Brian Charles Rooney

BRIAN CHARLES ROONEY
Lee/Blanche

Brian was recently lauded by both The New York Times and Time Out NY for his performance as Dionne Salon in the hit Off-Broadway musical, Bedbugs!!! In a performance that Entertainment Weekly said "ignited the stage," he made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera for The Roundabout Theatre Co., co-starring Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Dale, Nellie McKay, and Ana Gasteyer.  He won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" as Candy Darling in Anna Jacobs & Maggie Kate Coleman's musical POP! at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw. He has won two NY Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Awards for Bedbugs!!! (2008) & Bayonets of Angst (2014); as well as the FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Performance as Satan in the new rock musical, Winner Take All. Brian appeared with Kristin Chenoweth and composer Andrew Lippa, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in I Am Harvey Milk, an oratorio celebrating the life of the famous activist. He has appeared as a soloist in Martin Charnin's theatrical revue, Rodgers &..., a retrospective of Richard Rodgers' monumental body of work at the Emelin Theatre; and in the Carnegie Hall Concert Production of Guys & Dolls starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally.  He was a featured soloist with UK Pop legend Petula Clark on the North American Tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  He received a Carbonell Award Nomination for his performance in Floyd Collins at The Actors' Playhouse (Coral Gables, FL;), a Metro-Carolina Award Nomination as Jinx in Forever Plaid at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Charlotte, NC).  He played the title role in Bat Boy! The Musical at Charleston Stage Co., in Charleston, SC. His Television credits include Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, both directed by Lonny Price for PBS at Lincoln Center.   In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at 54 Below & Joe's Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon & Seattle Symphony Orchestras.  www.BrianCharlesRooney.com