PopGoesTheNews.com >> One of Broadway's brightest stars has been quietly shining in Canada this month. Gavin Creel, the Tony-nominated star of Hair, has been dividing his time between the Great White Way and the Great White North to work on a new CD.
Creel just finished recording a six-song EP, a follow-up to his 2006 release GoodTimeNation, in Toronto. He has been flying in and out of the city on Porter since the end of January.
"I want to be myself and be an out and proud gay dude who's writing songs about love, or loving another guy, or falling out of love with another guy, or getting my heart broken by a guy... in a really sexy fun pop way," Creel told Out. "My goal is to get a No. 1 single and to be who I am and everybody knows it and to have everybody – gay straight, bi, who cares what you are – dancing and singing."
The 33-year-old actor, who is taking a break this week from playing Claude in Hair, returns to the stage of New York's Al Hirschfeld Theater on March 2 for a final week of performances before being replaced by Saskatchewan native (and current Toronto resident) Kyle Riabko.
Creel is no stranger to Toronto, where he spent many weeks in 1999 while starring in the touring production of Fame: The Musical. "It's such a great city. It's cultural and diverse," he said in an interview at the time. He went on to earn a Tony nod for his role in Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway and enjoyed a long run in the London production of Mary Poppins. Since last summer Creel has starred in the Tony-winning production of Hair and he appears on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack album.