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Max von Essen

Birth Place: New York, New York, USA

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Max von Essen is a Tony nominated singer and actor best known for his role as Henri Baurel in the award winning production of An American in Paris on Broadway. He recently finished a year long run in the Broadway production of Anastasia as Gleb Vaganov and then toured the United States as Marvin in Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Falsettos. Other Broadway credits include Evita, the revivals of Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar, Dance of the Vampires, and the closing company of the original Les Misérables. Additional New York credits include Yours Unfaithfully for the Mint Theater, Death Takes a Holiday for the Roundabout Theater Company, The Jerry Springer Opera at Carnegie Hall, Hello Again (Drama League nomination) for The Transport Group, Finian's Rainbow for the Irish Repertory Theater, The Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, and many others. Tours include Xanadu, Chicago and West Side Story. TV & Film include Law & Order: SVU, Elementary, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, Seven Lovers, Sex and the City 2, and the webseries Submissions Only.

Max's concert work has brought him all across the country and Canada, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and a recent sold-out solo run at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. Recordings include An American in Paris (earning Max a Grammy nomination), Evita, Death Takes a Holiday, Finian's Rainbow, Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Broadway by the Year: 1928, Broadway Unplugged and his debut solo album, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard, now available on iTunes. @maxizpad.

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[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Playhouse World Premiere, 2019
Frank Gumm

[US Tour]
US Revival Tour, 2019

Concert Presentation, 2017

Benefit Reading, 2017

Dr. Brad

Original Broadway Production, 2017
Gleb [Replacement]

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere at McCarter Theatre Center, 2017
Col. Arburthnot


Off Broadway World Premiere at Mint Theater, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2015

World Premiere Production, 2014
Henri Baurel

Broadway Revival, 2012
Che (Alternate) [Replacement]


Roundabout Off-Broadway Production, 2011
Corrado Montelli

[New York]
New York Concert, 2006

Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Enjolras [Replacement]

Enjolras [Replacement]

[Houston, TX (Regional)]
Theatre Under the Stars Production, 2006

[New York]
New York Musical Theatre Festival Production, 2006
Johnny Blood

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Revival, 2006
Patrick Dennis

[New York]
Reading, 2005

[New York]
New York Concert, 2005

[Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 2005

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2005

[Los Angeles]
Regional Revival, 2004
Dorian Gray

Off-Broadway Revival, 2004
Woody Mahoney

Woody Mahoney

New York Concert, 2003

[New York]
Reading, 2003
Other Roles

Broadway Production, 2002


[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2002
Freddy Eynsford-Hill

[New York]
Workshop, 2001

Broadway Revival, 2000


Jesus of Nazareth (Understudy)

Jesus of Nazareth (Understudy) [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 1996
Billy Flynn [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1987
Fauchelevent [Replacement]

Drunk [Replacement]

Constable [Replacement]

Jean Prouvaire [Replacement]

Marius (Understudy) [Replacement]

Max von Essen Movies

Brooklyn Lobster
[ 2005 ] Piano Player
Sex and the City 2
[ 2010 ] Wedding Chorus
Seven Lovers
[ 2014 ] Dan
The Intern
[ 2015 ] Businessman at Starbucks

Max von Essen TV Shows

Submissions Only
Cameron Dante
The Good Wife
Stephen Delaney

Max von Essen Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Max von Essen, An American in Paris

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Photos: First Look at Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly in Chicago

Get a first look at photos of Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly in Chicago.

Bianca Marroquin and Natasha Yvette Williams Will Return to CHICAGO on Broadway

Chicago on Broadway will welcome back Bianca Marroquín in the role of “Roxie Hart” and Tony nominee Natasha Yvette Williams in the role of “Matron Mama Morton.' Both will return beginning Monday, April 8 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Video: First Look at Robyn Hurder as Velma in CHICAGO

Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder has returned to Chicago on Broadway in the role of 'Velma Kelly'. Check out a video clip of her here!

Liz Callaway, Billy Stritch & More Nominated for 2024 MAC Awards - See the Full List!

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets has revealed the 2024 MAC Award nominees. See who was nominated!

Robyn Hurder to Return to CHICAGO as Velma This Month

Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder will return to Chicago on Broadway in the role of “Velma Kelly” beginning Tuesday, March 26 through Sunday, June 16.

Interview: Red Concepcion Looks on 'Mr. Cellophane's' Bright Side

Red Concepcion, who just made his Broadway debut in “Chicago,” sprinkles a little sunshine in his character, Amos Hart, who’s often depicted as Roxie’s “scummy, crummy, dummy hubby.” In the show’s first few minutes, it’s made clear Roxie has been cheating on Amos, clinging to men who have promised her a shot at being a local celebrity.

Ariana Madix Out of CHICAGO February 27 Performance

TV personality, actress and author Ariana Madix will miss tonight's performance of Chicago.

Video: Red Concepción Performs 'Mister Cellophane' in CHICAGO on Broadway

You can see right through him, walk right by him, and never know he's there! Here's an exclusive video sneak peek of Red Concepción performing 'Mister Cellophane' in CHICAGO on Broadway.

Ariana Madix Extends Run in CHICAGO on Broadway Through Early April

TV personality, actress and author Ariana Madix will extend in her role as 'Roxie Hart' in Chicago on Broadway through April 7. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Jinkx Monsoon Will Return to CHICAGO in June

Chicago has announced that actress, vocalist, and two-time “RuPaul's Drag Race” winner Jinkx Monsoon will return in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton for 20 performances only beginning this June!

Ariana Madix, From SUR to Stage: How 'Vanderpump Rules' Was Just a Detour for CHICAGO's New Roxie

In 2023, Madix found herself at the center of the 'Scandoval.' Now, after a run to the finals on Dancing With the Stars, Madix is starring on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Find out how being on Broadway was the 'reason for everything' for Madix, even before she became one of Bravo's biggest stars.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 8, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is February 8, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Bernadette Peters, Adrienne Warren, Max von Essen & More Set for Carnegie Hall 2024-25 Season

Carnegie Hall has revealed its programming for its 2024–2025 season, including approximately 170 concerts. See full programing and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: First Look at Ariana Madix as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO

You can now get a first look at Ariana Madix as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly and Max von Essen as Billy Flynn in Chicago! See the photos and learn how to purchase tickets!

CHICAGO Has Best Non-Holiday Performance Week In the Show's History

Chicago, Broadway’s longest running American Musical, had its highest grossing non-holiday performance week in the show’s 27-year history.


Almost four years after his COVID delayed Bay Area Cabaret appearance, Broadway star Max von Essen made it to the historic Venetian Room with selections from his 2019 CD of Broadway interpretations on which he was joined by Grammy winning composer and famed musical director, Billy Stritch who backs Essen for this show as well.

Exclusive: Vanderpump Rules Stars Lala Kent & Scheana Shay Visit Ariana Madix Backstage at CHICAGO

Check out photos of Lala Kent and Scheana Shay visiting Ariana Madix at her opening night in Chicago. Earlier this week, she recently kicked off an 8-week limited engagement as Roxie Hart. Madix's opening night came just before the season 11 premiere of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo.

Video: Ariana Madix Takes Her First Bows in CHICAGO on Broadway

Reality TV star Ariana Madix, known for 'Vanderpump Rules', made her Broadway debut January 29, in the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago. Check out footage from her first curtain call in the video here!

Photos: Ariana Madix Takes Her First Bows in CHICAGO on Broadway

'Vanderpump Rules' star Ariana Madix made her Broadway debut January 29, in the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from her first curtain call here!

Red Concepción Joins CHICAGO as 'Amos Hart' Next Week

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome Red Concepción in the role of “Amos Hart” beginning Monday, January 15th at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).


How many Broadway shows has Max von Essen been in?

Max von Essen has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Max von Essen been in?

Max von Essen has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Max von Essen been nominated for?

Max von Essen has been nominated for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Tony Awards for his performance in An American in Paris.

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