Norbert Leo Butz
|Norbert Leo Butz|
January 30, 1967 |
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Norbert Leo Butz (born January 30, 1967) is an American actor and singer best known for his work in Broadway theatre. He is a two-time Tony Award winner for "Best Leading Actor in a Musical", and is one of only nine actors ever to have won the award twice as lead actor.
Butz was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Elaine (née Bourisaw) and Norbert Butz. He was raised in a middle-class family; his parents are devout Catholics. He is the seventh of 11 children in his family and is named after his father, Norbert. Some of his first theatre roles included playing the male leads at local all-girl high schools, such as Cor Jesu Academy and Nerinx Hall. He graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School. Butz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Professional Actor Training Program.
Butz's daughter, Georgia Teresa, was born on January 2, 2011. Butz has two additional daughters, Clara and Maggie Davis, from a previous marriage.
Butz made his Broadway debut as Adam Pascal's replacement as Roger Davis in Rent in 1996. Additional Broadway credits include Thou Shalt Not (Camille Raquin, 2001–2002), for which he received a Tony Award nomination; Wicked (the original Fiyero, 2003); and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy) for which he received the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, a Drama League Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. He also appeared in Mark Twain's "Is He Dead?". His Off-Broadway credits include The Last Five Years (Jamie), Songs for a New World (Lead Male 2), Saved (Fred), and Juno and the Paycock (Jerry Devine), and he has toured as the Emcee in Cabaret and as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Butz's film roles have included Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (Pawnbroker), Noon Blue Apples (Howard Philips), and West of Here (Josiah Blackwell).
Butz's projects include the film Dan in Real Life (with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, and Dane Cook), released in October 2007, the world premiere of Is He Dead?, a hitherto unproduced Mark Twain play that opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on December 9, 2007, and Fifty Words Off-Broadway with Elizebeth Marvel at the Lucille Lortle Theatre (2008). In January 2008, he appeared as Captain Richard King in the miniseries adaptation of the Lonesome Dove prequel, Comanche Moon.
Starting December 23, 2008, Butz stepped in to replace Jeremy Piven in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow; Piven suddenly and unexpectedly dropped out of the play after he claimed to be experiencing health problems related to high mercury levels in his blood. Butz took over the part until January 13, 2009, when William H. Macy assumed the role for the remainder of the play's run.
He starred as Rowdy Kaiser in the ABC show The Deep End.
Butz originated the role of Carl Hanratty in the musical Catch Me If You Can which played pre-Broadway tryouts at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington from July 28 through August 14, 2009. Butz played the role of Carl Hanratty in the Broadway production of Catch Me if You Can, which opened on April 10, 2011 and closed in September 2011. For this role he won his second Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
In April 2012, Butz appeared as himself in one episode of the NBC musical drama Smash. Butz played Hal Wilner in Greetings from Tim Buckley, a film on Tim and Jeff Buckley, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Awards and nominations
|2002||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical||Thou Shalt Not||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||The Last Five Years||Nominated|
|2003||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Buicks||Nominated|
|2005||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Dirty Rotten Scoundrels||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Won|
|2011||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Catch Me if You Can||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
- "Norbert Leo Butz Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Nancy Rosati. "Spotlight On Norbert Leo Butz". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Laura Graesser (2013-03-28). "Norbert Leo Butz Q&A". Ladue News. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
- Hetrick, Adam."Catch Me If You Can Previews Cancelled Through July 26," playbill.com, July 22, 2009
- Green, Jesse (2013-09-22). "Big Fish Star Norbert Leo Butz on How Tragedy Changed His Life and Career". Vulture. New York Magazine. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- Staff." 'Wicked' Sweethearts Norbert Leo Butz and Michelle Federer Welcome Baby Girl Georgia" broadway.com, January 3, 2011
- "'Fifty Words' Listing" Internet Off-Broadway database, accessed November 20, 2011
- "Jeremy Piven Abruptly Abandons Broadway Play" People Magazine, December 18, 2008
- Robert Wnorowski (30 November 2007). "Broadway performer to teach at Drew". The Acorn (Drew University). Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Stacie MacLaughlin (22 February 2008). "Curtain rises for Broadway star's arrival". The Acorn (Drew University). Retrieved 2008-07-20.
- Tony-Winner Norbert Leo Butz to Star in ENRON on Broadway broadwayworld.com, January 7, 2010
- Listing Internet MovieDatabase
- "Tveit and Butz Reveal 'CATCH ME' Casting, Musical Premieres at Seattle's 5th Ave 7/23-8/14"
- "Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Kerry Butler and Tom Wopat Set for Broadway's 'Catch Me If You Can' " playbill.com
- Drama Desk Awards Go to Book of Mormon, Normal Heart, War Horse, Sutton Foster, Norbert Leo Butz
- Jones, Kenneth "War Horse, Book of Mormon, Anything Goes, Normal Heart Win 2011 Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 12, 2011
- "Tony Winners Norbert Leo Butz and Frank Wood Join Penn Badgley in Greetings from Tim Buckley". Broadway.com. August 22, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Kurchak, Sarah (August 15, 2012). "TIFF 2012 Adds Greetings From Tim Buckley, Spike Lee's Bad 25 Michael Jackson Doc, Skrillex Soundtrack". Spinner. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Simonson, Robert. "PLAYBILL THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Sept. 1-7: Hal David, Willy Wonka, Flashdance on Broadway" Playbill.com, September 7, 2012
- Norbert Leo Butz at the Internet Broadway Database
- Norbert Leo Butz at the Internet Movie Database
- Norbert Leo Butz at AllMovie
- Working in the Theatre Seminar video at American Theatre Wing.org
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Norbert Leo Butz
- Norbert Leo Butz Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing, January 2008