Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Arbender Robinson

Also Credited As: Arbender J. Robinson
 
Birth Place:
Joliet Illinois
Bio:
Arbender Robinson is no stranger to the stage. On Broadway he has managed to master the NYC audition process and has had successful runs in the Tony Award winning shows Hairspray, Hair, The Book of Mormon and Disney's The Lion King. He has also appeared in Disney's The Little Mermaid and the ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Joliet Illinois

Bio:
Arbender Robinson is no stranger to the stage. On Broadway he has managed to master the NYC audition process and has had successful runs in the Tony Award winning shows Hairspray, Hair, The Book of Mormon and Disney's The Lion King. He has also appeared in Disney's The Little Mermaid and the ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Regional (US)]
Yale Repertory Theatre Revival, 2017
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Steve (Standby)
Trent (Standby)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Ensemble [Replacement]
Ensemble [Replacement]

Photos

1st row: Chesney Snow, Steven √Ę‚ā¨ňúHeaveN√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘ Cantor 2nd row: Arbender Robinson Photo

1st row: Chesney Snow, Steven √Ę‚ā¨ňúHeaveN√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘ Cantor 2nd row: Arbender Robinson, Adam Bashian, David Abeles, James Snyder, Nicholas Ward, Justin Guarini and Telly Leung

From: 
Date:
12/12/2016
Arbender Robinson Photo

Arbender Robinson

From: 
Date:
12/12/2016
Arbender Robinson and Adam Bashian Photo

Arbender Robinson and Adam Bashian

From: 
Date:
12/12/2016
Arbender Robinson, Aurelia Williams, Adam Bashian and Laurel Harris Photo

Arbender Robinson, Aurelia Williams, Adam Bashian and Laurel Harris

From: 
Date:
12/12/2016
Arbender Robinson and Adam Bashian Photo

Arbender Robinson and Adam Bashian

From: 
Date:
12/12/2016

 

Stage

Performances
  [Regional (US)]
Yale Repertory Theatre Revival, 2017
Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Steve (Standby)

Trent (Standby)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Ensemble [Replacement]

Ensemble [Replacement]

Arbender Robinson Biography

Arbender Robinson is no stranger to the stage. On Broadway he has managed to master the NYC audition process and has had successful runs in the Tony Award winning shows Hairspray, Hair, The Book of Mormon and Disney's The Lion King. He has also appeared in Disney's The Little Mermaid and the critically acclaimed revival of Ragtime. Arbender is from Chicago and is a fairly new face in NYC and on Broadway; moving to NYC and quickly landing roles on Broadway.
He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning production of Hairspray; where he covered the role of Seaweed. In the original cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid he covered the role of Prince Eric. He also served as the Dance Captain and Swing for the Broadway revival of Hair and was seen in the Broadway revival of Ragtime. His Broadway credits continue with Disney's The Lion King, Broadway's 6th longest running and all time highest grossing show. Since then he was in the original cast of Beautiful The Carole King Musical and the 2014 of Les Miserables and is the cover for Marius. He is also the first African American to ever play Marius on Broadway.
Prior to moving to NYC, Arbender was a featured Vocalist with Royal Caribbean Cruises as well as an actor and vocalist for numerous Disney productions at Walt Disney World. He spent 4 years as a studio session Vocalist for the Disney Organization and can be heard in various parades and attractions worldwide. Arbender also performed extensively in Regional Theater in the US as well as numerous shows abroad including: Smokey Joe's Cafe, Five Guys Named Moe, Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Ragtime, Secret Garden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Songs for a New World, Parade, Miss Saigon and Into the Woods.
When asked to describe the vocal ability of Arbender, one critic said "clear, effective, killer range of death... and that is a good thing. Look out Billy Porter, Arbender has arrived."
As a teaching artist, Arbender has worked with many organizations around the country and has a very unique teaching style that's accessible to all ages and talent levels. He also works significantly at bringing arts awareness to programs all over the country as well as serving as a huge advocate for Autism awareness and research. You can find him teaching at www.newyorkvocalcoaching.com
Arbender also mentioned a few things to keep his mom happy:
"I am a huge advocate for education, the thirst for knowledge, and believing in the power of your dreams. Dream big because sometimes these things can come true. I studied theater, music, dance, and management at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. I have lived and or worked professionally in more states than I can ever recall and I now consider NYC and The Great White Way my home."




Arbender Robinson News

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 2, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from INTO THE WOODS; DEAR EVAN HANSEN; PARADISE SQUARE; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; ROCK OF AGES and THE BEDWETTER.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE...  Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns To The Green Room 42 Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis continues his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition in his monthly residency of AT THIS PERFORMANCE… to be held on Monday, August 8th at The Green Room 42.

'At This Performance... ' Returns to The Green Room 42 Next Week Photo 'At This Performance... ' Returns to The Green Room 42 Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from A Strange Loop; MJ The Musical; Company; Into The Woods; Funny Girl; Beetlejuice and Between The Lines   on Monday, July 18th at 7 PM. 

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns to the Green Room 42 This Month Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... Returns to the Green Room 42 This Month
by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2022

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  returns to The Green Room 42 featuring Standbys, Understudies and Alternates from A STRANGE LOOP; HADESTOWN; MR. SATURDAY NIGHT; MRS. DOUBTFIRE; THE BOOK OF MORMON;  GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY and ROMEO & BERNADETTE on Monday, June 20th at 7 PM.   

Standbys, Understudies and Alternates From A STRANGE LOOP & More to Join AT THIS PERF Photo Standbys, Understudies and Alternates From A STRANGE LOOP & More to Join AT THIS PERFORMANCE... at The Green Room 42
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 6, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis will continue his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of AT THIS PERFORMANCE‚Ķ‚ĄĘ to be held on Monday, June 20th ¬†at The Green Room 42, Green Fig, Fourth Floor, Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York, NY 10036 at 7 PM.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE…  to Return to The Green Room 42 Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE… to Return to The Green Room 42
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022

Stephen DeAngelis will continue¬†his¬†ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of¬†AT THIS PERFORMANCE‚Ķ‚ĄĘ¬†to be held on¬†Monday, April 18th¬†¬†at¬†The¬†Green Room 42,¬†Green Fig, Fourth Floor,¬†Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd¬†Street), New York, NY 10036¬†at¬†7¬†PM.¬†

AT THIS PERFORMANCE...to Make Green Room 42 Return This Winter Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE...to Make Green Room 42 Return This Winter
by Gigi Gervais - Dec 1, 2021

¬†Stephen DeAngelis¬†continues his¬†ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of¬†At This Performance‚Ķ‚ĄĘ¬†to be held on¬†Monday,¬†December 13th¬†¬†at¬†The¬†Green Room 42,¬†Green Fig, Fourth Floor,¬†Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd¬†Street), New York, NY 10036¬†at¬†7¬†PM.¬†

BWW Interview: Why You Should Consider Viterbo University for Your College Conservato Photo BWW Interview: Why You Should Consider Viterbo University for Your College Conservatory Experience
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 12, 2021

Looking for a school to further your arts education? Look no further than Viterbo University. The Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Viterbo University is home to a new generation of young artists destined for careers in theatre, music theatre, music education, vocal performance, and dance. The program's innovative spirit shines through every aspect of its cross-disciplinary programs and in its student-centered, professional faculty.

AT THIS PERFORMANCE... to Return to the Green Room 42 Featuring Broadway Standbys, Un Photo AT THIS PERFORMANCE... to Return to the Green Room 42 Featuring Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2021

Stephen DeAngelis is resuming¬†his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with the next edition of¬†AT THIS PERFORMANCE‚Ķ‚ĄĘ¬†to be held on¬†Monday, September 27th¬†¬†at¬†The¬†Green Room 42,¬†Green Fig, Fourth Floor,¬†Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd¬†Street), New York, NY 10036¬†at¬†7¬†PM.¬†

STOOPKID STORIES LIVE! Will Be Performed at Summer Theatre New Canaan This Summer Photo STOOPKID STORIES LIVE! Will Be Performed at Summer Theatre New Canaan This Summer
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2021

This new and exciting show is a live adaptation of the hit children's podcast, Stoopkid Stories, written and narrated by Melissa Victor. Victor, also known to her listeners as Melly, started her podcast in January 2020, two months before the Broadway shutdown. It was a way for her to try something new in the midst of audition season, stay creative, and connect with kids.

Arbender Robinson Videos

VIDEO: Telly Leung, Justin Guarini and the Cast of IN TRANSIT Sing Virtual A Capella  VideoVIDEO: Telly Leung, Justin Guarini and the Cast of IN TRANSIT Sing Virtual A Capella 'We Are Home'
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2020

Today, Broadway veteran Telly Leung shared a clip of the cast of Broadway's first acapella musical, In Transit, singing the song, 'We Are Home' from the show. 

BWW Flashback: Celebrate BEAUTIFUL's Anniversary By Looking Back At Opening Night! VideoBWW Flashback: Celebrate BEAUTIFUL's Anniversary By Looking Back At Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 12, 2020

Today is truly one fine day because it is the sixth anniversary of the hit musical Beautiful opening at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre! In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the cast and creative team feeling the earth move on the show's opening night! Check out the video to see Jessie Mueller, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector, and more celebrating the special night!

VIDEOS: Watch Highlights From Alexia Sielo's Women of Color on Broadway at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephi Wild - Mar 5, 2019

Alexia Sielo and friends came to Feinstein's/54 Below in "Women of Color on Broadway" on Monday, February 25, 2019. Check out video highlights below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Denee Benton, Christiani Pitts & More Celebrate Black History Month VideoBWW TV Exclusive: Denee Benton, Christiani Pitts & More Celebrate Black History Month at Broadway Sessions!
by Ben Cameron - Feb 27, 2018

As you know, February is Black History Month. We here at Broadway Sessions wanted to take a moment to reflect on the massive impact of African American legacy on Broadway and beyond. We rallied an incredible roster of some of Broadway's most fantastic voices to speak and sing on the subject. The result was moving and hilarious and powerful and poignant. And the singing? Well, let's just say y'all aren't ready for this!

VIDEO: IN TRANSIT Sings the National Anthem at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

At last night's Westminster Kennel Dog Show, the cast of Broadway's IN TRANSIT sang the National Anthem, and BroadwayWorld has the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Comcast Presents IN TRANSIT: THE MAKING OF THE FIRST BROADWAY A CAPPELLA MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Nov 29, 2016

 Today, Comcast and theatrical producer Janet B. Rosen announce "In Transit: The Making of the First Broadway A Cappella Musical," a new entertainment special now airing exclusively on Xfinity On Demand.

BWW TV: What's IN TRANSIT All About? Go Inside Rehearsal with the Cast!
by TV - Press Previews - Nov 3, 2016

Below, check out what the new musical is all about with interviews with the cast and a musical preview!

BWW TV: Watch the IN TRANSIT Cast Harmonize in Opening Number!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 12, 2016

Broadway's first a cappella musical will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street) on December 11, but fans need not wait that long for a taste of the cast's tight harmonies. Below, check out a music video for the opening number- 'Deep Beneath the City.'

VIDEO: IN TRANSIT Wishes HOLIDAY INN Cast a Happy Opening A Cappella Style!
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 7, 2016

The cast of the upcoming Broadway musical IN TRANSIT wished a very happy opening to Roundabout Theatre Company's HOLIDAY INN, which premiered on Broadway last night. Check out the cast's good wishes, performed of course, in a cappella style!

BWW TV: SHUFFLE ALONG Tony Nominees Celebrate the News; Plus New Performance Footage!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 12, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opened on April 28 on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. The musical nabbed a total of 10 Tony nominations this year, including nods for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor and Actress, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. BroadwayWorld recently caught up with the nominees -- hear what they had to say about the show, plus watch new performance highlights, in the video below!


Arbender Robinson Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Arbender Robinson been in?
Arbender Robinson has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Arbender Robinson been in?
Arbender Robinson has not appeared in the West End