It’s one of our favorite theater moments ever — the one wherein Gavin Creel stepped onstage in Thoroughly Modern Millie, sang about four notes and made us fall instantly and madly in love with him and his golden pipes of magnificence. Ever since then, we’ve been more or less obsessed with his handsome, exceptionally tall self in more or less everything he’s done including a role that we may never actually see him play: Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. Why won’t we ever see it? Well… have you ever tried getting tickets to The Book of Mormon? Yeah, well… yeah. Here’s a small tribute to Gavs, featuring our absolute favorite Creel-related YouTube videos, including his semi-duet with Aaron Tveit, his solidly breathtaking turn as Melchior Primo in Spring Awakening, and his take on a Next to Normal song… before it was a Next to Normal song. We’ve also included his famous underwear dance, and his bleary backstage Tony Awards interview with Andrew Rannells from a few years ago. Just for fun. Or just because those things are absolutely necessary for your health and happiness. Enjoy!
We wanted to make you feel better. Or maybe we just wanted to remind you, before your annual bout of Tony Anxiety settles in — that the little spinning disc ain’t everything. It’s a nice bauble, for sure. But here are our favorite folks who have never won, and who have retained their awesomeness in spite of it…
Welcome to episode two of Crappy/Spectacular, wherein Lucky and I sit on her big red couch and talk about some theater related nonsense on video for a few minutes.
This week’s topics include: Gavin Creel and Stephen Oremus at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, Steel Burkhardt’s luxurious hair, and a budding feud between two New York theater columnists, the Post’s Michael Riedel and the Times’ Patrick Healy.