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Esper has appeared on Broadway in Sting's The Last Ship, A Man for All Seasons, Green Day's American Idiot and The Lyons. He also starred in the Off-Broadway premieres of Leslye Headland's Assistance, Nicky Silver's The Lyons, and Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. His voice is included on American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording as well as the cast album for Lazarus.

After a break from stage work, he returned to New York theater in February 2014 with David Grimm's new play Tales from Red Vienna off-Broadway, opposite Nina Arianda. He followed that by starring in Sting's new musical The Last Ship. The Last Ship began previews on Broadway in September 2014 and ran through January 24, 2015. Esper also appeared in David Bowie and Enda Walsh's new musical Lazarus at New York Theatre Workshop. He was nominated for a 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in Lazarus. Esper has also appeared in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2016 and again at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, which ran until April 29, 2017.

Additional stage credits include Crazy Mary, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award, Big Bill, subUrbia, Manic Flight Reaction, As You Like It, and The Four Of Us.

Michael Esper Photos


Second Stage Original Broadway Production, 2023
Francois "Franz" Lafayette

Public Theater's Off-Broadway Revival, 2019
Vealtninc Husz

Playwrights Horizons World Premiere, 2019

[West End]
West End Revival, 2017

[West End]
West End Transfer, 2016
Valentine [Replacement]

NYTW Off-Broadway World Premiere Production, 2015

Original Broadway Production, 2014
Gideon Fletcher

Broadway Transfer, 2012

Vineyard Theatre Production, 2011
Curtis Lyons

Public Theater & Signature Theatre Company Co-Production, 2011

Original Broadway Production, 2010

Roundabout Revival, 2008
William Roper






Pete/Ball Boy/Others

Jimmy (Understudy)

Michael Esper Movies

[1995]Dying Is Easy Albert Matson

[2001]A Beautiful Mind John Nh Jr. - Young Man

[2002]American Gun Burgler

[2005]Loggerheads Gill

[2005]Bittersweet Place Joey

[2007]Light and the Sufferer Paul

[2010]All Good Things Daniel Marks

[2012]Watching TV with the Red Chinese Billy

[2012]Frances Ha Dan

[2013]Runner Runner BillyPetPetricoff

[2014]The Drop Rardy

[2018]Ben Is Back Clayton

[2022]Resurrection Peter

Michael Esper TV Shows

Nurse Jackie Gabe

Person of Interest Jason Greenfield

Michael Esper Awards and Nominations

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Bennett Leak Will Be Second Stage Theater's Interim Artistic Director

Second Stage Theater has announced that Bennett Leak, Second Stage Theater's Director of Artistic Production, has been named Interim Artistic Director for the 2024-25 Season.

APPROPRIATE Cancels Performances This Week Due to COVID

Due to COVID among the company, Second Stage Theater has canceled performances of Appropriate. Learn more about the cancellation dates.

APPROPRIATE Will Transfer to Belasco Theater; Extends Through June

The Second Stage Theater production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE, directed by Lila Neugebauer and starring Sarah Paulson, is extending its run and will transfer to the Belasco Theater. We have all the details!

Photos: Bradley Cooper, Pedro Pascal & Judith Light Visit Sarah Paulson at APPROPRIATE

The special guests keep on coming to the Hayes Theatre! The company of Appropriate recently welcomed (and posed backstage with) Bradley Cooper, Pedro Pascal and Judith Light. Check out photos here!

APPROPRIATE January 12 Performance Canceled Due To Illness

The Broadway production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate has canceled its January 12 evening performance due to illness.

APPROPRIATE January 4 Performance Canceled Due To Illness

The Broadway production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate has canceled its January 4 evening performance due to a Covid-related illness.

Exclusive: Angelina Jolie Visits Her Maleficent Co-Star Elle Fanning at APPROPRIATE

Angelina Jolie paid a visit to Appropriate on Broadway, where she posed backstage with the cast, which includes her two-time co-star Elle Fanning. Check out the exclusive photo here!

Exclusive: Go Inside the Opening Night Celebration for APPROPRIATE

Get an exclusive look into the opening night celebrations for Appropriate!

Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of APPROPRIATE

See photos from the opening night red carpet of Appropriate at Second Stage!

Photos: Go Inside APPROPRIATE Opening Night Curtain Call

Check out photos from opening night curtain call of Appropriate!

Review Roundup: APPROPRIATE Opens On Broadway Starring Sarah Paulson, Elle Fanning, Corey Stoll & More

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, directed by Lila Neugebauer, opens on Broadway tonight in a production from Second Stage Theater. The show's star-studded cast includes Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, Elle Fanning and more! Read the reviews!

Photos: Get a First Look at Elle Fanning, Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll & More in APPROPRIATE

Get a first look at Elle Fanning, Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, and more in APPROPRIATE.

APPROPRIATE Starring Sarah Paulson & More Extends on Broadway Through Early March

Second Stage Theater’s production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE, directed by Lila Neugebauer, has extended three weeks. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld December 1st, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is December 1, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Meet the Cast of APPROPRIATE, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

Appropriate officially begins previews tonight, November 29, and will officially open on Monday, December 18th for a limited engagement at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater. Meet the cast of Appropriate here!

Photos: Sarah Paulson, Elle Fanning and the Cast of APPROPRIATE Meet the Press

Check out the latest photos from the press event of the highly anticipated production of APPROPRIATE, featuring Sarah Paulson, Elle Fanning, and more.

Up on the Marquee: APPROPRIATE

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, directed by Lila Neugebauer , is coming to Broadway! Check out photos of the new marquee at the Hayes Theatre!

Complete Cast Set for APPROPRIATE at Second Stage Theater Starring Elle Fanning, Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll & More

The complete cast has been revealed for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE, directed by Lila Neugebauer at Second Stage Theater. 

INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP to be Presented at Penguin Rep Theatre This Month

Penguin Rep Theatre will present Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a new comedy set in the era of bell bottoms, cassette tapes and landline phones by Katie Forgette, directed by Thomas Caruso, June 23 through July 16.

Photos: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for AS YOU LIKE IT at the Delacorte Theater

The Public Theater presents its Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT, running through Sunday, September 11 at The Delacorte Theatre. The production opened just last night and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big event. Check out photos from the red carpet arrivals.


Michael Esper has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Michael Esper has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

Michael Esper's first West End show was Lazarus which opened in 2016

Michael Esper has been nominated for the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in Lazarus.

Michael Esper's next show will be Appropriate which opens on 12/18/2023 on Broadway.

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