Having most recently appeared in “Grey Gardens” with Betty Buckley at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre, Howard is best known for his record-setting performance in the title role of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. He has appeared extensively in leading roles on Broadway and London’s West End in addition to appearances in film and television.
Having played the title role in “Phantom” on Broadway more times than any other actor in the show’s history, he most recently appeared on Broadway in “Gigi” with Vanessa Hudgens. Howard’s other leading roles on Broadway include “The Kiss Of The Spider Woman”, “She Loves Me”, “The Secret Garden”, “Anything Goes” (with Patti LuPone, for which he earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and a Theatre World Award), and “Sunday in the Park with George”. On London’s West End, Howard starred in “Mack and Mabel” and in “Anything Goes”. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his New York theatrical debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of “La Bohème” with Linda Ronstadt. Howard has appeared at the Irish Repertory Theatre as George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and in “A Child’s Christmas In Wales”. Regionally, he appeared in the George Street Playhouse of “It Shoulda Been You” (with Tyne Daly and directed by David Hyde Pierce) and “The 39 Steps”. Howard also appeared as Mr. Applegate in “Damn Yankees” at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He starred in the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical “Bounce” directed by Harold Prince in its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Howard has sung on concert stages around the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Israel Philharmonic Hall in Tel Aviv. He has appeared in New York’s famed Cafe Carlyle, 54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, and the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room.
Seen recently on the CBS series “Elementary”, Howard has also narrated numerous episodes of “Nature” for PBS, and recorded numerous audio books in addition to providing voices for the animated feature films “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” and “The Swan Princess”. His solo CD “Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still” is available online at cdbaby.com.
HOWARD McGILLIN: where time stands still - available at cdbaby.com