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Gary Beach
Born October 10, 1947 (1947-10-10) (age 62)
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Jeff Barnett
Official website

Gary Beach (born October 10, 1947) is an American actor, primarily in Broadway musical theatre.



Beach was born in Alexandria, Virginia and later went on to graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the same school as Terrence Mann, his Beauty and the Beast costar.

Beach and his partner, Jeff Barnett, live in New York City.


His television credits include the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, "Recording the Producers" (a documentary for PBS), Queer as Folk, Murder, She Wrote, Cheers, Sisters, Arli$$, and Saved by the Bell.

He performed in the chorus of Les Misérables: The Complete Symphonic Recording.

A familiar and popular Broadway performer, Beach has had several notable career highlights, including creating the roles of Lumiere (Tony Award nominee) in Beauty and the Beast in 1994, and Roger DeBris in The Producers, for which he won the Tony in 2001. As Zaza/Albin in the 2004/5 revival of La Cage aux Folles, he earned another Tony nomination. Beach returned to his role as Roger De Bris in The Producers while the movie version was in release, thus becoming the first artist to play the same part on Broadway and in a film at the same time.

Other Broadway credits include Annie, Doonesbury, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Broadway Bash, Sweet Adeline (Encores), Something's Afoot and 1776.

He toured nationally with the James Kirkwood comedy Legends! starring Mary Martin and Carol Channing.

In addition to his Broadway credits, Beach is well known for his Summer stock theatre performances. For years he would return to Sacramento as a Music circus favorite. His last performance there was in the show A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. After this production, he went into rehearsals for The Producers.[1]

Beach played Thénardier, the role that he originated in the original Los Angeles production, in the recent revival of Les Misérables on Broadway, at the Broadhurst Theatre. Beginning in March 2008, Beach assumed the lead role of King Arthur in the US national tour of Spamalot and will stay with the tour until late summer.

Awards and nominations

  • 1994 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Beauty and the Beast
  • 2004 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical - La Cage Aux Folles

Stage productions

National tours


  1. ^ "Forum is hilarious fun". Retrieved 2009-12-01.  

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