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GARY BEACH (Roger De Bris) received the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his performance as Roger De Bris in Mel Brooks The Producers, of which Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “Beach proves himself fluent in every idiom of musical comedy. Variously bringing to mind Al Jolson, Judy Garland, Robert Preston, Van Johnson, and Eddie Cantor.” He was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his “touching and hilarious” performance as Albin in the revival of La Cage Aux Folles. He created the role of Lumiere on Broadway in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, winning both Tony and Ovation Award nominations. Other Broadway credits include Annie, Doonesbury, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Broadway Bash, Sweet Adeline (Encores), Something’s Afoot, 1776, and Cameron Mackintosh’s 2006 revival of Les Misérables – playing “Master of the House” M. Thenardier. Beach appeared in the original Los Angeles productions of both Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables as well as touring nationally with the James Kirkwood comedy Legends!, starring real-life legends Mary Martin and Carol Channing, and in Monty Python’s Spamalot, starring as King Arthur.
Regionally, Beach has appeared in Closer Than Ever (L.A. premiere), Lend Me a Tenor, She Loves Me (Comet Award), and Of Thee I Sing (Helen Hayes nomination). Television work includes the Kennedy Center Honors (honoring both Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks), Recording The Producers, Queer as Folk, Saved by the Bell, The Jamie Foxx Show, Arli$$, Murder She Wrote, Sisters, Kate and Allie, and Cheers. Other film work includes Defending Your Life and Man of the Century. Beach’s recordings include The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Home for the Holidays, Les Misérables (symphonic version), and Sondheim at the Movies.
Beach is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, and a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.