Joel Grey
Actor, singer, dancer, photographer
Joel Grey
Joel Grey is an American stage and screen actor, singer, and dancer, known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and film adaptation of the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret. He has won the Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award. He also originated the role of the Wizard in the musical Wicked. Grey is featured in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes as Moonface Martin, which opened on April 7, 2011.
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Donald Trump--From Broadway Producer to President
Huffington Post - 9 days
By Helaine Feldman, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017 He was 23 years old, had a degree from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and had an extremely profitable family business waiting for him. But Donald Trump thought he would like to be a Broadway producer. He met with David Black, a successful producer (George M! with Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters; The Impossible Years with Alan King; and Ready When You Are, CB! with Julie Harris, among others) and they joined together--Black providing the experience and know-how and Trump putting up a sizeable chunk of the money--for a new comedy, Paris Is Out, slated for the 1969-70 season. The play starred Molly Picon, who in 1962 received a Tony nomination for her appearance in the Jerry Herman musical, Milk and Honey and was a popular performer who began her career in the Yiddish theatre, and Sam Levene, a Broadway veteran, the original Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and star of the clas ...
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BroadwayCon Creates a Bubble for Theater Fans
Huffington Post - 10 days
By Megan Wrappe, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017 When BroadwayCon, the theatre community's version of Comic Con, began as an idea to bring theatre fans together for one weekend, no one could have imagined just how big it would become. While last year's premiere BroadwayCon was a success, an unfortunate blizzard deterred some fans from the festivities. This year though, there was no keeping the fans away! The convention floor at BroadwayCon The second edition of BroadwayCon kicked off bright and early at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27 at New York City's Javits Center and ran until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29. In between the opening and closing ceremonies, thousands of theatre fans were treated to a plethora of workshops, panel discussions, sing-alongs, fan meetups, and autograph sessions with their favorite stars. And with so much activity, fans unknowingly created their own bubble where the events of the outside world couldn't touch them. An 'unidentif ...
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Therapy With Joel Grey & Opening the JFK Files
Huffington Post - 15 days
Listening to Tony, Golden Globe and Oscar winner Joel Grey narrate his life story,Master of Ceremonies, is like being in a nine hour, 19-minute therapy session with the singer, actor, performer. He describes his mother with variations on the word horrid. And while he uses the word authenticity a lot, the Cleveland-born Joel Katz changed his name to Grey along with an ethnic suppressing nose job. The sustaining thread throughout Grey's life is the uber-agonizing conflict he had over his sexuality. "I waged a sexual war with myself, he says. "Being gay was not an option" in mid-century America. Like many men, he closeted himself, living a secret life. He was married for almost half a century and had two children. But he talks about 'the look' that passes surreptitiously between two gay men at first meeting. He's very open about the multiple 'looks' and encounters he has had - starting at nine years old. One of the more affecting moments in Grey's story happens with his wife, J ...
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New Clive Barnes Award-Winners for Theatre and Dance Announced
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The 7th Annual Clive Barnes Award finalists prior to the awards ceremony at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center. From L to R: Khris Davis, Timothée Chalamet, Nora Schell, Juwan Crawley, Elena D'Amario, Spartak Hoxha, Indiana Woodward, and Andrea Yorita (Photo: Al Firstenberg) Khris Davis won the 2016 Clive Barnes Award for Theatre for his knockout performance in Marco Ramirez's The Royale, while Indiana Woodward, a standout member of the corps de ballet at New York City Ballet, won the Clive Barnes Award for Dance. The awards were announced amid an enthusiastic gathering of veteran performers, critics and fans at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater on Monday, January 9. Indiana Woodward The prolific theater and dance critic Clive Barnes, whose influence spanned two continents before his death in 2008, was an astute spotter of emerging talent. In Britain, he was an early champion of George Balanchine and Martha Graham. He also singled out the 19-year old Mikhail ...
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Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'
NPR - 2 months
Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.
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Stage Door: <i>The Cherry Orchard, Mr. Popper's Penguins</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
Adaptions are tricky. In the case of The Cherry Orchard, the Broadway revival now at the American Airlines Theater, the key is to retain sympathy for Chekhov's characters -- decadent aristocrats, materialistic bourgeoisie, student revolutionaries and serfs -- while retaining empathy for their specific circumstances. Actress Ranevskaya (a centered Diane Lane), the self-absorbed lady of the bankrupt manor, and her brother Gaev (John Glover), are forced to sell their estate and beloved orchard. Aristocratic wealth and power are changing; a middle-class is slowly emerging. Chekhov portrays the socio-economic class wars at a crucial crossroads in Russian history. Ranevskaya, who has returned from Paris, misses her childhood home, but is ill-equipped financially to save it. Neither can Gaev, an eccentric more obsessed with billiards than the bottom line. It is Ranevskaya's children, Anya (Tavi Gevinson) and Varya (Celia Kennan-Bolger), who will pay the higher price for parent ...
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Sam Smith Claims To Be First Openly Gay Man To Win An Oscar
Huffington Post - 12 months
To the writing, to the wall, Sam Smith has now won both the balls.  On the night of Feb. 28, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed the honor of Best Original Song upon the tune from "Spectre," "Writing's on the Wall." The win comes after Smith received a similar honor from the Golden Globes on Jan. 10. "I actually can't breathe right now," Smith said as he took the stage.  The 23-year-old singer then referenced an article he had read that quoted Ian McKellan as saying that, in Smith's words, "no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar." McKellan had specifically mentioned the Best Actor category, saying, "No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance." Openly gay men have won Oscars in other categories, though it is rare. Joel Grey is the only openly gay actor to have ever won. He won in 1973 for "Cabaret" in the Best Supporting Actor category. However, Grey did not come out in public until 2015.  In any case, Smith h ...
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Joel Grey, a Broadway Eminence, Comes of Age at 83
NYTimes - about 1 year
Mr. Grey won an Oscar and a Tony for his role in “Cabaret.” Now, in a new memoir, he talks about his years in showbiz — and in the closet.
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Memoirs, Movies and Musical Theater
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Joel Grey celebrates his new memoir, ‘Master of Ceremonies,’ with Agnes Gund, Bianca Jagger and Harry and Pamela Belafonte, plus Leslie Uggams as Blind Al in Marvel’s ‘Deadpool.’
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At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'
NPR - about 1 year
Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.
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Joel Grey, Edie Windsor Among Those Honored At OUT 100 Party In New York
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The stars of Out magazine's annual OUT 100 list gathered in Manhattan for a festive, end-of-year fête amidst community allies and friends. It was a milestone celebration for Out. Named 2015's "Ally of the Year," President Barack Obama appeared on the magazine's OUT 100 issue, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to be featured on the cover of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) magazine.  Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey, "The Normal Heart" playwright Larry Kramer and marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor were among those to attend the event. Also spotted were YouTube personality Raymond Braun, Broadway actor Andy Mientus and Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Check out some of the photos below for an inside look at the festivities!  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joel Grey
  • 2016
    Age 83
    Grey writes about his family, his acting career, and the challenges of being gay in his 2016 memoir, Master of Ceremonies.
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  • 2015
    Age 82
    In January 2015, Grey opened up about his sexuality in an interview with People, stating: "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."
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  • 2013
    Age 80
    His fourth book, The Billboard Papers: Photographs by Joel Grey, came out in 2013 and depicts the many-layered billboards of New York City.
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  • 2011
    Age 78
    An exhibition of his work was held in April 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York, titled "Joel Grey/A New York Life."
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  • 2009
    Age 76
    His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his camera phone, was published in 2009.
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  • 2003
    Age 70
    He is also a photographer; his first book of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take, was published in 2003; its follow-up, Looking Hard at Unexpected Things, was published in 2006.
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  • 2000
    Age 67
    In 2000, Grey played Oldrich Novy in the film Dancer in the Dark and had recurring television roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as the evil reptilian demon Doc, 2001), Oz (as Lemuel Idzik, 2003) and Alias (as "Another Mr. Sloane", 2005).
    More Details Hide Details He was a wealthy, paroled ex-convict on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (episode "Cuba Libre", 2003). Grey also originated the role of the Wizard of Oz in the hit Broadway musical Wicked. He also appeared on the shows House and Brothers & Sisters (2007), on the latter of which he played the role of Dr. Bar-Shalom, Sarah and Joe's marriage counselor. He appeared as Izzie's high school teacher who needs treatment for dementia in Grey's Anatomy (2009). Grey returned to Broadway in spring 2011 as Moonface Martin in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. He also played Ned in the 1985 Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, and went on to co-direct the Tony Award-winning revival in 2011. For his continued support of Broadway, Grey was named a Givenik Ambassador. He was presented with a lifetime achievement award on June 10, 2013 by The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene.
  • 1999
    Age 66
    In 1999, he starred in Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! mounted by Roundabout Theatre Company.
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  • 1995
    Age 62
    In 1995, he made a guest appearance on Star Trek: Voyager as an aging rebel seeking to free his (deceased) wife from prison.
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  • 1993
    Age 60
    In 1993 he starred in New York Stage & Film's production of John Patrick Shanley's A Fool and Her Fortune and received an "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" Emmy nomination for his recurring role as Jacob Prossman on the television series Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 1991
    Age 58
    In 1991, he played Adam, a devil, in the final episode of the television series Dallas (1991).
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Grey also appeared in the American Repertory Theatre's production of When We Dead Awaken at the Sao Paulo Biennale.
  • 1976
    Age 43
    He was the guest star for the third episode of The Muppet Show in its first season in 1976, singing "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago and "Willkommen" from Cabaret.
    More Details Hide Details He also played Master of Sinanju Chiun, Remo's elderly Korean martial arts master in the movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), a role that garnered him a Saturn Award and a second Golden Globe nomination for "Best Supporting Actor". Chiun's character was popular for the lines "Meat of cow kills", and "You move like a pregnant yak", from the movie.
  • 1967
    Age 34
    Grey appeared as a panelist for the television game show What's My Line? in the 1967 season, as well as being the first mystery guest during its syndication in 1968.
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  • 1966
    Age 33
    Grey originated the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical Cabaret in 1966 for which he won the Tony Award.
    More Details Hide Details Additional Broadway credits include Come Blow Your Horn (1961), Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1962), Half a Sixpence (1965), George M! (1968), Goodtime Charley (1975), The Grand Tour (1979), Chicago (1996), Wicked (2003), and Anything Goes (2011). In November 1995, he performed as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True a staged concert of the popular story at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT) in November 1995, and released on CD and video in 1996. Grey won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in March 1973 for his performance as the Master of Ceremonies in the 1972 film version of Cabaret. His victory was part of a Cabaret near-sweep, which saw Liza Minnelli win Best Actress and Bob Fosse win Best Director, although it lost the Best Picture Oscar to The Godfather. For that role, Grey also won the BAFTA award for "The Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles" and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Golden Globes, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, National Society of Film Critics, and a Tony Award for his original stage performance six years prior, making him one of only eight people who have won both a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the same role.
  • 1958
    Age 25
    In 1958, Grey married Jo Wilder; they divorced in 1982.
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  • 1932
    Born on April 11, 1932.
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