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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
Partner(s)Jenna Dewan (2018-present)

Steve Michael 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 and education[edit]

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]


He appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's As You Like It in June 2005.[8] He appeared in Seascape on Broadway in November 2005 as the Leslie understudy.[9] In January 2006, he appeared as Timmy Cleary in The Subject Was Roses, which played at the Kennedy Center.[10] He was later cast as a replacement for Sir Lancelot in Spamalot on Broadway in April 2006.[11] In 2007, he starred as Bill Starbuck in the revival of 110 in the Shade on Broadway,[12] In 2008, he played Sobinsky in To Be Or Not To Be, which ran from September 16 through November 16 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.[13]

Kazee starred as Guy in the stage adaptation of Once,[14] He originated the role Off-Broadway when it opened at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 6, 2011. Once began previews on Broadway on February 28, 2012 and opened on March 18, 2012 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Kazee made several TV appearances promoting Once, including Late Show with David Letterman and Today Show.[15] Kazee won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.[16] Kazee and the cast of Once won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.[17]

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).[18]

In 2017 it was announced that Kazee would star in the 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 premiered in Chicago in March 2018 and later opened on Broadway in August 2018.[19][20] After performing as Edward in the Chicago production, Kazee left Pretty Woman: The Musical due to "family reasons."[21] He was replaced by Andy Karl when the production transferred to Broadway.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Kazee was previously in a relationship with actress Megan Hilty from 2005 until 2012.[23] In October 2018, it was confirmed that Kazee is in a relationship with Jenna Dewan.[24][25]On September 24, 2019, it was announced that the couple are expecting their first child together.[26]

Theatre credits[edit]

Sources: Playbill;[27] BroadwayWorld[28]

Year Title Role Theatre
2005 As You Like It New York Shakespeare Festival
2005–2006 Seascape Leslie (u/s) Booth Theatre
2006 The Subject Was Roses Timmy Cleary Kennedy Center
Monty Python's Spamalot Various Characters Shubert Theatre
2007 110 in the Shade Bill Starbuck Studio 54
2008 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



Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Shameless[7] Gus Pfender 14 episodes
2016 Nashville[29] Riff Bell 2 episodes
2016 Drew[30] Ned Nickerson Unsold TV pilot (CBS)
2018 Blindspot Clem 2 episodes
2019 The Walking Dead Frank Episode: "Adaptation"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Sources: Playbill;[27] IBDB[31]

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[32] 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. ^ " Seascape Cast" Playbill, retrieved November 23, 2017
  10. ^ Toscano, Michael. "Review. 'The Subject Was Roses'", theatermania.com, January 17, 2006
  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. ^ Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam. "2012 Tony Awards Nominations Announced; 'Once' Earns 11 Nominations" Playbill.com, May 1, 2012, accessed December 2, 2016
  17. ^ "Once Cast Album Wins Grammy Award as Best Musical Theater Album - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  18. ^ "'Twilight' Twice: Christina Perri Explains 'Thousand Years - Part 2", mtv.com, November 12, 2012.
  19. ^ "Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee to Walk Down the Street in Broadway's Pretty Woman" broadwayworld.com, September 26, 2017.
  20. ^ Clement, Olivia. " 'Pretty Woman' Musical Finds Its Broadway Home, Sets Summer 2018 Opening", Playbill.com, November 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "Andy Karl Joins Cast of 'Pretty Woman' Musical". nytimes.com. New York Times. May 23, 2018.
  22. ^ http://www.playbill.com/article/andy-karl-to-star-in-pretty-woman-steve-kazee-departs-broadway-production
  23. ^ Healy, Patrick (May 16, 2012). "A Role That Cuts Close to His Heart". The New York Times.
  24. ^ Marcus, Emily (October 30, 2018). "Who Is Steve Kazee? 5 Things to Know About Jenna Dewan's Boyfriend". USWeekly.
  25. ^ Koerner, Allyson (June 5, 2019). "Jenna Dewan's Boyfriend Steve Kazee Finally Made His Debut On Her Instagram". Bustle.
  26. ^ VULPO, MIKE (September 24, 2019). "Jenna Dewan Is Pregnant, Expecting First Child With Steve Kazee". Entertainment News.
  27. ^ a b "Steve Kazee Broadway" Playbill (vault), retrieved November 23, 2017
  28. ^ "Steve Kazee Credits" broadwayworld.com, retrieved November 23, 2017
  29. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. " 'Nashville': Steve Kazee Cast As Recurring" deadline.com, November 6, 2015
  30. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Steve Kazee to Star in Nancy Drew Spinoff" Playbill, March 2, 2016
  31. ^ "Kazee Awards" ibdb.com, retrieved November 23, 2017
  32. ^ "Steve Kazee — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical" broadway.com, retrieved November 23, 2017

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