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Michael Crawford

 
Date Of Birth:
January 19, 1942 (81)
Birth Place:
Salisbury, Wiltshire, ENGLAND
Bio:
Michael Crawford created the role of 'The Phantom' in the hit musical earning him an astonishing catalogue of critical recognition including Broadway's Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and Drama Critics Award. After opening in Phantom on October ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 19, 1942 (81)

Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, ENGLAND

Bio:
Michael Crawford created the role of 'The Phantom' in the hit musical earning him an astonishing catalogue of critical recognition including Broadway's Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and Drama Critics Award. After opening in Phantom on October ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
Original London Production, 2021
The Phantom
  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2016
Leo Colston
  [West End]
London Revival, 2011
The Wizard of Oz
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2004
Count Fosco
  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1990
The Phantom
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
The Phantom
  [West End]
Return Engagement [West End], 1985
Phineas Taylor Barnum
  [West End]
London Production, 1981
Phineas Taylor Barnum
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1979
Performer
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1974
Billy
  [Broadway]
1967
Brindsley Miller
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1995
Merlin
Harry Houdini
H.G. Wells

Michael Crawford Movies

Soapbox Derby
 
[1958]
Peter Toms
Blow Your Own Trumpet
 
[1958]
Jim Fenn
A French Mistress
 
[1960]
Kent
Two Living, One Dead
 
[1961]
Nils Lindwall
The War Lover
 
[1962]
Junior
The Knack... and How to Get It
 
[1965]
Colin
Two Left Feet
 
[1965]
Alan Crabbe
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
[1966]
Hero
How I Won the War
 
[1967]
Lt. Goodbody
The Jokers
 
[1967]
Michael Tremayne
Hello, Dolly!
 
[1969]
Cornelius Hackl
The Games
 
[1970]
Harry Hayes
Hello-Goodbye
 
[1970]
Harry England
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
 
[1972]
White Rabbit
Condorman
 
[1981]
Woody Wilkins
Once Upon a Forest
 
[1993]
Cornelius
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
 
[2011]
Original Company

Michael Crawford TV Shows

William Tell
 
[1959]
Youth
The Common Room
 
[1959]
Jock
Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School
 
[1959]
Frank Nugent
Three Golden Nobles
 
[1959]
Harry
The Chequered Flag
 
[1960]
Bryan West
Saturday Playhouse
 
[1960]
Read
Dixon of Dock Green
 
[1959-1960]
Chris Kelly, Howard Garland
Fact and Fiction
 
[1960]
Pierre Mercier
Emergency-Ward 10
 
[1960]
Eddie
Probation Officer
 
[1959-1960]
John
Police Surgeon
 
[1960]
Jim Clark
One Step Beyond
 
[1961]
Tony Hudson
The Afterthought
 
[1961]
Laurence
Sir Francis Drake
 
[1961-1962]
John Drake
Suspense
 
[1963]
Alan Murray
Festival
 
[1964]
Barney
A World of Comedy
 
[1965]
Introduced by, X5, Michael
Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life
 
[1964-1965]
Byron
Armchair Theatre
 
[1960-1966]
Edward, Dermot Drage
ITV Play of the Week
 
[1958-1966]
Tony, Anderson
Theatre 625
 
[1968]
Danny
ITV Sunday Night Theatre
 
[1970]
Constable Gough
Play for Today
 
[1978]
Ferdinand Vanek
CBS Children's Film Festival
 
[1978]
Peter Toms
Chalk and Cheese
 
[1979]
Dave Finn
Barnum!
 
[1986]
Phineas Taylor Barnum
Noel's House Party
 
[1998]
Frank Spencer
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
 
[1973-2016]
Frank Spencer
Private Eyes
 
[2019]
Attendant

Michael Crawford Biography

Michael Crawford created the role of 'The Phantom' in the hit musical earning him an astonishing catalogue of critical recognition including Broadway's Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and Drama Critics Award. After opening in Phantom on October 9, 1986, he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, as well as receiving his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He played the part for three and a half years as the toast of London, New York, and Los Angeles. In 2014, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for charitable and philanthropic services, particularly to children's charities. Most recently, he again returned to the West End stage, starring in the new musical The Go-Between, which played to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences for a limited run at the Apollo Shaftesbury Theater. Crawford also made a mark with his vocal performance on Phantom, 1987's world-wide hit London cast recording, whose international sales tally stands in excess of 12 million.

Other recordings include: the RIAA platinum-certified Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber; Michael Crawford in Concert, the companion album to his dual Emmy-nominated PBS special; On Eagle's Wings, a collection of sacred songs that were a hit on Billboard's Contemporary Christian chart; and the companion album to EFX, which debuted in Las Vegas with Crawford in the high-profile starring role. Crawford's numerous screen and stage credits range from the acclaimed film version of Hello Dolly and his much-touted performance in the London staging of Flowers for Algernon to his much-loved character in the 1970's British sit-com Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. The story of Crawford's varied and distinguished 40-year career was told with the release of Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String, his autobiography which traces the road from his World War II-era youth to his film work alongside John Lennon and Steve McQueen and his years as the original Phantom.

Michael Crawford Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2005 - Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Crawford, Woman In White
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Actor - Musical Gold Star
Michael Crawford, Phantom of the Opera
 
Drama League Awards - 1988 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Michael Crawford
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Actor - Musical Gold Star
Michael Crawford, The Phantom of the Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Crawford, Phantom of the Opera
 
Olivier Awards - 1986 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Crawford, The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Olivier Awards - 1981 - Actor of the Year in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Crawford, Barnum
 
Olivier Awards - 1979 - Actor of the Year in a Musical
Michael Crawford, Flowers For Algernon

Michael Crawford News

Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35 Years on Broadway Photo Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35 Years on Broadway
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 27, 2023

The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 35 years on Broadway last night, January 26, at the Majestic Theatre. The production opened on January 26, 1988. BroadwayWorld was there to capture some special moments from the big night, including members of the creative team, the cast's curtain call, and more!

Video: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35th Anniversary With a Special Curtain Ca Photo Video: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35th Anniversary With a Special Curtain Call
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 27, 2023

The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 35 years on Broadway last night, January 26, at the Majestic Theatre. Following the show, a special curtain call was held, featuring a performance and speech from members of the cast. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the big moment and you can check out the video here!

Video: Celebrating 35 Years of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway Photo Video: Celebrating 35 Years of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 26, 2023

35 years ago today, on January 26, 1988, The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre. Check out a playlist of videos from the course of the show's historic Broadway run.

Bernadette Peters Replaces Kelli O'Hara in Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit Photo Bernadette Peters Replaces Kelli O'Hara in Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2023

Bernadette Peters is stepping in to headline the Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit this evening at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Peters replaces the previously announced Kelli O'Hara. Due to a positive COVID diagnosis, O'Hara is unable to perform at the MTC benefit this evening.

Jean Louisa Kelly Adds Livestream Option for Solo Concert Debut at The Laurie Beechma Photo Jean Louisa Kelly Adds Livestream Option for Solo Concert Debut at The Laurie Beechman
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2023

JEAN LOUISA KELLY¬†‚Ästthe stage and screen star from the original Broadway cast of¬†Into the Woods, and the movies¬†Uncle Buck,¬†Mr. Holland‚Äôs Opus,¬†The Fantasticks, and¬†Top Gun: Maverick¬†‚Äď has added a¬†livestream option¬†for her¬†New York concert debut¬†at¬†The Laurie Beechman Theatre¬†on¬†Saturday,¬†January 21¬†at¬†9:30 PM.

Patti LuPone is Hitting the Road With New Tour, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY Photo Patti LuPone is Hitting the Road With New Tour, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY
by Stephi Wild - Jan 17, 2023

Patti LuPone is hitting the road with her new tour Don't Monkey With Broadway! Check out the full list of dates and find out how to get tickets here!

Rewind: Looking Back at THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on the Anniversary of its First Broa Photo Rewind: Looking Back at THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on the Anniversary of its First Broadway Preview
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2023

Look back at The Phantom of the Opera on the anniversary of its first preview at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway!

Photo: Hillary Clinton Visits THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Photo Photo: Hillary Clinton Visits THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2022

Hillary Clinton took a trip to the Majestic Theatre to check out the iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera one final time before it closes its doors after 24 years. The politician and Broadway fan took to Instagram to share a photo of herself at the show.

Jean Louisa Kelly to Make Solo Concert Debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre This Janu Photo Jean Louisa Kelly to Make Solo Concert Debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre This January
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 15, 2022

JEAN LOUISA KELLY¬†‚Äď the stage and screen star from the original Broadway cast of¬†Into the Woods, and the movies¬†Uncle Buck,¬†Mr. Holland‚Äôs Opus,¬†The Fantasticks, and¬†Top Gun: Maverick¬†‚Äď will make her¬†New York concert debut¬†at¬†The Laurie Beechman Theatre¬†on¬†Saturday,¬†January 21, 2023¬†at¬†9:30 PM.

Photos: THE AMERICAN THEATRE AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD Book and Exhibition Launch Photo Photos: THE AMERICAN THEATRE AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD Book and Exhibition Launch
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 7, 2022

On December 6, there was a celebration of The American Theatre As Seen By Hirschfeld, the title of both the new book and the inaugural exhibition at The Museum of Broadway. The Al Hirschfeld foundation hosted a cocktail reception celebrating the new book at The Algonquin before offering a private tour of the new exhibition at the museum. Check out photos here!

Michael Crawford Videos

Video: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35th Anniversary With a Special Curtain Ca Videoplay
Video: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35th Anniversary With a Special Curtain Call

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 27, 2023

The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 35 years on Broadway last night, January 26, at the Majestic Theatre. Following the show, a special curtain call was held, featuring a performance and speech from members of the cast. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the big moment and you can check out the video here!

VIDEO: 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes' From HELLO, DOLLY! Featured in New Google Ad Videoplay
VIDEO: 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes' From HELLO, DOLLY! Featured in New Google Ad

by Stage Tube - Aug 21, 2021

Broadway fans may hear a familiar tune when they watch the new Google ad, celebrating six months since NASA's Perseverance Rover has been on Mars.

#TBT: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Becomes The Longest-Running Musical In Broadway Histor Videoplay
#TBT: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Becomes The Longest-Running Musical In Broadway History

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 9, 2020

The legendary musical The Phantom of the Opera has been bringing the music of the night to Broadway audiences for over 31 years, and 14 years ago today, the production surpassed Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats to become the longest-running musical in Broadway history! To celebrate the history-making anniversary, we're throwing it back to that special night with the Tony-winning original Phantom Michael Crawford and Howard McGillin commemorating the special occasion!

Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Releases 'The Right of Way' Videoplay
Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Releases 'The Right of Way'

by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 25, 2019

Today, Broadway Records /1650 Records /LOML Records released 'The Right of Way' from Tony-nominated singer Mary Bridget Davies. This is the first track from Stay With Me:  The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy, to be released in January 2020. Written by the renowned songwriter, this is the first time the track has been recorded and released. 'The Right of Way' showcases Davies' powerful vocals, honed over many years as Janis Joplin in Love Janis and A Night With Janis Joplin.

Photo and Video Special: Original Star Michael Crawford Visits Orange County High Sch Videoplay
Photo and Video Special: Original Star Michael Crawford Visits Orange County High School PHANTOM Production

by Robert Diamond - Mar 25, 2019

This weekend, Michael Crawford made a surprise appearance at the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts' production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Orange County, California. After watching the performance, Crawford appeared on-stage and met with the students to congratulate the cast, orchestra, crew and production team.

Video Flashback: Take a Look Back on the Prolific Career of Neil Simon Videoplay
Video Flashback: Take a Look Back on the Prolific Career of Neil Simon

by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2018

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, playwright Neil Simon has died at age 91. He passed away on August 25 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City due to complications from pneumonia.Today, we remember him with a video flashback, providing a look back on his career. Watch the video below!

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Releases Music Video For 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' Videoplay
VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Releases Music Video For 'You Can Leave Your Hat On'

by Stage Tube - Aug 2, 2018

Mandy Gonzalez has released a new music video for her single 'You Can Leave Your Hat On!' The track is featured on the singer's latest release, Fearless B-Side, the companion album to her first release, Fearless. Watch the music video below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with Paul Bogeav Videoplay
BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with Paul Bogeav

by Konversations with Keeme - Jun 26, 2018

This episode features: Paul Bogeav- a music director-producer, arranger and composer. He supervised and conducted the music for the Academy Award winning film CHICAGO and was Executive Producer of its GRAMMY Award winning soundtrack. 

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Shows Us Around a Week at HAMILTON in Episode Two of the #Fearl Videoplay
VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Shows Us Around a Week at HAMILTON in Episode Two of the #FearlessSquad Show

by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2018

Mandy Gonzalez has released the second episode of her YouTube web series, the #FearlessSquad Show. In this episode she takes us inside an eight-show week at Hamilton.

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Goes Inside a Put-In Rehearsal For HAMILTON in First Episode of Videoplay
VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Goes Inside a Put-In Rehearsal For HAMILTON in First Episode of #FearlessSquad Show

by Stage Tube - Jun 3, 2018

Mandy Gonzalez has started a new series on YouTube called the #FearlessSquad Show. She released the first episode of the web series on June 1.


Michael Crawford Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael Crawford been in?
Michael Crawford has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Crawford been in?
Michael Crawford has appeared on London's West End in 8 shows.

What was Michael Crawford's first West End show?
Michael Crawford's first West End show was Billy which opened in 1974

What awards has Michael Crawford been nominated for?
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Woman In White , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Phantom of the Opera , Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Phantom of the Opera , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Phantom of the Opera , Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Phantom Of The Opera Actor of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Barnum and Actor of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Flowers For Algernon .

What awards has Michael Crawford won?
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Woman In White, Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Phantom of the Opera, Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), Best Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Phantom of the Opera, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Phantom of the Opera Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Phantom Of The Operaand Actor of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Barnum.


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@CrawfordMichael - 1/26/23 07:47pm Happy 35th Birthday on Broadway to @PhantomOpera and I'm sending a lot of love to the company tonight. -MC


@CrawfordMichael - 1/19/23 08:10am It's January 19th again, and that means a huge Happy Birthday from all of us to our dear Michael. We were all bless… https://t.co/NdnuHO49sP


@CrawfordMichael - 12/23/22 06:58pm Hi Everyone Wishing you all the Blessings of Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. Be safe, be strong, be healthy!… https://t.co/lYidf5q9e2


@CrawfordMichael - 10/5/22 11:21am So very sad to hear of Raymond Allen's passing. I send love and strength to his dear wife, Nancy and their family. [1/3]


@CrawfordMichael - 10/5/22 11:20am So very sad to hear of Raymond Allen's passing. I send love and strength to his dear wife, Nancy and their family. [1/2]


@CrawfordMichael - 9/8/22 04:08pm The saddest of days.  Our Queen kept her promise to us all, from 1953 until the day she died.   May she now join he… https://t.co/1yl1gnQ3ON


@CrawfordMichael - 7/21/22 07:47pm To be clear- there is only one real MC page (this one on FB & Twitter) & if you see or hear from any fake ones, ple… https://t.co/0e2JOt9WqA


@CrawfordMichael - 3/28/22 06:50pm While long admiring @madeleine’s work on the world stage, I had the pleasure of meeting her & her lovely daughter b… https://t.co/OsKPMF4F5M


@CrawfordMichael - 1/27/22 04:35pm #RIPBarryCryer a great character and a lovely man. Kind to me in the early years! God Bless you Barry -MC


@CrawfordMichael - 1/23/22 08:21am Thank you all so much for the many, many very kind birthday messages and your stories of past years. The personal t… https://t.co/pFMg6CnnR0


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