last, women playwrights take center stage at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. The Yiddish Women Playwrights Series, scheduled to proceed on June 21, 2022 with a FREE streamed production of Kadya Molodowsky's Ale Fentster Tsu der Zun (All Windows Face the Sun), highlights revolutionary, avant garde, feminist works from writers whose contributions to the Yiddish theatre have long been overlooked, ignored, and locked away.

Broadway Star Tony Yazbeck Joins A TOAST TO HARVEY! at The Triad Photo Broadway Star Tony Yazbeck Joins A TOAST TO HARVEY! at The Triad
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

Complete casting announced for the Harvey Evans Tribute includes Jim Brochu, Anita Gillette, Joel Grey, Kurt Peterson, Marianne Tatum, Penny Worth and Tony Yazbeck, directed by Lawrence Leritz. Tony nominated Broadway star Tony Yazbeck will join A Toast to Harvey - Celebrating the Life and Career of Harvey Evans on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 6 - 9 PM at The Triad Theatre.

Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of CABARET at the Ridgefield Playhouse Next Month Photo Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of CABARET at the Ridgefield Playhouse Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the big screen classic film Cabaret, The Ridgefield Playhouse will be offering two screenings of this 1972 American Musical Drama on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

Charlotte d'Amboise and Bianca Marroquín to Host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo Charlotte d'Amboise and Bianca Marroquín to Host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2022

Charlotte d’Amboise (Chicago; A Chorus Line) and Bianca Marroquín (Chicago; Fosse/Verdon) will host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards, it was announced today.

Photos: Inside the Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Concert Photo Photos: Inside the Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Concert
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 14, 2022

For its 2022 gala, Irish Repertory Theatre presented A Celebration of the Musicals of Harold Prince, at The Town Hall on Monday June 13, 2022, at 7pm. Check out photos from the concert here!

Photos: On the Red Carpet at the Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at the Irish Repertory Theatre Gala
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 14, 2022

For its 2022 gala, Irish Repertory Theatre presented A Celebration of the Musicals of Harold Prince,  at The Town Hall on Monday June 13, 2022, at 7pm.

MTC Announces Summer Cabaret Series of Broadway and NYC Talent Photo MTC Announces Summer Cabaret Series of Broadway and NYC Talent
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre, announces the return of its summer cabaret series, MTC’s Hot Summer Nights.

Joel Grey Videos

VIDEO: Broadway Legend Joel Grey Stops In to Celebrate Bryant Park Day! VideoVIDEO: Broadway Legend Joel Grey Stops In to Celebrate Bryant Park Day!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2022

This afternoon, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award Winner¬†Joel Grey, (standing in for Mayor Adams), presented a proclamation from New York City to declare May 11, 2022¬†‚ÄúBryant Park Day,‚Ä̬†to celebrate Bryant Park‚Äôs 30th¬†anniversary of reopening in 1992.

VIDEO: MJ Cast Hits the Red Carpet to Celebrate Opening Night! VideoVIDEO: MJ Cast Hits the Red Carpet to Celebrate Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2022

The curtain was raised last night for the opening night of one of the most anticipated musicals in recent Broadway history: MJ. The cast, including 12 Broadway debuts, took their first opening night bows at the Neil Simon Theatre. Newcomer Myles Frost, of Washington, D.C., made his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson and received multiple standing ovations. Watch below as the company hits the red carpet right before the curtain went up!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of MJ Take Opening Night Bows VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of MJ Take Opening Night Bows
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2022

The curtain was raised last night for the opening night of one of the most anticipated musicals in recent Broadway history: MJ. The cast, including 12 Broadway debuts, took their first opening night bows at the Neil Simon Theatre. Newcomer Myles Frost, of Washington, D.C., made his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson and received multiple standing ovations. Watch the opening night bows below and catch a clip of the cast performing 'Beat It.'

VIDEO: Charlotte D'Amboise Pays Tribute to Ann Reinking at CHICAGO 25th Anniversary C VideoVIDEO: Charlotte D'Amboise Pays Tribute to Ann Reinking at CHICAGO 25th Anniversary Celebration
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 16, 2021

Tonight, Chicago on Broadway celebrated 25 years of Razzle Dazzle on Broadway with a special celebration.

VIDEO: Original CHICAGO Stars Return for 25th Anniversary Celebration and Mayoral Pro VideoVIDEO: Original CHICAGO Stars Return for 25th Anniversary Celebration and Mayoral Proclamation
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 16, 2021

Tonight, Chicago on Broadway celebrated 25 years of Razzle Dazzle on Broadway with a special celebration. 

VIDEO: Ben Platt Opens Up About the Honor of Seeing Evan Hansen Through to the End VideoVIDEO: Ben Platt Opens Up About the Honor of Seeing Evan Hansen Through to the End
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 23, 2021

This Friday, Ben Platt is waving through a window once again. The original star of Dear Evan Hansen, who won a Tony Award for his outstanding performance on Broadway, reprises his role in Stephen Chbosky's big screen adaptation of the beloved musical. Getting to play the role again is not something that Platt is taking for granted...

VIDEO: Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Alex Brightman, and More Perform 'I'm Still Here' VideoVIDEO: Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Alex Brightman, and More Perform 'I'm Still Here' to Commemorate One Year Since Broadway Shut Down
by Stage Tube - Mar 12, 2021

A group of Broadway stars came together, virtually, to commemorate one year since Broadway shut down. The video from Thomas Ellenson features the performers singing Stephen Sondheim's 'I'm Still Here.'

Broadway Rewind: Watch Scenes from Sutton Foster's Tony-Winning Turn in ANYTHING GOES VideoBroadway Rewind: Watch Scenes from Sutton Foster's Tony-Winning Turn in ANYTHING GOES!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 1, 2020

Today we rewind to 2011 for the third Broadway revival of Anything Goes. Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Anything Goes starred Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, Laura Osnes, and Colin Donnell. The musical ran for 521 performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Broadway Rewind: A Very WICKED Backstage Special with Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth VideoBroadway Rewind: A Very WICKED Backstage Special with Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2020

'This is a very special edition of Broadway Rewind,' says BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge, 'because it is a look at the musical Wicked, which has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon. It's with the show's original stars, just six months after the show opened. I was invited by the shows original publicist, the beloved Bob Fennel, who passed away way to young, to sit in the dressings rooms of Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Joel Grey, Michelle Federer and the late great Carole Shelley and chat about their individual journeys with Wicked.'

VIDEO: Extended Clip From FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES Documentary VideoVIDEO: Extended Clip From FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES Documentary
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 22, 2019

The new documentary about the landmark Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF comes to movie theaters on Friday, August 23. BWW has an exclusive first look at clips from the film! 


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?
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) , Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Normal Heart , Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Normal Heart , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Normal Heart , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Wicked , Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Give Me Your Answer, Do! , Best Featured Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chicago , Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chicago , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Cabaret , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Grand Tour , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Grand Tour , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Goodtime Charley , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Goodtime Charley , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for George M! Best Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for George M! and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Cabaret .

What awards has Joel Grey won?
Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Normal Heart, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Normal Heart, Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Best Featured Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chicago , Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chicago Best Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for George M!and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Cabaret.