Casey Nicholaw Biography

Casey Nicholaw in 2018

Casey Nicholaw (born October 6, 1962) is an American theatre director, c*ographer, and performer. He has been nominated for several Tony Awards for his work directing and c*ographing The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), The Book of Mormon (2011), Aladdin (2014), Something Rotten! (2015), Mean Girls (2018), and The Prom (2019), and for c*ographing Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), winning for his co-direction of The Book of Mormon with Trey Parker. He also was nominated for the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Direction and C*ography for The Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and Something Rotten! (2015) and for Outstanding C*ography for Spamalot (2005).


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 Career
  • 2 Awards and nominations
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 External links


The son of Andy and Kay Nicholaw and the oldest of three children, Nicholaw grew up in San Diego, California, and performed in community theatre there as a teenager. He graduated from Clairemont High School in 1980 and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a nephew of the late George Nicholaw, who was the long time general manager of radio station KNX (AM) in Los Angeles, California.



As a performer, Nicholaw played Junior and other roles in Crazy for You (1992–94); played Wall Street Wolf and other roles in The Best Little *house Goes Public (1994); played Gregor, Juke, and other roles in Victor/Victoria (1995–97); played Corky, Luke, and other roles in Steel Pier (1997); understudied and performed as Neville in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999); played Frank Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1999–2000); understudied the role of Horton and other roles in Seussical (2000–01); and played Dexter, among other roles, in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002–04). He can be heard on the cast album of most of these musicals.

His other performance credits include Billion Dollar Baby (Off-Off-Broadway), for a Musicals in Mufti concert (1998) and Bells Are Ringing at the Goodspeed Opera House (1990).

Director and c*ographer

On Broadway, Nicholaw has directed and c*ographed The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), c*ographed Spamalot (2005) and directed To Be or Not to Be, which opened October 2, 2008, for the Manhattan Theatre Club. He has been nominated for both Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for his Broadway work.

Nicholaw's other c*ography credits include Follies for New York City Center's Encores! (Off-Broadway, 2007; he also directed this production); Spamalot's West End production and U.S. national tour (2006); The Drowsy Chaperone in Los Angeles (2005; as director and c*ographer); South Pacific at Carnegie Hall (2005); Lucky Duck (Old Globe Theatre, 2004) and Can-Can for Encores! (Off-Broadway, 2004). He also c*ographed Bye Bye Birdie (2002) for Encores!; Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall; and Candide for the New York Philharmonic's series of Broadway concerts.

In January 2009, Nicholaw was both director and c*ographer of the Los Angeles debut of Minsky's, a musical based on the 1968 film The Night They Raided Minsky's, at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Nicholaw directed and c*ographed a new musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods, based on the 1960s Rat Pack film. The musical features songs by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen with a book by Rupert Holmes (replacing Peter Ackerman). The show played at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, from July 30, 2010, through August, with a cast that featured Will Chase and Amy Spanger.

He is the director and c*ographer for the musical Elf: the Musical, which officially opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 10, 2010, and closed on January 2, 2011. He directed and c*ographed the stage musical Aladdin which premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, from July 7–31, 2011. The musical uses songs from the 1992 film Aladdin, with a new book by Chad Beguelin and new lyrics by Beguelin and Alan Menken. The show premiered on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014.

Nicholaw directed and c*ographed the new musical Something Rotten!, which opened in previews on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on March 23, 2015, with an official opening on April 22.

Nicholaw will direct Animal House: The Musical, which was to have featured an original score by multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies (“One Week,” “Pinch Me”), but is now being composed by David Yazbek. Michael Mitnick will write the libretto for the stage production.

He directed and c*ographed the West End production of the musical Dreamgirls, which opened officially on December 14, 2016, at the Savoy Theatre.

Nicholaw directed and c*ographed The Prom on Broadway, which opened November 15, 2018, at the Longacre Theatre; the musical received a New York Times Critic's Pick.

In 2021, it was announced that he will make his film directing debut by helming the film adaptation of Spamalot for Paramount Pictures, with Eric Idle penning the script and Dan Jinks producing.

Awards and nominations


    External links

    • Casey Nicholaw at the Internet Broadway Database