Christian Borle A Broadway Star

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Christian Borle A Broadway Star

Now on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Christian Borle b – 01 Oct 1973 is an American actor featured in several Broadway productions. A two-time Tony Award winner for his roles in Peter and the Starcatcher as Black Stache and Something Rotten! as William Shakespeare, Borle also starred as Tom Levitt on the NBC musical-drama series Smash.

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Borle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Andre Bernard Borle (1930-2011), a professor of physiology at the University of Pittsburgh. His love for Star Wars and drawing made him want to become a comic book artist when he grew up, but it was only when a friend convinced him to audition for a school play in his sophomore year that he began to develop an interest in acting. Borle attended Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1995. After he graduated, he moved to New York City and “landed his first acting job — but it wasn’t exactly Broadway. He worked as an elf at Macy’s Santaland.”

 

He made his Broadway debut in 1998, understudying the role of Willard in the stage adaptation of the film Footloose. He was featured in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and was the dance captain and understudy of several characters for the short-lived 2002 musical Amour.
Borle appeared in a 2003 advertisement for California-based online auction company, eBay. In the 30-second TV spot, Borle plays a store clerk who breaks into song and dance when asked about a product. The song, “That’s on eBay” was a parody of the standard “That’s Amore”.

 

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In 2003, he replaced Gavin Creel in the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He married his co-star, actress Sutton Foster, who had played Millie, in September 2006 and separated in 2010.
Borle performed Monty Python’s Spamalot, in which he originated a number of roles, including Prince Herbert and the Historian. His performance earned him a 2005 Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Broadway.com Audience Award as Favorited Featured Actor in a Musical.

He is best known on Broadway, however, for originating Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The musical is based on MGM’s 2001 film of the same name.
He was featured in the Encores! staged concert version of On the Town as Ozzie, running in November 2008. He appeared in a workshop production of a new play titled Peter and the Starcatcher in 2009. He played Bert in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins, replacing Adam Fiorentino in the role on October 12, 2009 and then left the cast July 15, 2010.

In 2010, he appeared in The Bounty Hunter, in which he played a golf caddy. In Fall 2010/Winter 2011, Borle played the role of Prior Walter in Signature Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Borle had joined Steven Spielberg’s new NBC pilot Smash with Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee, Brian d’Arcy James, and Megan Hilty. The series follows a cross section of characters who come together to mount a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical (which is called Bombshell) on Broadway. In May 2011, it was reported that NBC had picked up the show as a series for the 2011–2012 season. In March 2012, NBC announced it would renew the series for a second season with 15 episodes.
Christian was a member of the original cast in the Regional and Off-Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher that ran until April 24, 2011. He reprised the role of Black Stache on Broadway in April 2012, where his performance earned him his second Tony Award nomination and first win as Best Featured Actor in a Play. He ended his run in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher on June 30, 2012, to take a break before taping for Smash began in August 2012.

 

Borle played Max Dettweiler in the live television production of The Sound of Music Live!, which aired on December 5, 2013. He also played Mr. Darling and Mr. Smee in the live TV production of Peter Pan Live!, which aired on December 4, 2014.
He won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Something Rotten!, which opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on March 23, 2015 in previews and officially in April.
Borle plays Marvin in the Broadway revival of Falsettos directed by James Lapine. He is joined by Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block who will play Whizzer and Trina, respectively. Borle left the cast of Something Rotten! on July 16, 2016, to prepare for Falsettos, which opened on September 29, 2016 in previews, officially on October 27, 2016.
On May 9, 2016 it was announced that Borle will play Willy Wonka in the Broadway production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, which opens in March 2017.

 


Theatre Credits

Year(s) Production Location Role
1995 The Who’s Tommy Offenbach, Germany Pinball Lad 1
1997–98 West Side Story National Tour Riff
1998 Footloose Broadway Willard Hewitt (Replacement)
2000 Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway Apostle
2001 The Baby and Johnny Project Off-Broadway Billy Kostecki
Just So Regional Kangaroo / Cooking Stove / Bushbuck
The 3 Musketeers, One Musical For All Regional Planchet (Original American Cast)
2002 Amour Broadway Dance Captain, Advocate (Understudy) / Bertrand (Understudy) / Dusoleil (Understudy) / Newsvendor (Understudy) / Painter (Understudy)
Thoroughly Modern Millie Broadway Jimmy Smith (Replacement)
Prodigal Off-Broadway Kane Flannery / Zach Marshall (Original Cast)
2003 Elegies: A Song Cycle Off-Broadway Original Performer
2004 Snoopy! The Musical Concert Snoopy
Time After Time Reading H.G. Wells
2005 The Flamingo Kid Workshop Performer
Spamalot Broadway Historian / Not Dead Fred / French Guard / Minstrel / Prince Herbert (Original Broadway Cast)
2007 Legally Blonde Broadway Emmett Forrest (Original Broadway Cast)
2008 On the Town Concert Ozzie
2009 Peter and the Starcatcher Regional Black Stache
Mary Poppins Broadway Bert (Replacement)
2010 Angels in America Off-Broadway Prior Walter
2011 Peter and the Starcatcher Off-Broadway Black Stache
2012 Broadway Black Stache (Original Broadway Cast)
2014 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Lincoln Center Adolfo Pirelli
2015 Something Rotten! Broadway The Bard (William Shakespeare) (Original Broadway Cast)
2016 Falsettos Broadway Marvin (2016 Revival Cast)
2017 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway Willy Wonka (Original Broadway Cast)

 

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Spamalot Nominated
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Male Won
Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favourite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical Won
Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favourite Onstage Pair (shared with Hank Azaria) Won
2007 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Legally Blonde Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2010 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Best Replacement Mary Poppins Nominated
2011 Tina Award Best Actor (Play) Peter and the Starcatcher Nominated
Angels in America Nominated
Tina Award Best Ensemble (Play) Won
Tina Award Best Stage Duo (shared with Zachary Quinto) Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Peter and the Starcatcher Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actor Won
Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favourite Funny Performance Won
Best Featured Actor in a Play Won
2015 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Something Rotten! Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Award Favourite Featured Actor in a Musical Won
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theatre Album Nominated

 

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