Marc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch (born September 22, 1966) is an American stage actor, who is best known for his musical theatre roles on Broadway.

Marc Kudisch
Kudisch, July 2009
Born (1966-09-22) September 22, 1966
Hackensack, NJ, United States
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Shannon Lewis

Early life and education

Kudisch was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of Florence and Raymond Kudisch.[1] His family is Jewish.[2][3] He grew up in Plantation, Florida. He enrolled at Florida Atlantic University[4][5] to study political science and switched to theatre.[6] After receiving his degree, Kudisch went to New York City and was cast as Conrad Birdie in the Barry Weissler-produced national tour of Bye Bye Birdie with Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking.[7] Kudisch later starred in a television version of the Broadway musical along with Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams.[8][9]


Kudisch's Broadway credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron Bomburst), Assassins (The Proprietor), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Bells Are Ringing (Jeff Moss), Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party at the Public Theater (Jackie), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), High Society (George Kittredge), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben). He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his roles in 9 to 5 (2009), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award.

Once more playing a villain, Kudisch starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Apple Tree with his former fiancee, Kristin Chenoweth, as Eve and Brian D'Arcy James as Adam.

In late 2008, Kudisch joined Allison Janney, Megan Hilty and Stephanie J. Block in the new musical, 9 to 5. Based on the film of the same name, the production was directed by Joe Mantello and had its pre-broadway run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles beginning September 21, 2008. The musical began preview performances on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on April 7, 2009 with an official opening on April 30, 2009. Kudisch played sexist, egotistical boss Franklin Hart Jr., a part played by Dabney Coleman. Dolly Parton, who appeared in the original film, wrote the music and lyrics for the new musical. The show closed on September 6, 2009.[10]

He starred as Slick Follicle in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, which ran Nov. 19 – 22, 2009.[11]

Kudisch appeared off-Broadway in the critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe Noo Yawk Tawk,[12] as well as The Thing About Men, See What I Wanna See (Public Theater) and in the Lucille Lortel Award nominated The Glorious Ones. In 1987 he appeared in the murder mystery/party game Tamara: The Living Movie at New York City's Armory. He appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Minister's Wife. The show's music is by Josh Schmidt, lyrics by Jan Tranen, and a book by Austin Pendleton and it is based on Candida by George Bernard Shaw. He also performed in a one-man show beginning in July 2011 entitled What Makes Me Tick.[13][14]

Kudisch has also appeared in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, opposite Juliet Stevenson and Jeremy Irons, in a 2003 production at the New York City Opera, and with Victor Garber and Judith Ivey in a 2004 staging by the Los Angeles Opera. In regional theatre, he originated the role of Vincent van Gogh in The Highest Yellow, also by LaChiusa. In June 2007, he starred as Darryl van Horne in the American premiere of The Witches of Eastwick at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

On television, in addition to a recent stint on All My Children, Kudisch played a kinky lawyer on Sex and the City and was also the spokesperson for Toyota in the U.S. for several years. He appeared on the hit NBC show Smash as Darryl Zanuck.[15]

Personal life

He has been in a relationship since 2003 with Broadway dancer and Choreographer Shannon Lewis. They married in 2011.[16] In 2016, the two mounted a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for 3D Theatricals, with Marc directing and Shannon choreographing.[17]


  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Johnny "Leadville" Brown (2017) - St. Louis Municipal Opera
  • Finding Neverland as Charles Frohman/Captain Hook (2016) – Broadway
  • Hand to God as Pastor Greg (2015) – Broadway
  • The Wayside Motor Inn as Vince (2014) Signature Theatre Pershing
  • Somewhere in Time as William Robinson - Portland Center Stage (2013)
  • Hamlet (play) as Claudius/Ghost- Yale Rep (2013)
  • Tartuffe (play) as Tartuffe- Westport Playhouse (2012)
  • 9 to 5 as Franklin Hart, Jr. - Broadway (2009)
  • The Glorious Ones as Flaminio Scala - Lincoln Center Theater (2007)
  • The Witches of Eastwick as Darryl Van Horne - Signature Theatre (2007)
  • The Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King - New York City Opera (2007)
  • The Apple Tree - Broadway (2007)
  • Summer and Smoke - Hartford Stage (2006)
  • Young Frankenstein as Inspector Kemp 2006)
  • See What I Wanna See as Morito/Husband/CPA - Public Theater (2005)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Baron Bomburst - Broadway (2005)
  • Assassins as The Proprietor - Broadway (2004)
  • The Highest Yellow - Signature Theatre (2004)
  • A Little Night Music - Los Angeles Opera (2004)
  • Anna Karenina (2003)
  • The Thing About Men (2003)
  • A Little Night Music - New York City Opera (2003)
  • Earth Girls Are Easy (2002)
  • A Little Night Music - Ravinia (2002)
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie as Trevor Graydon - Broadway (2002)
  • The Prince and the Pauper (2000–2001)
  • "The Wild Party" - as Jackie (2000)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel as Chauvelin (1999)
  • High Society - George Kittredge (1998)
  • Beauty and the Beast as Gaston - Broadway (1995–1997)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Reuben (1993–1994)
  • Bye Bye Birdie as Conrad Birdie - Tour (1990–1991)
  • Bye Bye Birdie as Conrad Birdie
  • James and the Giant Peach World Premiere Cast
  • 9 to 5 2009 Original Cast
  • The Glorious Ones 2007 Off-Broadway Original Cast
  • See What I Wanna See 2005 Off-Broadway Original Cast
  • Assassins 2004 Revival Cast
  • The Man Who Would Be King 2004 Studio Cast
  • The Thing About Men 2004 Original Off-Broadway Cast
  • Anna Karenina 2003 Original Broadway Cast
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie 2002 Original Cast
  • "The Wild Party" as Jackie 2000 Original Cast
  • Z: The Masked Musical 1998 Concept Cast

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2004 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Assassins Nominated
2005 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2006 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play See What I Wanna See Nominated
2007 Audience Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical The Apple Tree Nominated
2008 Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical The Witches of Eastwick Won
2009 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical 9 to 5 Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2015 Outstanding Ensemble Performance The Wayside Motor Inn Won


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  2. Adrienne Onofri (2012-12-20). "BWW Interviews: Chatting With the Holiday Guys, Marc Kudisch & Jeffry Denman!". Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  3. Bloom, Nate (Apr 17, 2009). "Jews on stage: Broadway bound". Cleveland Jewish News.
  4. Levin, Hannah (7 April 2015). "MARC KUDISCH WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF".
  7. "STAGE REVIEW : 'Birdie' Soars on Dancing of Tommy Tune". 22 April 1992 via LA Times.
  8. Gans, Andrew (16 November 2006). "Marc Kudisch to Star in NYCO's Pirates of Penzance". Playbill.
  9. "1995 Bye Bye Birdie, With Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams, on BroadwayHD - TheaterMania".
  10. "Parton's 9 to 5 Musical Premieres in LA 2008; Janney, Block, Hilty & Kudisch Star".
  11. "Gasteyer, Knight, Kudisch, Diamantopoulos and Newton Will Be Girl Crazy at Encores!". Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  12. "Noo Yawk Tawk". Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  13. "Marc Kudisch to Play Feinstein's in July". 2011-05-25. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  14. "Minister's Wife, A Off-Broadway at Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater - Tickets and Discounts". Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  15. "Smash".
  16. Marc Kudisch Weds His Broadway Sweetheart Shannon Lewis
  17. Grigware, Don (Oct. 4, 2016) "BWW Review: 3-D Theatricals' JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT a Glittering Spectacle".
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