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Joseph Mantello (born December 27, 1962) is an American actor and director best known for his work on Broadway productions of Wicked, Take Me Out and Assassins, as well as earlier in his career being one of the original Broadway cast of Angels in America.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards and nominations 5 Work

5.1 Stage productions 5.2 Filmography

6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

Early life and education[edit] Mantello was born in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Judy and Richard Mantello, an accountant.[1][2] His father is of Italian ancestry and his mother is of half Italian descent.[3] He was raised Catholic.[4] Mantello studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts; he started the Edge Theater in New York City
New York City
with actress Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
and writer Peter Hedges. He is a member of the Naked Angels theater company and an associate artist at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Career[edit] Mantello came to New York from Illinois in 1984 in the midst of the AIDS
AIDS
crisis, having overcome a youthful feeling, he admitted to a reporter in 2013, that "for some reason I was deeply ashamed of the theater early on. I think it had to do with this growing sense I was gay, although I couldn’t have put a word to it back then. Where I grew up, boys played sports. When [teacher] Mrs. Windsor wrote in my yearbook, 'Have you ever considered a career in the theater?' it was literally like she wrote the word 'faggot'."[5] Mantello began his theatrical career as an actor in Keith Curran's Walking the Dead and Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz. On the transition from acting to directing, Mantello said, "I think I've become a better actor since I started directing, although some people might disagree. Since I've been removed from the process I see things that actors fall into. Now there's a part of me that's removed from the process and can stand back."[6] Mantello directs a variety of theatre works, as The New York Times noted: "Very few American directors – Jack O'Brien and Mike Nichols come to mind – successfully jump genres and styles the way Mr. Mantello does, moving from a two-hander like Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune to the huge canvas of a mainstream musical comedy like Wicked, from downtown stand-up (The Santaland Diaries) to contemporary opera (Dead Man Walking) to political performance art (The Vagina Monologues)."[7] A Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
was scheduled to open at the American Airlines Theatre
American Airlines Theatre
in April 2010, when one of the stars, Megan Mullally, suddenly quit. The production was postponed indefinitely due to her departure.[8] Mantello directed the Jon Robin Baitz
Jon Robin Baitz
play Other Desert Cities
Other Desert Cities
at the Booth Theater
Booth Theater
in 2011. He returned to acting with the role of Ned Weeks in the Broadway limited engagement revival of The Normal Heart in April 2011,[9] for which he was nominated for the Tony Award
Tony Award
as Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.[10] Mantello had previously been nominated for the Tony Award
Tony Award
for his role as Louis in Angels in America. He directed the Off-Broadway world premiere of the musical Dogfight in the summer of 2012 at the Second Stage Theater.[11] In January 2013, he directed the Broadway premiere of Sharr White's The Other Place at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. In 2014 he directed Sting's new musical The Last Ship.[12] He directed the Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
play Casa Valentina, which premiered on Broadway in April 2014.[13] He acts in the revival of The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
which opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre
Belasco Theatre
in February 2017. Directed by Sam Gold, the play stars Sally Field
Sally Field
as Amanda Wingfield, with Mantello playing Tom.[14][15] Personal life[edit] From 1990 to 2002, Mantello was the romantic partner of Jon Robin Baitz.[16] Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards

1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Angels in America: Millennium Approaches 1994-1995 Obie Award, Performance 1995 SSDC Joe A. Callaway Award - Love! Valour! Compassion! 2003 Tony Award
Tony Award
Best Direction of a Play – Take Me Out 2004 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical – Wicked 2004 Tony Award
Tony Award
Best Direction of a Musical – Assassins

Nominations

1993 Tony Award
Tony Award
Best Featured Actor in a Play – Angels in America: Millennium Approaches 1995 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play – Love! Valour! Compassion! 1995 Tony Award
Tony Award
Best Direction of a Play – Love! Valour! Compassion! 1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Direction of a Play – Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'Schmucks' 2003 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical – A Man of No Importance 2003 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play – Take Me Out 2004 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical – Assassins 2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play – Glengarry Glen Ross 2005 Tony Award
Tony Award
Best Direction of a Play – Glengarry Glen Ross 2011 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Leading Actor in a Play – The Normal Heart 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries – The Normal Heart 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – The Normal Heart 2016 Tony Award
Tony Award
Best Direction of a Play – The Humans 2016 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play – The Humans

Work[edit] Stage productions[edit]

8 The Pride at MCC Theater 9 to 5 An Act of God Asking and Telling Assassins The Baltimore Waltz Bash Blackbird Blue Window The Boys in the Band Corpus Christi Dead Man Walking (Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie) for the San Francisco Opera Design for Living Dogfight Fat Men in Skirts Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Glengarry Glen Ross God's Heart The Grave The Humans Imagining Brad (produced at the Circle Repertory Company)

The Last Ship Lillian Love! Valour! Compassion! A Man of No Importance Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore The Mineola Twins Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks November The Odd Couple Other Desert Cities The Other Place Proposals The Receptionist The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries
(by David Sedaris) Snakebit Take Me Out (New York, San Diego) Three Days of Rain Three Hotels Three Tall Women The Vagina Monologues Wicked (2004 Drama Desk Award – Outstanding Director of a Musical)

Filmography[edit]

The Normal Heart Love! Valour! Compassion! (director) Cookie (1989) Law & Order Sisters

Notes[edit]

^ Filmreference.com ^ Newspaperarchive.com ^ Windycitymediagroup.com ^ Los Angeles Times ^ Bernstein, Jacob (June 9, 2013). "Turning point: Broadway Joe". T: The New York Times
The New York Times
Style Magazine. Retrieved June 10, 2013.  ^ Burdette, Nicole. "Joe Mantello", BOMB Magazine, Summer 1992 ^ Green, Jesse."Surviving 'Assassins'".The New York Times, April 11, 2004 ^ Jones, Kenneth."Broadway Won't See Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
This Season" Archived March 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, March 25, 2010 ^ Gans, Andrew."Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart', Starring Joe Mantello, Opens on Broadway April 27" Archived May 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, April 27, 2011 ^ Jones, Kenneth and Gans, Andrew."2011 Tony Nominations Announced; 'Book of Mormon' Earns 14 Nominations" Archived May 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, May 3, 2011 ^ Healy, Patrick. "New Musical Set in 1960s Coming to Second Stage Theater". "The New York Times", January 31, 2012 ^ "Sting's Musical 'The Last Ship' Is Broadway Bound". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. September 19, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2014.  ^ Purcell, Carey. "MTC To Present Broadway World Premiere of Harvey Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina'" Archived February 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, September 9, 2013 ^ Gans, Andrew. "Dates Set for 'Glass Menagerie' Broadway Revival With Sally Field
Sally Field
and Joe Mantello" Playbill, June 6, 2016 ^ McPhee, Ryan. "Read What Critics Had to Say About the Broadway Revival of 'The Glass Menagerie' " Playbill, March 9, 2017 ^ Jon Robin Baitz
Jon Robin Baitz
Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

References[edit]

Playbill writers (2008). "Playbill Biography: Joe Mantello". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 6, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.  "The Old Globe Presents Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out" (PDF) (Press release). The Old Globe. November 12, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2008.  Allmovie (2008). " Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
on IMDb Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
at the American Theatre Wing 1992 BOMB Magazine
BOMB Magazine
interview with Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
by Nicole Burdette

Awards for Joe Mantello

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

1975–2000

Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1976) Bob Dishy (1977) Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn
(1978) George Rose (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Željko Ivanek / Adolph Caesar (1982) Alan Feinstein (1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Barry Miller / Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(1985) Joseph Maher (1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Peter Frechette (1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
/ Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1995) Martin Shaw (1996) Brian Murray (1997) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(1998) Kevin Anderson (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Charles Brown (2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
(2004) Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
(2005) Samuel Barnett (2006) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(2007) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2008) Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber
(2009) Santino Fontana
Santino Fontana
(2010) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(2011) Tom Edden (2012) Richard Kind
Richard Kind
(2013) Reed Birney (2014) K. Todd Freeman (2015) Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(2016) Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical

Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1975) Michael Bennett (1976) Martin Charnin (1977) Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1978) Harold Prince (1979) Harold Prince (1980) Wilford Leach (1981) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1982) George Abbott
George Abbott
(1983) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1984) Wilford Leach (1986) Mike Ockrent
Mike Ockrent
(1987) Harold Prince (1988) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1990) Scott Ellis (1991) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1992) Des McAnuff (1993) Nicholas Hytner (1994) Harold Prince (1995) Christopher Renshaw (1996) Walter Bobbie (1997) Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor
(1998) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
(1999) Michael Blakemore (2000) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(2001) Michael Mayer (2002) Jack O'Brien (2003) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
(2004) James Lapine
James Lapine
(2005) John Doyle (2006) Michael Mayer (2007) Bartlett Sher (2008) Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
(2009) Michael Mayer (2010) Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Trey Parker
(2011) John Tiffany (2012) Diane Paulus (2013) Darko Tresnjak (2014) Thomas Kail (2015) John Doyle / Bartlett Sher (2016) Rachel Chavkin / David Cromer
David Cromer
(2017)

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Helpmann Award for Best Direction of an Opera

Neil Armfield (2001) Lindy Hume (2002) Neil Armfield (2003) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
& Brad Dalton (2004) Elke Neidhardt (2005) John Cox (2006) Douglas Horton (2007) John Cox (2008) Neil Armfield (2009) Neil Armfield (2010) Nigel Jamieson (2011) Leonard Foglia (2012) Àlex Ollé
Àlex Ollé
(2013) Neil Armfield (2014) Paul Curran (2015) David McVicar (2016)

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Direction of a Play

1940s

Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1947) Joshua Logan (1948) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1949)

1950s

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Joshua Logan (1953) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1954) Robert Montgomery (1955) Tyrone Guthrie (1956) Vincent J. Donehue (1958) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1959)

1960s

Arthur Penn
Arthur Penn
(1960) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1961) Noel Willman
Noel Willman
(1962) Alan Schneider (1963) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1964) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1965) Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1966) Peter Hall (1967) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1968) Peter Dews (1969)

1970s

Joseph Hardy (1970) Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1971) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1972) A. J. Antoon (1973) José Quintero
José Quintero
(1974) John Dexter (1975) Ellis Rabb (1976) Gordon Davidson (1977) Melvin Bernhardt (1978) Jack Hofsiss (1979)

1980s

Vivian Matalon (1980) Peter Hall (1981) Trevor Nunn and John Caird (1982) Gene Saks (1983) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1984) Gene Saks (1985) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1986) Lloyd Richards (1987) John Dexter (1988) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1989)

1990s

Frank Galati (1990) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1991) Patrick Mason (1992) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1993) Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
(1994) Gerald Gutierrez (1995) Gerald Gutierrez (1996) Anthony Page (1997) Garry Hynes (1998) Robert Falls (1999)

2000s

Michael Blakemore (2000) Daniel J. Sullivan (2001) Mary Zimmerman
Mary Zimmerman
(2002) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
(2003) Jack O'Brien (2004) Doug Hughes (2005) Nicholas Hytner (2006) Jack O'Brien (2007) Anna D. Shapiro (2008) Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus
(2009)

2010s

Michael Grandage (2010) Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris (2011) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2012) Pam MacKinnon (2013) Kenny Leon
Kenny Leon
(2014) Marianne Elliott (2015) Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove
(2016) Rebecca Taichman (2017)

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Direction of a Musical

1950s

Joshua Logan (1950) George S. Kaufman
George S. Kaufman
(1951) Moss Hart
Moss Hart
(1957)

1960s

George Abbott
George Abbott
(1960) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1961) Abe Burrows
Abe Burrows
(1962) George Abbott
George Abbott
(1963) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1964) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1965) Albert Marre (1966) Harold Prince (1967) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1968) Peter H. Hunt (1969)

1970s

Ron Field (1970) Harold Prince (1971) Harold Prince and Michael Bennett (1972) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1973) Harold Prince (1974) Geoffrey Holder
Geoffrey Holder
(1975) Michael Bennett (1976) Gene Saks (1977) Richard Maltby Jr. (1978) Harold Prince (1979)

1980s

Harold Prince (1980) Wilford Leach (1981) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1982) Trevor Nunn (1983) Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1984) Des McAnuff (1985) Wilford Leach (1986) Trevor Nunn and John Caird (1987) Harold Prince (1988) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1989)

1990s

Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1990) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1991) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1992) Des McAnuff (1993) Nicholas Hytner (1994) Harold Prince (1995) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1996) Walter Bobbie (1997) Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor
(1998) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
(1999)

2000s

Michael Blakemore (2000) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(2001) John Rando (2002) Jack O'Brien (2003) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
(2004) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2005) John Doyle (2006) Michael Mayer (2007) Bartlett Sher (2008) Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
(2009)

2010s

Terry Johnson (2010) Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Trey Parker
(2011) John Tiffany (2012) Diane Paulus (2013) Darko Tresnjak (2014) Sam Gold (2015) Thomas Kail (2016) Christopher Ashley (2017)

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The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

Books

Wicked Son of a Witch A Lion Among Men Out of Oz

Characters

Elphaba Glinda Wizard of Oz Boq Nessarose

Stage adaptation

Wicked

awards and nominations album

Songs

"No One Mourns the Wicked" "Dear Old Shiz" "The Wizard and I" "What is this Feeling?" "Dancing Through Life" "Popular" "I'm Not that Girl" "A Sentimental Man" "Defying Gravity" " No One Mourns the Wicked
No One Mourns the Wicked
(Reprise)" "Thank Goodness" "Wonderful" "I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)" "No Good Deed" "For Good"

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