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Gary Beach is a Tony Award-winning American actor, primarily in Broadway musical theatre.
He was born on October 10, 1947 in Alexandria, Virginia, and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the same school as Terrence Mann, his Beauty and the Beast costar.
His television credits include the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, "Recording the Producers" (a documentary for PBS), Queer as Folk, Murder, She Wrote, Cheers, Sisters, Arli$$, and Saved by the Bell.
He performed in the chorus of Les Misérables: The Complete Symphonic Recording.
Beach has had notable performances on Broadway over the past few decades, including Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and as Roger DeBris in The Producers, for which he won a Tony Award in 2001. He returned to Broadway in La Cage aux Folles (playing the role played by Nathan Lane in the film The Birdcage, with whom he worked in The Producers.) Recently, he reprised his role as Roger De Bris on stage in The Producers whilst the film version was simultaneously released. He thus became the first person in Broadway history to play the same role on both Broadway and film at the same time.
He lives with his partner Jeff Barnett (a real estate agent and actor) in Los Angeles. They were one of the first couples to undergo a commitment ceremony in New York state following national debate over gay marriage.
It has been confirmed by the official Les Misérables website that he will play Thénardier, the role that he originated in the original Los Angeles production , in the new cast of the revival of Les Misérables on Broadway, beginning on October 24, 2006 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
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