Christian Borle

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Christian Borle
Christian Borle 2014 (cropped).jpg
Borle at the 2014 MontClair Film Festivcal
BornChristian D. Borle
(1973-10-01) October 1, 1973 (age 40)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupationstage, television actor, singer, dancer
Years active1987–Present
Spouse(s)Sutton Foster (2006-2010)
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Christian Borle
Christian Borle 2014 (cropped).jpg
Borle at the 2014 MontClair Film Festivcal
BornChristian D. Borle
(1973-10-01) October 1, 1973 (age 40)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupationstage, television actor, singer, dancer
Years active1987–Present
Spouse(s)Sutton Foster (2006-2010)

Christian Borle (born October 1, 1973)[1] is a Tony Award-winning American actor featured in several Broadway productions. He starred as Tom Levitt on the NBC musical-drama series Smash.

Early life[edit]

Borle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a Swiss father who was a professor of physiology at the University of Pittsburgh.[2] His love for Star Wars and drawing made him want to become a comic book artist when he grew up, but it was only when a friend convinced him to audition for a school play in his sophomore year that he began to develop an interest in acting.[3]

He attended St. Edmund's Academy in Pittsburgh, where he played Scrooge in a 1987 production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, but graduated from Shady Side Academy. He went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University before moving to New York in September 1995.[citation needed]


Borle made his Broadway debut in 1998, understudying the role of Willard in the stage adaptation of the film Footloose. He was featured in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and was the dance captain and understudy of several characters for the short-lived 2002 musical Amour.

In 2003 he replaced Gavin Creel in the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He married his co-star, actress Sutton Foster, who had played Millie, in September 2006.[4][5][6] On a radio interview in 2010 it was confirmed that Christian and Sutton had separated.[7]

Borle performed Monty Python's Spamalot, in which he originated a number of roles, including Prince Herbert and the Historian. His performance earned him a 2005 Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Audience Award as Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical. He is best known on Broadway, however, for originating Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The musical is based on MGM's 2001 film of the same name.[8]

He was featured in the Encores! staged concert version of On the Town as Ozzie, running in November 2008.[9] He appeared in a workshop production of a new play titled Peter and the Starcatcher in 2009.[10] He played Bert in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins, replacing Adam Fiorentino in the role on October 12, 2009[11] and then left the cast July 15, 2010.

In 2010, he appeared in The Bounty Hunter, in which he played a golf caddy. In Fall 2010/Winter 2011, Borle played the role of Prior Walter in Signature Theatre Company's 20th anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.[12]

On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Borle had joined Steven Spielberg's new NBC pilot Smash with Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee, Brian d'Arcy James, and Megan Hilty. The series follows a cross section of characters who come together to mount a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical (which is called Bombshell) on Broadway.[13] In May 2011, it was reported that NBC had picked up the show as a series for the 2011-2012 season.[14] In March 2012, NBC announced it would renew the series for a second season with 15 episodes.[15]

Borle was a member of the original cast in the Regional and Off-Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher that ran until April 24, 2011.[16] He reprised the role of Black Stache on Broadway in April 2012, where his performance earned him his second Tony Award nomination and first win as Best Featured Actor in a Play.[17] He ended his run in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher on June 30, 2012, to take a break before taping for Smash began in August 2012.

Borle played Max Dettweiler in The Sound of Music Live!, which aired on December 5, 2013.[18][19] He has been cast to play Mr. Darling and Mr. Smee in Peter Pan Live!, which will air on December 4, 2014.[20]


Borle started dating actress Sutton Foster in college,[21] and married her on September 18, 2006. During a radio interview in 2010, it was confirmed that they had gone their separate ways.[22][23] Foster and Borle still remain good friends[24] and continue to support each other's work.[25][26]

Borle also briefly dated Legally Blonde co-star Laura Bell Bundy.

Theatre credits[edit]

2012Peter and the StarcatcherBroadwayBlack Stache (Original Broadway Cast)
2011Off-BroadwayBlack Stache
2010Angels in AmericaOff-BroadwayPrior Walter
2009Peter and the StarcatcherRegionalBlack Stache
Mary PoppinsBroadwayBert (Replacement)
2008On the TownConcertOzzie
2007Legally BlondeBroadwayEmmett Forrest (Original Broadway Cast)
2005The Flamingo KidWorkshopPerformer
SpamalotBroadwayHistorian / Not Dead Fred / French Guard / Minstrel / Prince Herbert (Original Broadway Cast)
2004Snoopy! The MusicalConcertSnoopy
Time After TimeReadingH.G. Wells
2003Elegies: A Song CycleOff-BroadwayOriginal Performer
2002AmourBroadwayDance Captain, Advocate (Understudy) / Bertrand (Understudy) / Dusoleil (Understudy) / Newsvendor (Understudy) / Painter (Understudy)
Thoroughly Modern MillieBroadwayJimmy Smith (Replacement)
ProdigalOff-BroadwayKane Flannery / Zach Marshall (Original Cast)
2001The Baby and Johnny ProjectOff-BroadwayBilly Kostecki
Just SoRegionalKangaroo / Cooking Stove / Bushbuck
The 3 Musketeers, One Musical For AllRegionalPlanchet (Original American Cast)
2000Jesus Christ SuperstarBroadwayApostle
1998FootlooseBroadwayWillard Hewitt (Replacement)
1997/98West Side StoryNational TourRiff
1995The Who's TommyOffenbach, GermanyPinball Lad 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
2011/12Tony AwardBest Performance by a Featured Actor in a PlayPeter and the StarcatcherWon
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayNominated
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated
Lucille Lortel AwardsOutstanding Lead ActorWon Audience Choice AwardsFavorite Funny PerformanceWon Theater AwardsBest Featured Actor in a PlayWon
2011Tina AwardBest Actor (Play)Peter and the Starcatcher
Angels in America
Tina AwardBest Ensemble (Play)Angels in AmericaWon
Tina AwardBest Stage Duo (shared with Zachary Quinto)Won
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated Audience Choice AwardsBest ReplacementMary PoppinsNominated
2007Tony AwardBest Performance by a Featured Actor in a MusicalLegally BlondeNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalNominated
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated
2005Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalSpamalotNominated
Clarence Derwent AwardMost Promising MaleWon Audience Choice AwardsFavorite Featured Actor in a Broadway MusicalWon Audience Choice AwardsFavorite Onstage Pair (shared with Hank Azaria)Won


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "You Just Can't Forget About the Boy!". Columbia Scholastic Press Association. 2004-01-16. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Gimme Jimmy: Christian Borle Is New Juvenile Lead in Bway's Millie April 29",, April 29, 2003; "Off-stage, it's known in the theatre community that Christian is romantically linked to Millie herself, Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster."
  5. ^ "Broadway's Sutton Foster & Christian Borle Engaged" April 2006
  6. ^ Smith, Liz. "IN NEW YORK", Daily Variety, September 19, 2006, p. 4 wrote: "BROADWAY BABY Sutton Foster, whose most recent triumph is "The Drowsy Chaperone (five Tony wins and a nomination for Sutton), was wide awake Monday when she wed longtime boyfriend Christian Borle of "Spamalot" fame. The couple met and worked together on Sutton's first smash, Thoroughly Modern Millie, which brought her the theater's highest honor. Sutton and Christian recently bought their first home. In fact, the deal was closed the day "Drowsy" opened."
  7. ^ "Mary Poppins" stars Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly
  8. ^ "Star File"
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew."A Helluva Town: Encores! Launches New Season with On the Town",, November 19, 2008
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Peter Pan Is Back! Starcatchers Workshop, With Borle, Elrod, Green, Begins in CA",, February 13, 2009
  11. ^ "Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle to Sweep Into Mary Poppins Oct. 12",, October 12, 2009
  12. ^ "Signature Theatre Company: Announcing the Cast of ANGELS IN AMERICA". 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Christian Borle Joins SMASH!". 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  14. ^ May 11, 2011: "NBC Picks Up Whitney Cummings & Emily Spivey Pilots, 'Smash' & 'Prime Suspect'"
  15. ^ "NBC's ‘Smash’ Renewed For Second Season", March 22, 2012
  16. ^ "BWW TV: Finding the Characters in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER!". February 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "'Peter and the Starcatcher' Lands on Broadway March 28", March 28, 2012
  18. ^ Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle Join Cast of NBC's Sound of Music Playbill, Retrieved September 16, 2013
  19. ^ 'Sound of Music Live!' with Carrie Underwood: NBC announces more cast, releases poster Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved September 16, 2013
  20. ^ "UPDATE: Neil Meron Confirms Christian Borle Casting for NBC's PETER PAN!". Broadway World. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Broadway Buzz: Sutton Foster
  22. ^ "Mary Poppins" stars Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly
  23. ^ Lee, LUAINE. "With NBC's 'Smash,' Christian Borle has arrived", February 20, 2012
  24. ^ "Sutton Foster Previews Her New ABC Family Show BUNHEADS". We Love Soaps. May 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  25. ^ "Christian Borle on the Thrill of Jumping from Smash to Peter and the Starcatcher". April 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  26. ^ "Q&A: Christian Borle". April 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 

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