Monday, February 27, 2023

Broadway Who's Who: Howard McGillin

This edition of Broadway Who's Who focuses on one of my all-time favorite actors, Howard McGillin, whose New York stage career I've been following since nearly its beginning. That beginning, 1984's New York Shakespeare Festival production of La Boheme co-starring Linda Ronstadt, earned him raves and was the start of a nearly 40 year career. Currently, he is back on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Parade. As far as Broadway stars go, he certainly qualifies.

Broadway Who's Who:
Howard McGillin

BIRTH DATE: November 5, 1953
BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles, California
FAMILY: Married twice, 2 sons
EDUCATION: University of California, Santa Barbara
EARLY CAREER: Universal Studios contract player with roles in such classic television shows as Emergency!, Columbo, MacMillan and Wife, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman and The Rockford Files
OTHER WHO'S WHO HE'S WORKED WITH: Linda Ronstadt, Wilford Leach, Lee Remick, Betty Buckley, George Rose, Patti Cohenour, Judy Kuhn, Patti LuPone, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Victoria Clark and Rebecca Luker


Off-Broadway: As Thousands Cheer
World Premiere: Bounce

West End: Anything Goes and Mack & Mabel

Concert: Follies

National Tour: Peter Pan
Pre-Broadway: It Shoulda Been You


Sunday in the Park with George
(debut) Booth Theatre, c. 1984; as Soldier/Alex and understudy for George



The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Imperial Theatre; as John Jasper/Mr. Clive Paget; originated the role off-Broadway at Shakespeare in the Park; played the role for entire Broadway run

⭐ Winner! Theatre World Award
⭐ Nominated for Tony Award and Drama Desk Award: Best Featured Actor in a Musical


Anything Goes
Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center; as Bill Crocker

⭐ Nominated for Tony Award and Drama Desk Award: Best Featured Actor in a Musical



The Phantom of the Opera
Majestic Theatre; as The Phantom; played the role more than any actor in the show's history - 2,544 times!; selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber to head the company when it became Broadway's Longest-Running show


The Secret Garden
St. James Theatre; as Archibald Craven; replaced Mandy Patinkin


She Loves Me - Criterion Center West/Brooks Atkinson Theatre; as Steven Kodaly



Kiss of the Spider Woman
- Broadhurst Theatre; as Molina; replaced Brent Carver; co-starred with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams and Maria Conchita Alonso; recorded the 2nd cast recording with Williams and Mitchell


Neil Simon Theatre; as Honore Lachaille; co-starred with Vanessa Hudgens, Corey Cott and Victoria Clark

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre; as Judge Roan/Old Soldier; co-starred with Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond

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