Joel Vig most recently produced, wrote and directed Words I Live By, an evening of inspirational writings of Helen Keller, starring Patricia Neal for the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, Ala. Earlier in the year, Vig toured Mississippi and Alabama with his adaptation of Truman Capote´s A Christmas Memory co-starring opposite Patricia Neal. Vig conceived and directed Tammy Grimes triumphant 2007 return to cabaret, which Time Out Magazine named one of the top ten cabaret events in New York in 2007. Vig and Grimes also were the headliners for the Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale, Miss. in October of 2007. Vig´s musical play The World at Your Fingertips, the story of Louis Braille, was published by Anchorage Press this year.
As an actor, Vig is perhaps best known for creating six of the starring roles in the Broadway smash hit Hairspray, for which he was awarded the Gold Medal for Achievement in the Arts along with the rest of the original cast by the National Arts Club in 2003. Hairspray swept the 2003 Tony Awards, winning eight including Best Musical. The original cast album won the 2003 Grammy Award. Vig also won best actor awards for creating the starring role in the Forestburgh Theatre production of Deathtrap and for originating the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the world premier of a new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the Seelig Theatre. Fans of off-Broadway cult hit Ruthless!, which helped launch the careers of Laura Bell Bundy, Natalie Portman and Britney Spears, may remember Vig in his original starring role. For the Theatre Guild, he has been a guest artist for more than 25 years, sharing the stage with legendary stars including Helen Hayes, Richard Kiley, Gena Rowlands, Eli Wallach, Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Jean Stapleton, Larry Kent, Donna McKechnie, Eartha Kitt and many others. Recent television appearances include the Today Show, the David Letterman Show, the Conan O´Brian Show and the Macy´s Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast. Vig´s most recent movie, Liszt for President, was recently given the Accolade Award and won the Paris Film Festival for the Best Non-European Feature Film.