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Steve Kazee
Steven Michael Kazee

(1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 43)
EducationMorehead State University (BA)
New York University (MFA)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2005–present

Steve Kazee (born October 30, 1975) is an American actor and singer. He won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Once.

Early life[edit]

Steven Michael Kazee was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky.[1] He is an alumnus of Fairview High School and Morehead State University.[2] Kazee moved to New York City in 2002 and received his MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.[1]


In 2006, Kazee played Dumas Shepherd in an episode of the television series Conviction. In 2007, he appeared as Michael Barlow in Medium and Mark Green in Numb3rs.[3]

In 2008, he appeared on NCIS as Michael Locke. In 2009, he played Dominic Humphreys on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[3] Kazee had a starring role on the CMT's Working Class (2011), in which he played Nick Garrett.[4]

In 2013 he appeared on Elementary as Jeff Hines[5] and on Drop Dead Diva as Dustin Wycott.[6] In 2015, he played Gus Pfender in a recurring role in season 5 and 6 of Showtime's series Shameless.[7]

On stage, he starred in shows both on- and Off-Broadway and in regional theater. He appeared in the NYSF's As You Like It in June 2005.[8]

In 2006, he appeared as Timmy Cleary in The Subject Was Roses, which played at the Kennedy Center from January 7 to 29.[9]

He appeared in Seascape on Broadway in November 2005 as the Leslie understudy,[10] and as the replacement Sir Lancelot in Spamalot on Broadway, starting on April 4, 2006.[11]

In 2007, he starred as Bill Starbuck in the revival of 110 in the Shade on Broadway,[12] and in 2008, he played Sobinsky in To Be Or Not To Be, which ran from September 16, 2008 through November 16, 2008 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.[13]

Kazee starred as Guy in the stage adaptation of Once,[14] which began previews on Broadway on February 28, 2012 and opened on March 18, 2012 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. He originated the role Off-Broadway when it opened at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 6, 2011. In March 2012, Playbill interviewed Kazee[15] and, since the show's opening, Kazee has made several TV appearances with the show, including the March 29, 2012 episode of Late Show with David Letterman and the April 6, 2012 episode of the Today Show.[16]

Kazee won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.[17] Kazee and the cast of Once won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.[18]

He is featured on Christina Perri's song "A Thousand Years, Pt. 2," which appears on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).[19]

In 2017 it was announced that Kazee will star in the Broadway stage adaptation of the 1990 film Pretty Woman, opposite Samantha Barks in her Broadway debut. The musical, titled Pretty Woman: The Musical is directed by Jerry Mitchell and is expected to premiere in Chicago in March 2018 and to open on Broadway in July 2018.[20][21] After performing as Edward in the Chicago production, Kazee left "Pretty Women" due to family reasons. He was replaced by Andy Karl, who took over the role when the production debuted on Broadway. [22]



Sources: Playbill;[23] BroadwayWorld[24]

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2006 Seascape Leslie Booth Theatre
2006 Monty Python's Spamalot Various Characters Shubert Theatre
2007 110 in the Shade Bill Starbuck Studio 54
2008–2009 To Be or Not to Be Sobinsky Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
2011–2013 Once Guy Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2018 Pretty Woman: The Musical Edward Oriental Theatre, Chicago


Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Shameless[7] Gus Pfender 14 episodes
2016 Nashville[25] Riff Bell 2 episodes
2016 Drew[26] Ned Nickerson Unsold TV pilot (CBS)
2018 Blindspot Clem 2 episodes
2019 The Walking Dead Frank Episode: "Adaptation"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Sources: Playbill;[23] IBDB[27]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Once Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical[28] Nominated
2013 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album
(shared with Cristin Milioti, Steven Epstein, Martin Lowe, Glen Hansard, and Markéta Irglová)


  1. ^ a b "Tisch To Honor Oliver Stone At West Coast Benefit Gala" nyu.edu, October 4, 2013
  2. ^ "Kazee to star in 'Pretty Woman' Musical" moreheadstate.edu, September 26, 2017
  3. ^ a b "Kazee TV", tvguide.com, retrieved November 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Peter, Thomas. "Ed Asner and Steve Kazee to Star in CMT Sitcom", Playbill.com, October 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Tony Winner Steve Kazee Will Guest Star on CBS Drama 'Elementary'", Playbill.com, September 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "BWW TV Exclusive: First Look at Tony Winner Steve Kazee on Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva'", broadwayworld.com, October 23, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "Steve Kazee Joins Showtime’s 'Shameless'", deadline.com, May 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Lynn Collins and Brian Bedford Offer the Bard's 'As You Like It' in Central Park, June 25", Playbill.com, June 25, 2005
  9. ^ Toscano, Michael. "Review. 'The Subject Was Roses'", theatermania.com, January 17, 2006
  10. ^ " Seascape Cast" Playbill, retrieved November 23, 2017
  11. ^ " Spamalot Cast" Playbill, retrieved November 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Complete Cast of '100 in the Shade' at Studio 54 Announced" broadway.com
  13. ^ "Greasepaint Can Be Mightier Than Pen or Sword". The New York Times. October 15, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "'Once' is Headed to Broadway" broadwayworld.com, December 6, 2011
  15. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "The Leading Men. Steve Kazee, the Traveling Heart of Broadway's 'Once'" Playbill.com, March 17, 2012.
  16. ^ "Steve Kazee Videos". www.broadwayworld.com.
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam. "2012 Tony Awards Nominations Announced; 'Once' Earns 11 Nominations" Playbill.com, May 1, 2012, accessed December 2, 2016
  18. ^ "Once Cast Album Wins Grammy Award as Best Musical Theater Album - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "'Twilight' Twice: Christina Perri Explains 'Thousand Years - Part 2", mtv.com, November 12, 2012.
  20. ^ "Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee to Walk Down the Street in Broadway's Pretty Woman" broadwayworld.com, September 26, 2017.
  21. ^ Clement, Olivia. " 'Pretty Woman' Musical Finds Its Broadway Home, Sets Summer 2018 Opening", Playbill.com, November 21, 2017.
  22. ^ http://www.playbill.com/article/andy-karl-to-star-in-pretty-woman-steve-kazee-departs-broadway-production
  23. ^ a b "Steve Kazee Broadway" Playbill (vault), retrieved November 23, 2017
  24. ^ "Steve Kazee Credits" broadwayworld.com, retrieved November 23, 2017
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. " 'Nashville': Steve Kazee Cast As Recurring" deadline.com, November 6, 2015
  26. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Steve Kazee to Star in Nancy Drew Spinoff" Playbill, March 2, 2016
  27. ^ "Kazee Awards" ibdb.com, retrieved November 23, 2017
  28. ^ "Steve Kazee — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical" broadway.com, retrieved November 23, 2017

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