Max von Essen

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Max von Essen (born January 11, 1974) is an American musical theatre and television actor, and vocalist.

Life and career[edit]

Raised on Long Island, von Essen is a graduate of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after graduation began touring with Liza Minnelli. He toured Europe in West Side Story and was a cast member of the U.S. national tour of Chicago.

He made his Broadway debut in Jesus Christ Superstar, and also starred in Dance of the Vampires alongside Michael Crawford. He also played the role of student revolutionary leader "Enjolras" in Les Misérables at the Broadhurst Theater on Broadway. In 2006, he was a soloist at the biggest Andrew Lloyd Webber musical gala to date, held in Tallinn, Estonia. He worked on the national tour of Xanadu as "Sonny", and in the Roundabout Off-Broadway production of Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York.[citation needed] As of 2015, von Essen plays the role of Parisian aristocrat Henri in the Broadway mounting of An American in Paris, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical nomination.

A son of Rita and Thomas Von Essen, who was the New York City Fire Commissioner during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, he is the youngest of four children[1] and is openly gay.[2]


Theatre credits[edit]

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2016 Unfaithfully Yours Stephen Meredith Mint Theater Company Off-Broadway

(Beckett Theatre)

2000 Jesus Christ Superstar Disciple/Jesus (u/s) Ford Center for the Performing Arts Broadway
2002 Dance of the Vampires Alfred Minskoff Theatre Broadway
2003 Les Misérables Fauchelevent/Jean Prouvaire/Drunk/Constable/Marius (u/s) Imperial Theatre Broadway
2007–08 Les Misérables Enjolras Broadhurst Theatre Broadway
2012–13 Evita Magaldi/Che (u/s) Marquis Theatre Broadway
2015–16 An American in Paris Henri Baurel Palace Theatre Broadway



National and international tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Broadway Buzz
  2. ^ Actor, Max von Essen; 'Evita', singer currently performing in Broadway's (25 October 2012). "Trickle-Down Bullying". Retrieved 29 August 2016. 

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