Andy Mientus

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Andy Mientus
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Mientus on the It Gets Better Project Holiday Show in 2014
Born (1986-11-10) November 10, 1986 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2008–present
Home town Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s) Michael Arden (m. 2016)

Andrew "Andy" Michael Mientus (born November 10, 1986) is an American actor, musician, and writer. He is best known for starring in the Broadway musicals Spring Awakening, Les Misérables, and Wicked, and on television in the NBC musical drama Smash and as Hartley Rathaway, aka the Pied Piper, in the hit CW series The Flash.

Early life[edit]

Mientus was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of Jean Marie (née Gleeson) and Robert J. Mientus. He is of Polish, Italian, and Irish descent.[1] Before starting his career in theatre, Mientus was a fan of the musical Spring Awakening. After seeing the show at the Atlantic Theatre Company, he created a Facebook group for his friends and himself to discuss the show on. However, Mientus began to notice strangers (fellow fans) were joining the group, and soon one of the producers from Spring Awakening contacted Mientus and asked him to make his group the official show Facebook page, which Mientus could moderate. He agreed, and was later recommended by the same producer to audition for the touring company of Spring Awakening.[2] He left the University of Michigan after his junior year to be in the show, and never returned to graduate.[3]

Career[edit]

Theater[edit]

Mientus has toured with the first national touring company of Spring Awakening as Hanschen and in the 2010-11 international tour of Academy[4] and appeared in the 2012 Off-Broadway revival of Carrie: The Musical.[5] He made his Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables as Marius Pontmercy.[6]

In February 2015, he was cast as journalist Brett Craig in Parade, for a one-night-only concert presentation at the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.[7] After finishing his run of Les Misérables in early 2015 and being succeeded by Chris McCarrell, Mientus moved to Los Angeles with fiancé Michael Arden, where he appeared in the show Bent at the Mark Taper Forum.[8] He also reprised his role as Hänschen in the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, directed by Arden. The production then transferred to Broadway, and closed on January 24, 2016.[9]

In April and May 2018, Mientus starred in the production of The Who's Tommy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as the title role. In an interview, Mientus stated that the classic rock score was among the music he grew up with rather than musical theater music, so he was very comfortable with the material vocally.[10]

Television[edit]

In 2013, Mientus was cast in season two of the musical drama television series Smash as series regular Kyle Bishop. Following the cancellation of Smash, Mientus and co-stars Jeremy Jordan and Krysta Rodriguez joined the cast of Hit List, the real-world staging of the fictional rock musical created for season two of Smash. The show ran for three performances on December 8—9 at 54 Below.[11]

In 2014, Mientus appeared in several episodes of the ABC Family series Chasing Life as Jackson.[12] That same year, he was cast in a recurring role on the CW series The Flash as the Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway), having previously auditioned for the lead role of Barry Allen.[13][14] Mientus made history with this role by playing the first openly gay supervillain ever.[15]

In 2017 he was cast as a series regular opposite Leven Rambin, Danny Pino and Chris Noth in Gone, a 12-episode procedural drama series for NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1, based on Chelsea Cain's novel One Kick. Mientus' character James Finley is a skilled hacker, who was kicked out of his home as a teenager when his family discovered he was gay. While living on the street he was abducted and later rescued by FBI Agent Frank Novak played by Chris Noth.[16]

Writing[edit]

Mientus worked on a musical of his own with the Brooklyn-based band Teen Commandments (members Van Hughes, Nick LaGrasta, and Brett Moses). Songs from Burn All Night were performed for the first time at Feinstein's/54 Below in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan in August 2016.[17] The official premiere of the musical directed by Jenny Koons and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton was on August 18, 2017 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[18]

On March 9, 2018 Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, announced that Mientus has written a middle-grade fiction series called The Backstagers, based on the comics series of the same name. The first installment, The Backstagers and the Ghost Light, will be published on September 25, 2018.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Mientus has a rare neurological disorder called HNPP (Hereditary Neuropathy with Pressure Palsies).[20] During his freshman ballet class at the University of Michigan, his foot went numb and he had to pull out of the class for the remainder of the year. He was then put in a stage tech class, where he met fellow actor Darren Criss.

He married fellow Broadway actor (and director) Michael Arden on August 18, 2016, at Babington House, Somerset, England.[21] He and Arden planned proposals to each other the same day (June 23, 2014), without the other knowing.[22] They have been together since November 14, 2010.[23] The two first met on October 26, 2006 during the opening night party of the Broadway show The Times They Are-a-Changin', in which Arden was a performer.

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Location Category
2008–10 Spring Awakening Hänschen Rilow N/A National Tour
2010 Shine! Richard Hunter (Ragged Dick) New York Musical Theatre Festival New York Musical Theatre Festival
2010-11 Academy Conrad York Theatre Company International Tour
2011 Rent Mark Cohen Pioneer Theatre Company Salt Lake City Production
2011 Crazy, Just Like Me Simon New York Musical Theatre Festival New York Musical Theatre Festival
2012 Carrie Stokes Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway
2014–15 Les Misérables Marius Pontmercy Imperial Theatre Broadway
2015 Parade Britt Craig Lincoln Center Concert
2015 Spring Awakening Hänschen Rilow Wallis Annenberg Center Los Angeles – Deaf West Theatre
2015 Bent Rudy Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles
2015 Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Sidney Mavor, William Parker Gerald W. Lynch Theater Benefit Reading
2015–16 Spring Awakening Hänschen Rilow Brooks Atkinson Theatre Broadway – Deaf West Theatre Transfer
2016 Ragtime Younger Brother Ellis Island Concert
2016–17 Wicked Boq N/A National Tour
2018 The Who's Tommy Tommy Denver Center for the Performing Arts Regional Production

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2013 It Could Be Worse Andy 1 episode
2013 Smash Kyle Bishop Main role; 14 episodes
2013 Anger Management Andy 2 episodes
2014 Chasing Life Jackson 4 episodes
2015–present Flash, TheThe Flash Hartley Rathaway / Pied Piper 3 episodes
2017–present Gone James Finley Main Role; 11 episodes

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Backstagers series (published by Amulet Books)
  • The Backstagers and the Ghost Light (September 2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 NYMF Awards[24] Outstanding Individual Performance Shine! Won
2011 NYMF Awards Outstanding Individual Performance Crazy, Just Like Me Won
2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Les Misérables Won
2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play (Local Production) Bent Nominated
Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Local Production) Spring Awakening Nominated
2015 Ovation Awards Featured Actor in a Musical Spring Awakening Nominated
Best Acting Ensemble for a Musical Won
2016 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/andymientus/status/514478649010294785?lang=en
  2. ^ Show People with Paul Wontorek Interview: Andy Mientus of "Les Miserables," "Smash" & More, retrieved 2015-09-06 
  3. ^ "TV preview: Ross native joins 'Smash,' Odom returns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Andy Mientus, Corey Boardman, Alex Wyse and More Signed for Academy Reading at York". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  5. ^ Andy Mientus Theatre Credits
  6. ^ IBDB
  7. ^ "Laura Benanti, Joshua Henry, Ramin Karimloo, Andy Mientus Will Lead Parade Concert". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Matthew Carlson, Patrick Heusinger, Andy Mientus, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears Will Get Bent in L.A. Production". Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Andy Mientus & Krysta Rodriguez Will Transfer to Broadway in Deaf West's Spring Awakening Revival". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  10. ^ Moore, John (March 13, 2018). "Denver's 'Tommy' to star Andy Mientus and other Broadway stars". Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  11. ^ BREAKING NEWS: SMASH's Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus & More to Reunite at 54 Below for HIT LIST Concert on 12/9
  12. ^ Exclusive: Smash Vet Andy Mientus Joins New ABC Family Drama Chasing Life
  13. ^ http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/the-flash-pied-piper-gay-andy-mientus-season-1-cast/
  14. ^ https://www.cbr.com/bts-arrowverse-secrets/
  15. ^ Chi, Paul (2014-12-10). "'The Flash': Andy Mientus Says Gay Villain Pied Piper is a 'Huge Step Forward'". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  16. ^ "'Gone': Andy Mientus Cast As Series Regular In Drama Series For NBCU, RTL & TF1". 
  17. ^ "Andy Mientus with Teen Commandments". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  18. ^ "Pop-Synth Musical Burn All Night, by Andy Mientus and Teen Commandments, Arrives at A.R.T." 
  19. ^ "Broadway's Andy Mientus Pens New Book Series THE BACKSTAGERS". 
  20. ^ "Humans of Broadway on Instagram: ""I have a rare neurological disorder called HNPP. It's a demyelinating condition, so it's similar to MS but it's not degenerative so it's…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  21. ^ http://www.newnownext.com/andy-mientus-michael-arden-married/08/2016/
  22. ^ "Michael Arden on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  23. ^ Mientus, Andy (2015-11-14). "Instagram". Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  24. ^ http://www.playbill.com/article/nymf-gala-to-honor-the-weisslers-2010-awards-for-excellence-winners-announced-com-172909

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