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Walter Bobbie won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as director of the international hit Chicago which and has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Recent directing includes David Ives's New Jerusalem, Venus in Fur, and The School for Lies, all at Classic Stage Company, Ives' The Other Woman at EST, as well as Jeff Talbott's The Submission at MCC, Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation at Playwrights Horizons, Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette & Boo at the Roundabout, and Terrence McNally's Golden Age at the Kennedy Center. Broadway credits include White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night for Singing. Bobbie is also an actor who appeared in a range of plays and musicals from the original cast of Grease to Shaw's Getting Married at Circle in the Square, Assassins at Playwrights Horizons, I Love My Wife, Going Up, A History of the American Film, Driving Miss Daisy, Café Crown, and Lincoln Center's Anything Goes, among others. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Nicely-Nicely in 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for his performance in David Ives's Polish Joke at Manhattan Theatre Club. Bobbie was Artistic Director for City Center's acclaimed Encores!, and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Walter Bobbie STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Production, 2022
Performer

[Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway Revival Production, 2018
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Public Theater and National Theatre One-Night Reading, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Tim Kaine

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2007
Hal Reisman

[Off-Broadway]
2006
Father [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2004
Harry MacAfee

[Off-Broadway]
2003
Wojtek/Priest/Policeman/Leon/Mr. O'Flanagan/Doctor

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1992
Nicely-Nicely Johnson

[Broadway]
1991
Oliver Cromwell Soames

[Off-Broadway]
1990
Freud (Psychoneurotic Phantasies)

[Off-Broadway]
1990
Voices

[Broadway]
1989
George Burton

[Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1987
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
1983
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[Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1980
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[Regional (US)]
Workshop, 1977
Lucifer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1977
Wally (Standby) [Replacement]

Alvin (Standby) [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1976
Hopkinson Brown

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1973
Octave

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Roger

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Collin Talbo (Standby)

[Off-Broadway]
1971
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Hugh

[Off-Broadway]
1969
Standby

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1983
Lucifer

Walter Bobbie Productions

 
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[Off-Broadway, 2012]
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[Boston, 2007]
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[Los Angeles, 2005]
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[San Francisco (Regional), 2005]
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Adaptation
 
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[Broadway, 1993]
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Walter Bobbie Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Walter Bobbie, Bright Star

The Lortels - 2010 - Outstanding Director

Walter Bobbie, Venus in Fur

Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Walter Bobbie, Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Walter Bobbie, Sweet Charity


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Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play

Walter Bobbie, Polish Joke

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Walter Bobbie, Polish Joke

The Lortels - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actor

Walter Bobbie, Polish Joke

Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Book of a Musical

Walter Bobbie, Footloose

Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Director

Walter Bobbie, Chicago


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Director - Musical

Walter Bobbie, Chicago


winner
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Direction of a Musical

Walter Bobbie, Chicago


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Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Walter Bobbie, Chicago

Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Book of a Musical

Walter Bobbie, A Grand Night for Singing

Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical

Walter Bobbie , Crazy for You

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Walter Bobbie News


CHICAGO Returns to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre This June

Further dates have been announced for the 2024/2025 UK and Ireland tour of the multi award-winning musical CHICAGO. The tour will visit Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Monday 23 – Saturday 28 June 2025.

CHICAGO Comes to The King's Theater in Glasgow in August

The King’s Theatre in Glasgow has announced the multi award-winning musical CHICAGO will be coming to the venue from 18-23 August 2025 and tickets are on sale now.

Further Dates Set for the 2024/2025 UK and Ireland tour of CHICAGO

Further dates have been announced for the 2024/2025 UK and Ireland tour of the multi award-winning musical CHICAGO. The tour will open at Milton Keynes Theatre on 12 October 2024.

Photos: First Look at Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly in Chicago

Get a first look at photos of Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly in Chicago.

Beth Hyland to Receive Williamstown Theatre Festival's L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award

Williamstown Theatre Festival has named Beth Hyland as the recipient of the 2024 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award for her play SYLVIA SYLVIA SYLVIA. Learn more about Hyland!

Bianca Marroquin and Natasha Yvette Williams Will Return to CHICAGO on Broadway

Chicago on Broadway will welcome back Bianca Marroquín in the role of “Roxie Hart” and Tony nominee Natasha Yvette Williams in the role of “Matron Mama Morton.' Both will return beginning Monday, April 8 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Cast Set For Pitlochry Festival Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre's FOOTLOOSE

Pitlochry Festival Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre are heading back to the 1980s this summer to stage a spectacular new production of the explosive musical Footloose.  Learn more about the cast here!

Video: First Look at Robyn Hurder as Velma in CHICAGO

Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder has returned to Chicago on Broadway in the role of 'Velma Kelly'. Check out a video clip of her here!

TAKE THE LEAD World Premiere & More Set for Paper Mill Playhouse 2024-25 Season

Paper Mill Playhouse has unveiled its 2024–2025 season. See the full lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.

New Tickets On Sale For Sydney Season Of CHICAGO

Due to huge demand, additional performances have been released today for the upcoming Sydney season of CHICAGO. Tickets up to 21 July are on pre-sale from today, with General Public sales from Friday 22 March.

CHICAGO se despide de Madrid

El próximo 28 de abril la temporada limitada de CHICAGO bajará el telón una última vez en Madrid antes de embarcarse en una gira por España que culminará en julio de 2025.

Spotlight: FOOTLOOSE at Macklanburg Playhouse

Join Us for Footloose the Musical

Robyn Hurder to Return to CHICAGO as Velma This Month

Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder will return to Chicago on Broadway in the role of “Velma Kelly” beginning Tuesday, March 26 through Sunday, June 16.

Work by Rachel Bloom, Sara Porkalob & More Set for 2024 Williamstown Theatre Festival Summer Season

The 2024 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season has revealed its lineup. See the shows being presented and learn how to purchase tickets.

Interview: Red Concepcion Looks on 'Mr. Cellophane's' Bright Side

Red Concepcion, who just made his Broadway debut in “Chicago,” sprinkles a little sunshine in his character, Amos Hart, who’s often depicted as Roxie’s “scummy, crummy, dummy hubby.” In the show’s first few minutes, it’s made clear Roxie has been cheating on Amos, clinging to men who have promised her a shot at being a local celebrity.

Photos: First Look at FOOTLOOSE at The Colony Theatre

Footloose is currently running at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA through March 17th. Check out photos from the production here!

Photos: Eddie Redmayne, Gayle Rankin, and More Arrive at Opening Night of DOUBT

See photos of Eddie Redmayne, Gayle Rankin, Rupert Friend, Nathan Lane, and more arriving on the red carpet of the opening night celebration of Doubt here!

Ariana Madix Out of CHICAGO February 27 Performance

TV personality, actress and author Ariana Madix will miss tonight's performance of Chicago.

Video: Red Concepción Performs 'Mister Cellophane' in CHICAGO on Broadway

You can see right through him, walk right by him, and never know he's there! Here's an exclusive video sneak peek of Red Concepción performing 'Mister Cellophane' in CHICAGO on Broadway.

CHICAGO Will Embark on 2024/2025 UK Tour

The 2024/2025 UK tour of the multi award-winning musical CHICAGO will open at Milton Keynes Theatre on 12 October 2024. Initial tour schedule below with further dates and casting to be announced soon.

Walter Bobbie FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Walter Bobbie been in?

Walter Bobbie has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Walter Bobbie been in?

Walter Bobbie has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Walter Bobbie been nominated for?

Walter Bobbie has been nominated for several awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Bright Star," Outstanding Director at The Lortels for "Venus in Fur," and Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Irving Berlin's White Christmas." He was also nominated for Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Sweet Charity," Outstanding Featured Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Polish Joke," and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Polish Joke." Additionally, he received nominations for Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Footloose" and "A Grand Night for Singing," Best Director at the Olivier Awards for "Chicago," Best Director - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Chicago," Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Chicago," and Outstanding Director - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Chicago." He was also nominated for Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Crazy for You."

What awards has Walter Bobbie won?

Walter Bobbie has won several awards, including Outstanding Featured Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Polish Joke," Best Director - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Chicago," Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Chicago," and Outstanding Director - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Chicago."

How many shows has Walter Bobbie written?

Walter Bobbie has written 2 shows including A Grand Night for Singing (Conceiver), Footloose (Bookwriter).

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