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Michael Rupert

Also Credited As: Mike Rupert
 
Birth Place:
USA
Bio:
Michael Rupert won both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his work in the revival of Sweet Charity. He created the role of Marvin in March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland. Other Broadway appearances have been in The Happy Time, Pippin, and City of Angels. Regionally he has played in Damn ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: October 23, 1951 (70)

Birth Place: USA

Bio:
Michael Rupert won both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his work in the revival of Sweet Charity. He created the role of Marvin in March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland. Other Broadway appearances have been in The Happy Time, Pippin, and City of Angels. Regionally he has played in Damn ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Judge Pitkin
  [Off-Broadway]
2012
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Professor Callahan
  [Philadelphia, PA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2005
Performer
  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Chaplin
  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Radio newscaster
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2004
Alan
  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Impresario
  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Alan McNally
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Tateh [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Marvin
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1990
Marvin
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Stine [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Performer
Alex
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Oscar
  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1982
Marvin
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Marvin
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1981
Performer
Michael
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Pippin [Replacement]
Pippin [Replacement]
Pippin [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1987
Alex
  [New York]
Workshop, 2001
Jake Houseman

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director

Writing

Composer
Composer

New York: On The Town, Legally Blonde The Musical (Broadway, as well as the MTV Presentation), Ragtime, Falsettos (Tony nomination), City of Angels, Mail, Sweet Charity (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Shakespeare√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Cabaret, Pippin, The Happy Time (Tony nomination, Theater World Award) Putting It Together, Falsettoland, March of the Falsettos. Regionally: Dangerous Beauty, Elegies (Barrymore Award), A New Brain (Helen Hayes nomination), Falsettos (LA Ovation Award). As a composer: Mail (LA Drama Critic√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs nomination) and 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Drama Desk nomination).



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Christian Borle and Michael Rupert

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Janet Metz, Stephen Bogardus, Alison Fraser, Michael Rupert, Jonathan Kaplan, Carolee Carmello and William Finn

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Michael Rupert, Barbara Walsh, Heather Macrae, Janet Metz, Chip Zien, Alison Fraser,  Photo

Michael Rupert, Barbara Walsh, Heather Macrae, Janet Metz, Chip Zien, Alison Fraser, Jonathan Kaplan, Andrew Leeds, Carolee Carmello and Stephen Bogardus

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Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien and Michael Rupert

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Christian Borle and Michael Rupert

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10/28/2016

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Judge Pitkin

  [Off-Broadway]
2012
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Professor Callahan

  [Philadelphia, PA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2005
Performer

  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Chaplin

  [New York]
Workshop, 2005
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Radio newscaster

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2004
Alan

  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Impresario

  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Alan McNally

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Tateh [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Marvin

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1990
Marvin

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Stine [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Performer

Alex

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Oscar

  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1982
Marvin

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Marvin

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1981
Performer

Michael

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Pippin [Replacement]

Pippin [Replacement]

Pippin [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1987
Alex

  [New York]
Workshop, 2001
Jake Houseman

Productions

Director

Writing
Composer
Composer

New York: On The Town, Legally Blonde The Musical (Broadway, as well as the MTV Presentation), Ragtime, Falsettos (Tony nomination), City of Angels, Mail, Sweet Charity (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Shakespeare√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Cabaret, Pippin, The Happy Time (Tony nomination, Theater World Award) Putting It Together, Falsettoland, March of the Falsettos. Regionally: Dangerous Beauty, Elegies (Barrymore Award), A New Brain (Helen Hayes nomination), Falsettos (LA Ovation Award). As a composer: Mail (LA Drama Critic√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs nomination) and 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Drama Desk nomination).


Michael Rupert Biography

Michael Rupert won both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his work in the revival of Sweet Charity. He created the role of Marvin in March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland. Other Broadway appearances have been in The Happy Time, Pippin, and City of Angels. Regionally he has played in Damn Yankees, Troupers, Working, and Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
He has made his debut as a composer with 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down (Drama Desk nomination), Strange Vacation and the upcoming Streets of America. He wrote the score and starred in the musical Mail at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Kennedy Center, and on Broadway.
Michael made his Off-Broadway directing debut with The Lunch Anxieties. Off-Off-Broadway he directed City for The Filling Station and two one-acts for The Threshold Theatre Company's Caught In The Act at HERE. He recently directed the musical Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at the York Theatre.
Off-Broadway he has performed in: Elegies: A Song Cycle, Putting It Together, Falsettoland, March of the Falsettos, Ancient History, Festival, and Fragile: Handle With Care. Mr. Rupert's regional credits include: Charles Strouse's Real Men, Baby (20th Anniversay Cast at Paper Mill Playhouse), Life (x) 3, Adrift In Macao, Breaking and Entering, Merchant of Venice, In the Blue Room, Avow, Relativity, Brecht: Sacred and Profane, and Play With Fire.
Recent workshops/readings include Terrence McNally's new play Some Men and a new musical by Robert L. Freeman & Steven Lutvak entitled Campaign Of The Century.
On television he has had roles in: Law & Order, New York Undercover, All My Children, Big Brother Jake, Cheers, Outrage (Movie of the Week), No Place to Hide (Movie of the Week), Short Walk to Daylight (Movie of the Week), Alice, The Walton's, and One Life to Live.
He currently lives in NYC with his partner, Will Chafin. For more info on Michael please visit his website www.jrockingr.com.

Michael Rupert Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
Michael RupertRagtime
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Rupert , Falsettos
 
Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Rupert , Sweet Charity
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Music
Michael Rupert, Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down
 
Theatre World Awards - 1968 - Performance Gold Star
Michael Rupert, The Happy Time

Michael Rupert News

Sunday Morning Michael Dale:  Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night and The Tricky Busine Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night and The Tricky Business of When (and when not) To Be Funny
by Michael Dale - May 22, 2022

When portraying a comedian in a play, sometimes getting the laugh is not the point.

BWW Interview: Kate Rockwell of BROADWAY BOOKER AT BIRDLAND at Birdland October 18th  Photo BWW Interview: Kate Rockwell of BROADWAY BOOKER AT BIRDLAND at Birdland October 18th at 7 pm
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 17, 2021

A new company connects Broadway actors with the public who wants to hire them for their private events and some of the talents from BROADWAY BOOKER are gathering at Birdland to celebrate the return of live entertainment.

Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction Returns Sunday, October 3 Photo Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction Returns Sunday, October 3
by Stephi Wild - Sep 17, 2021

Celebrate the return of the live theater community on Sunday, October 3, 2021, when Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' much-anticipated Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction once again takes to the streets of New York City's Theater District.

BWW Interview: Michael McAssey Talks About OPEN MAC, Don't Tell Mama's Anniversary, a Photo BWW Interview: Michael McAssey Talks About OPEN MAC, Don't Tell Mama's Anniversary, and 40 Years of NYC Cabaret
by Ricky Pope - Jul 8, 2021

What do you get when you combine the pianistic finesse of Michael Feinstein, the smooth phrasing of Tony Bennett, and the bawdy wit of Bette Midler? You get Michael McAssey, who for 40 years has reigned as the clown prince of New York cabaret, and has enchanted as one of its most talented troubadours. He calls what he does 'schtick.' But that's undervaluing his unique blend of beautiful ballad singing and standup, or rather 'sit down' comedy.

Where Are They Now? Catch Up on the Careers of the Original Cast of LEGALLY BLONDE TH Photo Where Are They Now? Catch Up on the Careers of the Original Cast of LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 5, 2021

In our new series, 'Where Are They Now?' we're taking a look back at some of our favorite original Broadway casts, and catching up with their careers! Next up, the original cast of Legally Blonde the Musical!

Lawrence Leritz Joins Broadway Pride Month Celebration June 20 and 21st Photo Lawrence Leritz Joins Broadway Pride Month Celebration June 20 and 21st
by Stephi Wild - Jun 20, 2021

In celebration of Pride month, Backstage Babble is releasing a series of episodes with LGBT artists that fulfill it's mission-painting a picture of what it has been like to be gay in the theater world from the 1950s up until the present day. It is hosted by 13-year old Charles Kirsch.

Virtual Theatre This Week: June 14-20, 2021- with Rita Moreno, Kerry Butler, and More Photo Virtual Theatre This Week: June 14-20, 2021- with Rita Moreno, Kerry Butler, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 14, 2021

This week (June 14-20) in live streaming: Rita Moreno visits Backstage Live, Show of Titles on demand, a Kerry Butler master class, a Guys and Dolls reunion, and so much more!

Charleston Light Opera Guild Will Return to Live Performances With PUTTING IT TOGETHE Photo Charleston Light Opera Guild Will Return to Live Performances With PUTTING IT TOGETHER This Week
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2021

The 1 hour 40 minute production showcases Sondheim music from 'Sunday in the Park with George,' 'Merrily We Roll Along,' 'Follies,' 'Into the Woods,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Company,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Assassins,' 'Anyone Can Whistle,' 'The Frogs,' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' 'Dick Tracy,' and 'Do I Hear a Waltz?'

SHOW OF TITLES Premieres Tonight, Featuring Lea Salonga, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera,  Photo SHOW OF TITLES Premieres Tonight, Featuring Lea Salonga, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Jun 13, 2021

Broadway‚Äôs Best Shows musical extravaganza¬†‚ÄúShow of Titles‚ÄĚ will premiere on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 7pm ET and be available for four days only.¬†¬†The show features dozens of Broadway stars performing the title songs from over 20 beloved musicals.¬†

SHOW OF TITLES Premieres Tonight, Featuring Lea Salonga, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera,  Photo SHOW OF TITLES Premieres Tonight, Featuring Lea Salonga, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, and More!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021

Broadway‚Äôs Best Shows musical extravaganza¬†‚ÄúShow of Titles‚ÄĚ will premiere on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 7pm ET and be available for four days only.¬†¬†The show features dozens of Broadway stars performing the title songs from over 20 beloved musicals.¬†

Michael Rupert Videos

VIDEO: Didn't Get Enough of FOSSE/VERDON? Check Out This Interview With Gwen Verdon B VideoVIDEO: Didn't Get Enough of FOSSE/VERDON? Check Out This Interview With Gwen Verdon Backstage at SWEET CHARITY in 1986!
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2019

Just can't get enough of Gwen Verdon, following the finale of Fosse/Verdon last week? Check out this flashback video of Verdon, interviewed backstage at the 1986 Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.

VIDEO: 30 Days of TONY, Day 19: Welcome to Falsettoland!
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2017

Welcome to BroadwayWorld's Tony Award Countdown: 30 Days of TONY, a loving look at some of the most memorable moments from Tony's history featuring today's nominees!

THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Passing the Torch
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 16, 2016

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast (Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan) to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Part 3, watch as they chat about passing the torch to a new generation of performers and share advice for the new Broadway company.

THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Getting to Broadway
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 14, 2016

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast (Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan) to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Part 2, watch as they recall the long road to Broadway- from March of the Falsettos, to Falsettoland and beyond. Click here to watch Part 1 and check back Friday, September 16, to watch the final edition!

THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- The Beginning
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 12, 2016

BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast (Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan) to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Part 1, watch as they take us back to the beginning, and explain how they first became involved with the ground-breaking musical. Check back Wednesday, September 14, to watch Part 2!

BWW TV: What's On at Barrington Stage Company This Summer? Will Swenson, Scarlett Strallen & More Preview the Season!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 17, 2016

Some of the casts just previewed the season at Feinsetin's/54 Below and BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from inside the special event below!

STAGE TUBE: Go In-Depth with ON THE TOWN's New Star Misty Copeland - From Rehearsals to Opening Night!
by Stage Tube - Aug 31, 2015

On the heels of being named the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland joined the cast of Broadway's ON THE TOWN on Tuesday, Augst 25th in the role of 'Ivy'. Copeland will be performing through September 6. The Huffington Post just unveiled a behind-the-scenes profile of her journey from rehearsals to opening night on Broadway, featuring interviews with Misty and her co-star Tony Yazbeck. Watch it below!

VIDEO: ON THE TOWN's Misty Copeland Shares Behind-the-Scenes Look at Broadway Debut
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2015

Copeland launched her own YouTube channel called 'Misty on YouTube'and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look as she prepares for her Broadway debut.

STAGE TUBE: ON THE TOWN Cast Members Tribute Gene Kelly With Special Performance for His Birthday
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2015

In honor of Gene Kelly's 103rd Birthday, ON THE TOWN cast members Eloise Kropp and Cory Lingner have recreated the song and dance number 'Main Street' from the film version of ON THE TOWN. Check out the performance below!

BWW TV: Get a First Look at Dance Icon Misty Copeland Performing ON THE TOWN's Miss Turnstiles Ballet!
by TV - Press Previews - Aug 21, 2015

Beginning August 25, Misty Copeland will make her Broadway debut as 'Ivy Smith' in the Tony Award nominated revival of ON THE TOWN, continuing in the role through the end of the musical's run on September 6. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Copeland performing the Miss Turnstiles ballet sequence - watch her run the gamut of styles (to perfection) in the number below!


Michael Rupert Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael Rupert been in?
Michael Rupert has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

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

What awards has Michael Rupert been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Ragtime , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Falsettos , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Happy Time .

What awards has Michael Rupert won?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charityand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Happy Time.

How many shows has Michael Rupert written?
Michael Rupert has written 2 shows including 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Composer), Mail (Composer).