Andrew Keenan-Bolger

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Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Born Andrew Keenan-Bolger
(1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 (age 29)
Detroit, Michigan
Other names AKB
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Actor
Known for Broadway

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (born May 16, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musical theatre actor and singer. He has performed in many national tours and Broadway productions.

Personal life[edit]

Born May 16, 1985, he is the brother of Tony Award-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Maggie Keenan-Bolger; both are actresses. He is a Detroit native, and attended Renaissance High School in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.[1]

Performing credits[edit]

As a teenager Keenan-Bolger was in the original 2000 cast of Seussical on Broadway, as an alternate Jojo. He has also appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast as Chip, and A Christmas Carol as the Turkey Boy. The actor was featured in the first national tours of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf, Ragtime as the Little Boy, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Young Max. Other theater credits include High School Musical on Stage! at North Shore Music Theatre and Perez Hilton Saves the Universe at the 2008 Fringe Festival.

He has also been seen on television as Christophe on the series The Naked Brothers Band and as a weekly commentator on FNMTV on MTV. His film credits include Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and Marci X.[1]

Keenan-Bolger was asked by staff at North Shore Music Theatre to create a video blog to promote their production of High School Musical in which he starred. The videos pulled in a surprising amount of hits and became popular with a cult audience. After wrapping his run with NSMT, the actor decided to continue to operate the blog which he continues today after nearly two years. Each entry is posted on YouTube and attracts an average of over 7,000 views. 'The One Where Jake Gets Kidnapped' has been seen over 43,000 times.[2] Keenan-Bolger was a regular on fellow web series "The Battery's Down" created by close friend Jake Wilson. He is noted for his performance of the song 'You're in Vegas' which is available for download on iTunes.[3]

In 2010, Keenan-Bolger co-created the web series Submissions Only with fellow Broadway performer Kate Wetherhead. He serves as the series' director and editor.

On October 12, 2010, he took over the role of Robertson Ay in the Broadway production of Disney's Mary Poppins[4] and later played the part on the National tour. He created the role of Omar in the 5th Avenue Theater production of Disney's Aladdin (July 2011) and played Crutchie in Disney's Newsies (March 2012), a role he originally created at the Paper Mill Playhouse (September 2011).[5] His last performance date as Crutchie was on March 11, 2013,[6] so he could begin rehearsal for his role in the musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting.[7] He was supposed to star as Jesse Tuck, with performances beginning on July 28, 2013, at Boston's Colonial Theatre, but the show was delayed due to the lack of availability of a suitable theatre for its subsequent transfer to New York.[8] He next performed in A.R. Gurney's drama Family Furniture, which ran from November 12 to December 22, 2013, at The Flea Theater in the TriBeCa section of New York City.[9][10]

He recently played the part of Billy Frazier in the 2014 romantic comedy film The Rewrite, starring starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Keenan Bolger". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Keenan-Bolger, Andrew (25 June 2008). "The One Where Jake Gets Kidnapped". Andrew's Blog. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alan Zachary, Michael Weiner, Jake Wilson (7 April 2009). "You're in Vegas". The Battery's Down. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Mary Poppins, IBDB Replacements/Transfers.
  5. ^ Rooney, David. "Theater Review: 'Newsies The Musical'. Newsboy Strike? Sing All About It" The New York Times, September 27, 2011
  6. ^ Ferri, Josh. "Andy Richardson to Replace Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Newsies's Next Crutchie". Broadway Buzz. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Hetrick, Adam (23 Jan 2013). "Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Carolee Carmello and Sadie Sink Set for World Premiere of Tuck Everlasting; Musical Is Broadway-Aimed". Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Diamond Grant. "Tuck Everlasting Takes Pre-Broadway Run in Atlanta". Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  9. ^ Family Furniture at The Flea Theatre website.
  10. ^ Charles Isherwood, "Theater Review: Clouds Gather on the Lake, A. R. Gurney’s ‘Family Furniture,’ at the Flea Theater", The New York Times (November 25, 2013).
  11. ^ The Rewrite at the IMDB.

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