Will Chase

Birth Place: Frankfurt, KY, USA

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Chase started his acting career in Chicago, performing in regional theater productions and received three Joseph Jefferson Award nominations. He then played Chris in the 2nd National Tour of Miss Saigon. He first performed on Broadway in 1998 as the Squeegee Man and Roger understudy in Rent in the role originated by Adam Pascal; he also starred as the last Roger in the final Broadway company of Rent, which was recorded for the theatrical release entitled Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. His additional Broadway credits include Miss Saigon (with the original star Lea Salonga playing Kim to close the Broadway production); The Full Monty, as Jerry Lukowski replacement (2001); Lennon (2005); Aida (Radames replacement, 2003–04), another role originated by Pascal; and Tony in Billy Elliot the Musical. He was also in A Little Princess the Musical as Captain Crewe. In 2005, he played Neville Craven in the 2005 World AIDS Day The Secret Garden concert.

In 2006, he starred in High Fidelity on Broadway, and starred as Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, for which he received a nomination for the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.

He appeared in The Pajama Game opposite Kate Baldwin at The Muny (St. Louis) in July 2007. He starred in Oklahoma in 2007 at the Lyric Theatre opposite Kelli O'Hara, and on Broadway in the musical The Story of My Life in 2009.

He was a nominee at the 2013 Tony Awards, nominated for Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Chase guest starred as Michael Swift in the NBC series Smash. He then went on to play the role of country superstar Luke Wheeler on the television series Nashville. His other television appearances include Quantico, HBO's The Deuce, the recurring role of Pat Mahoney on Rescue Me, Cupid, Canterbury's Law, Law & Order, Third Watch, Conviction, and Queens Supreme, Hallmark's The Lost Valentine, alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White; the 2011 season finale of Royal Pains (USA); Blue Bloods (CBS); and the ABC drama Pan Am. In 2012, he appeared on the series White Collar, in the episode "Neighborhood Watch", and appeared on the series Unforgettable, in the episode "The Comeback".

He played the title role in the 2013 film Butterflies of Bill Baker. Chase voices Angee in A Warrior's Tail (2016).

Chase assumed the role of William Shakespeare from Christian Borle on Broadway in the musical Something Rotten! on July 18, 2016.

Chase played the character Byron Marks on the September 27, 2017 season opening of Law and Order: SVU titled “Gone Fishin”.

He played Neil Hargrove in the second season of the American supernatural horror-science fiction web television series, Stranger Things, which premiered on Netflix on October 27, 2017, and appears in HBO's drama Sharp Objects as Bob Nash.

He portrayed Fred Graham/Petruchio opposite Kelli O'Hara in the 2019 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate.

Will Chase Photos


Roundabout Theatre Company Revival, 2019
Fred Graham/ Petruchio

[New York]
Roundabout Theatre Company Benefit Concert, 2016
Fred Graham/Petruchio

Original Broadway Production, 2015
William Shakespeare [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2012
Jimmy Winter [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2009

Original Broadway Production, 2008
Tony [Replacement]

[Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Kander & Ebb Celebration Production, 2008

Original Broadway Production, 2006

[St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
St. Louis MUNY Production, 2006

[New York]
New York Concert, 2005
Dr. Neville Craven

[New York]
Showcase, 2005

Original Broadway Production, 2005

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2005
Dominique [Replacement]

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2004
Captain Reginald Crewe

[New York]
Reading, 2001

Original Broadway Production, 2000
Jerry Lukowski [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2000
Radames [Replacement]

Radames (Standby) [Replacement]

Broadway Transfer, 1996
Roger Davis [Replacement]

Steve, man with squeegee, a waiter, and others [Replacement]

Ensemble [Replacement]

A Waiter [Replacement]

Man with a squeegee [Replacement]

Steve [Replacement]

Mark Cohen (Understudy) [Replacement]

Roger Davis (Understudy) [Replacement]

Mark Cohen, Roger Davis (Understudy) [Replacement]

Broadway Production, 1991
Chris [Replacement]

Chris [Replacement]

Chris [Replacement]

[US Tour]
First Class National Tour, 2002
Jerry Lukowski [Replacement]

Will Chase Movies

[2000]Shaft Walter's Friend

[2009]Four Single Fathers Lance

[2013]Butterflies of Bill Baker Bill Baker

[2015]A Warrior's Tail Anga

[2019]After the Wedding Frank

Will Chase TV Shows

Impulse Simon Coles

Law & Order Derek Cahill

Madam Secretary Owen Callister

Nashville Luke Wheeler

Rescue Me Pat Mahoney

Smash Michael Swift

Stranger Things Neil Hargrove

The Crowded Room Marlin Reid

The Good Wife Detective Doug Young

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Will Chase has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

Will Chase has not appeared in the West End.

Will Chase has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for the same production.

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