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Walter Bobbie

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 18, 1945 (76)

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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
Performer
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1980
Performer
  [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

Productions

 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2019]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2017]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[New York, 2015]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2010]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Boston, 2007]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Director
 
[Boston, 2005]
Director
 
[Los Angeles, 2005]
Director
 
[San Francisco (Regional), 2005]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[San Francisco (Regional), 2004]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director
Adaptation
 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director
Adaptation
 
[Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[West End, 1997]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Adaptation
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Director

Writing

Bookwriter
Conceiver

 

Stage

Performances
  [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
Performer

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1980
Performer

  [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

Productions

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2019]
Director

[US Tour, 2017]
Director

[Broadway, 2016]
Director

[New York, 2015]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Director

[US Tour, 2012]
Director

[Broadway, 2012]
Director

[Broadway, 2012]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2010]
Director

[Broadway, 2009]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Director

[Broadway, 2008]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director

[Boston, 2007]
Director

[Broadway, 2006]
Director

[Boston, 2005]
Director

[Los Angeles, 2005]
Director

[San Francisco (Regional), 2005]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director

[Broadway, 2005]
Director

[San Francisco (Regional), 2004]
Director

[Broadway, 2004]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director

Adaptation

[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director

Adaptation

[Broadway, 1998]
Director

[West End, 1997]
Director

[Broadway, 1996]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Adaptation

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Broadway, 1993]
Director

Writing
Bookwriter
Conceiver

Walter Bobbie Biography

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.

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
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play Gold Star
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
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Director - Musical Gold Star
Walter Bobbie, Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Walter Bobbie, Chicago
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
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

Walter Bobbie News

20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List Photo 20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List
by Team BWW - Jun 25, 2022

Summer is here at last and there is no better time to have fun in the sun with a new read! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind.

Duluth Playhouse's FOOTLOOSE Opens Tonight Photo Duluth Playhouse's FOOTLOOSE Opens Tonight
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 24, 2022

Duluth Playhouse will kick into high gear with opening night of the musical Footloose June 24th. Footloose runs June 24 through July 17 at the NorShor Theatre. 

Emma Pittman Extends Run as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO Photo Emma Pittman Extends Run as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 20, 2022

Emma Pittman has taken to Instagram to share that she will be continuing to star as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway for another week! Check out her post here!

Photos: First Look at Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, and Lana Gordon in CHICAGO Photo Photos: First Look at Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, and Lana Gordon in CHICAGO
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

All new production photos have been released of¬†Jennifer Holliday¬†as ‚ÄúMatron Mama Morton‚ÄĚ and¬†Emma Pittman¬†as ‚ÄúRoxie Hart‚ÄĚ in Chicago,¬†Broadway‚Äôs longest running American musical, now celebrating it‚Äôs 25th¬†year on Broadway.

CHICAGO to Welcome Back Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Photo CHICAGO to Welcome Back Bianca Marroquín as Roxie
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2022

The Broadway company of Chicago¬†will welcome¬†back Latina sensation Bianca Marroqu√≠n in the role of ‚ÄúRoxie Hart‚ÄĚ starting Tuesday, June 21 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).

Brenda Edwards to Return as Mama Morton in the UK and Ireland Tour of CHICAGO Photo Brenda Edwards to Return as Mama Morton in the UK and Ireland Tour of CHICAGO
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2022

Much-loved performer and TV personality Brenda Edwards will return to the stage as Mama Morton in the UK and Ireland tour of the international smash hit musical CHICAGO, the role in which she made her West End debut.

Baayork Lee, Jon Rua, Josh Rhodes and More Join Pittsburgh CLO's Summer Musicals Photo Baayork Lee, Jon Rua, Josh Rhodes and More Join Pittsburgh CLO's Summer Musicals
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2022

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the creative teams for the 2022 Summer of Musicals at the Benedum Center. This talented and highly sought-after group of creative specialists will bring Broadway's best to life at the Benedum Center all summer long!

Photos: First Look at Lee Mead in the UK and Ireland Tour of CHICAGO Photo Photos: First Look at Lee Mead in the UK and Ireland Tour of CHICAGO
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2022

New images have been released of Lee Mead starring as Billy Flynn in the UK and Ireland tour of CHICAGO.

Jennifer Holliday Will Join the Cast of CHICAGO  Beginning Next Month Photo Jennifer Holliday Will Join the Cast of CHICAGO Beginning Next Month
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2022

The Broadway company of Chicago¬†will welcome¬†Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway legend¬†Jennifer Holliday¬†back to Broadway in the role of ‚ÄúMatron Mama Morton‚ÄĚ beginning¬†Thursday, June 9, 2022. Find out how long Holliday will be in the show and how to get tickets.

Emma Pittman Will Join CHICAGO Next Month Photo Emma Pittman Will Join CHICAGO Next Month
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2022

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical¬†Chicago¬†will welcome ‚ÄúThe Search for Roxie!‚ÄĚ winner¬†Emma Pittman, making her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart beginning¬†Monday, June 6, 2022.

Walter Bobbie Videos

VIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks Joining CHICAGO on THE VIEW VideoVIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks Joining CHICAGO on THE VIEW
by Michael Major - Apr 5, 2022

Pamela Anderson sat down with the women of The View this morning to discuss her upcoming Broadway debut in Chicago on Broadway. Anderson will play the role of Roxie Hart for an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks CHICAGO Debut on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks CHICAGO Debut on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Mar 23, 2022

Pamela Anderson appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss making her Broadway debut as Roxie in Chicago. Anderson reveals that her experience stepping into the role will be featured in her upcoming two-part documentary with Netflix. She also discusses taking on the iconic choreography, how she relates to the role, and more.

VIDEO: Watch an All New Trailer For 42nd Street Moon's A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING VideoVIDEO: Watch an All New Trailer For 42nd Street Moon's A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
by Stephi Wild - Mar 17, 2022

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon presents its first production of 2022: the Tony Award¬ģ-nominated¬†A¬†GRAND¬†NIGHT¬†FOR¬†SINGING,¬†a¬†musical revue showcasing the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.¬†A¬†GRAND¬†NIGHT¬†FOR¬†SINGING¬†was conceived by Walter Bobbie and features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music arrangements by Fred Wells.

VIDEO: First Look at CHICAGO in Brazil! VideoVIDEO: First Look at CHICAGO in Brazil!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 28, 2022

The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking musical¬†CHICAGO¬†opened this week in Brazil for a limited engagement at Teatro Santander through May 29, 2022. This Portuguese-language production stars¬†Emanuelle Ara√ļjo¬†as Velma Kelly,¬†Carol Costa¬†as Roxie Hart and Tony Award winner¬†Paulo Szot¬†as Billy Flynn, who recently starred in the Broadway production.

CHICAGO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events! VideoCHICAGO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 15, 2021

Chicago will celebrate 25 years on Broadway tomorrow Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30PM with a very special performance. Beginning at 5PM on the TKTS Red Steps in Times Square the Brooklyn United Marching Band will march to 49th Street playing Kander & Ebb music. The Ambassador Theatre will be lit in red with a star-studded red carpet. 

VIDEO: 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man' From A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed VideoVIDEO: 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man' From A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed
by Stage Tube - Oct 12, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first look at rhearsals for A Grand Night for Singing: A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein for the iconic Opera House stage at Goodspeed!

VIDEO: Goodspeed Presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Featuring Mamie Parris, Mauricio  VideoVIDEO: Goodspeed Presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Featuring Mamie Parris, Mauricio Martínez, Diane Phelan & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 4, 2021

A Grand Night for Singing, a fresh and fun Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein, is now playing through November 28 at The Goodspeed. Featuring artful arrangements and clever interpretations, A Grand Night for Singing is a lively revue that seems tailor-made for Goodspeed.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first look at rhearsals for A Grand Night for Singing: A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein for the iconic Opera House stage at Goodspeed!

VIDEO: Go Inside CHICAGO's Re-Opening Night on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Inside CHICAGO's Re-Opening Night on Broadway
by Team BWW - Sep 15, 2021

Yesterday was good, grand, and great- wasn't it? After an 18-month long shutdown, four Broadway musicals re-opened last night, and one of them was the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago. Watch below as director Walter Bobbie tribute the late, great Ann Reinking before the show, the company takes the stage for 'All That Jazz', and takes their first bows since March 2020.

VIDEO: CHICAGO Celebrates A Rosy Reopening At Curtain Call VideoVIDEO: CHICAGO Celebrates A Rosy Reopening At Curtain Call
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2021

Everything came up roses tonight at the reopening of Chicago on Broadway as the company tossed handfuls of rose petals to celebrate their first curtain call back at the Ambassador! 


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?
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bright Star , Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Venus in Fur , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Irving Berlin's White Christmas , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweet Charity , Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Polish Joke , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Polish Joke , Outstanding Featured Actor (The Lortels) for Polish Joke , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Footloose , Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Chicago , Best Director - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chicago , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicago , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chicago Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for A Grand Night for Singing and Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Crazy for You .

What awards has Walter Bobbie won?
Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Polish Joke, Best Director - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chicago Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicagoand Outstanding Director - Musical (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).