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Derek Klena was most recently in Moulin Rouge! and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill on Broadway. Prior to that, he played the same role in the world premiere production at A.R.T in Cambridge, MA. Previously, he starred as Dmitry in the stage adaptation of the animated movie Anastasia. Derek first broke onto the NYC theatre scene in the 2012 Off-Broadway revival of Carrie, where he was quickly noticed and scooped up by Oscar and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to originate the lead role of Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight. He then made his Broadway debut as Fiyero in 10th Anniversary Company of Wicked and followed that up by originating the role of Michael in Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County. Derek has also made appearances on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Quantico," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," "Blue Bloods," "Law and Order: SVU," and "Carrie Diaries."

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Derek Klena STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2021
Nick Healy

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Christian [Replacement]

Christian [Replacement]

[Boston]
World Premiere Production at American Repertory Theater, 2018
Nick Healy

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Dmitry

[Regional (US)]
Hartford Stage World Premiere Production, 2016
Dmitry

[Regional (US)]
Delaware Theatre Company World Premiere Production, 2015
Boogie

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Michael Johnson

[Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2012
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
MCC Theater Production, 2012
Tommy Ross

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Fiyero [Replacement]



Derek Klena TV Shows

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
DJ Fingablast, Doug, Douglas

Derek Klena Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Derek Klena, Jagged Little Pill

- 2012 - Theatre Finalists

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The Comparison Game: The Actor's Nightmare

Spencer Glass, career coach for actors and actor himself, discusses the toxicity of comparing yourself as an actor, and measuring your career to others. Check back monthly for more actor wisdom from Spencer. 
Aaron Tveit and Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque Will Return to MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Moulin Rouge! The Musical will welcome back original Broadway cast member and Tony Award-winner Aaron Tveit, starring alongside platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and actress Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque as Christian and Satine, respectively, for a 12-week limited engagement.
Cast Set For Garden Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Little Shop of Horrors will kick off the Garden's 17th season with performances beginning Friday, July 12 at 7:30 pm with a limited run through Sunday, July 28, 2024.
Video: Austin Durant Makes Triumphant Return as Harold Zilger in MOULIN ROUGE

Last night, Moulin Rouge! The Musical welcomed Austin Durant back as Harold Zidler; Durant originated the character for the North American Tour and performed the role on Broadway in 2019. Watch a video of his first curtain call since being back!
How to Create an Online Presence as an Actor

Spencer Glass, career coach for actors and actor himself, explains the importance of having actor footage online, and being searchable in a moment's notice.
Derek Klena and Wife Elycia Expecting Second Child

Derek Klena and his wife have revealed that they are expecting their second child! Learn more about the pair at the story here.
What Do You Mean I Won't Book Every Project I Audition For?

Spencer Glass, career coach for actors and actor himself, dives deep into the reality of booking jobs, and coming to terms with the fact that actors can't be a fit for everyone and every piece. 
Austin Durant Will Return to MOULIN ROUGE! With Hailee Kaleem Wright Joining the Cast

Moulin Rouge! The Musical will welcome Austin Durant as Harold Zidler beginning Tuesday, May 14 at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Interview: Ali Stroker Shares a Sneak Peek Into Houston Symphony's 21ST CENTURY BROADWAY Concert

For this weekend only, the Houston Symphony will be housing New York artists Rodney Ingram, Hailey Kilgore, Derek Klena, and Ali Stroker to perform showstoppers from today’s hottest musicals in their concert, '21st Century Broadway'! BroadwayWorld Houston was able to speak to Stroker about what we can look forward to at this one-of-a-kind concert.
MRS. KRISHNAN'S PARTY & More Lead Boston's April 2024 Top Theatre Shows

Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Selections for April 2024 include Mrs. Krishnan's Party, Jagged Little Pill and more!
Stop Apologizing In Your Auditions

Spencer Glass, career coach for actors, explores the subconscious apologetic energy that lives in artists. Glass, an actor himself, has battled the apology voice, and describes how it creeps out during auditions.
Ricky Rojas Will Return to MOULIN ROUGE!, Plus New Tickets Released

Original Broadway cast member Ricky Rojas will return to the role of Santiago in Moulin Rouge! The Musical beginning Tuesday, March 26 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Plus a new block of tickets will be released.
Todrick Hall Launches First Black-Owned Theatrical Performance Rights Company; Releases Recordings from First 3 Musicals

Todrick Hall has launched the first black-owned theatrical performance rights company, Todrick Hall Musicals. Learn more about the company here!
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 21, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is February 21, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Photos: See New Images of Boy George, Courtney Reed and Derek Klena in MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Get a first look at new images of the current cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway. 
New Block Of Tickets On Sale For GLORY DAYS Benefit Concert Starring George Salazar, Colton Ryan and More

Keen Company announces new block of tickets for GLORY DAYS benefit concert featuring Jordan Dobson, Derek Klena, Colton Ryan, and George Salazar. One-night-only event at Symphony Space.
Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL at The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Despite the criticism around its originality, JAGGED LITTLE PILL it is an elegantly constructed show, with an interesting story, an energetic and talented cast, visually engaging choreography, and Grammy winning music. It is a must see for fans of Morissette’s music, and a should see for fans of musical theatre. While it is not among the best of the jukebox musicals, it is a better than average effort.  
Jordan Dobson and George Salazar Join Keen Company's GLORY DAYS Benefit Concert

Complete casting has been announced for Keen Company's upcoming benefit concert of Glory Days by Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner. Find out who is joining the cast here!
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld January 9, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is January 9, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Derek Klena Will Return to MOULIN ROUGE! in February

Derek Klena is returning to the Moulin Rouge! Klena will return in the role of “Christian” beginning Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Derek Klena FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Derek Klena been in?

Derek Klena has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Derek Klena been in?

Derek Klena has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Derek Klena been nominated for?

Derek Klena has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for his role in Jagged Little Pill.

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