Jerry Zaks
Born (1946-09-07) September 7, 1946 (age 77)
Occupation(s)Theatre, film director
SpouseJill Rose (2 children)

Jerry Zaks (born September 7, 1946) is an American stage and television director, and actor. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Drama Desk Award for directing The House of Blue Leaves (1986), Lend Me a Tenor (1989), and Six Degrees of Separation (1991) and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Guys and Dolls (1992).

Early life

Zaks was born in Stuttgart, Germany, the son of Holocaust survivors Lily (Gliksman) and Sy Zaks, a butcher.[1] His family immigrated to the United States in 1948, finally settling in Paterson, New Jersey, where he graduated from Eastside High School in 1963.[2][3] He graduated from Dartmouth College and received a Master of Fine Arts from Smith College.[4]

Career

Stage

He made his Broadway acting debut in the original production of Grease as "Kenickie" and appeared in Tintypes in 1980. He made his directing debut in 1981 with the off-Broadway production of Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, which co-starred Sigourney Weaver.[5] He has directed many Broadway productions, both musicals and dramas.

He has also directed many Off-Broadway productions, several at Playwrights Horizons and the Public Theater. He directed the City Center Encores! productions of Girl Crazy (November 2009),[6] Stairway to Paradise (May 2007),[7] and Bye Bye Birdie (May 2004).[8]

He was the director of the new musical The 101 Dalmatians Musical, which toured the United States from October 2009 through April 2010.[9] Zaks was named "creative consultant" for the new musical The Addams Family, which opened on Broadway in April 2010.[10]

He directed the Broadway production of Sister Act, which opened in Spring 2011.[11]

Lincoln Center

Zaks served as Resident Director at Lincoln Center from 1986 to 1990 and is a founding member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.[12]

Television and film

As an actor, Zaks' screen credits include Outrageous Fortune, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Husbands and Wives. On television he has appeared in M*A*S*H and The Edge of Night and directed episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Hope and Faith, and Two and a Half Men, among others. He also directed the feature films Marvin's Room and Who Do You Love?[13] Marvin's Room won the Golden St. George at the 20th Moscow International Film Festival.[14]

Honors

Zaks received the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater in 1994 and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Dartmouth College in 1999. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2013.[15]

Personal life

Zaks married Jill Rose, an actress, on January 14, 1979; they have two children, Emma and Hannah Zaks.[1]

Credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1987 Outrageous Fortune Tobacco Clerk [16]
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Man on Campus [16]
1992 Husbands and Wives Dinner Party Guest [17]
1996 Marvin's Room Director Directorial debut [18]
2008 Who Do You Love? Director [16]

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show Episode: "The Misguided Appendectomy" [16]
1973 M*A*S*H Cpl. Phil Walker Episode: "L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)" [16]
1980 Attica Lenny Becker TV movie
1981 The Gentleman Bandit Carl Schnee TV movie
1983–1984 The Edge of Night Louis Van Dine 24 episodes
1996 O'Henry's Christmas Director Segment: "The Last Leaf" [16]
2000 The Beat Episode: "Can I Get a Witness?"
2000 The Man Who Came to Dinner Director Television movie [16]
2001 Kristin Director 2 episodes [16]
2001–2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Director 21 episodes [16]
2002 Bram and Alice Director 7 episodes [16]
2002–2003 Frasier Director 4 episodes [16]
2004 All About the Andersons Director 2 episodes [16]
2004 Married to the Kellys Director Episode: "Double Dating" [16]
2004 Hope and Faith Director 2 episodes [16]
2006–2007 Two and a Half Men Director 3 episodes [16]

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1972 Grease Kenickie (Replacement) Eden Theatre, Broadway [19]
1978 Once in a Lifetime Weisskopf Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway [20]
1980 Tintypes Performer John Golden Theatre, Broadway [21]
1986 The House of Blue Leaves Director Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway [22]
1986 The Front Page Director Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway [23]
1987 Anything Goes Director Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway [24]
1989 Lend Me a Tenor Director Royale Theatre, Broadway [25]
1990 Six Degrees of Separation Director Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway [26]
1992 Guys and Dolls Director Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway [27]
1993 Face Value Director Cort Theatre, Broadway [28]
1993 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Director Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway [29]
1995 Smokey Joe's Cafe Director Virginia Theatre, Broadway [30]
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Director St. James Theatre, Broadway [31]
1999 The Civil War Director St. James Theatre, Broadway [32]
1999 Epic Proportions Director Helen Hayes Theatre, Broadway [33]
1999 Swing! Production Supervisor St. James Theatre, Broadway [34]
2000 The Man Who Came to Dinner Director American Airlines Theatre, Broadway [35]
2001 45 Seconds from Broadway Director Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway [36]
2003 Little Shop of Horrors Director Virginia Theatre, Broadway [37]
2004 La Cage aux Folles Director Marquis Theatre, Broadway [38]
2006 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Director Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway [39]
2006 Losing Louie Director Biltmore Theatre, Broadway [40]
2007 A Bronx Tale Director Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway [41]
2011 Sister Act Director Broadway Theatre, Broadway [42]
2016 A Bronx Tale Director Longacre Theatre, Broadway [43]
2017 Hello, Dolly! Director Sam S. Shubert Theatre, Broadway [44]
2017 Meteor Shower Director Booth Theatre, Broadway [45]
2020 Mrs. Doubtfire Director Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Broadway [46]
2021 The Music Man Director Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway [47]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Project Result Ref.
1986 Tony Awards Best Direction of a Play The House of Blue Leaves Won [48]
1988 Best Direction of a Musical Anything Goes Nominated [49]
1989 Best Direction of a Play Lend Me a Tenor Won [50]
1991 Six Degrees of Separation Won [51]
1992 Best Direction of a Musical Guys and Dolls Won [52]
1995 Smokey Joe's Cafe Nominated [53]
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Nominated [54]
2017 Hello, Dolly! Nominated [55]
1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Tintypes Nominated
1986 Outstanding Director of a Play The Marriage of Bette & Boo / The House of Blue Leaves Won
1988 Outstanding Director of a Musical Anything Goes Nominated
1989 Outstanding Director of a Play Lend Me a Tenor Won
1991 Six Degrees of Separation Won
1991 Outstanding Director of a Musical Assassins Nominated
1992 Guys and Dolls Won
2006 Outstanding Director of a Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Nominated
2022 Drama League Award Best Direction of a Musical The Music Man Nominated
1985 Obie Award The Marriage of Bette and Boo / The Foreigner Won
1988 Outer Critics Circle Awards Best Direction Wenceslas Square Won
2022 Best Direction of a Musical Mrs. Doubtfire Nominated

References

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  3. ^ Shapiro, Danielle. "Celebrating 80 years of Eastside High", The Record, December 1, 2006. Accessed October 18, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Jerry Joseph Zaks Class of 1963, Broadway theater director, who directed more than 30 productions on the Great White Way including, The Front Page, Anything Goes and Smokey Joe's Cafe."
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  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Zaks Is New Patriarch of Addams Family; Previews Will Now Begin March 8" Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine Playbill.com, December 29, 2009
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