Brooks Ashmanskas (born June 14, 1969) is an American stage actor. He has appeared both on Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as in regional theatres. He was nominated for a 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for playing various characters in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, and for a 2019 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as Barry Glickman in The Prom.
|Born||June 14, 1969|
|Alma mater||Bennington College|
Off-Broadway and BroadwayEdit
Ashmanskas was in the original productions of Dream (1997), Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway, 1995) and the Broadway revival of Gypsy: A Musical Fable (2003). He was a replacement "Carmen Ghia", starting in 2004, in The Producers.
In 2006 he played several characters in the Broadway production of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical.
He appeared in the Broadway revival of The Ritz as Chris in 2007. He played the character of Mr. Dobitch in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. Also in 2010 he appeared in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter.
He starred as the title character Off-Broadway in the New Group production of Clive at the Acorn Theatre in January 2013 through March 2013.
Ashmanskas appeared in the stage musical adaption of Bullets Over Broadway, which opened on Broadway in April 2014. In March 2015 he appeared in Something Rotten! on Broadway. In 2016, he appeared in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
He starred as Barry Glickman in the original Broadway production of The Prom, which opened in October 2018 at the Longacre Theatre, for which he was nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
He has performed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, in Present Laughter in 2007 and in She Loves Me in May and June 2008 (which transferred to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in June and July). He appeared in God of Carnage in 2012 as Alan.
His appearances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, include She Loves Me in 2008,Knickerbocker in 2009 and in July and August 2013 in a new musical, Johnny Baseball.
|1995||Songs for a New World||Man 2||off-Broadway|
|How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||Bud Frump||Broadway, 1995 – 1996|
|1997||Dream||Performer||Broadway, Apr. 3 – July 6, 1997|
|1998||Little Me||Pinchley Junior/Steward/Assistant Director/Doctor||Broadway, Nov. 12, 1998 – Feb. 7, 1999|
|1999||Animal Crackers||Unknown||Arena Stage|
|2000||On a Clear Day You Can See Forever||Performer||NY City Center, February 2000|
|2001||Amphitryon||Sosia||Huntington Theatre Company, Mar. 9 - Apr. 8, 2001|
|2003||Gypsy||Mr. Goldstone/Pastey||Broadway, May 1, 2003 – May 20, 2004|
|2004||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Francis Flute||Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14–25, 2004|
|The Producers||Carmen Ghia||Broadway, 2004 - 2006|
|2006||Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me||Comedy All Star||Broadway, Aug. 17, 2006 – Jan. 7, 2007|
|2007||Present Laughter||Roland Maule||Huntington Theatre Company|
|The Ritz||Chris||Broadway, Oct. 11 – Dec. 9, 2007|
|2008||Broadway: Three Generations||Performer||Kennedy Center|
|She Loves Me||Georg Nowack||Huntington Theatre Company, May/June 2008|
|Williamstown Theatre Festival, July/August 2008|
|A Flea In Her Ear||Dr. Finache||Williamstown Theatre Festival, August 2008|
|2009||Rich and Famous||Bing||American Conservatory Theatre - SF, Jan/Feb 2009|
|Knickerbocker||Unknown||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|She Stoops to Conquer||Tony Lumpkin||McCarter Theater, Oct.13 - Nov. 1, 2009|
|2010||Present Laughter||Roland Maule||Broadway, Jan. 21 – Mar. 21, 2010|
|Promises, Promises||Mr. Dobitch||Broadway, Apr. 25, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011|
|2011||Burn This||Larry||Mark Taper Forum|
|2012||1776||John Adams||Ford's Theatre|
|God of Carnage||Alan||Huntington Theatre Company|
|2013||Clive||Clive||Off-Broadway, Jan. – March, 2013|
|Johnny Baseball||Unknown||Williamstown Theatre Festival, July/August 2013|
|2014||Bullets Over Broadway||Warner Purcell||Broadway, Apr. 10 – Aug. 24, 2014|
|2015||Something Rotten!||Brother Jeremiah||Broadway, Apr. 22, 2015 – Jan. 13, 2016|
|2016||Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921||Al/Izzy/Mr. Broadway/Carlo||Broadway, Apr. 21, 2016 – July 24, 2016|
|The Prom||Barry Glickman||Alliance Theatre, August/September 2016|
|2018||Broadway, September 2018 – August 2019|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Mr. Misher|
|2007||All My Children||Leon||2 episodes|
|2012-14||The Good Wife||Judge Greg Brochard||2 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Musical||Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|2019||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||The Prom||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
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- Simonson, Robert. "Jonathan Freeman and Brooks Ashmanskas Are New DeBris and Ghia in 'Producers', Aug. 31" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, August 18, 2004
- Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me' " The New York Times, August 18, 2006
- Gans, Andrew. "2006-2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms" Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, May 15, 2007
- Hernandez, Ernio. "Fame Tony Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas Joins 'The Ritz' Revival Cast" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, May 31, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth. "'Promises, Promises' Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Announced" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, February 4, 2010
- Weiner, Iris. "Brooks Ashmanskas' Comedic Heart Beats on Broadway"[permanent dead link] theimproper.com, February 20, 2010
- Champion, Lindsay. Zoe Kazan, Vincent D’Onofrio & Brooks Ashmanskas Set for Off-Broadway's 'Clive', Starring Ethan Hawke" broadway.com, November 4, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam. "Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Vincent Pastore Set for 'Bullets Over Broadway', Opening in April 2014" Archived September 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 27, 2013
- Hetrick, Adam.  thing-rotten-puts-a-shakespearean-twist-on-broadway-musical-comedy-starting-tonight-344742 " 'Something Rotten!' Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight"], playbill.com, March 23, 2015
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- "DC's Arena Stage Opens Marx Bros' Musical 'Animal Crackers', April 7-May 30" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, April 7, 1999
- Donovan, R.J. "Brooks Ashmanskas Took His Time Getting To Boston..And The Huntington" onstageboston.com, June 4, 2007
- Bacalzo, Dan. Ashmanskas, Baldwin, Latessa, et al. Cast in Huntington's She Loves Me'" April 22, 2008
- Herick, Adam. "Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day, Christy Pusz Face 'God of Carnage' at the Huntington Jan. 6" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, January 6, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam and Gans, Andrew."Tonight at Eight: 'She Loves Me' Begins Williamstown Run June 27" playbill.com, June 27, 2008
- "Interview, Actor Brooks Ashmanskas" williamstowntheatrefestival.blogspot.com, July 9, 2009
- Hetrick, Adam. "Williamstown Season Adds Brooks Ashmanskas, De'Adre Aziza and Reed Birney" Archived August 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 3, 2013
- Gans, Andrew. "Casting Announced for Kennedy Center's 'Girl Crazy', 'Bye Bye Birdie' and 'Side Show' " Archived August 25, 2013, at Archive.today playbill.com, July 16, 2008
- Taft, Kevin."Let It Burn. Castmember Brooks Ashmanskas talks 'Burn This' at the Mark Taper Forum" Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine frontiersla.com, March 22, 2011
- Jones, Kenneth. "Ford's Theatre's '1776', With Robert Cuccioli, Brooks Ashmanskas, William Diggle, Begins March 9" Archived June 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, March 9, 2012