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Will Swenson is known as one of Broadway’s most versatile leading men and has been seen on Broadway in roles across a wide character spectrum. Will received critical acclaim for his performance as the subversive hippie Berger in the 2009 revival of Hair for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Nominations. He went on to perform the role in London’s West End as well. He starred as Inspector Javert in the 2014 revival of Les Miserables, and played the conflicted drag queen Tick in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, (Drama League Nomination). In Waitress Will performed opposite the show’s creator Sara Bareilles. Other Broadway: Disaster!, Lestat, Brooklyn: The Musical, and his sentimental favorite 110 in the Shade: the production where he met his wife, actress Audra McDonald. Off-Broadway favorites include the recent revival of Assassins, Nantucket Sleighride, and Jerry Springer: The Opera for which he won an Obie Award. Will originated the role of Tom in Murder Ballad, and also created the role of Stacey Jaxx in the original Off-Broadway production of Rock of Ages. Other favorites include Little Miss Sunshine, Adrift in Macao, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Pericles. Tours and Other: Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You, Camelot with the NY Philharmonic, Pirates of Penzance, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Royal Family of Broadway. Film & Television: Will played Philo Barnum in the movie musical “The Greatest Showman”, and can be seen in the feature films “This is Where I Leave You”, “The Kitchen” and “The Switch”. Will spent a season on the Netflix series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” as the evil Professor Carcosa. He played opposite his wife in the Covid/Zombie thriller series “The Bite”. He has guest-starred on “Law & Order (SVU & CSI)”, “The Good Wife”, “No Tomorrow”, and “The Code.” He played Henry Donnenfeld on the Netflix crime drama series “Hit and Run”, and later this year will be seen as the father of the Vampire clan The Fairmont’s in the new Netflix drama “First Kill”. Some of Will’s earliest memories involve listening to his Dad’s 8-track copy of “Hot August Night”. Will can’t remember not having most of Neil Diamond’s songs permanently imprinted on his brain. And he’s super happy about that.

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Original Broadway Production, 2022
Neil Diamond (Then)

Classic Stage Off-Broadway Revival, 2021
Charles Guiteau

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company Immersive Production, 2019

Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway Premiere, 2019

[Regional (US)]
Regional World Premiere Production, 2018

The New Group Off-Broadway Premiere, 2018


USS Intrepid Production, 2017

Original Broadway Production, 2016
Earl [Replacement]

Earl [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2016
Tony Delvecchio [Replacement]

Tony Delvecchio [Replacement]

Theatre for a New Audience Off-Broadway Production, 2016

Broadway Revival, 2014
Javert [Replacement]

Javert [Replacement]


Off-Broadway Premiere, 2013
Richard Hoover


Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012

Original Broadway Production, 2011


Pre-Broadway North American Production, 2010
Tick (Mitzi)

[West End]
London Revival, 2010

Broadway Revival, 2009

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2008
Stacee Jaxx

Shakespeare In The Park Revival, 2008

Roundabout Revival, 2007
Cody Bridger

Bill Starbuck (Understudy)

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw

Original Broadway Production, 2006



Lestat (Understudy)

Armand (Understudy)

Off-Broadway Revival, 2005


Original Broadway Production, 2004
Vocalist [Replacement]

Street Singer (Understudy) [Replacement]

Taylor Collins (Understudy) [Replacement]

[Regional (US)]
Las Vegas Production, 2004

Will Swenson Movies

[2002]The Singles Ward Jonathan Jordan

[2003]The R.M. Kori Swenson

[2004]Sons of Provo Will Jensen

[2007]The Singles 2nd Ward Jonathan

[2010]The Switch Actor on Stage

[2013]Gods Behaving Badly Aries

[2014]This Is Where I Leave You Younger Mort

[2017]The Greatest Showman Philo Barnum

[2019]The Kitchen Michael Mariano

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Shirine Babb Joins A BEAUTIFUL NOISE as the 'Doctor' Next Week

Shirine Babb will begin performances in the role of the ‘Doctor’ in A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical starting on Friday, September 22. Learn more about Babb and get tickets to the musical here!

A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Attendance Rises Following Switch to Unconventional Performance Schedule

Just last month, A Beautiful Noise, which recently celebrated its 300th performance on Broadway, began an unconventional performance schedule- a change that has proven a wise move in recent weeks. Keeping to the traditional 8 shows a week, the musical added a Thursday matinee, eliminating Wednesday night performances. Half of A Beautiful Noise's performances are now matinees.


The 92nd Street Y, New York will present Audra McDonald: Musings Through Music with Andy Einhorn, with the Emmy, Grammy, and six-time Tony Award-winning performer in a career retrospective celebrating the 30th anniversary of her professional debut in New York.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns to The Green Room 42 This Month

Stephen DeAngelis continues his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition in his monthly residency of AT THIS PERFORMANCE…

Listen: THE BIG TIME, Starring Santino Fontana and Debbie Gravitte, Cast Recording is Now Available

The studio cast recording has been released of The Big Time, now available on streaming and digital platforms worldwide. Listen to the full album here!

Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart & More to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Labor Day Special

Join Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart, and other celebrated actors for a star-studded Labor Day Special on STARS IN THE HOUSE. Don't miss this exclusive event streaming live. Tune in for an unforgettable performance and support a great cause.

A BEAUTIFUL NOISE on Broadway- A Complete Guide

Looking for all the latest info on one of Broadway's hottest shows? BroadwayWorld has the full scoop on everything that you need to know about A Beautiful Noise on Broadway. Check out all the details below!

Video: STARS IN THE HOUSE Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Todd Graff's Film CAMP

'Stars In The House' co-hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley hosted the 20th Anniversary Reunion of the cult classic film CAMP recently on Stars in the House. The episode included the show's writer and director, Todd Graff (Joyful Noise, Bandslam), along with cast members Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, and more. Check out the full episode here!


Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will welcome members of the original, Tony Award-winning company of the musical Avenue Q for a special edition of their lockdown roundtable series, Stars in the House.

STARS IN THE HOUSE To Host 20th Anniversary Reunion Of Todd Graff's Film CAMP

Join the STARS IN THE HOUSE livestreamed concert and reunion as they host the 20th Anniversary Reunion of Todd Graff's film CAMP. Featuring the film's writer and director, Todd Graff, along with cast members Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, and more.

A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL Expands Partnership With The Parkinson's Foundation

Join us for the captivating A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, as it not only celebrates the iconic musician but also supports the Parkinson's Foundation. Be part of this unforgettable performance.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE Returns To The Green Room 42 On August 21

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from SHUCKED; KIMBERLY AKIMBO; ALADDIN; HERE LIES LOVE and CAMELOT.

Photos: Inside the 25th Annual BROADWAY BARKS Adoption Event

The 25th annual BROADWAY BARKS, Broadway's dog and cat adoption event, took place in Shubert Alley on Saturday, July 8, 2023, hosted by Bernadette Peters, satirist and animal lover Randy Rainbow, and featured a special appearance by Josh Groban. Check out photos here!

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring standbys, understudies and alternates from  Shucked, Six The Musical, Once Upon A One More Time, The Book Of Mormon, Camelot, Parade; Aladdin, A Doll's House, and Flying Over Sunset.

Annaleigh Ashford, Laura Bell Bundy, Paolo Montalban & More Join Broadway Barks

BROADWAY BARKS has revealed the full roster of participants for the 25th annual dog and cat adoption event. 

July 4th Viewing Guide: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, Adrienne Warren's Tina Turner Tribute & More

In honor of this year's celebration, BroadwayWorld brings you a guide to this year's Fourth of July television specials, featuring performances by Ruthie Ann Miles, Adrienne Warren, the Broadway cast of A Beautiful Noise, and more.

Ruthie Ann Miles Joins PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH Lineup With Adrienne Warren & A BEAUTIFUL NOISE

Ruthie Ann Miles has joined the lineup for PBS' A Capitol Fourth concert special, which is also set to feature Adrienne Warren, the cast of A Beautiful Noise, featuring Will Swenson and Robyn Hurder, and Renée Fleming.

BROADWAY BARKS Returns Next Month

BROADWAY BARKS will return to Shubert Alley on Saturday, July 8, 2023, for the 25th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event.

Photos: Tony Awards Fashion- See Who Turned Up And Turned It Out On Broadway's Biggest Night!

See photos of your favorite fashionistas who turned up and turned it out for Broadway's biggest night!

PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH Concert to Include A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, Adrienne Warren & More

The Broadway cast of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, featuring Will Swenson and Robyn Hurder, will be performing. Adrienne Warren, who received a Tony Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the Broadway musical TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, will pay tribute to the legendary Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Check out the full lineup!


Will Swenson has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

Will Swenson has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Will Swenson's first West End show was Hair which opened in 2010

Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for A Beautiful Noise , Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for Assassins , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Assassins , Performance Award (Obie Awards) for Jerry Springer: The Opera Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hair and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hair .

Will Swenson's next show will be A Beautiful Noise which opens on 12/4/2022 on Broadway.

Performance Award (Obie Awards) for Jerry Springer: The Opera.

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