Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Broadway Who's Who: Gregg Edelman

Gregg Edelman is one of an increasingly rare breed - the working Broadway actor. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he's really done it all: ensemble work, supporting roles, leading roles, originating, replacing. Beyond New York, he's done a lot of regional work, world premiers, and national tours. Along the way, he's been nominated for four Tony Awards, and has been involved in many of Broadway's landmark productions (and a fair share of flops, too).

These days, he's playing the older Jacob in Water For Elephants, but chances are you've seen him in one of these shows!

Broadway Who's Who:
Gregg Edleman

  • Birth Date and Place: September 12, Chicago, Illinois
  • Education: Northwestern University
  • Family: Previously married to Carolee Carmello; they have two children.
  • Broadway Debut: The original Broadway production of Evita.
  • Other Theater: He's an Artistic Associate at the Berkshire Theatre Group, where he's directed such productions as Once, White Christmas and Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • Fun Fact: He appeared in both the film and pre-Broadway musical version of First Wives Club.

- National Tour

- Broadway - Growltiger/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus

1987 Revival - Broadway and National Tour - Cliff

City of Angels
 - Broadway - Stine
1990 Tony Award nomination: Best Actor in a Musical


Anna Karenina 
- Broadway - Constantine Levin
1993 Tony Award nomination: Best Featured Actor in a Musical

- Broadway - Rutledge
1998 Tony Award nomination: Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Les Miserables
 - Original Broadway Production - Javert

Into the Woods 
- 2002 Broadway Revival - Wolf/Cinderella's Prince
2002 Tony Award nomination: Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Wonderful Town
 - Broadway Revival - Robert Baker

Sweeney Todd 
- Regional - Drury Lane - Sweeney Todd

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 - Broadway Revival - Crisparkle

Water For Elephants 
- Broadway - Mr. Jankowski

Mr. Edelman also originated roles in Passion and A Tale of Two Cities.

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