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Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein
Rebecca Luker at a gala, December 2008
Born (1964-06-16) June 16, 1964 (age 50)
Mt. Kisco, New York
Spouse(s) Rebecca Luker (2000-present)

Danny Burstein (born June 16, 1964) is an American actor who is known for his work in theater, film and television. He was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the revival of Clifford Odets', Golden Boy, on Broadway and he won the 2012 Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, as well as a Grammy Award nomination, an Astaire Award nomination and a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in the Broadway revival of Follies. He won the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in South Pacific. He was also nominated for the 2006 Ovation Award and the Tony Award for his performance in The Drowsy Chaperone.

Life and career

Burstein was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, and was raised in New York City, the son of a painter and a professor of Greek philosophy.[1] His father is Jewish and his mother, who is from Costa Rica, is of Spanish descent.[2][3] He attended the High School of the Performing Arts and Queens College in New York City. He received an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego in 1990.

Burstein's first acting job was in the chorus of The Music Man at the The Muny in St. Louis during college.[4]

On Broadway, Burstein's fourteen appearances, which have garnered him four Tony Award nominations, have included A Little Hotel on the Side (1992), Yakov in The Seagull (1992–93), in Saint Joan and Three Men on a Horse (both in 1993), Paul in Company (1995), 1st Officer William Murdoch in Titanic (1997–99), Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006–07),[5] Luther Billis in South Pacific (2008–10),[6] Taxi Driver in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010–11), Tokio in "Golden Boy" (2012-2013)[7] and Max in the Sharr White play, The Snow Geese (2013).[8]

Burstein's Off-Broadway credits include Talley's Folly opposite Sarah Paulson at The Roundabout Theater Company for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama League Award; the world premieres of A. R. Gurney's Mrs. Farnsworth (2004), opposite Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow, at The Flea Theater[9] and Psych (2001) at Playwrights Horizons.[10] He also starred in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (1996 and 2002) at the Westside Theatre;[11] as Ru/Floor Monitor/Pianist in Merrily We Roll Along (1994) at the York Theatre at St. Peter's Church;[12]All in the Timing at the Houseman; as Daniel in Alan Menken and David Spencer's Weird Romance at the WPA; as Solomon in The Rothschilds and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, both at Circle in the Square; The United Way at Ensemble Studio Theater; and A Class Act at Manhattan Theater Club. He appeared in two concerts at Carnegie Hall: the Ira Gershwin centennial and as Steward in Sail Away, (1999).[13][14] He appeared in the Encores! (New York City Center) staged concert productions of DuBarry Was a Lady (1996), as Romeo Skragg in Li'l Abner (1998) and as Tailor-Merchant in The Boys from Syracuse (1997).[14][15] [16]

He played the role of Buddy Plummer in the Kennedy Center production of Follies, which ran from May 7, 2011 through June 19, 2011 at the Eisenhower Theater, co-starring with Bernadette Peters, Ron Raines, and Jan Maxwell.[17] He reprised that role in the Broadway engagement of Follies at the Marquis Theatre from August 7, 2011 (in previews) through January 22, 2012, and continued with the production in its engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California from May 3, 2012 through June 9, 2012.[18] He won the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actor in a Musical[19] and was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actor in a Musical.[20]

Burstein can be heard on the cast recording of many of these musicals. Among his many recordings is the musical "Sweet Little Devil" in which he introduced three George Gershwin, Buddy DeSylva songs. The score originally went unrecorded in 1924 and was finally recorded by PS Classics, with Burstein playing the role of Sam in 2012.[21]

Burstein appeared in the films, "Cyber", directed by Michael Mann (2014), "Trust, Greed, Bullets and Bourbon" (2013), Affluenza (2012), American Milkshake (2013),[22]Nor'easter, Construction (2012),[23]Duane Incarnate (2004) ,[24] Transamerica (2005),[25]Autumn Whispers and Deception (2008).[26] His many television credits include the BBC's Absolutely Fabulous (2002),[27] the FX series Louie (2010)[28] and for HBO, he has the recurring role of Lolly Steinman in "Boardwalk Empire". Burstein has lent his voice to a number of video games, including "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and "Grand Theft Auto: IV".

Upcoming projects include making his Metropolitan Opera debut as Frosch in "Die Fledermaus" (2013-14 season) followed by Herr Schultz in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall production of "Cabaret" on Broadway in the Spring of 2014.

Burstein serves on the Artists Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and has been a guest lecturer teaching at many universities such as Yale, NYU, UCSD and Queens College.

Personal life

Burstein is married to actress Rebecca Luker[29] and has two sons, Alexander and Zachary.[30][31]


External links

  • Danny Burstein at the IBDB database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Danny Burstein at Internet Off-Broadway Database
  • Burstein's official website
  • Panarello, Joseph F. "Behind the Stage Door with Danny Burstein", July 6, 2006 (Broadway

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