Christian Borle

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Christian Borle


Born Christian D. Borle
(1973-10-01) October 1, 1973 (age 43)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Theater and television actor, singer, dancer
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Sutton Foster
(m. 2006; div. 2010)

Christian Borle (born October 1, 1973) [1] 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.


Early Life

Borle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Andre Bernard Borle (1930–2011),[2] a professor of physiology at the University of Pittsburgh.[3] 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.[4] Borle attended the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1995.[5][6] 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.”[7]


Borle 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”. Also 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.[8][9][10] On a radio interview in 2010 it was confirmed that Borle and Foster had separated.[11]

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 Audience Award as Favorite 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.[12]

He was featured in the Encores! staged concert version of On the Town as Ozzie, running in November 2008.[13] He appeared in a workshop production of a new play titled Peter and the Starcatcher in 2009.[14] He played Bert in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins, replacing Adam Fiorentino in the role on October 12, 2009[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] In May 2011, it was reported that NBC had picked up the show as a series for the 2011–2012 season.[18] In March 2012, NBC announced it would renew the series for a second season with 15 episodes.[19] The show was officially cancelled by NBC in May 2013.[20]

Borle 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23][24] He also played Mr. Darling and Mr. Smee in the live TV production of Peter Pan Live!, which aired on December 4, 2014.[25]

He won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Something Rotten!,[26] playing the role of famous playwright William Shakespeare, which opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on March 23, 2015 in previews and officially on April 22, 2015.[27]

Borle played Marvin in the Broadway revival of Falsettos directed by James Lapine alongside Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block who played Whizzer and Trina, respectively.[28] Borle left the cast of Something Rotten! on July 16, 2016, to prepare for Falsettos, which opened in previews on September 29, 2016, and officially on October 27, 2016.[29][30] The show closed on January 8, 2017, after 30 previews and 84 performances.[31]

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.[32]

Borle also makes an appearance with his former wife Sutton Foster, in Gilmore Girls : A Year in the life. His musical talents were much appreciated in Episode 3 for the Star’s Hollow musical walking through history of the quirky small town. The two had “found Gilmore Girls together and became fans of the show long before there were talks of a revival. For both actors, being a part of the Stars Hollow world was a special experience because they already loved the show before they became involved with it.”[33]

Personal Life

Borle started dating actress Sutton Foster in college,[34] and married her on September 18, 2006. During a radio interview in 2010, it was confirmed that they had gone their separate ways.[11][35] In 2012, Foster said that she and Borle remained friends[36] and continue to support each other’s work.[37][38]

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)



Year Show Role Notes
1995 Stonewall Bar Patron
2001 The Accident Delivery Guy short
2010 The Bounty Hunter Caddy
2014 Shutterflies Lieutenant Burns short
Dinner Father short
2015 Blackhat Jeff Robichaud


Year Show Role Notes
1998 Ghost Stories Trevor Mooney 1 episode
2001 Law & Order Tanto 1 episode
2007 Legally Blonde: The Musical Emmett Forrest Filmed stage production
2012–13 Smash Tom Levitt 32 episodes
2013 The Sound of Music Live! Max Detweiler TV movie
2013–15 The Good Wife Carter Schmidt 5 episodes
2014 Lifesaver Dr. Graham Permenter TV movie
Lucky Duck Lucky TV movie; voice role
Masters of Sex Frank Masters 3 episodes
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Live from Lincoln Center Adolfo Pirelli Filmed stage production
Sofia the First Slickwell 1 episode; voice role
Peter Pan Live! Smee/George Darling TV movie
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Carl Episode: “Summer”
2016 Falsettos (2016 Revival): Live From Lincoln Center Marvin Filmed stage production


Cast Albums

  • Prodigal (Original York Theatre Cast)
  • Elegies (Original Off-Broadway Cast)
  • Spamalot (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Bombshell (Smash TV Cast)
  • The Sound of Music Live! (2013 TV Cast)
  • Peter Pan Live! (2014 TV Cast)
  • Something Rotten! (Original Broadway Cast)
  • James and the Giant Peach (World Premiere Cast)
  • A New Brain (2015 New York Cast)
  • Falsettos (Original Broadway Revival Cast)


  • “Don’t Say Yes Until I’ve Finished Talking” (featured in Smash season 1)
  • “A Love Letter From the Times” (duet with Liza Minelli, featured in Smash season 2)
  • “Vienna” (featured in Smash season 2)
  • “The Right Regrets” (duet with Debra Messing, featured in Smash season 2)

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 Audience Choice Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical Won Audience Choice Awards Favorite 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 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 Audience Choice Awards Favorite 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 Audience Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Won
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Nominated


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ “Andre Borle Obituary”. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ “With NBC’s ‘Smash,’ Christian Borle has arrived – SFGate”. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  4. ^ “You Just Can’t Forget About the Boy!”. Columbia Scholastic Press Association. 2004-01-16. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  5. ^ Walters, Ken. “Carnegie Mellon Congratulates Christian Borle on Tony Award Win” Archived March 29, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., June 8, 2015
  6. ^ “‘Smash’ Premiere” Archived March 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., accessed July 16, 2016
  7. ^ Rouvalis, Christina. “Christian Borle Feature” Archived February 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Winter 2011-2012, accessed July 16, 2016
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth. “Gimme Jimmy: Christian Borle Is New Juvenile Lead in Bway’s Millie April 29″[permanent dead link],, April 29, 2003; “Off-stage, it’s known in the theatre community that Christian is romantically linked to Millie herself, Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster.”
  9. ^ “Broadway’s Sutton Foster & Christian Borle Engaged” Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. April 2006
  10. ^ Smith, Liz. “IN NEW YORK”, Daily Variety, September 19, 2006, p. 4 wrote: “BROADWAY BABY Sutton Foster, whose most recent triumph is “The Drowsy Chaperone (five Tony wins and a nomination for Sutton), was wide awake Monday when she wed longtime boyfriend Christian Borle of “Spamalot” fame. The couple met and worked together on Sutton’s first smash, Thoroughly Modern Millie, which brought her the theater’s highest honor. Sutton and Christian recently bought their first home. In fact, the deal was closed the day “Drowsy” opened.”
  11. ^ a b “Mary Poppins” stars Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly Archived June 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ “Star File” Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew.”A Helluva Town: Encores! Launches New Season with On the Town” Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.,, November 19, 2008
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth. “Peter Pan Is Back! Starcatchers Workshop, With Borle, Elrod, Green, Begins in CA” Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.,, February 13, 2009
  15. ^ “Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle to Sweep Into Mary Poppins Oct. 12” Archived October 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.,, October 12, 2009
  16. ^ “Signature Theatre Company: Announcing the Cast of ANGELS IN AMERICA”. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  17. ^ “Christian Borle Joins SMASH!”. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  18. ^ May 11, 2011: “NBC Picks Up Whitney Cummings & Emily Spivey Pilots, ‘Smash’ & ‘Prime Suspect'” Archived May 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ “NBC’s ‘Smash’ Renewed For Second Season” Archived August 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., March 22, 2012
  20. ^ Editor, Chris Harnick News; TV, HuffPost (2013-05-10). “‘Smash’ Is DEAD”. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  21. ^ “BWW TV: Finding the Characters in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER!”. February 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  22. ^ Hetrick, Adam. “‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Lands on Broadway March 28” Archived March 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., March 28, 2012
  23. ^ Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle Join Cast of NBC’s Sound of Music Archived December 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, Retrieved September 16, 2013
  24. ^ ‘Sound of Music Live!’ with Carrie Underwood: NBC announces more cast, releases poster Archived November 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved September 16, 2013
  25. ^ “UPDATE: Neil Meron Confirms Christian Borle Casting for NBC’s PETER PAN!”. Broadway World. August 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  26. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  27. ^ Hetrick, Adam. ” ‘Something Rotten!’ Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight” Archived April 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., March 23, 2015
  28. ^ Paulson, Michael. “‘Falsettos’ Revival Casts Its Leads: Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block”[permanent dead link], March 31, 2016
  29. ^ Hetrick, Adam. “Christian Borle Sets ‘Something Rotten!’ Departure” Archived August 12, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, June 23, 2016
  30. ^ Gans, Andrew. “Marvin’s Back with Whizzer, as ‘Falsettos’ Revival Begins” Archived December 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, September 29, 2016
  31. ^ “Falsettos Revival Closes January 8 | Playbill”. Playbill. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  32. ^ “Christian Borle to Play Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway; Theater Set”. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  33. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  34. ^ “Broadway Buzz: Sutton Foster Archived May 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
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  38. ^ “Q&A: Christian Borle”. April 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-02.

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