Joel surprised audiences earlier this year in the New York City Center Encores! production of Hey, Look me Over! , reprising his role from George M! and singing and dancing to the finale number, “ Give My Regards t o Broadway . ”
Grey originated the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical Cabaret in 1966 for which he won a Tony Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1972 film version of Cabaret. Mr Grey has 11 Broadway credits including Come Blow Your Horn (1961), Stop the World – I Want to Get Off (1962), Half a Sixpence (1965), Goodtime Charley (1975), The Grand Tour (1979), Chicago (1996) and Wicked (2003). Grey returned to Broadway in spring 2011 as Moonface Martin in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. He also played Ned in the 1985 Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, and went on to co-direct the Tony Award-winning revival in 2011.
He was presented with a lifetime achievement award on June 10, 2013 by The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene.
Mr. Grey also just announced that he will be directing a Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene this summer.
Grey is also a photographer; his first book of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take, was published in 2003; its follow-up, Looking Hard at Unexpected Things, was published in 2006. His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his camera phone, was published in 2009. An exhibition of his work was held in April 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York, titled “Joel Grey/A New York Life.” His fourth book, The Billboard Papers: Photographs by Joel Grey, came out in 2013 and depicts the many-layered billboards of New York City.