Norbert Leo Butz News

Date of Birth: January 30, 1967 (49)
Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
Gender: Male
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/30/16- Norbert Leo ButzSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/30/16- Norbert Leo Butz
by Stage Tube - Jan 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Norbert Leo Butz! Butz made his Broadway debut as Adam Pascal's replacement as Roger Davis in Rent in 1996. Additional Broadway credits include Thou Shalt Not (Camille Raquin, 2001-2002), for which he received a Tony Award nomination; Wicked (the original Fiyero, 2003) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy) for which he received the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, a Drama League Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. His Off-Broadway credits include The Last Five Years (Jamie), Songs for a New World (Lead Male 2), Saved (Fred), and Juno and the Paycock (Jerry Devine). MOst recently, Butz originated the role of Carl Hanratty in the new musical Catch Me If You Can. For this role he won his second Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical[14] and his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. (more...)

BWW Interview: Hannah James on Creating an Authentic Southern Belle on PBS's MERCY STREETBWW Interview: Hannah James on Creating an Authentic Southern Belle on PBS's MERCY STREET
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 24, 2016

Last Sunday, PBS debuted its first scripted drama in over a decade with the star-studded Civil War hospital drama, MERCY STREET. Despite the fact that most Civil War stories focus on the men leading the charge on the battlefield, MERCY STREET instead endeavors to tell the stories of a collection of women fighting to find their own sense of self in a world that no longer subscribes to the rules that they were raised on. (more...)

BWW Review: PBS's MERCY STREET is Chilling, Captivating Look at Civil War WomenBWW Review: PBS's MERCY STREET is Chilling, Captivating Look at Civil War Women
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 18, 2016

With the sixth and final season of beloved British import DOWNTON ABBEY quickly coming to an end, PBS is hoping to hold onto the fans of the early 20th Century soap with new historical drama MERCY STREET. The Civil War hospital series debuted Sunday night after the third installment of DOWNTON's nine-episode season, but beyond their proximity on the network's schedule, the two period dramas have little in common; but that's not a bad thing for either show. Where DOWNTON is mostly a light-hearted look at a wealthy English family and the people who serve them, which only occasionally delves into significantly dramatic fare, MERCY STREET is a bone-chillingly authentic look at one of the most traumatic times in American history that has only momentary flits of humor. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony-winner Donna Murphy Returns to Familiar Era in PBS's MERCY STREETBWW Interview: Tony-winner Donna Murphy Returns to Familiar Era in PBS's MERCY STREET
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 17, 2016

The 1860s are a familiar period for Donna Murphy. In addition to winning Tonys for playing Fosca in the original Broadway production of PASSION and Anna in the 1996 revival of THE KING AND I, the actress played Mary Todd Lincoln in the television movie, THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT. All three projects were set between 1862 and 1867. And, while she jokes that the 1998 film was the last time that she had worn a corset, when she read the pilot episode of PBS's Civil War medical drama MERCY STREET, premiering tonight at 10:00pm ET, she knew that she wanted to be involved. (more...)

Amazon to Bring Original PBS Civil War-Era Drama MERCY STREET to Prime MembersAmazon to Bring Original PBS Civil War-Era Drama MERCY STREET to Prime Members
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Amazon and PBS today announced an in-season content licensing agreement to make Prime Video the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for the new PBS original series MERCY STREET, with each episode available to Prime members (more...)

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND Concert Sets Encore at Feinstein's/54 BelowWHISTLE DOWN THE WIND Concert Sets Encore at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Miss WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND in concert at Feinstein's/54 Below last month? Don't fret! Broadway Records has just announced an encore, set for January 24th at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Our TV Critic Counts Down his 15 Favorite TV Shows of 2015Our TV Critic Counts Down his 15 Favorite TV Shows of 2015
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 31, 2015

There was a time when the movie was considered the epitome of pop culture entertainment. At the cinema you could find comedy, action, romance, intriguing characters, and the most creative minds in America. While there is still all of the above in movies today, television is quickly stealing the popular artistic prestige that movies has enjoyed since snatching it from the musical theatre six decades ago. (more...)

Cast Set for MDR's 'EVANSTON' Staged ReadingCast Set for MDR's 'EVANSTON' Staged Reading
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2015

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) continues its 2015-16 Theater in the Loft series at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) with a staged reading of Evanston: A Rare Comedy, written by Michael Yates Crowley. This reading, directed by Michael Rau, will be performed for one night only on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 7pm at SOPAC (One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). The reading is $15 and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at www.sopacnow.org or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787). (more...)

Jason Robert Brown to Launch New Series of Concerts at SubCulture in JanuaryJason Robert Brown to Launch New Series of Concerts at SubCulture in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

SubCulture, the music and performing arts venue in downtown Manhattan, is pleased to announce the return of their Artist-In-Residence concert series from Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. The series opens on January 25th with Emmy- nominated guest artist Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Jersey Boys and The Little Mermaid on Broadway). (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/18/2015 - Block & James with NY Pops, FIDDLER and More!WAKE UP with BWW 12/18/2015 - Block & James with NY Pops, FIDDLER and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 18, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Stage stars join the New York Pops for a Christmas concert and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opens on Broadway! (more...)

Michele Pawk, Christiane Noll, and More Lead Midtown Direct Rep's Benefit Concert LET IT SING!Michele Pawk, Christiane Noll, and More Lead Midtown Direct Rep's Benefit Concert LET IT SING!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2015

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) will present LET IT SING! Broadway Comes Home for the Holidays, a one-night-only benefit concert on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30pm at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079). (more...)

Celebrate the Last Night of Hanukkah with Eight Jewish-Themed Showtunes!Celebrate the Last Night of Hanukkah with Eight Jewish-Themed Showtunes!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 13, 2015

As millions of the faithful around the world light the last candles of their menorahs, we take a look at a handful of musical moments that have a decidedly Jewish flair. On the last night of Hanukkah, we want to celebrate some of our favorite Broadway tunes about the faith while honoring the contributions of our immensely talented Jewish legends who have helped mold the American musical into what it is today. Therefore, we have selected eight Jewish-themed showtunes for the occasion. You can watch a video of each below, along with an incredible film about the importance of Jewish writers to the history of the musical theatre. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Will Record Cast Album Next Week; Release Set for 1/29THE COLOR PURPLE Will Record Cast Album Next Week; Release Set for 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

THE COLOR PURPLE, which opened last night to ecstatic reviews, will record its official cast album this Monday, December 14, 2015.  The new Broadway cast recording will be released by Broadway Records on January 29, 2016and can pre-ordered at Amazon.com and at www.BroadwayRecords.com.  The album is being produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti. (more...)

Everybody Rejoice! THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Out TodayEverybody Rejoice! THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records release the original soundtrack of the NBC Television event 'The Wiz LIVE!' via all digital service providers (download and streaming) today, December 11, followed by the CD on December 18. (more...)

Norbert Leo Butz to Join Cast of LAZARUS & More for Benefit Concert Next WeekNorbert Leo Butz to Join Cast of LAZARUS & More for Benefit Concert Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

"Charlie Pollock & Friends" will bring down the Columbia High School Auditorium house at 7:30pm on MONDAY DECEMBER 14th, raising money for the Achieve Foundation's "Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative". (more...)

THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Now Available for Pre-Order; Tracklisting Revealed!THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Now Available for Pre-Order; Tracklisting Revealed!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records will release the original soundtrack of the NBC Television event 'The Wiz LIVE!' Available now for preorder at Amazo (more...)

First Look - Judy Greer Guests on Tonight's MOM on CBSFirst Look - Judy Greer Guests on Tonight's MOM on CBS
by TV News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Judy Greer guest stars on tonight's episode of MOM on CBS titled 'Mozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano Bar'. I (more...)

Melissa Errico to 'SING THE SILENCE' at Joe's Pub This WeekMelissa Errico to 'SING THE SILENCE' at Joe's Pub This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Today and tomorrow, November 18th and 19th at 7pm in New York City, Tony Award-nominated singer & actress Melissa Errico return sto Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.) in 'Sing The Silence,' an entirely new, autobiographical cabaret show co-written with Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker) about how one singer's descent into 100 days of silence -- total silence -- compelled her towards an inventory of a lifetime's experience, on and off the stage. (more...)

David Yazbek and Norbert Leo Butz Showcase New Material at SubCulture TonightDavid Yazbek and Norbert Leo Butz Showcase New Material at SubCulture Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

David Yazbek with Norbert Leo Butz perform tonight, November 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. at SubCulture, and BroadwayWorld has learned they will be showcasing some new material! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 17, 2015BWW's On This Day - November 17, 2015
by - Nov 17, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

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