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Will Swenson

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2022
Neil Diamond (Then)
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Off-Broadway Revival, 2021
Charles Guiteau
  [Immersive]
Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company Immersive Production, 2019
Bruce
  [Off-Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway Premiere, 2019
Performer
  [Regional (US)]
Regional World Premiere Production, 2018
Tony
  [Off-Broadway]
The New Group Off-Broadway Premiere, 2018
Satan
Warm-Up
  [Off-Broadway]
USS Intrepid Production, 2017
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Earl [Replacement]
Earl [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Tony Delvecchio [Replacement]
Tony Delvecchio [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Theatre for a New Audience Off-Broadway Production, 2016
Cleon
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Javert [Replacement]
Javert [Replacement]
Javert
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Premiere, 2013
Richard Hoover
  [Off-Broadway]
2013
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Tick
Mitzi
  [Toronto]
Pre-Broadway North American Production, 2010
Tick (Mitzi)
  [West End]
London Revival, 2010
Berger
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
Berger
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2008
Stacee Jaxx
  [Off-Broadway]
Shakespeare In The Park Revival, 2008
Berger
  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Psychiatrist
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2007
Cody Bridger
Bill Starbuck (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Marquis
Laurent
Ensemble
Lestat (Understudy)
Armand (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2005
Ensemble
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2004
Vocalist [Replacement]
Street Singer (Understudy) [Replacement]
Taylor Collins (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Las Vegas Production, 2004
Ensemble

Will Swenson Biography

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.

Will Swenson Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Distinguished Performance Awards
Will Swenson, Assassins
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Will Swenson, Assassins
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Will Swenson, Hair
 
Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Will Swenson, Hair

Will Swenson News

VIDEO: Will Swenson & A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Cast Perform 'Sweet Caroline' on GOOD MORNING Photo VIDEO: Will Swenson & A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Cast Perform 'Sweet Caroline' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Dec 8, 2022

Watch a video of Will Swenson and the cast of A Beautiful Noise performing 'Sweet Caroline' on Good Morning America! Yesterday, Swenson took Good Morning America backstage to discuss his the audience's reaction, his 17 costume changes, and more. Watch the new performance and yesterday's segment below!

VIDEO: Go Behind A BEAUTIFUL NOISE With Will Swenson on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Photo VIDEO: Go Behind A BEAUTIFUL NOISE With Will Swenson on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2022

This morning, Good Morning America went behind the scenes of A Beautiful Noise on Broadway with the musical's star, Will Swenson. Swenson took viewers backstage through his 17 costume changes, ending in a rendition of 'Sweet Caroline.' Watch the new video of the segment now!

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42
by Stephi Wild - Dec 6, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from SIX THE MUSICAL; & JULIET;  KIMBERLY AKIMBO; ALMOST FAMOUS; MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG; KINKY BOOTS and BAT OUT OF HELL.  

Wake Up With BWW 12/6: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Opening Night Coverage, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 12/6: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Opening Night Coverage, and More!
by - Dec 6, 2022

Top stories include coverage from opening night of A Beautiful Noise, featuring Neil Diamond himself! Plus, Fat Ham is headed to Broadway, and more!

Photos: On the Red Carpet of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Opening Night Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 5, 2022

See photos from the opening night red carpet of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical. Including a score of Diamond's most beloved songs, A Beautiful Noise features a book by four-time Academy Award®-nominee Anthony McCarten.

Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Boston Awards; Wheelock Family T Photo Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Boston Awards; Wheelock Family Theatre Leads Favorite Local Theatre!
by BWW - Dec 5, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 5th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Boston Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Photos: The Cast of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Takes Opening Night Bows Photo Photos: The Cast of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Takes Opening Night Bows
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 5, 2022

Last night was the official opening night of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos of the cast taking their bows here!

Video: Will Swenson and Company Celebrate Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Photo Video: Will Swenson and Company Celebrate Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE
by Opening Night - Dec 5, 2022

Last night was the official opening night of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out our coverage from the red carpet in the video here!

Video: Neil Diamond Performs 'Sweet Caroline' at Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Photo Video: Neil Diamond Performs 'Sweet Caroline' at Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE
by Opening Night - Dec 5, 2022

Last night, Neil Diamond himself surprised the crowd, as well as the cast, at opening night of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, where he performed an impromptu rendition of 'Sweet Caroline.' Check out video footage here!

Photos: Neil Diamond Performs and Meets With the Cast at Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL Photo Photos: Neil Diamond Performs and Meets With the Cast at Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 5, 2022

Last night, Neil Diamond himself surprised the opening night crowd, as well as the cast, at opening night of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, where he performed an impromptu rendition of “Sweet Caroline.” BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos here!

Will Swenson Videos

VIDEO: Will Swenson & A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Cast Perform 'Sweet Caroline' on GOOD MORNING Videoplay
VIDEO: Will Swenson & A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Cast Perform 'Sweet Caroline' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Michael Major - Dec 8, 2022

Watch a video of Will Swenson and the cast of A Beautiful Noise performing 'Sweet Caroline' on Good Morning America! Yesterday, Swenson took Good Morning America backstage to discuss his the audience's reaction, his 17 costume changes, and more. Watch the new performance and yesterday's segment below!

VIDEO: Go Behind A BEAUTIFUL NOISE With Will Swenson on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Behind A BEAUTIFUL NOISE With Will Swenson on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2022

This morning, Good Morning America went behind the scenes of A Beautiful Noise on Broadway with the musical's star, Will Swenson. Swenson took viewers backstage through his 17 costume changes, ending in a rendition of 'Sweet Caroline.' Watch the new video of the segment now!

Video: Will Swenson and Company Celebrate Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Videoplay
Video: Will Swenson and Company Celebrate Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE

by Opening Night - Dec 5, 2022

Last night was the official opening night of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out our coverage from the red carpet in the video here!

Video: Neil Diamond Performs 'Sweet Caroline' at Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Videoplay
Video: Neil Diamond Performs 'Sweet Caroline' at Opening Night of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE

by Opening Night - Dec 5, 2022

Last night, Neil Diamond himself surprised the crowd, as well as the cast, at opening night of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, where he performed an impromptu rendition of 'Sweet Caroline.' Check out video footage here!

Video: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL Sets Cast Recording; Go Behind the Videoplay
Video: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL Sets Cast Recording; Go Behind the Scenes

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 28, 2022

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical will be released on all streaming platforms via UMe on November 2, 2022, and on CD and December 2, 2022, just ahead of the official opening night. The production released an exclusive behind-the-scenes music video of the cast, band, and creative team at New York’s famed Power Station studio recording Diamond’s classic song 'Cracklin’ Rosie'!

Video: Watch Highlights from Broadway-Bound A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Videoplay
Video: Watch Highlights from Broadway-Bound A BEAUTIFUL NOISE

by Show Highlights - Sep 9, 2022

A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical will begin preview performances Wednesday, November 2 ahead of a Sunday, December 4 opening night at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Check out a first look video of the cast in action!

VIDEO: Will Swenson Talks Becoming Neil Diamond in Broadway-Bound A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Videoplay
VIDEO: Will Swenson Talks Becoming Neil Diamond in Broadway-Bound A BEAUTIFUL NOISE

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 18, 2022

A beautiful noise is coming up from the streets of Boston! The world premiere engagement of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical is now playing at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre, led by Broadway's Will Swenson. Watch this video as Will chats more about his history with Diamond's music, the thrill of working with a musical icon, and so much more!

VIDEO: Neil Diamond Attends First Preview of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE in Boston Videoplay
VIDEO: Neil Diamond Attends First Preview of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE in Boston

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 22, 2022

Neil Diamond was in attendance of the first preview of the world premiere of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical. Neil received a boisterous standing ovation upon arriving at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre and again at curtain call. Watch here!

Photos & Video: Neil Diamond & the Cast of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Perform 'Sweet Caroline' Videoplay
Photos & Video: Neil Diamond & the Cast of A BEAUTIFUL NOISE Perform 'Sweet Caroline' at the Red Sox Game

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 19, 2022

In a rare public appearance, Neil Diamond joined Will Swenson and the cast of the A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in a rousing and joyous performance of his iconic song “Sweet Caroline.” Check out photos and video here! 

VIDEO: Watch Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway!

by Red Carpet - Feb 11, 2022

Last night, the hugely anticipated revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo opened triumphantly on Broadway.


Will Swenson Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Will Swenson been in?
Will Swenson has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Will Swenson been in?
Will Swenson has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

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

What awards has Will Swenson been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for Assassins , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Assassins 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 .

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


Twitter Watch

@thewillswenson - 12/6/22 01:20pm Inside the Opening Night of Broadway's A Beautiful Noise with Star Will Swenson https://t.co/DGQK4ZiX9P


@thewillswenson - 11/30/22 09:20am via @NYTimes https://t.co/8WybsnN6FD


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@thewillswenson - 10/18/22 09:51am October is the best month. Fight me.


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@thewillswenson - 10/2/22 12:00pm Got to sing in Times Square this morning for #CurtainUpBway! Tons of fun! Come see me in the Neil Diamond musical:… https://t.co/ZZJ9VIeQmH


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