Alex Brightman

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Alex Brightman
Alexander Michael Brightman

(1987-02-05) February 5, 1987 (age 33)
San Jose, California
OccupationActor, musician, writer
Years active2008–present
Known forOriginating the role of Dewey Finn in School of Rock on Broadway and his role of Betelgeuse in “Beetlejuice” on Broadway

Alexander Michael Brightman is an American stage, film, and voice actor, best known for originating the role of Dewey Finn in School of Rock and the title role in Beetlejuice on Broadway, both of which earned him Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brightman grew up in Saratoga, California. His father founded Apple's Worldwide Disabilities Solutions Group, and his mother worked at a dialysis clinic.

He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-male Jesuit high school in San Jose, California, and graduated in 2005.[2]

Alex Brightman comes from a Jewish family.[3]



Brightman first worked on Broadway in 2008, as an understudy in Glory Days, which ended after its first non-preview performance. Brightman never performed in the show. Thereafter, Brightman was cast as the munchkin Boq and made his Broadway debut in Wicked. He stayed with the show for two years. His next Broadway role was in 2013 in Big Fish as an ensemble member and an understudy for a main role. Later in 2013, Brightman was cast as Michael Wormwood in Matilda the Musical.[4]

In 2015, Brightman joined the newest musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber's, School of Rock, adapted from the 2003 film of the same name. Initially, Brightman played various roles that were meant to be played by child actors but were performed by adults for the workshops. Brightman was cast in the starring role of Dewey, first, in the show's concert performances, and then, in his first starring role, in the Broadway production. Brightman performed as Dewey Finn at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway.[5] For this performance, Brightman received a nomination for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[6] Brightman played his final performance as Dewey on November 6, 2016 and returned to reprise the role for a limited run in April 2017.[7] He returned to Broadway in 2019 to play the title role in Beetlejuice (based on the film of the same name). He was again nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical at the 73rd Tony Awards ceremony.

Other work[edit]

Brightman is a member of the comedy group, The (M)orons, along with fellow Broadway actors/writers, Andrew Kober, F. Michael Haynie, and Drew Gasparini. Brightman is currently developing two new musicals entitled The Whipping Boy and It's Kind of a Funny Story (based on the novel of the same name), with Gasparini, for which Brightman co-wrote the lyrics. Brightman made an appearance on Impractical Jokers during Brian "Q" Quinn's musical punishment that's based on the latter's real-life experience as a firefighter. In October 2019, it was announced that Brightman will be joining the cast of the Billy Crystal helmed comedy film Here Today.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Alex Brightman married casting director, Jenny Ravitz on May 21, 2018 at a ceremony in Brooklyn. Jenny Ravitz was a casting director for the NBC series Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Fire. She worked as a casting director for Mason Street Warehouse, a non-profit theatre in Saugatuck, Michigan, and has cast for various films, pilots, plays, and musicals.[9]

Stage credits[edit]

Year Production Role Category Location
2008 Glory Days u/s Will; u/s Jack Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre
2008–10 Wicked Boq Gershwin Theatre
2013 Big Fish Zacky Price, Ensemble; u/s Will Bloom Neil Simon Theatre
2014-15 Matilda the Musical Michael Wormwood Shubert Theatre
2015–16^ School of Rock Dewey Finn Winter Garden Theatre
2017 Assassins Giuseppe Zangara Off-Broadway New York City Center
2018 Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Pre-Broadway National Theater
2019–2020 Broadway Winter Garden Theatre
  1. ^ Brightman also reprised this role for a limited run in April 2017.


Year Title Role Category Notes
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Various characters TV Series Episode: "Safety", "Brains"
2009 Red Hook Roy Movie
2011 Royal Pains Chic Geek TV Series Episode: "The Shaw/Hank Redemption"
2016 Impractical Jokers Himself TV Series Episode: "Stage Fright"
2017 SMILF Jesse TV Series Episode: "A Box of Dunkies & Two Squirts of Maple Syrup"
2018 The Good Fight Carter Bloom TV Series Episode: "Day 436"
2019 Documentary Now! Kenny TV Series Episode: "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
2020 Teen Titans Go! Beetlejuice TV Series Episode: "Ghost With the Most"
2021 DeadEndia Pugsley Web series In production; Netflix original animated series
TBA Here Today Justin Movie
TBA Belushi John Belushi Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Fred and Adele Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer School of Rock Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated Audience Choice Awards Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated
Favorite Onstage Pair (with Sierra Boggess) Nominated
Favorite Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2019 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Beetlejuice Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated


  1. ^ "Alex Brightman | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  2. ^ "Bellarmine Theatre Alumnus Receives Tony Award Nomination". Bellarmine College Preparatory. 9 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
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  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2016-01-03). "Alex Brightman Rides a 'School of Rock' Wave". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  5. ^ Rosky, Nicole. "BWW Interview: He's Ready to Rock! Meet Broadway's New Leading Man, SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman". Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  6. ^ Coverage, BWW Special. "2016 Tony Awards Nominations - HAMILTON Breaks Record with 16! And the Nominees Are..." Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alex Brightman Returns to Broadway's School of Rock". Playbill. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Laura Benanti & Alex Brightman to Join Billy Crystal in His New Film Here Today". Oct 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  9. ^ Staff, Playbill (2018-05-22). "Alex Brightman and Jenny Ravitz Tie the Knot in NYC". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-21.

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