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Alex Brightman
Brightman at GalaxyCon Oklahoma City in 2024
Born
Alexander Michael Brightman

(1987-02-05) February 5, 1987 (age 37)
Occupations
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active1998–present
Known for
Spouse
Jenny Ravitz
(m. 2018)

Alexander Michael Brightman (born February 5, 1987) is an American actor and singer, best known for his work in musical theatre.

In 2015, he originated the role of Dewey Finn in the musical adaptation of School of Rock, earning him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2016. In 2019, he originated the role of the titular character in Beetlejuice The Musical, getting him another Tony nomination in 2019.

Since 2020, he has voiced Robo Fizz and Fizzarolli in the adult animated musical series Helluva Boss, and since 2024, he has voiced Sir Pentious and Adam in Hazbin Hotel.

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. In 2007, Brightman performed in "Mrs. Sharp" by Ryan Scott Oliver at N.Y.U. under the direction of Ryan Mekenian with Ali Stroker & Scott Evans also in the cast.

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), and reprised the role in 2022. He was again nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical at the 73rd Tony Awards ceremony.

From January 9 to April 7, 2024, he reprised his role of Sir Lancelot in a Broadway revival of the musical Spamalot.[7]

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 and Gasparini developed The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers in 2016.[8]

Brightman is currently developing two new musicals entitled The Whipping Boy, based on the book, 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.[9] In 2020, Brightman began voicing the character Fizzarolli, and his robotic doppelganger Robo Fizz, in the animated web series Helluva Boss. In addition, he voiced Pugsley and the demon possessing him, Temeluchus, in the Netflix animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park.

In the tenth season of The Blacklist, he plays the Herbie Hambright, father of a little girl in diapers he brings everywhere.[10]

Since 2024, he has starred as the voices of Sir Pentious and Adam in Hazbin Hotel.

Personal life[edit]

Brightman married casting director Jenny Ravitz on May 21, 2018 at a ceremony in Brooklyn.[11]

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.[12][13]

During a 2023 interview for The Shark Is Broken, Brightman revealed that he has bipolar disorder.[14]

Stage credits[edit]

Year Production Role Category Location
2008 Glory Days u/s Will; u/s Jack Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre
2008–2010 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 Pre-Broadway Oriental Theatre
Broadway Neil Simon Theatre
2014–2015 Matilda the Musical Michael Wormwood Shubert Theatre
2015–2016 School of Rock Dewey Finn Winter Garden Theatre
2017
Assassins Giuseppe Zangara Off-Broadway Encores! New York City Center
2018 Beetlejuice Lawrence Beetlejuice Shoggoth Pre-Broadway National Theater
2019–2020 Broadway Winter Garden Theatre
2021 Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium Emile Original Studio Cast Recording N/A
2022–2023 Beetlejuice Lawrence Beetlejuice Shoggoth Broadway Marquis Theatre
2023 Lewberger & The Wizard of Friendship Keith’s Dad
(One night cameo)
Off-Broadway Theatre Row
Spamalot Sir Lancelot / The French Taunter / Knight of Ni / Tim the Enchanter Regional Kennedy Center
The Shark is Broken Richard Dreyfuss Broadway John Golden Theatre
Gutenberg! The Musical! Producer
(One night only)
James Earl Jones Theatre
2024 Spamalot Sir Lancelot / The French Taunter / Knight of Ni / Tim the Enchanter St. James Theatre

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Face Jacob Short film
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 2 episodes
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! Kenny Episode: "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
2020 Teen Titans Go! Lawrence Beetlejuice Shoggoth Voice role; episode: "Ghost With the Most"
2020–present Helluva Boss Robo Fizz Voice role; main, season 2 part 2–present; recurring, season 1–season 2 part 1
Fizzarolli
2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabe Miller Episode: "Turn Me on Take Me Private"[15]
2021 Blue Bloods Ralph Lamont Episode: "The Common Good"
2022 Dead End: Paranormal Park Pugsley Main voice role
Temeluchus
2022–2023 The Blacklist Herbie Hambright Recurring role
2024 Hazbin Hotel Sir Pentious Main voice role
Adam

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
2024 Favorite Featured Actor in a Play The Shark is Broken Won
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated
Favorite Replacement (Male) Spamalot Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrity Jews". J. June 9, 2016.
  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. ^ Russo, Gillian (September 26, 2023). "Taran Killam, Alex Brightman join 'Spamalot' Broadway cast". New York Theatre Guide. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  8. ^ Gioia, Michael (April 6, 2016). "Double Dare Host Marc Summers Crossed Paths With Broadway, and Now He's Got a Solo Show". Playbill. Retrieved February 27, 2024.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "See Alex Brightman as a Forensic Scientist and Beleaguered Father to a Gassy Baby in an Exclusive Clip From NBC's The Blacklist". playbill.com. March 9, 2023. Retrieved June 13, 2023.
  11. ^ Staff, Playbill (May 22, 2018). "Alex Brightman and Jenny Ravitz Tie the Knot in NYC". Playbill. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "How Does Beetlejuice Create His Signature Voice? | Sean Parker Institute for the Voice".
  13. ^ HELLUVA BOSS CAST LIVE Q&A AND LIVE AUTOGRAPH SIGNING!!. VivziePop. November 13, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Alex Brightman Tells Us About On-Stage Panic Attack in "The Shark is Broken" | New York Live TV. New York Live. August 23, 2023. Retrieved August 23, 2023 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ 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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