Joel Grey at George Mason

OK, like everyone else involved in the world of “cabaret” I’ve encountered people whose only notion of “cabaret” is the movie / Broadway show of the same name.  Here’s a confluence:


Tony Award and Academy Award-winning artist performs at fifth annual ARTS by George! benefit event on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., July 22, 2010 – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts is proud to announce that Tony Award and Academy Award-winning actor, dancer and singer Joel Grey takes the stage at the fifth annual ARTS by George! benefit event in the Concert Hall on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Hailed as “the quintessential song-and-dance man” by The Washington Post, Grey has spent more than 50 years starring on Broadway, television and film. Best known as the demonic Emcee in the Broadway and film versions of “Cabaret,” this charismatic entertainer is one of only eight actors to win both a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the same role. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Grey will be joined by a 20-piece orchestra to take audiences on a virtual tour of his career – singing, dancing and storytelling – performing songs by Kander and Ebb, Irving Berlin, Billy Joel and more, and sharing stories about his experiences in such shows as “Cabaret,” “George M!” and “Chicago” and autobiographical tales about his father, legendary Yiddish comedian Mickey Katz.

Born in 1932, Grey was raised in Cleveland and began his career at age 9 in the Cleveland Playhouse production of “On Borrowed Time.” Exactly two decades later he made his Broadway debut as a replacement in Neil Simon’s first comedy hit “Come Blow Your Horn.” He appeared in “Stop the World I Want to Get Off” in 1963 and “Half a Sixpence” in 1965. In 1966, he was chosen to play the seedy Master of Ceremonies in the original Broadway production of the Kander and Ebb musical “Cabaret,” directed by Harold Prince. A relatively unknown actor on opening night, Grey’s performance of the dazzling and demented Emcee earned him the attention of Broadway and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. In 1972, he reprised the iconic role in the film version of “Cabaret,” opposite Liza Minnelli as the ingénue Sally Bowles. The role won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award. Grey earned subsequent Tony nominations for “George M!” in 1969, “Goodtime Charley” in 1975 and “The Grand Tour” in 1979. He also reprised the role of the Emcee in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret” in 1987. More recently, he has appeared as Roxie Hart’s milquetoast husband Amos in “Chicago” in 1996, for which he won a Drama Desk Award, and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the original Broadway production of “Wicked” in 2004, opposite Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Grey’s recent film appearances include roles in “The Fantasticks,” “Dancing in the Dark” and “Choke.” He has also made recent television appearances on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Crossing Jordan,” “OZ,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Alias,” “House,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Brooklyn Bridge,” which earned him an Emmy nomination.

Grey is the father of actress Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) and James Grey, a chef. An avid photographer, he has also released three photography books published by Powerhouse Books in the last decade, “Pictures I Had to Take,” “Looking Hard at Unexpected Things” and “1.3 – Images From My Phone.” Grey’s photography can be viewed on

Tickets for JOEL GREY are $60, $52, $30. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

One Response to Joel Grey at George Mason

  1. I really admire Jennifer Grey’s tribute to Patrick Swayze on DWTS. Last night was just special. They got to dance to a song that is so iconic and it triggered great souvenirs.

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