Two-time Tony-nominee Gavin Creel is on a roll–and it’s rolling him into a theater near you. Producers just announced that he’ll be playing the lead in the first national tour of the smash hit The Book of Mormon. But that’s just the latest in a string of bold moves for the charming and handsome Creel. From a new pop album to his groundbreaking work for marriage equality with Broadway Impact, he’s long been winning hearts and minds far beyond the Great White Way.
Two months ago (and sadly before I could grill him about Mormon), I caught up with Creel via phone to interview him for the May issue of “Passport Magazine” (hitting newsstands any day now). However, we had so much to chat about and so much that was too juicy for the print edition, it couldn’t be contained in one article–so I thought I’d share the extras here. Serious or silly, whether discussing his own wedding dreams or his codependent relationship with his dog, Creel proves why he’ll always be one of our favorite leading men…
Hi Gavin. How are you doing?
I’m good. I’m literally standing on a marina in Key West so I’m going to step outside so we can have a little chatty poo.
I’m sorry to interrupt; I didn’t realize it was vacation time.
I’m not on vacation; I’m doing a Broadway Across America concert. Doing a little presentation for eleven new musicals for next season. Just coming down to sing a song. I literally flew in an hour and a half ago and am flying out tomorrow morning.
Crazy. That’s the life of being a show business whore.
[laughter] Honestly, the first thing I have to do is thank you. My partner and I of eleven years just got engaged last week.
It truly is because of people like you that we were able to do this.
I appreciate that; it’s very kind of you but I’m not getting married or engaged yet so it’s people like you who are doing it. Even though we’re still fighting for the rights it takes people like you to do it, to stand up and face all the stupid that might come your way even though it’s legal.
Have you had a chance to attend any weddings since it became legal in New York?
No gay weddings yet.
None! Oh no…
I’ll be looking for the invite.
It’s in the mail now.