Casey Nicholaw in 2018
Casey Nicholaw in 2018

Casey Nicholaw (born October 6, 1962) is an American theatre director, choreographer, and performer. He has been nominated for several Tony Awards for his work directing and choreographing The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), The Book of Mormon (2011), Aladdin (2014), Something Rotten! (2015), Mean Girls (2018), and The Prom (2019), and for choreographing Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), winning for his co-direction of The Book of Mormon with Trey Parker. He also was nominated for the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Direction and Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and Something Rotten! (2015) and for Outstanding Choreography for Spamalot (2005).[1]

Biography

The son of Andy and Kay Nicholaw and the oldest of three children, Nicholaw grew up in San Diego, California, and performed in community theatre there as a teenager.[2] He graduated from Clairemont High School in 1980 and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a nephew of the late George Nicholaw, who was the long time general manager of radio station KNX (AM) in Los Angeles, California.

Career

Performer

As a performer, Nicholaw played Junior and other roles in Crazy for You (1992–94); played Wall Street Wolf and other roles in The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994); played Gregor, Juke, and other roles in Victor/Victoria (1995–97); played Corky, Luke, and other roles in Steel Pier (1997); understudied and performed as Neville in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999); played Frank Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1999–2000); understudied the role of Horton and other roles in Seussical (2000–01); and played Dexter, among other roles, in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002–04).[3] He can be heard on the cast album of most of these musicals.

His other performance credits include Billion Dollar Baby (Off-Off-Broadway), for a Musicals in Mufti concert (1998) and Bells Are Ringing at the Goodspeed Opera House (1990).[3]

Director and choreographer

On Broadway, Nicholaw has directed and choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), choreographed Spamalot (2005) and directed To Be or Not to Be, which opened October 2, 2008, for the Manhattan Theatre Club.[4] He has been nominated for both Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for his Broadway work.[5]

Nicholaw's other choreography credits include Follies for New York City Center's Encores! (Off-Broadway, 2007; he also directed this production); Spamalot's West End production and U.S. national tour (2006); The Drowsy Chaperone in Los Angeles (2005; as director and choreographer); South Pacific at Carnegie Hall (2005); Lucky Duck (Old Globe Theatre, 2004) and Can-Can for Encores! (Off-Broadway, 2004). He also choreographed Bye Bye Birdie (2002) for Encores!; Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall; and Candide for the New York Philharmonic's series of Broadway concerts.[6]

In January 2009, Nicholaw was both director and choreographer of the Los Angeles debut of Minsky's, a musical based on the 1968 film The Night They Raided Minsky's, at the Ahmanson Theatre.[7][8]

Nicholaw directed and choreographed a new musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods, based on the 1960s Rat Pack film. The musical features songs by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen with a book by Rupert Holmes (replacing Peter Ackerman). The show played at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, from July 30, 2010, through August, with a cast that featured Will Chase and Amy Spanger.[9][10]

He is the director and choreographer for the musical Elf: the Musical, which officially opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 10, 2010, and closed on January 2, 2011.[11][12] He directed and choreographed the stage musical Aladdin which premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, from July 7–31, 2011. The musical uses songs from the 1992 film Aladdin, with a new book by Chad Beguelin and new lyrics by Beguelin and Alan Menken. The show premiered on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014.[13][14]

Nicholaw directed and choreographed the new musical Something Rotten!, which opened in previews on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on March 23, 2015, with an official opening on April 22.[15]

Nicholaw will direct Animal House: The Musical, which was to have featured an original score by multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies (“One Week,” “Pinch Me”), but is now being composed by David Yazbek. Michael Mitnick will write the libretto for the stage production.[16][17]

He directed and choreographed the West End production of the musical Dreamgirls, which opened officially on December 14, 2016, at the Savoy Theatre.[18][19]

Nicholaw directed and choreographed The Prom on Broadway, which opened November 15, 2018, at the Longacre Theatre; the musical received a New York Times Critic's Pick.[20]

In 2021, it was announced that he will make his film directing debut by helming the film adaptation of Spamalot for Paramount Pictures, with Eric Idle penning the script and Dan Jinks producing.[21]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Tony Award Best Choreography Spamalot Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
2006 Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical The Drowsy Chaperone Nominated
Best Choreography Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
2008 Laurence Olivier Award Best Theatre Choreographer Nominated
2011 Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical The Book of Mormon Won
Best Choreography Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Won
Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Won
Outstanding Choreogtapher Nominated
Astaire Award Outstanding Choreographer in a Broadway Show Nominated
2014 Tony Award Best Choreography Aladdin Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreographer Nominated
Astaire Award Outstanding Choreographer in a Broadway Show Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award Best Theatre Choreographer The Book of Mormon Won
2015 Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical Something Rotten! Nominated
Best Choreography Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
Outstanding Choreographer Nominated
Astaire Award Best Choreographer Nominated
2016 Outstanding Choreographer in a Broadway Show Tuck Everlasting Nominated
2017 Helpmann Awards Best Choreography in a Musical The Book of Mormon Nominated
Aladdin Nominated
2018 Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical Mean Girls Nominated
Best Choreography Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award[22][23] Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
2019 Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical The Prom Nominated

Notes

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  2. ^ Drake, David (May 23, 2005). "Casey Nicholaw". Broadway.com. Retrieved March 25, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "Casey Nicholaw Theatre Credits, News, Bio and Photos". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth (October 20, 2008). "To Be or Not To Be to Close Nov. 16". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2016-12-30. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "List of award nominations for Casey Nicholaw" ibdb.com, accessed October 18, 2015
  6. ^ "Casey Nicholaw". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008.
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth (February 6, 2009). "Minsky's, Burlesque-Set Musical by Strouse, Birkenhead and Martin, Opens in L.A." Playbill. Archived from the original on 2017-12-11. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  8. ^ "Minsky's". Center Theatre Group. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009.
  9. ^ "Robin and the 7 Hoods". The Old Globe. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010.
  10. ^ Stevens, Rob (August 2, 2010). "Robin and the 7 Hoods". TheaterMania. Archived from the original on 2018-05-07.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 11, 2010). "Nicholaw to Direct Elf—The Musical on Broadway at the Hirschfeld". Playbill. Retrieved March 25, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam (November 2, 2010). "Elf: The Musical Unwraps Broadway Christmas Bow Nov. 2 at the Hirschfeld". Playbill. Retrieved March 25, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Gioia, Michael (September 16, 2013). "Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed Will Co-Star in Disney's Aladdin; Complete Cast Announced". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  14. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 21, 2014). "Sly Alchemy From That Lamp". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Hetrick, Adam (March 23, 2015). "Something Rotten! Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06.
  16. ^ "Casey Nicholaw to Helm New ANIMAL HOUSE Musical; Barenaked Ladies to Write Score!". BroadwayWorld. March 5, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09.
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam (July 12, 2013). "David Yazbek Replaces Barenaked Ladies as Songwriter of Animal House Musical". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2017-03-10. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  18. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (December 14, 2016). "Dreamgirls, Savoy, review: 'a show with tremendous gusto of soul and gaiety of spirit'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Morgan, Fergus (December 16, 2016). "Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre – review round-up". Archived from the original on December 17, 2016.
  20. ^ Green, Jesse (November 15, 2018). "'The Prom' Review: Bringing Jazz Hands to the Heartland". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-03-21.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Fleming, Mike; Kroll, Justin (January 6, 2021). "Paramount Acquires Monty Python Musical 'Spamalot'; Casey Nicholaw Directing Eric Idle Script". Deadline. Archived from the original on 2021-01-06.
  22. ^ McPhee, Ryan (May 7, 2018). "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, My Fair Lady Win Big at 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2018-05-07.
  23. ^ Clement, Olivia (April 24, 2018). "SpongeBob SquarePants Leads Outer Critics Circle Nominations". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2018-04-25.