Brooks Ashmanskas

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Ashmanskas in Present Laughter

Brooks Ashmanskas 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 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.


Ashmanskas graduated from Bennington College.[1]

Off-Broadway and Broadway[edit]

Ashmanskas was in the original productions of Dream (1997),[2] Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway, 1995) and the Broadway revival of Gypsy: A Musical Fable (2003).[3][4] He was a replacement "Carmen Ghia", starting in 2004, in The Producers.[5]

In 2006 he played several characters in the Broadway production of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,[6] for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical.[7]

He appeared in the Broadway revival of The Ritz as Chris in 2007.[8] He played the character of Mr. Dobitch in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises.[9] Also in 2010 he appeared in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter.[4][10]

He appeared Off-Broadway in the New Group production of Clive at the Acorn Theatre in January 2013 through March 2013.[11]

Ashmanskas will appear in the stage musical adaption of Bullets Over Broadway, expected to open on Broadway in April 2014.[12]

Regional theatre[edit]

He appeared in the Arena Stage production of Animal Crackers in 1999.[13]

He has performed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, in Present Laughter in 2007[14] and in She Loves Me in May and June 2008 (which transferred to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in June and July).[15] He appeared in God of Carnage in 2012 as Alan.[16]

His appearances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, include She Loves Me in 2008,[17]Knickerbocker in 2009[18] and in July and August 2013 in a new musical, Johnny Baseball.[19]

In 2008 he participated in a staged concert presentation of "Broadway: Three Generations" at the Kennedy Center, appearing in Girl Crazy and Bye Bye Birdie.[20]

He performed in Burn This as "Larry" at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, in 2011.[21]

He appeared in the musical 1776 as "John Adams" at the Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., in 2012.[22]


  1. ^ Biography, accessed August 24, 2013
  2. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Dream' ", accessed August 25, 2013
  3. ^ " 'Gypsy', 2003", accessed August 25, 2013
  4. ^ a b "Ashmanskas listing" InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed August 25, 2011
  5. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Jonathan Freeman and Brooks Ashmanskas Are New DeBris and Ghia in 'Producers', Aug. 31", August 18, 2004
  6. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me' " The New York Times, August 18, 2006
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "2006-2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms", May 15, 2007
  8. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Fame Tony Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas Joins 'The Ritz' Revival Cast", May 31, 2007
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "'Promises, Promises' Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Annnounced", February 4, 2010
  10. ^ Weiner, Iris. Brooks Ashmanskas' Comedic Heart Beats on Broadway", February 20, 2010
  11. ^ Champion, Lindsay. Zoe Kazan, Vincent D’Onofrio & Brooks Ashmanskas Set for Off-Broadway's Clive, Starring Ethan Hawke", November 4, 2012
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Vincent Pastore Set for 'Bullets Over Broadway', Opening in April 2014", June 27, 2013
  13. ^ "DC's Arena Stage Opens Marx Bros' Musical 'Animal Crackers', April 7-May 30", April 7, 1999
  14. ^ Donovan, R.J. "Brooks Ashmanskas Took His Time Getting To Boston..And The Huntington", June 4, 2007
  15. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. Ashmanskas, Baldwin, Latessa, et al. Cast in Huntington's She Loves Me'" April 22, 2008
  16. ^ Herick, Adam. "Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day, Christy Pusz Face 'God of Carnage' at the Huntington Jan. 6", January 6, 2012
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam and ans, Andrew."Tonight at Eight: 'She Loves Me' Begins Williamstown Run June 27", June 27, 2008
  18. ^ "Interview, Actor Brooks Ashmanskas", July 9, 2009
  19. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Williamstown Season Adds Brooks Ashmanskas, De'Adre Aziza and Reed Birney", June 3, 2013
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Casting Announced for Kennedy Center's 'Girl Crazy', 'Bye Bye Birdie' and 'Side Show' ", July 16, 2008
  21. ^ Taft, Kevin."Let It Burn. Castmember Brooks Ashmanskas talks 'Burn This' at the Mark Taper Forum", March 22, 2011
  22. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Ford's Theatre's '1776', With Robert Cuccioli, Brooks Ashmanskas, William Diggle, Begins March 9", March 9, 2012

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