Gavin Creel

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Gavin Creel
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Creel at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards in 2010
Gavin James Creel

(1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 43)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1998–present
Musical career
  • Vocals

Gavin James Creel (born April 18, 1976) is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. Creel is best known for his work in musical theatre, for which he has received a Tony Award for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, and two other nominations, for originating the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and for his performance as Claude in Hair. He has received a Laurence Olivier Award for originating the West End version of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre and has played the role of Elder Price in the US National Tour and on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. He played Steven Kodaly in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of She Loves Me, which premiered in spring 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Creel received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1998. Creel, who is openly gay,[1] is a regular on the LGBT RFamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell.[2] He is also one of the founders, with Rory O'Malley and Jenny Kanelos, of Broadway Impact, an LGBT activist group. He is an alumnus of Findlay First Edition Show Choir.[3]

Creel took a temporary leave from Hello, Dolly! in March 2018 for medical reasons.[4]

Theater credits[edit]

Year Show Role Venue Notes
2001 Spring Awakening Melchior Roundabout Theatre Company Workshop
2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Jimmy Smith Marquis Theatre Broadway
2004 Hair Performer New Amsterdam Theatre Actors' Fund Concert
La Cage aux Folles Jean-Michel Marquis Theatre Broadway
2006 Mary Poppins[5][6] Bert (replacement) Prince Edward Theatre West End
2009–10 Hair Claude Al Hirschfeld Theatre Broadway
2010 Gielgud Theatre West End
2012 The Book of Mormon Elder Price N/A National tour
2013 Prince of Wales Theatre West End
2014 Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto / Montreal
2015 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Broadway
2016 She Loves Me Steven Kodaly Studio 54 Broadway
2017–18 Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl Shubert Theatre Broadway
2019 Waitress Dr. Pomatter (replacement) Brooks Atkinson Theatre Broadway
2020 Adelphi Theatre West End

Other stage credits[edit]


Performing at the Ryles Jazz Club
in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2010



Studio albums
  • 2011: "Noise (Equality Now)" • Self-published
  • 2012: "Whitney Houston" • Self-published
Cast recordings
  • 2002: Thoroughly Modern Millie (RCA Victor)
  • 2005: Bright Lights, Big City (Sh-K-Boom)
  • 2009: Hair (New Broadway Cast Recording) (Sh-K-Boom)
  • 2011: Fine and Dandy (World Premiere Recording) (PS Classics)
  • 2012: Flashdance - The Musical (Roth Music Inc.)
  • 2012: Fugitive Songs - A Song Cycle (Warner/Chappell)
  • 2016: She Loves Me (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) (Ghostlight Records)
  • 2017: Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording) (Masterworks Broadway)
Other appearances
2007: "Young at Heart" • Appears on VA compilation Over the Rainbow (Universal)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2002 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
2009 Tony Awards Hair Nominated
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Nominated
2010 GLAAD Media Award Special Recognition Award
(shared with cast)
2014 Laurence Olivier Awards Best Actor in a Musical The Book of Mormon Won
2017 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Hello, Dolly! Won
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won


  1. ^ Millie and Hair Star Gavin Creel on Coming Out, Making ‘Noise’ and Dreaming of a Hippie Heaven, January 16, 2013
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 15, 2008). "All Aboard!: "Rosie" Cruise, with Murney, Creel and Rudetsky, Departs March 15". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Dwiggins, Margaret (September 16, 2014). "Creel excited to be returning to northwestern Ohio". The Courier. Findlay. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Santino Fontana to Step Into 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway" Playbill, February 21, 2018
  5. ^ Portantiere, Michael. "Gavin Creel to Play Bert in London Production of Mary Poppins", June 16, 2006
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Gavin Creel Joins London Company of 'Mary Poppins' July 26" Playbill, July 26, 2006
  7. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Gavin Creel Starts in The Mystery Plays at Second Stage's New Plays Uptown, June 21". Playbill. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (July 1, 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2012.

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