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VIDEO: Maplewood’s Gavin Lee Gets Tony Nom for Performance as Squidward in SpongeBob

Gavin Lee as Squidward Tentacles

In a very Maplewood moment, Gavin Lee found out that he had been nominated for a Tony Award while dropping his daughter off to school.

From the New York Post:

“Taking my 7-year-old daughter to school was a lot less stressful than sitting in front of a computer,” Lee, the father of three, tells The Post from Maplewood, NJ, all the while drilling holes in his garage for his son’s climbing wall.

Lee, 46, reports that he has been working as a performer since the age of 20 (see video below). He is a veteran of productions in London’s West End as well as on Broadway. Notably, he originated the role of Bert in Mary Poppins in the West End, brought the role to Broadway and took Bert on the road in the U.S. touring company.

Lee is nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Squidward Tentacles in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. He was also nominated in 2007 for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Bert in Mary Poppins (he won a Drama Desk Award and Theater World Award for it). He’s been nominated previously for an Olivier Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Lee is also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role as Squidward.

SpongeBob has been critically acclaimed and, along with Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, leads the 2018 Tony Awards with 12 nominations. SpongeBob has also been nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards and 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Lee is married to actress Emily Harvey.

Lee joins other SOMA Tony nominees such as Norbert Leo Butz (two-time winner, Lead Actor; also nominated this year for Featured Actor in a Musical for My Fair LAdy), Christine Ebersole (two-time winner for Lead Actress, two-time nominee), Kate Baldwin (nominated twice: once for Best Actress and once for Best Featured Actress) and Stephanie J. Block (nominated twice: once  for Best Actress and once for Best Featured Actress). South Orange resident Michelle Pawk won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for Hollywood Arms in 2003; South Orange resident John Dossett was nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Gypsy in 2003.

(Do you know a SOMA-based Tony nominee that we missed? Email us at [email protected]!)

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