Brooks Ashmanskas

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Ashmanskas in Present Laughter

Brooks Ashmanskas is an American stage actor. He has appeared both on Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as in regional theatres. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for playing various characters in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. In 2016, he is featured in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.


Ashmanskas graduated from Bennington College.[1]

Off-Broadway and Broadway[edit]

Ashmanskas was in the original productions of Dream (1997),[2] Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway, 1995) and the Broadway revival of Gypsy: A Musical Fable (2003).[3][4] He was a replacement "Carmen Ghia", starting in 2004, in The Producers.[5]

In 2006 he played several characters in the Broadway production of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,[6] for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical.[7]

He appeared in the Broadway revival of The Ritz as Chris in 2007.[8] He played the character of Mr. Dobitch in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises.[9] Also in 2010 he appeared in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter.[4][10]

He starred as the title character Off-Broadway in the New Group production of Clive at the Acorn Theatre in January 2013 through March 2013.[11]

Ashmanskas appeared in the stage musical adaption of Bullets Over Broadway, which opened on Broadway in April 2014. In March 2015 he appeared in Something Rotten! on Broadway.[12][13] In 2016, he is appearing in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.[14]

Regional theatre[edit]

He appeared in the Arena Stage production of Animal Crackers in 1999.[15]

He has performed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, in Present Laughter in 2007[16] and in She Loves Me in May and June 2008 (which transferred to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in June and July).[17] He appeared in God of Carnage in 2012 as Alan.[18]

His appearances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, include She Loves Me in 2008,[19]Knickerbocker in 2009[20] and in July and August 2013 in a new musical, Johnny Baseball.[21]

In 2008 he participated in a staged concert presentation of "Broadway: Three Generations" at the Kennedy Center, appearing in Girl Crazy and Bye Bye Birdie.[22]

He performed in Burn This as "Larry" at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, in 2011.[23]

He appeared in the musical 1776 as "John Adams" at the Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., in 2012.[24]



Year Show Role Notes
1995 Songs for a New World Man 2 off-Broadway
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Bud Frump Broadway, 1995 – 1996
1997 Dream Performer Broadway, Apr. 3 – July 6, 1997
1998 Little Me Pinchley Junior/Steward/Assistant Director/Doctor Broadway, Nov. 12, 1998 – Feb. 7, 1999
1999 Animal Crackers Unknown Arena Stage
2000 On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Performer NY City Center, February 2000
2001 Amphitryon Sosia Huntington Theatre Company, Mar. 9 - Apr. 8, 2001
2003 Gypsy Mr. Goldstone/Pastey Broadway, May 1, 2003 – May 20, 2004
2004 A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14-25, 2004
2004 The Producers Carmen Ghia Broadway, 2004 - 2006
2006 Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Comedy All Star Broadway, Aug. 17, 2006 – Jan. 7, 2007
2007 Present Laughter Roland Maule Huntington Theatre Company
The Ritz Chris Broadway, Oct. 11 – Dec. 9, 2007
2008 Broadway: Three Generations Performer Kennedy Center
She Loves Me Georg Nowack Huntington Theatre Company, May/June 2008
Williamstown Theatre Festival, July/August 2008
2008 A Flea In Her Ear Dr. Finache Williamstown Theatre Festival, August 2008
2009 Rich & Famous Bing American Conservatory Theatre - SF, Jan/Feb 2009
2009 Knickerbocker Unknown Williamstown Theatre Festival
2009 She Stoops to Conquer Tony Lumpkin McCarter Theater, Oct.13 - Nov. 1, 2009
2010 Present Laughter Roland Maule Broadway, Jan. 21 – Mar. 21, 2010
Promises, Promises Mr. Dobitch Broadway, Apr. 25, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011
2011 Burn This Larry Mark Taper Forum
2012 1776 John Adams Ford's Theatre
God of Carnage Alan Huntington Theatre Company
2013 Clive Clive off-Broadway, Jan. – March, 2013
Johnny Baseball Unknown Williamstown Theatre Festival, July/August 2013
2014 Bullets Over Broadway Warner Purcell Broadway, Apr. 10 – Aug. 24, 2014
2015 Something Rotten! Brother Jeremiah Broadway, Apr. 22, 2015 – Jan. 13, 2016[25]
2016 Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 Al/Izzy/Mr.Broadway/Carlo Broadway, Apr. 21, 2016 –
2016 The Prom Barry Glickman Alliance Theatre, August/September 2016


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Julie & Julia Mr. Misher


Year Title Role Notes
2007 All My Children Leon 2 episodes
2012-14 The Good Wife Judge Greg Brochard 2 episodes

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2007 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated


  1. ^ Biography Archived May 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., accessed August 24, 2013
  2. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Dream' ", accessed August 25, 2013
  3. ^ " 'Gypsy', 2003", accessed August 25, 2013
  4. ^ a b "Ashmanskas listing" InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed August 25, 2011
  5. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Jonathan Freeman and Brooks Ashmanskas Are New DeBris and Ghia in 'Producers', Aug. 31" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., August 18, 2004
  6. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me' " The New York Times, August 18, 2006
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "2006-2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms", May 15, 2007
  8. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Fame Tony Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas Joins 'The Ritz' Revival Cast" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., May 31, 2007
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "'Promises, Promises' Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Announced" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., February 4, 2010
  10. ^ Weiner, Iris. "Brooks Ashmanskas' Comedic Heart Beats on Broadway"[permanent dead link], February 20, 2010
  11. ^ Champion, Lindsay. Zoe Kazan, Vincent D’Onofrio & Brooks Ashmanskas Set for Off-Broadway's 'Clive', Starring Ethan Hawke", November 4, 2012
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Vincent Pastore Set for 'Bullets Over Broadway', Opening in April 2014" Archived September 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., June 27, 2013
  13. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Something Rotten!' Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight",, March 23, 2015
  14. ^ "Onstage",, accessed March 14, 2016
  15. ^ "DC's Arena Stage Opens Marx Bros' Musical 'Animal Crackers', April 7-May 30" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., April 7, 1999
  16. ^ Donovan, R.J. "Brooks Ashmanskas Took His Time Getting To Boston..And The Huntington", June 4, 2007
  17. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. Ashmanskas, Baldwin, Latessa, et al. Cast in Huntington's She Loves Me'" April 22, 2008
  18. ^ Herick, Adam. "Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day, Christy Pusz Face 'God of Carnage' at the Huntington Jan. 6" Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., January 6, 2012
  19. ^ Hetrick, Adam and Gans, Andrew."Tonight at Eight: 'She Loves Me' Begins Williamstown Run June 27", June 27, 2008
  20. ^ "Interview, Actor Brooks Ashmanskas", July 9, 2009
  21. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Williamstown Season Adds Brooks Ashmanskas, De'Adre Aziza and Reed Birney" Archived August 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., June 3, 2013
  22. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Casting Announced for Kennedy Center's 'Girl Crazy', 'Bye Bye Birdie' and 'Side Show' " Archived January 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., July 16, 2008
  23. ^ Taft, Kevin."Let It Burn. Castmember Brooks Ashmanskas talks 'Burn This' at the Mark Taper Forum", March 22, 2011
  24. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Ford's Theatre's '1776', With Robert Cuccioli, Brooks Ashmanskas, William Diggle, Begins March 9" Archived June 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., March 9, 2012
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