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Kyle Selig
Born
Kyle Andrew Selig

September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28) (age 28)
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University (BFA, 2014)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • singer
Years active 2012–present
Partner(s) Erika Henningsen (2017-present)

Kyle Andrew Selig (born September 28, 1992) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. He is known for originating the role of Aaron Samuels in the 2018 Tony-nominated musical, Mean Girls.

Early life and education

Selig was raised in Huntington Beach, California. He is the son of Stuart and Sharon (née Kennedy) Selig and has a half-brother, Riley and half-sister, Harmony.

Selig first became interested in theatre after seeing his older sister performing a local play. As his interest grew, he often attended musical theatre intensives, such as CAP21, during his summer breaks.

He graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 2010 and was named prom king at the end of his senior year. In June 2010, at the age of 17, Selig won the National High School Musical Theatre Award (also known as the "Jimmy Award") along with a $10,000 scholarship. He then attended the Carnegie Mellon University, earning a BFA in musical theatre in 2014.

Career

In August 2013, while still attending Carnegie Mellon, Selig was cast as the standby for the lead role of Elder Kevin Price in Broadway production of The Book of Mormon. He remained with the company as its standby for three months, earning credit towards his undergraduate degree via independent study. Months later in December of that same year, Selig joined the second national touring production of The Book of Mormon again as a standby for the role of Elder Price.

Selig left The Book of Mormon tour on July 26, 2014 to begin rehearsals for the national tour of the musical, Pippin, in which he was cast as the musical's titular character. Selig rehearsed with the touring company of Pippin but was placed on vocal rest just one week before the tour was scheduled to open. He was then replaced by Matthew James Thomas, who originated the role of Pippin in the recent Broadway revival. Despite being said to be on a medical leave of absence, Selig never rejoined the touring company; but instead, when Thomas left the production, he was replaced by Kyle Dean Massey. In interviews, Selig has alluded to being fired "from one of his first big jobs," but has never publicly confirmed his being fired from the Pippin tour.

Selig rejoined the Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon in February 2015 as an ensemble replacement and Elder Price standby. His first performance as Elder Price on Broadway took place on April 15, 2015. For seven weeks in early 2016, he led the Broadway company of The Book of Mormon as Elder Price, replacing Gavin Creel, who left the production to star in She Loves Me. On February 21, 2016, Selig left the production and was replaced by Nic Rouleau.

In the summer of 2016, he appeared as Baby John in West Side Story at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, alongside Jeremy Jordan and Karen Olivo. Selig starred as Homer Hickam in the musical, October Sky, inspired by the film of the same name at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California in the fall of 2016. In the spring of 2017, Selig portrayed Dauphin in The Public Theater's world premiere of the off-Broadway rock musical, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire directed by Alex Timbers.

Selig starred as Aaron Samuels in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical, Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey with music and lyrics by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin, respectively. The show had its world premiere as an out-of-town tryout at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from October 31, 2017 to December 3, 2017 in which Selig originated the role. The musical, which is based on the film of the same name, began previews on March 12, 2018, and officially opened on Broadway on April 8, 2018 at the August Wilson Theatre. In December 2019, it was announced that Selig would be taking a leave of absence from Mean Girls, and internet personality and actor, Cameron Dallas, would be filling the role of Aaron Samuels for four-week engagement. The production and Selig's final performance was March 11, 2020. The show closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it was announced on January 7, 2021 that it would not reopen after the pandemic ends.

In March 2019, Selig portrayed Gene, opposite Mean Girls co-star, Erika Henningsen, in Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night at Second Stage Theater, as a part of the theater's "Musical Mondays" weekly concert series.

On March 16, 2021, Selig released his first album.

Philanthropy and social activism

In August 2018 Selig participated in Covenant House's Stage & Screen Sleep Out along with Mean Girls co-stars Ashley Park and Curtis Holland, and together they raised over $14,000 for this organization which provides shelter, food, and crisis care for the homeless and runaway youth. Selig also has served as a mentor and held masterclasses for aspiring performers.

Personal life

Selig has been in a relationship with fellow actor, Erika Henningsen, since late 2017 after meeting during the out-of-town tryout for Mean Girls in Washington, D.C. The two announced their engagement on July 1, 2021 after a trip to Hawaii.

Theatre credits

Year Title Role Theatre Director(s) Ref.
2012 The Glorious Ones Francesco Rose Center Theater Joanna Syiek
2013 The Book of Mormon Elder Price (standby) Eugene O'Neill Theatre Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
2013–14 U.S. National Tour
2015–16 Ensemble/Cunningham's Dad (replacement);
Elder Price (standby)
Eugene O'Neill Theatre
2016 Elder Price (replacement)
West Side Story Baby John Hollywood Bowl Gustavo Dudamel
October Sky Homer Hickam Old Globe Theatre Rachel Rockwell
2017 Joan of Arc: Into the Fire Dauphin The Public Theater Alex Timbers
Mean Girls Aaron Samuels National Theatre (out-of-town tryout) Casey Nicholaw
2018–20 August Wilson Theatre

Credits in bold indicate Broadway production(s)

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 The Price Is Right Himself Episode: "April 8, 2014"
2015 Billy on the Street Himself (uncredited) Episode" "Billy Helps Tina Fey Find a Friend"
2018 Late Night with Seth Meyers Aaron Samuels Episode: "October 1, 2018"
2019 Madam Secretary Travis 2 episodes
Evil Process Server Episode: "Exorcism Part 2"

Discography

Cast recordings

  • Mean Girls – Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Albums

  • Careful Days (2021)

Collaborative projects

  • And the Tree Was Happy (2013)
  • She Breathes (2016)
  • Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 20 (2018)
  • Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 21 (2019)

Awards and nominations

Special honors and awards

  • 2010 – National High School Musical Theatre Award
  • 2018 – Arts Schools Network's Outstanding Arts School Alumni Award
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