Andrew Keenan-Bolger

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Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Born Andrew Keenan-Bolger
(1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 (age 31)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Other names AKB
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Actor
Known for Newsies
Website andrewkeenanbolger.com

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (born May 16, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musical theatre actor and singer. He has performed in many national tours and Broadway productions.

Personal life[edit]

Born May 16, 1985, he is the brother of Tony Award-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Maggie Keenan-Bolger; both are actresses. He is a Detroit native, and attended Renaissance High School in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.[1]

Career[edit]

As a teenager Keenan-Bolger was in the original 2000 cast of Seussical on Broadway, as an alternate Jojo. He has also appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast as Chip, and A Christmas Carol as Young Scrooge. The actor was featured in the first national tours of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf Coneybear, Ragtime as the Little Boy, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Young Max. Other theater credits include High School Musical on Stage! at North Shore Music Theatre and Perez Hilton Saves the Universe at the 2008 Fringe Festival.

He has also been seen on television as Christophe on the series The Naked Brothers Band and as a weekly commentator on FNMTV on MTV. His film credits include Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and Marci X.[1]

Keenan-Bolger was asked by staff at North Shore Music Theatre to create a video blog to promote their production of High School Musical in which he starred. The videos pulled in a surprising amount of hits and became popular with a cult audience. After wrapping his run with NSMT, the actor decided to continue to operate the blog which he continues today after nearly two years. Each entry is posted on YouTube and attracts an average of over 7,000 views. 'The One Where Jake Gets Kidnapped' has been seen over 43,000 times.[2] Keenan-Bolger was a regular on fellow web series "The Battery's Down" created by close friend Jake Wilson. He is noted for his performance of the song 'You're in Vegas' which is available for download on iTunes.[3]

In 2010, Keenan-Bolger co-created the web series Submissions Only with fellow Broadway performer Kate Wetherhead. He serves as the series' director and editor.

On October 12, 2010, he took over the role of Robertson Ay in the Broadway production of Disney's Mary Poppins[4] and later played the part on the National tour. He created the role of Omar in the 5th Avenue Theater production of Disney's Aladdin (July 2011) and played Crutchie in Disney's Newsies (March 2012), a role he originally created at the Paper Mill Playhouse (September 2011).[5] His last performance date as Crutchie was on March 11, 2013,[6] so he could begin rehearsal for his role in the musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting.[7] He was supposed to star as Jesse Tuck, with performances beginning on July 28, 2013, at Boston's Colonial Theatre, but the show was delayed due to the lack of availability of a suitable theatre for its subsequent transfer to New York.[8] He next performed in A.R. Gurney's drama Family Furniture, which ran from November 12 to December 22, 2013, at The Flea Theater in the TriBeCa section of New York City.[9][10] He played the part of Billy Frazier in the 2014 romantic comedy film The Rewrite, starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.[11]

He revisited the role of Jesse Tuck in the Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting which opened on April 26, 2016 and ran until May 29, 2016.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
One Life to Live Leo 3 Episodes
1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Chip (singing voice)
2003 Marci X Chip Spinkle
2008 The Naked Brothers Band Christophe 3 Episodes
2008 - 2015 The Battery's Down Andrew 13 Episodes
2013 Shit I Love Cinematographer Short
2014 Looking Alex 1 Episode
2014 Are You Joking? Corey
2014 The Rewrite Billy Frazier
2014 It Could Be Worse Twink Slave 1 Episode
2015 Nurse Jackie 1 Episode
2015 Broadway Draft 2015 Anchor Short
2015 Serial: The TV Show Self, filmed by, and director Short
2015 Death and Cupcakes Dale Blankenship Short
2016 The Ceiling Fan Director Short
2016 If Love Were All Director Short
2016 Sign Director Short

Broadway[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
A Christmas Carol Young Scrooge
Beauty and the Beast Chip Replacement
2000-2001 Seussical the Musical Jojo Alternate
2010-2012 Mary Poppins Robertson Ay
2012-2013 Newsies Crutchie
2016 Tuck Everlasting Jesse Tuck

Tour[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
Ragtime Little Boy
2008 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Young Max
2009 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Leaf Coneybear

Other Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre
High School Musical on Stage! North Shore Music Theatre
2008 Perez Hilton Saves the Universe Zac Efron/Tom Cruise/Sarah Jessica Parker, etc. New York Fringe Festival
2011 Newsies Crutchie Papermill Playhouse
2013 Family Furniture Off-off-Broadway
2014 Tuck Everlasting Jesse Tuck Alliance Theater
2015 Ever After Gustave Papermill Playhouse

Concerts[edit]

Year Title Songs
2014 Submissions Only at 54 Below Sings: More of You, Uh-Oh, and Nobody Does Mean Like Me
Introduces: Chin in My Hands

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010-2014 Submissions Only Donny Rich,
Producer, Writer, Director,
Video editor, and Cinematographer

Bibliography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2012 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Newsies Nominated
2016 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Tuck Everlasting Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andrew Keenan Bolger". IMDb.com. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Keenan-Bolger, Andrew (25 June 2008). "The One Where Jake Gets Kidnapped". Andrew's Blog. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Andrew Keenan-Bolger; Alan Zachary; Michael Weiner; Jake Wilson (7 April 2009). "You're in Vegas". The Battery's Down. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Mary Poppins, IBDB Replacements/Transfers.
  5. ^ Rooney, David. "Theater Review: 'Newsies The Musical'. Newsboy Strike? Sing All About It" The New York Times, September 27, 2011
  6. ^ Ferri, Josh. "Andy Richardson to Replace Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Newsies's Next Crutchie". Broadway Buzz. Broadway.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Hetrick, Adam (23 Jan 2013). "Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Carolee Carmello and Sadie Sink Set for World Premiere of Tuck Everlasting; Musical Is Broadway-Aimed". Playbill.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Diamond Grant. "Tuck Everlasting Takes Pre-Broadway Run in Atlanta". broadwaytour.net. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  9. ^ Family Furniture at The Flea Theatre website.
  10. ^ Charles Isherwood, "Theater Review: Clouds Gather on the Lake, A. R. Gurney’s ‘Family Furniture,’ at the Flea Theater", The New York Times (November 25, 2013).
  11. ^ The Rewrite at the IMDB.
  12. ^ Broadway Musical Tuck Everlasting Closes Today Robert Viagas. Playbill. May 29, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016

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