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Robert Westenberg

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Westenberg
Born (1953-10-26) October 26, 1953 (age 67)
EducationBullard High School
California State University, Fresno
Alma materNational Theatre Conservatory
OccupationActor, singer, educator
Years active1983-present
Spouse(s)Kim Crosby (m. 1991)
Children3

Robert Westenberg (born October 26, 1953) is an American musical theatre actor, acting teacher and professor. He appeared on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden and Into the Woods, as well as several other musicals. He is the musical theatre coordinator and associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Missouri State University.

Early life and education

Born in Miami Beach, Florida, but raised in Fresno, California with his six siblings. Westenberg graduated Bullard High School in 1971, where he was active in sports, specifically football. He then attended California State University, Fresno.[1][2]

Westenberg received a master's degree from Denver’s National Theatre Conservatory.[3]

Career

Broadway

He made his Broadway debut in the 1983 revival of Zorba as Nikos, for which he won the Theatre World Award.[4] He played the dual role of Soldier/Alex in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George in May 1984. He later took over Mandy Patinkin's leading role of George Seurat where he played opposite Bernadette Peters in September of that year.[5] He received a Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in Sondheim's Into the Woods (1987).[6] It was during this show where he met his wife, Kim Crosby, who played Cinderella.[7]

In 1991, he starred with Patinkin again along with Daisy Eagan, Alison Fraser and Rebecca Luker as Dr. Neville Craven in the original Broadway production of The Secret Garden.[8] In 2020, Westenberg directed the same production at Missouri State University, where he is head of the Musical Theatre department.[9]

Other

In 2002, Westenberg was in the US and Japan tour of The Full Monty.[10] Westenberg has been in several MUNY (St. Louis) productions. He played Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in 2001 opposite his wife, Kim Crosby, as Eliza Doolittle.[11]

He played the roles of both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in the July 2007 St. Louis MUNY production of Peter Pan.[12] He reprised these roles in a 2009 production in Branson, Missouri, with Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan.[13] In 2012, he directed a production of Les Misérables at Springfield Little Theatre.

Television and film credits

Westenberg's film credits include Mr. and Mrs. Bridge and The Ice Storm. He has made guest appearances on Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the short-lived series Aliens in the Family. He played Prince Raymond on the soap opera, One Life to Live from 1989-90.[1]

Selected Stage credits

Broadway

MUNY credits

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Bearskin, or The Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years Bearskin Short film
1990 Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Ruth's Boyfriend
1995 The Stars Fell on Henrietta Mr. Rumsfelk
1996 Before and After Journalist #1
1997 The Ice Storm Rob Halford

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1986 American Playhouse Soldier/Alex Episode: "Sunday in the Park With George"
1989-1990 One Life to Live Prince Raymond Hohenstein Recurring role
1991 American Playhouse Wolf/Cinderella's Prince Episode: "Into the Woods"
1996 Swift Justice Leo Episode: "Where Were You in '72?"
C.P.W. Episode: "Out On Bail"
Aliens in the Family High Elder Prissy Episode: "Respect Your Elders"
2001 Third Watch Dr. Gambetti Episode: "Unfinished Business"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Col. Marsden Episode: "Manhunt"

Personal life

He married actress and singer Kim Crosby on June 19, 1991, and the couple now have three children.

Westenberg lives with his wife, daughters Emily and Katherine, and son Joe in Springfield, Missouri, where he is musical theatre coordinator and associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Missouri State University. He was previously chair of the theatre program at Drury University.[3][16][17][1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Robert Westenberg Bio" masterworksbroadway.com, accessed July 2016
  2. ^ Rawson, Christopher. "Stage Preview: 'Medea' brings top-class, hard-working actor to the bad-guy role of Jason" post-gazette.com, September 28, 2001
  3. ^ a b "Award-winning actor to lead MSU’s musical theatre program" missouristate.edu, February 1, 2016
  4. ^ " Zorba, Broadway 1983" Playbill (vault), accessed July 27, 2016
  5. ^ " Sunday in the Park with George Broadway 1984" Playbill (vault), accessed July 27, 2016
  6. ^ " Into the Woods Broadway 1987" Playbill (vault), accessed July 27, 2016
  7. ^ Culwell, Logan. "Did They Finish the Hat? Where Are the Stars of 'Sunday in the Park with George' Now?" Playbill, May 12, 2015
  8. ^ " The Secret Garden Broadway 1991" Playbill (vault), accessed July 27, 2016
  9. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan (September 16, 2020). "Robert Westenberg Returns to the 'Prophetic' Secret Garden Amid Coronavirus Pandemic". Playbill. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  10. ^ Ehren, Christine. " 'Full Monty' 's Westenberg, Woods Bare All for Boston, DC, San Fran, Japan", Playbill, March 22, 2002
  11. ^ "2002 Interview with Robert Westenberg" talkinbroadway.com
  12. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "He's Flying: Francis Jue Is 'Peter Pan' at the Muny Beginning July 16" Playbill, July 16, 2007
  13. ^ Cantrell, Rachel. "Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan" branson.com, May 15, 2009
  14. ^ Ehren, Christine. "'Sit Down, Bob!': Westenberg Returns to '1776' via St. Louis Muny, July 26-Aug. 1" Playbill, July 25, 1999
  15. ^ Jones, Kenneth. Westenberg and Crosby Spar in The Muny's 'My Fair Lady,' July 30-Aug. 5" Playbill, July 30, 2001
  16. ^ " 'INTO THE WOODS' Tony Nominee Robert Westenberg Joins MSU Faculty" broadwayworld.com, February 2, 2016
  17. ^ Gordon, David. "5 Facts We Learned About 'Into the Woods' During the Original-Cast Reunion" theatermania.com, June 22, 2015

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