Will Chase On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Will Chase

Will Chase was born on September 12, 1970 in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is a Tony Award-nominated actor, who is also known for his TV roles as country singer Luke Wheeler on "Nashville" and as Michael Swift on "Smash."

As a youngster he attended Western Hills High School and went on to study conducting and percussion at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Chase started his professional career in Chicago, appearing in various regional productions, until he landed the role of Chris in the second National Tour of Miss Saigon in 1996. This led to his Broadway debut, reprising the role in the Broadway company from July 1998. He would return to the production for its final month of performances in January 2001. Chase became a regular on the Broadway stage, racking up credits which included the roles of Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (November 2001 to September 2002), Radames in Aida (June 2003 to June 2004), Lennon (July to September 2005), Roger Davis in Rent (December 2005 to January 2006 and May to September 2008), Rob in High Fidelity (November to December 2006), Thomas Weaver in The Story of My Life (February 2009), Tony in Billy Elliot: The Musical (July 2009 to July 2011), and Jimmy Winter in Nice Work If You Can Get It (August 2012).

From October 2012, Chase starred in the dual roles of John Jasper and Mr. Clive Paget in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and would go on to earn his first Tony Award nomination at the 2013 ceremony. He last appeared on the Broadway stage as William Shakespeare in the musical comedy Something Rotten! from July to October 2016.

Chase made his feature film debut in the 2000 movie "Shaft" and went on to secure recurring roles in such TV series as "Rescue Me," "One Life to Live," "The Good Wife," "Time After Time," "American Crime Story," "Quantico," "Sharp Objects," and "Stranger Things." He is arguably most recognised for his starring roles as Michael Swift on NBC's Broadway-centric musical series "Smash" (2012 to 2013) and as country music superstar Luke Wheeler on ABC's "Nashville" (2013 to 2017).

Chase returned to Broadway to take on the dual roles of Fred Graham and Petruchio in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Kiss Me, Kate! at Studio 54 from February 14 through June 30, 2019.


Will Chase in Kiss Me, Kate!
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

 

Previous shows Featuring Will Chase

Show Role Theatre Link
Kiss Me, Kate! Fred Graham/Petruchio Studio 54