Alex Brightman

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Alex Brightman
Born
Alexander Michael Brightman

(1987-02-05) February 5, 1987 (age 36)
EducationBellarmine College Preparatory
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1998–present
Spouse
Jenny Ravitz
(m. 2018)

Alexander Michael Brightman (born February 5, 1987) is an American actor, singer, and writer. He is best known for his work in musical theatre, specifically as Dewey Finn in the musical adaptation of School of Rock and the title character in Beetlejuice the Musical. Both roles earned him nominations for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

Early life[edit]

Brightman grew up in Saratoga, California. He is Jewish.[1] His father founded Apple's Worldwide Disabilities Solutions Group, and his mother ran a kidney dialysis clinic. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-male Jesuit high school in San Jose, California, and graduated in 2005.[2] In addition, he performed with Children’s Musical Theater San Jose during his youth.

Career[edit]

Broadway[edit]

Brightman first worked on Broadway in 2008, as an ensemble member and understudy in Glory Days, which closed after only one 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 2012 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.[3]

In 2014, Brightman joined Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, 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.[4] For this performance, Brightman received a nomination for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[5] Brightman played his final performance as Dewey on November 5, 2016 and returned to reprise the role for a limited run in April 2017.[6] 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 wrote the script. 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 and leaving that life behind for TV fame. In October 2019, it was announced that Brightman will be joining the cast of the Billy Crystal helmed comedy film Here Today.[7] Brightman was revealed in 2020 to be voicing the character Fizzarolli, and his robotic doppelganger Robo Fizz, in web based cartoon series Helluva Boss. In addition, he voiced Pugsly and the demon possessing him, Temeluchus in the Netflix animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park.

Personal life[edit]

Brightman married casting director, Jenny Ravitz on May 21, 2018 at a ceremony in Brooklyn.[8]

Brightman has revealed that he utilizes ventricular fold phonation, allowing him to create the signature gruff voice of Beetlejuice and Fizzarolli without strain on his vocal cords.[9][10]

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
2012 35MM: A Musical Exhibition Ensemble Off-Broadway Galapagos Art Space
2013 Big Fish Zacky Price, Ensemble; u/s Will Bloom Broadway 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, 2022-23 Broadway Winter Garden Theatre, Marquis Theatre
2021 Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium Emile Original Studio Cast Recording N/A
  1. ^ Brightman also reprised the role of Dewey Finn for a limited run in April 2017.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Red Hook Roy
2014 The Forrest Boys Rodney Short film
2021 Here Today Justin

Television[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Various characters Episode: "Safety", "Brains"
2011 Royal Pains Chic Geek Episode: "The Shaw/Hank Redemption"
2016 Impractical Jokers Himself Episode: "Stage Fright"
2017 SMILF Jesse Episode: "A Box of Dunkies & Two Squirts of Maple Syrup"
2018 The Good Fight Carter Bloom Episode: "Day 436"
2019 Documentary Now! Joe Episode: "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
2020 Teen Titans Go! Beetlejuice Episode: "Ghost With the Most"; voice role
Helluva Boss Robo Fizzarolli Episodes: "Loo Loo Land", "Ozzie’s"; voice role
Fizzarolli
2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabe Miller Episode: "Turn Me on Take Me Private"[11]
2021 Blue Bloods (TV series) Ralph Lamont Episode: "The Common Good"
2022 Dead End: Paranormal Park Pugsley Main voice role
Temeluchus
2022 The Blacklist Herbie Episode: "Eva Mason"

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
Broadway.com 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
Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://jweekly.com/2016/06/09/celebrity-jews0610/
  2. ^ "Bellarmine Theatre Alumnus Receives Tony Award Nomination". Bellarmine College Preparatory. May 9, 2016. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (January 3, 2016). "Alex Brightman Rides a 'School of Rock' Wave". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Rosky, Nicole. "BWW Interview: He's Ready to Rock! Meet Broadway's New Leading Man, SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  5. ^ Coverage, BWW Special. "2016 Tony Awards Nominations - HAMILTON Breaks Record with 16! And the Nominees Are..." BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alex Brightman Returns to Broadway's School of Rock". Playbill. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Laura Benanti & Alex Brightman to Join Billy Crystal in His New Film Here Today". Broadway.com. October 8, 2019. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Staff, Playbill (May 22, 2018). "Alex Brightman and Jenny Ravitz Tie the Knot in NYC". Playbill. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "How Does Beetlejuice Create His Signature Voice? | Sean Parker Institute for the Voice".
  10. ^ "HELLUVA BOSS CAST LIVE Q&A AND LIVE AUTOGRAPH SIGNING!!".
  11. ^ TV, BroadwayWorld. "BWW Exclusive: Eva Noblezada & Alex Brightman Star in a Clip From LAW & ORDER: SVU". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved January 20, 2021.

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