Paul Reed
Biographical Information
Born June 16th, 1909
Highland Falls, New York, United States
Died April 2nd, 2007
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Productions The Gondoliers as Don Alhambra Del Bolero
The Mikado as Ensemble
The Pirates of Penzance as Ensemble
Trial by Jury as Foreman of the Jury
Blossom Time
The New Moon as Besac
La Vie Parisienne as Jackson
Up in Central Park as Vincent Peters
Hold It! as Mr. Jenkins
All for Love
Great to Be Alive as Rafferty (original Broadway cast)
Guys and Dolls as Lieutenant Brannigan, Nathan Detroit (understudy)(original Broadway cast)
Carnival in Flanders as Tailor (original Broadway cast)
By the Beautiful Sea as as Mr. Curtis (original Broadway cast) Carl Gibson (understudy)
The Music Man as Charlie Cowell (original Broadway cast), Marcellus Washburn/Mayor George Shinn (understudy)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Bert Bratt (original Broadway cast)
Car 54, Where Are You? as Captain Paul Block
Here's Love as R.H. Macy (original Broadway cast)
I'm Solomon as Ben Hesed (original Broadway cast)
Promises, Promises as Mr. Dobitch (original Broadway cast)
Recordings The Music Man (original cast recording)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (original cast recording)
Here's Love (original cast recording)
Promises, Promises (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Tenor

Paul Reed was an American actor.


Born Sidney Kahn in Highland Falls, New York, Reed began his show business career as a radio performer and singer, before embarking on a lengthy career in stage musicals. He also displayed a talent for comedy in such works as Caesar's Hour, and several straight roles such as the non-singing role of Lieutenant Brannigan in Guys and Dolls.

Reed also appeared in a number of television series, including his best-remembered role as the beleagured Captain Paul Block in Car 54, Where Are You?, the The Cara Williams Show as well as the films Ride to Hangman's Tree and Fitzwilly Strikes Back.

He passed away in 2007.


A prolific stage musical actor, Reed gave his first singing performances in a number of Gilbert and Sullivan plays, including The Gondoliers and Trial by Jury.

Reed originated a wide number of roles on stage, including The Music Man (as Charlie Cowell), Bert Bratt in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Mr. Dobitch in Promises, Promises.


Car 54, Where Are You? (1961)Edit

  • I am the Captain of the 53rd (solo)


The Gondoliers (1940)Edit

  • I stole the prince (contains solo lines)
  • But, bless my heart (duet)
  • Try we life-long (contains solo lines)
  • There lived a king (contains solo lines)

The Mikado (1940)Edit

The Pirates of Penzance (1940)Edit

Trial by Jury (1940)Edit

  • Oh, never, never, never, since I joined the human race (contains solo lines)
  • That she is reeling is plain to see! (contains solo lines)

Blossom Time (1941)Edit

The New Moon (1942)Edit

  • A Chanty (contains solo lines)
  • Funny Little Sailor Men (contains solo lines)
  • Love Is Quite a Simple Thing (contains solo lines)

La Vie Parisienne (1942)Edit

Up in Central Park (1945)(originated the role)Edit

  • Boss Tweed (contains solo lines)
  • Rip Van Winkle (contains solo lines)
  • When the Party Gives a Party (contains solo lines)

Hold It! (1948)(originated the role)Edit

  • Hold It (reprise)

All for Love (1949)(originated the role)Edit

Great to Be Alive (1950)(originated the role)Edit

  • From This Day On
  • Who Done It? (contains solo lines)
  • Finale

Guys and Dolls (1950)Edit

Nathan Detroit (understudy)Edit
  • The Oldest Established (contains solo lines)
  • Sue Me (duet)
  • Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat

Carnival in Flanders (1953)(originated the role)Edit

  • Ring the Bell (contains solo lines)
  • You're Dead! (contains solo lines)

By the Beautiful Sea (1954)(originated the role)Edit

Mr. CurtisEdit
  • Finale
Carl Gibson (understudy)Edit
  • Finale

The Music Man (1957)Edit

Charlie Cowell (originated the role)Edit
  • Rock Island (contains solo lines)
Marcellus Washburn (understudy)Edit
  • The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl (duet)
  • Shipoopi (contains solo lines)
Mayor George Shinn (understudy)Edit
  • Iowa Stubborn
  • Finale

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961)(originated the role)Edit

  • A Secretary is Not a Toy (contains solo lines)
  • I Believe in You (contains solo lines)
  • Brotherhood of Man (contains solo lines)

Here's Love (1963)(originated the role)Edit

  • That Man Over There (solo)
  • My State (contains solo lines)

I'm Solomon (1968)(originated the role)Edit

  • The Citation (solo)
  • The Three Riddles (contains solo lines)

Promises, Promises (1968)(originated the role)Edit

  • Where Can You Take a Girl? (contains solo lines)