September 24, 1964 |
Brad Oscar (born September 22, 1964) is an American musical theatre actor known for his Broadway performances in musicals such as The Producers and Jekyll and Hyde. He earned two Tony Award nominations for The Producers as Franz Liebkind, and Something Rotten! as Nostradamus.
Oscar's Broadway debut was in the 1990 musical Aspects of Love as a swing. His next roles were in Jekyll and Hyde as Sir Peter, Archibald Proops, Barrow Boy, and Second Gentleman.
His performance, however, in The Producers garnered him the most acclaim. Oscar started out as Franz Liebkind, and was also understudy for Max Bialystock (one of the lead roles) and Roger De Bris. The role of Franz earned Oscar a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, but lost to his co-star Gary Beach . After this success, he replaced Nathan Lane as Bialystock. In 2007, he originated the Bialystock role in the Las Vegas production at the Paris Casino.
He has appeared in several productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. In 2005 he played "The Devil" (Mr. Applegate) in Damn Yankees, and in October 2006 he played "The Master of Ceremonies" in Cabaret. He played multiple roles, including "Lady Enid", in The Mystery of Irma Vep from June 2008 through July 13, 2008.
Other regional work includes the title role in the musical Barnum, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre (Florida), from November 12, 2008 through December 20. In recent years, Brad and his sister, Victoria Oscar, have served as the official Santa and Mrs. Claus for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Program.
He is playing the role of Nostradamus in the musical Something Rotten!, which opened on Broadway in April 2015, for which he earned a 2015 Tony Award nomination, which went to his co-star Christian Borle.
- Aspects of Love, Swing, Apr. 8, 1990 - Mar. 2, 1991
- Jekyll & Hyde, Second Gentleman/Sir Peter/Barrow Boy/Right Honorable Archibald Proops/Poole u/s, Apr. 28, 1997 - Jan. 7, 2001
- The Producers, Franz Liebkind/Max Bialystock (u/s)/Roger de Bris (u/s), Apr. 19, 2001 - Apr. 15, 2002
- The Producers, Max Bialystock, Apr. 16, 2002 - Apr. 27, 2003
- The Producers, Max Bialystock, Apr. 6, 2004 - Dec. 12, 2004
- Spamalot, Sir Bedevere/Concorde/Dennis's Mother, Dec. 18, 2007 - Jan. 11, 2009
- The Addams Family, Uncle Fester, Mar. 7 - Dec. 31, 2011
- Nice Work If You Can Get It, Cookie McGee, Jan. 8 - Mar. 3, 2013
- Big Fish, Amos Calloway, Oct. 6 - Dec. 29, 2013
- Something Rotten!, Nostradamus, Apr. 22, 2015 - present
- Damn Yankees, Mr. Applegate, Arena Stage, 2005
- Cabaret, Master of Ceremonies, Arena Stage, Oct. 2006
- The Producers, Max Bialystock, Paris Casino, 2007
- The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lady Enid, Arena Stage, June/July 2008
- Barnum, Barnum, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Nov. 12 - Dec. 20, 2008
- The Producers, Cab Driver, 2005
- Old Days, Louis, 2008 (short)
- Ghost Town, Day Doorman, 2008
- Russian Broadway Shutdown, Russian IOC Representative, 2014 (short)
- Law & Order, Paul, 1 episode, 2002
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Mitch, 1 episode, 2005
- The Good Wife, Eric Atkins, 1 episode, 2011
- Submissions Only, Bill Hobbs, 1 episode, 2011
- Outside the Box, Norman Bates, TV short, 2011
- Smash, Peter, 1 episode, 2012
Awards and Nominations
- 2001 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The Producers (nominated)
- 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Something Rotten! (nominated)
- 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Something Rotten! (nominated)
- "Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards" bu.edu, accessed September 30, 2015
- "The Producers" playbill.com August 31, 2005
- Brad Oscar playbill.com September 8, 2006
- Arena Stage listing, "The Mystery of Irma Vep" arenastage.org
- Jones, Kenneth."Braga, Kraft, Cotton, Walton, Brna and More Will Join Brad Oscar in Asolo's Barnum", playbill.com, October 29, 2008
- Healy, Patrick.Roger Rees to Replace Nathan Lane in ‘The Addams Family’" The New York Times, October 28, 2010
- Hetrick, Adam. " 'Something Rotten!' Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight" playbill.com, March 23, 2015
- "Diego Prieto and Brad Oscar" The New York Times, April 22, 2012
- Brad Oscar at the Internet Broadway Database
- Brad Oscar at the Internet Movie Database
- An Interview on Talkin' Broadway, 2002