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Shuler Hensley is an American singer and actor. He is best known for his roles in the Broadway productions of Waiting for Godot, Les Miserables, and Young Frankenstein. For his role as Jud Fry in the 2002 Broadway revival of Oklahoma!, he won a supporting actor Tony Award.
Shuler Hensley Age
Shuler was born on March 6, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is 52 years old as of 2019.
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Shuler was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the youngest of three children. Hensley was brought up in Marietta, Georgia. He is the son of, Sam P. Hensley Jr.,who is a former Georgia Tech football star, retired civil engineer and former state senator and Iris Hensley, (née Antley), who was a ballerina, and later, Artistic Director of the Georgia Ballet. Shuler had an early start in show business at the age of four when he appeared as Fritz in her production of The Nutcracker.
Shuler Hensley Education
Shuler was educated at The Westminster Schools. He attended the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship. He attended a recital by Jessye Norman and he was cast as Judge Turpin in a college production of Sweeney Todd. Shuler decided to leave university after his sophomore year in order to study voice at the Manhattan School of Music. He majored in opera and graduated in 1989. From there, he went to the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, and in 1993 he obtained his master’s degree in 1993.
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Shuler is married to Paula DeRosa; they have two children.
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Shuler Hensley Movies
Someone Like You (2001)
A Wedding for Bella (2001)
Van Helsing (2004)
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Monday Night Mayhem (2002)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Odd Thomas (2013)
Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter (2015)
The OA (2016)
Shuler Hensley Awards
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical – 2002
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – 2002
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – 1999 ·
Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – 2013 –
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance – 2012
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – 2002 ·
Obie Award for Performance – 2013 ·
Obie Award for Ensemble Performance – 2012 ·
Shuler Hensley Awards 2019
The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Jimmy Nederlander Awards 2019, are named in his honor.
Shuler Hensley Frankenstein | Shuler Hensley Young Frankenstein
Shuler starred in the Broadway production of Young Frankenstein as the Monster. For this role he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. He also reprised the role in the United States national tour which also featured his former co-stars Roger Bart and Cory English. He again played the role in the 2017 West End production.
Shuler Hensley Oklahoma
Shuler was cast as Jud Fry for London’s National Theatre production of Oklahoma! in 1998. The revival was a huge success and he received wonderful personal notices as well as the Olivier Award. He went on to play the role when the show transferred to the West End (1999), the only American native in the cast, and then to Broadway (2002–2003). For his role he won a Tony, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for the same role.
Shuler has performed on several occasions with Hugh Jackman. In 1998 they both performed in the musical Oklahoma! in London, as well as in the films Someone Like You, and Van Helsing, in the latter of which Shuler played Frankenstein’s monster and also performed reference motion capture as Mr. Hyde. He cameoed in The Greatest Showman which starred Jackman.
Shuler portrayed American Yiddish theatre great Boris Thomashefsky in The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater in 2011. This is a concert stage show celebrating the Thomashefskys and the music of Yiddish theatre. It is hosted by their grandson the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The show aired on the PBS series Great Performances in 2012.
He starred as a 600-pound man in the Off Broadway production of The Whale at Playwrights Horizons in 2012 .
Shuler sang the role of the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass in April–May 2015 , in a concert version with the Philadelphia Orchestra under conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Later that same year he appeared in a Tokyo production of Hal Prince’s Prince of Broadway. In fall 2016, he co-starred with Sutton Foster in The New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity.
Shuler Hensley Songs
Puttin’ On The Ritz
You’re The Worst – 2018
This Side of the Tracks
What Kind Of Man RU Gonna Be?
The Great American TV Show
One Step Closer
Owner of My Heart
It Doesn’t Take a Genius
But He’s Mine / It’s Never Easy