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Will Chase

 
Birth Place:
Frankfurt, KY, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Frankfurt, KY, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Revival, 2019
Fred Graham/ Petruchio
  [New York]
Roundabout Theatre Company Benefit Concert, 2016
Fred Graham/Petruchio
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
William Shakespeare [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Jimmy Winter [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Tony [Replacement]
  [Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Kander & Ebb Celebration Production, 2008
Valentin
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Rob
  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
St. Louis MUNY Production, 2006
Radames
  [New York]
New York Concert, 2005
Dr. Neville Craven
  [New York]
Showcase, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Performer
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2005
Dominique [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2004
Captain Reginald Crewe
  [New York]
Reading, 2001
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Jerry Lukowski [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Radames [Replacement]
Radames (Standby) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
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]
Broadway Production, 1991
Chris [Replacement]
Chris [Replacement]
Chris [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
First Class National Tour, 2002
Jerry Lukowski [Replacement]

Photos

Charlie Pollock, Wilson Cruz, Tracie Thoms, Anthony Rapp, Will Chase, Sebastian Arcel Photo

Charlie Pollock, Wilson Cruz, Tracie Thoms, Anthony Rapp, Will Chase, Sebastian Arcelus, Miriam Dance, Carly Hughes, Jose Llana, Rema Webb, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Pascal and Mary Testa

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05/21/2021
Wilson Cruz, Adam Pascal, Sebastian Arcelus, Will Chase, Anthony Rapp and Jose Llana  Photo

Wilson Cruz, Adam Pascal, Sebastian Arcelus, Will Chase, Anthony Rapp and Jose Llana

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Date:
05/21/2021
Will Chase and Laura Osnes Photo

Will Chase and Laura Osnes

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Date:
10/22/2020
Laura Osnes and Will Chase Photo

Laura Osnes and Will Chase

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10/22/2020
Stephen Wallem, Will Chase, Laura Osnes and Tom Wopat Photo

Stephen Wallem, Will Chase, Laura Osnes and Tom Wopat

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10/22/2020

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Revival, 2019
Fred Graham/ Petruchio

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

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
William Shakespeare [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Jimmy Winter [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Tony [Replacement]

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

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Rob

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

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

  [New York]
Showcase, 2005
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Performer

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

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

  [New York]
Reading, 2001
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Jerry Lukowski [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Radames [Replacement]

Radames (Standby) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
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]
Broadway Production, 1991
Chris [Replacement]

Chris [Replacement]

Chris [Replacement]

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

Will Chase Biography

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‚Äď04), 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 ‚ÄúGone Fishin‚ÄĚ.

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 Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Will Chase , The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Will Chase , The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Will Chase News

Wake Up With BWW 9/12: Lea Michele Out of FUNNY GIRL Due to COVID-19, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 9/12: Lea Michele Out of FUNNY GIRL Due to COVID-19, and More!
by - Sep 12, 2022

Today's top stories include Lea Michele out of Funny Girl for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Learn more about Julie Benko's upcoming schedule. In other Funny Girl news, Barbara Tirrell made her debut in the show one day after she was hired as an offstage cover for Mrs. Brice, Mrs. Strakosh, and Mrs. Meeker.

Mariah Rose Faith Casillas & Janaya Mahealani Jones Will Premier SEASONS: A New Music Photo Mariah Rose Faith Casillas & Janaya Mahealani Jones Will Premier SEASONS: A New Musical Song-Cycle in Los Angeles
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2022

SEASONS: A New Musical Song-Cycle, will have its West Coast Premier on August 1st at the Hollywood Majestic in Los Angeles!

Nic Rouleau, Glenn Stanton & Brandi Porter to Star in MISSING PEACE Reading at Rhineb Photo Nic Rouleau, Glenn Stanton & Brandi Porter to Star in MISSING PEACE Reading at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is presenting a reading of MISSING PEACE, a contemporary Native musical by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia. The reading is directed by Devanand Janki (Little Girl Blue-The Nina Simone Musical) and music-directed by Yan Li.

Lighthouse Immersive Announces S.F. Engagement Of IMMERSIVE FRIDA KAHLO Photo Lighthouse Immersive Announces S.F. Engagement Of IMMERSIVE FRIDA KAHLO
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 11, 2022

Lighthouse Immersive, North America's leading producer of groundbreaking experiential art exhibits, announces today that their newest immersive art installation, IMMERSIVE FRIDA KAHLO, will make its West Coast premiere.

BWW Review: Jenn Colella Leaves Audience Sated and Elated With YOU ARE HERE at Feinst Photo BWW Review: Jenn Colella Leaves Audience Sated and Elated With YOU ARE HERE at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 26, 2022

In her Feinstein's solos show debut Jenn Colella uses all the parts of herself in an effort to please a sold-out house of fans and followers, leaving pleasure and pandemonium in her wake.

Shereen Pimentel, Gerard Canonico & More to Star in SEASONS at Feinstein's/54 Below Photo Shereen Pimentel, Gerard Canonico & More to Star in SEASONS at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2022

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Seasons: A New Musical Song Cycle in concert on January 30, 2022, at 9:45pm. This concert will also be live streamed by Broadway World Events for a discounted price.

SEASONS Album Featuring Desi Oakley, Mariah Rose Faith & More to Be Released This Wee Photo SEASONS Album Featuring Desi Oakley, Mariah Rose Faith & More to Be Released This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 24, 2022

Broadway Records announced today the release of Seasons. The new musical concept album is written by up-and-coming California based musical theatre writer Tyler Tafolla. The show follows six childhood friends, who within the span of six years, go through some of the milestone seasons of life.

Stephanie Styles Talks Her Love for Broadway & More on THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN  Photo Stephanie Styles Talks Her Love for Broadway & More on THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN SEALES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 19, 2022

Stephanie Styles is an actress, singer, and dancer who made her Broadway debut in the recent Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me, Kate, opposite Kelly O'Hara, Will Chase, and Corbin Bleu.

JAGGED LITTLE PILL Reunion, Jeanna De Waal, and More Streaming This Month from Feinst Photo JAGGED LITTLE PILL Reunion, Jeanna De Waal, and More Streaming This Month from Feinstein's/54Below
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 7, 2022

This month, Feinstein's/54 Below presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond ‚Äď all streaming direct to homes worldwide.

Shereen Pimentel, Gerard Canonico & More to Star in SEASONS at Feinstein's/54 Below Photo Shereen Pimentel, Gerard Canonico & More to Star in SEASONS at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2022

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Seasons: A New Musical Song Cycle in concert on January 30, 2022, at 9:45pm.

Will Chase Videos

VIDEO: Will Chase Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Will Chase Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jan 23, 2021

Watch as he chats with Broadway favorite Will Chase, whose debut short film, Dagger, is now available to watch on Vimeo.The 24-minute film was written and directed by Chase, and he stars in it alongside Jack Davenport. It was edited by Jan Klier with music by Saul Simon MacWilliams. 'To be or not to be?' A man near the end of his rope gets an unexpected visit from the Bard.

VIDEO: Former RENT Cast Members Sing 'Will I?' with Arts Workers for Federal Relief VideoVIDEO: Former RENT Cast Members Sing 'Will I?' with Arts Workers for Federal Relief
by Stage Tube - Sep 8, 2020

Former cast members from various productions of Rent joined forces to perform 'Will I?' as part as Be An #ArtsHero's Labor Day of Action.

VIDEO: Will Chase Channels 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic in New Parody Music Video VideoVIDEO: Will Chase Channels 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic in New Parody Music Video
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2020

Broadway couple Will Chase and Ingrid Michaelson have released a new music video for their parody tune, 'Tigers and Young Men,' based on the popular Netflix series, Tiger King, 

Broadway Rewind: Will Chase and Malcom Gets Turn the Page on THE STORY OF MY LIFE! VideoBroadway Rewind: Will Chase and Malcom Gets Turn the Page on THE STORY OF MY LIFE!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 3, 2020

'What I loved the most about this episode', says BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge, 'was following the journey of the 2009 musical The Story of My Life. This episode of Broadway Rewind looks at the ill- fated musical, which featured two wonderful performances by Will Chase and Malcolm Gets, but we start off at a rehearsal for Michael Jacobs play 'Impressionism' directed by Jack O'Brien. It welcomed back to Broadway, Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen along with Marsha Mason, Aaron Lazar and Andre de Shields. Director Jack O'Brien told me why he had to do this play, 'It's about us. We haven't had a really witty, wise, romantic comedy in New York, in a long time and I've got this gorgeous cast.' Joan Allen said,

Broadway Rewind: Watch Will Chase, Terrence Mann, Julia Murney & More Rehearse for LE VideoBroadway Rewind: Watch Will Chase, Terrence Mann, Julia Murney & More Rehearse for LENNON in 2005!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 23, 2020

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge continues Broadway Rewind with a jam-packed, star-studded look at the kickoff of the 2005- 2006 Theatre season. It includes Bernadette Peters, Yoko Ono, Amanda McBroom and Brooke Shields.

VIDEO: Ingrid Michaelson and Jason Mraz Release New Holiday Duet VideoVIDEO: Ingrid Michaelson and Jason Mraz Release New Holiday Duet
by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 25, 2019

Ingrid Michaelson and Jason Mraz have released a new Holiday duet, a?oeChristmas Valentine,a?? as an Amazon Original, available to stream and purchase on Amazon Music. The music video, released today features an animated version of the duo celebrating a special holiday love in New York City. On December 17, Michaelson and Mraz will team up perform a?oeChristmas Valentinea?? live on a?oeTODAY with Hoda & Jenna.a?? A self-professed holiday obsessive, Michaelson will also bookend the season with two special TV performances.  

VIDEO: The Cast Of KISS ME, KATE Performs 'Too Darn Hot' at the Tonys VideoVIDEO: The Cast Of KISS ME, KATE Performs 'Too Darn Hot' at the Tonys
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2019

The Kiss Me, Kate cast turns up the heat at the 2019 Tony Awards with a performance of 'Too Darn Hot.'

VIDEO: The Cast of KISS ME, KATE Performs 'Too Darn Hot' on TODAY VideoVIDEO: The Cast of KISS ME, KATE Performs 'Too Darn Hot' on TODAY
by Stage Tube - Apr 30, 2019

This morning, the cast of the Tony-nominated musical 'Kiss Me, Kate' hit the plaza during TODAY's Best of Broadway Week with a live performance of 'Too Darn Hot.'

BWW TV: Watch New Highlights of Will Chase & Corbin Bleu in KISS ME, KATE VideoBWW TV: Watch New Highlights of Will Chase & Corbin Bleu in KISS ME, KATE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 26, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate is bringing audiences to their feet every night at Studio 54, where it opened just last month. Check out new highlights of Will Chase performing 'I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua' and Corbin Bleu performing 'Bianca' below! Click here for even more of the Kiss Me, Kate cast in action!

BWW TV: How Did KISS ME, KATE Change for 2019? The Company Tells All! VideoBWW TV: How Did KISS ME, KATE Change for 2019? The Company Tells All!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Apr 28, 2019

What happens when Shakespeare meets Porter? Audiences are finding out eight times a week at Studio 54 when the Taming of the Shrew comes to life onstage within one of the most beloved musicals of the Golden Age. Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, opened just last month for a new generation of theatre-goers.


Will Chase Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Will Chase been in?
Will Chase has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Will Chase been in?
Will Chase has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Will Chase been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Mystery of Edwin Drood .