On this edition of Two Way Street our guest is Shuler Hensley, the Tony-award winning Broadway actor who was born and raised in Marietta and still makes his home here. Shuler’s mother Iris was the founder of the Georgia Ballet. She encouraged her son from an early age to seek a career as a Broadway performer. And he did just that.
Shuler has played leading roles in a number of iconic Broadway musicals: his break-out performance came when he played the villainous Jud Fry in a 1999 revival of “Oklahoma,” which started on the West End in London and then transferred to Broadway. Here he is in the song that defined his performance in the show and helped make him a star:
In May, Shuler travels to the UK to reprise his role as a 600 pound man eating himself to death in the play “The Whale.” He originated that role in a production of the play at Playwright’s Horizon in New York City.
He is the host and driving force behind the Georgia High School Awards, which is called “The Shulers” in his honor.