Brian Charles Rooney

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Brian Charles Rooney is an American actor and singer. Technically a sopranist[1] (sopranista or male soprano), he has also sung high tenor roles in theatrical productions in the United States, Canada, and Europe.[2][non-primary source needed]

He made his Broadway debut in The Roundabout Theatre Company's 2006 revival of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera in the role of Lucy Brown.[3][4][5]

As a tenor, he played Tony on a European tour of the American musical West Side Story.[6] He has been featured in musical and non-musical theatrical productions in such cities as San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Dallas. He has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.[6]

In 2013, as a pop-rock singer-songwriter, he began performing original material in concert venues in New York City.[7] His collaborator is Paul Leschen, composer and arranger for the rock-band, The Scissor Sisters.[8] Rooney's recent ventures in concert performance and production in New York City have been greeted positively.[9]

Rooney starred as General George B. McClellan in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Bayonets of Angst, a bluegrass musical comedy about the Civil War.[10] He was awarded a New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence for "Outstanding Individual Performance".[11]


In 2007, Rooney was awarded the Lys Symonette Award for Outstanding Dramatic Excellence by the Kurt Weill Foundation.[12][13]


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  7. ^ "Brian Charles Rooney Performs at the Zipper, April 30". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  8. ^ "Broadway Art Goes Digital: Brian Charles Rooney @ The Zipper". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  9. ^ "Omleiding". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  10. ^ "Next to Normal's J. Robert Spencer Set for NYMF's Bayonets of Angst".
  11. ^ BWW News Desk. "CLONED!, THE GIG, ACADEMIA NUTS and More Top NYMF's 2014 Awards for Excellence". Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "About KWF". 2011-10-06. Archived from the original on 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  13. ^ "About KWF". 2011-10-06. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2013-07-26.