Hugh is an actor and director residing in NYC. He most recently directed the twice-extended, record-breaking run on Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville Florida. The Gainesville Sun raved: “Million Dollar Quartet brings lightning to the Hipp stage. It succeeds on the capable shoulders of Hugh Hysell, doing double duty as director and in the role of “Sam Phillips.” Southern as corn pone and canny as Foghorn Leghorn, Sam is the storyteller who makes the sum of this historic jam session far exceed its remarkable parts.” (read full review here).
As an actor, this past year has been a very busy one. He played "Sam Phillips" on the 2018-2019 national tour of Million Dollar Quartet (STU Laguna News says his performance is a “Star turn by Hugh Hysell in the grounding role of recording studio owner Sam Phillips!” - read full review here). He also played “Vice Principal Panch” in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Fire Island Pines Arts Project) and participated in many readings of new plays and musicals.
He also recently appeared as a featured dancing leather biker in Saturday Night Live’s “Bar Fight” sketch starring host Don Cheadle and SNL comics Beck Bennet, Mikey Day and Heidi Gardiner (voted one of the “Top Ten SNL Skits of the Year.'“ See the sketch here.
Recent credits include “The Narrator” in the Fire Island Pines Arts Project legendary production of Rocky Horror Show, "Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher" in the West Virginia Public Theatre production of Peter and the Starcatcher, "Lionel" (the wacky cross-dressing psychiatric patient) in the Off Broadway company of Perfect Crime, "Sam Phillips" in Million Dollar Quartet at Mohegan Sun Arena and Totem Pole Playhouse, and the world premiere of Erik Ransom's epic new rock opera about King Edward II, More Then All The World. Recent TV appearances include Amazon Video's After Forever (nominated for "Best Ensemble" International Academy of Web Television Award), HBO's Divorce (with Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church), TLC's Suddenly Rich and syfy's Happy.
Favorite New York stage credits include My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, Crude (NYMF), The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest (also adapted and directed) and Villain De Blanks. Outside of NYC. Hugh has performed in every state in the USA with tour credits including Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Pirates of Penzance and The Fantasticks. Favorite regional credits include Tintypes (Seven Angels), 110 in the Shade (Dorset Theater Company), Greater Tuna (Encore Stages), Buddy (Gateway Playhouse), Man of La Mancha (Jupiter Theater), and A Christmas Carol (Hippodrome State Theatre).
Hugh is a Tony Award® winning Broadway producer and his producing projects have included Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher, Impressionism, Y-2-Gay The Musical, and SEaMEN The Sailor Musical.
Hugh is also an award winning theatrical marketer and formerly ran HHC Marketing where he marketed over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows and led BroadwayBox to dominate as the leader of all discount sales for the Broadway community. Hugh now runs Hysell Marketing, a full service theatrical marketing agency.
He is the creator and president of TheMenEvent.com, NYC's most popular gay event company dedicated to bringing people together for social, personal and business connections.
Hugh is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.
Check out Hugh's business doings: www.linkedin.com/in/hughhysell