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Michael Cerveris

 
Birth Place:
Bethesda, MD, USA
Bio:
Michael originated the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home at the Public Theater, winning the 2015 Tony Award and the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Tony nominations for his roles in Evita, LoveMusik, ... (read complete bio)
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Birth Place: Bethesda, MD, USA

Bio:
Michael originated the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home at the Public Theater, winning the 2015 Tony Award and the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Tony nominations for his roles in Evita, LoveMusik, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Bruce Bechdel
  [New York]
City Center Encores Concert, 2014
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Public Theatre Off-Broadway Production, 2013
Bruce
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Juan Peron
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Dr. Givings
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2008
Wilson Mizner
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2007
Posthumus Leonatus
  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2007
Kurt Weill
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Kent
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Father [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Sweeney Todd
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2005
J. Bowden Hapgood
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
10th Anniversary Concert, 2004
Giorgio
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2004
George
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2004
John Wilkes Booth
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Francois
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2003
Giorgio
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Kenneth Talley, Jr. [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Sondheim Festival Production, 2002
Giorgio
  [New York]
New York Concert, 1998
Narrator
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1998
Hedwig [Replacement]
Hedwig [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Thomas Andrews
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1993
Tommy
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Frank
  [Off-Broadway]
1984
Arthur Rimbaud
  [New York]
New York Concert, 2005
The Man in the Mask

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Bruce Bechdel

  [New York]
City Center Encores Concert, 2014
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Public Theatre Off-Broadway Production, 2013
Bruce

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Juan Peron

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Dr. Givings

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2008
Wilson Mizner

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2007
Posthumus Leonatus

  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2007
Kurt Weill

  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Kent

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Father [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Sweeney Todd

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2005
J. Bowden Hapgood

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2005
Performer

  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer

  [Broadway]
10th Anniversary Concert, 2004
Giorgio

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2004
George

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2004
John Wilkes Booth

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Francois

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2003
Giorgio

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Kenneth Talley, Jr. [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
Sondheim Festival Production, 2002
Giorgio

  [New York]
New York Concert, 1998
Narrator

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1998
Hedwig [Replacement]

Hedwig [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Thomas Andrews

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1993
Tommy

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Frank

  [Off-Broadway]
1984
Arthur Rimbaud

  [New York]
New York Concert, 2005
The Man in the Mask

Michael Cerveris Biography

Michael originated the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home at the Public Theater, winning the 2015 Tony Award and the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Tony nominations for his roles in Evita, LoveMusik, Sweeney Todd, and The Who's Tommy. Other Broadway appearances include In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), Hedda Gabler, Cymbeline, and Titanic. Known for his versatility as an actor, Cerveris also performed in Off-Broadway productions of King Lear, Macbeth, Nikolai and the Others, and Sondheim's Road Show, among others, and brought his performance as Hedwig from Off Broadway to LA and London's West End. Cerveris has also appeared in many films and television series, including roles on the "The Good Wife," "Treme," "The Blacklist," "The Plot Against America," and "Fringe." He has sung with the NY City Opera and the NY Philharmonic, and at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center to New Orleans' JazzFest and a tour playing guitar for Bob Mould. Cerveris has recorded two solo albums, Dog Eared and the upcoming Piety. His country band Loose Cattle recently released their live debut record, North of Houston.

Michael Cerveris Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2015 - Distinguished Performance Award
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
 
Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Performance Award
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
 
The Lortels - 2014 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Evita
 
Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Evita
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, LoveMusik
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, LoveMusik
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, LoveMusik
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Sweeney Todd
 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Sweeney Todd
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Cerveris, Assassins
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Cerveris, Assassins
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Actor - Musical
Michael Cerveris - , Tommy
 
Theatre World Awards - 1993 - Performance Gold Star
Michael Cerveris, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, The Who's Tommy

Michael Cerveris News

BWW Interview: Loose Cattle's Michael Cerveris & Kimberly Kaye Discuss New Album, Chi Photo BWW Interview: Loose Cattle's Michael Cerveris & Kimberly Kaye Discuss New Album, Chicago Show & HBO's 'The Guilded Age'
by Kevin Pollack - May 19, 2022

Michael Cerveris is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who's toured the US and UK as a guitarist for Bob Mould, but also happens to have been declared 'possibly the most versatile actor on Broadway' by Playbill magazine, while The Wall Street Journal suggested he 'might just be the best musical-theater performer we have.' A veteran of performances at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and several seasons of Sondheim at Ravinia, Cerveris' last previous singer-songwriter performances in Chicago were at the celebrated Schuba's Tavern in 2004 on tour for his first solo record, Dog Eared, and a stop in early 2020 at Evanston's Wine Goddess Cafe. Cerveris and bandmate Kimberly Kaye will be bringing the songs of their americana/y'allternative/amerikinda band Loose Cattle to SPACE in Evanston on Sunday, May 22nd at 1pm.

Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Meet the Tony Nominees, THE MUSIC MAN Standing Room Policy, an Photo Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Meet the Tony Nominees, THE MUSIC MAN Standing Room Policy, and More!
by - May 17, 2022

Today's top stories include all new photos of this year's Tony Nominees! Plus, The Music Man has announced a standing room policy, check out rehearsal photos from Broadway-bound 1776, and more!

HBO Begins Production on THE GILDED AGE Season Two Photo HBO Begins Production on THE GILDED AGE Season Two
by Michael Major - May 16, 2022

The series stars Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Louisa Jacobson, Denée Benton, Debra Monk, Kristine Nielsen, Taylor Richardson, Douglas Sills, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Michael Cerveris, Erin Wilhelmi, Kelli O'Hara, Donna Murphy, Patrick Page, Laura Benannte, Audra McDonald, Robert Sean Leonard, and more.

André De Shields to Receive Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater at RE Photo André De Shields to Receive Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY Benefit Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Red Bull Theater today announced that André De Shields will be honored with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY, its benefit event on Monday June 13th at 6pm.

Photos: See Cynthia Nixon, Tituss Burgess & More at ALISON LEIBY: OH GOD, A SHOW ABOU Photo Photos: See Cynthia Nixon, Tituss Burgess & More at ALISON LEIBY: OH GOD, A SHOW ABOUT ABORTION Opening Night
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2022

Presenter Ilana Glazer has brought Alison Leiby's critically acclaimed comedy about no one's favorite subject to the stage. Directed by Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves, The Waverly Gallery), Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion plays the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan for six weeks only, now through June 4, 2022.

Composer and Pianist Randy Klein Set to Release and New Tracks with Jazzheads Label Photo Composer and Pianist Randy Klein Set to Release and New Tracks with Jazzheads Label
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 30, 2022

When pianist ‚Äď composer Randy Klein began Jazzheads, an independent record label based in NYC, in 1992, he had two label models he aspired to,¬†A&M Records¬†and¬†GRP Records¬†‚Äď ‚ÄúPremiere labels started by musicians, Herb Alpert; Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin. What I observed about each is that they released popular songs adored by the masses but also released inventive ground-breaking music as well. You know, they pushed the form forward!‚ÄĚ says Klein.

Laura Benanti, Robert Sean Leonard & More Join THE GILDED AGE Season Two Photo Laura Benanti, Robert Sean Leonard & More Join THE GILDED AGE Season Two
by Michael Major - Apr 22, 2022

Laura Benanti and Robert Sean Leonard have joined the second season of The Gilded Age as recurring characters. Newly-confirmed guest stars include Dakin Mathews (Waitress), Christopher Denham (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), David Furr (Burn This), Matilda Lawler (The Ferryman), Michael Braugher (To Kill a Mockingbird), and more.

Donna Murphy, Kelli O'Hara & More Upped to Series Regulars For THE GILDED AGE Season  Photo Donna Murphy, Kelli O'Hara & More Upped to Series Regulars For THE GILDED AGE Season Two
by Michael Major - Apr 15, 2022

Kelli O’Hara, Donna Murphy, Debra Monk, Kristine Nielsen, Taylor Richardson, Ben Ahlers, Kelley Curran, Douglas Sills, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Michael Cerveris, Erin Wilhelmi, Patrick Page, and Sullivan Jones will appear in the second season as regulars. Audra McDonald, Nathan Lane, Denee Benton, and more will also appear in the new season.

The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Photo The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre¬†announced its¬†2022/23 Season. The 2022/23 Season features a dynamic lineup of musical theater magic that includes a world premiere, a co-production with ACT ‚Äď A Contemporary Theatre, and fresh takes on musical theater favorites that investigate the complicated, often messy, but always sublimely beautiful truths of living.

LISTEN: Alex Brightman & Michael Cerveris Sing 'Under Pressure' from 'Rockers on Broa Photo LISTEN: Alex Brightman & Michael Cerveris Sing 'Under Pressure' from 'Rockers on Broadway' Album
by Michael Major - Apr 7, 2022

In addition to Brightman and Cerveris, the album includes songs from Paul Williams, Micky Dolenz, LaChanze, Christian Hoff, Alice Ripley, Constantine Maroulis, Emma Hunton, Donald Webber Jr., Morgan James, Michael Lanning, Donnie Kehr, and Isabelle Gottfried. Listen to the new single and check out the full album track list now!

Michael Cerveris Videos

The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season VideoThe 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre¬†announced its¬†2022/23 Season. The 2022/23 Season features a dynamic lineup of musical theater magic that includes a world premiere, a co-production with ACT ‚Äď A Contemporary Theatre, and fresh takes on musical theater favorites that investigate the complicated, often messy, but always sublimely beautiful truths of living.

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 VideoVIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

VIDEO: Audra McDonald, Deneé Benton & More in THE GILDED AGE Trailer VideoVIDEO: Audra McDonald, Deneé Benton & More in THE GILDED AGE Trailer
by Michael Major - Dec 13, 2021

The star-studded cast of the new series includes Carrie Coon, Denée Benton, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Claybourne Elder, Linda Emond, Katie Finneran, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Page, Taylor Richardson, and Douglas Sills.

VIDEO: Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Alex Brightman, and More Perform 'I'm Still Here' VideoVIDEO: Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Alex Brightman, and More Perform 'I'm Still Here' to Commemorate One Year Since Broadway Shut Down
by Stage Tube - Mar 12, 2021

A group of Broadway stars came together, virtually, to commemorate one year since Broadway shut down. The video from Thomas Ellenson features the performers singing Stephen Sondheim's 'I'm Still Here.'

VIDEO: The Skivvies Release New Music Video, SUPER HEROES, Ahead of Upcoming Album Re VideoVIDEO: The Skivvies Release New Music Video, SUPER HEROES, Ahead of Upcoming Album Release
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2020

In anticipation of the debut of their digital album, The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley), Rob Morrison, and Michael Kushner have released a new music video, Super Heroes. The album is set to be released in the last week of October.

Broadway Rewind: FUN HOME Opens Up on Broadway! VideoBroadway Rewind: FUN HOME Opens Up on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 24, 2020

Today we rewind to 2015, when Fun Home arrived at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it played for 583 performances.

Broadway Rewind: TITANIC Sails On Again in Concert! VideoBroadway Rewind: TITANIC Sails On Again in Concert!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 9, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, when Manhattan Concert Productions brought back Titanic. Titanic made its Broadway debut in 1997 to critical acclaim, winning five Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone.

Broadway Rewind: EVITA Brings the Rainbow Tour to Broadway in 2012 VideoBroadway Rewind: EVITA Brings the Rainbow Tour to Broadway in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 17, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012, when the first revival of Evita opened on Broadway. Starring Elena Roger, Ricky Martin, Michael Cerveris and Rachel Potter, Evita ran at the Marquis Theatre for 337 performances. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and tragic story through Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's most dazzling and beloved score, including 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina,' 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall' and 'High Flying Adored.'

VIDEO: Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle Read 'I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing' VideoVIDEO: Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle Read 'I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing'
by Stage Tube - May 1, 2020

Michael Cerveris and his band Loose Cattle, have performed a poetry reading of Walt Whitman's  'I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing'. 

Broadway Rewind: ROAD SHOW Bounces Its Way to the Public Theater! VideoBroadway Rewind: ROAD SHOW Bounces Its Way to the Public Theater!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 5, 2020

With Stephen Sondheim celebrating his 90th birthday, this episode of Broadway Rewind is very special for BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge because it us to the opening night of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman tuner Road Show at The Public Theater. It was directed and designed by John Doyle and starred Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani. Cerveris told Ridge about this new version of the material,  'I saw Bounce in Washington so that was my first exposure to the material, but this really isn't a reexamination of that source material, it's an entirely new musical. So, when I saw the new draft that Stephen and John had done, it was really exciting.'


Michael Cerveris Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael Cerveris been in?
Michael Cerveris has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Cerveris been in?
Michael Cerveris has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Michael Cerveris been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Fun Home , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fun Home , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Fun Home , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fun Home , Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (The Lortels) for Fun Home , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Evita , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Evita , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for LoveMusik , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for LoveMusik , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for LoveMusik , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Assassins , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Assassins , Best Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Tommy Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Who's Tommy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy .

What awards has Michael Cerveris won?
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (The Lortels) for Fun Home, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Assassins Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Assassinsand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Who's Tommy.