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.
Off-Broadway and Broadway
Ashmanskas was in the original productions of Dream (1997), Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway, 1995) and the Broadway revival of Gypsy: A Musical Fable (2003). He was a replacement "Carmen Ghia", starting in 2004, in The Producers.
In 2006 he played several characters in the Broadway production of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical.
He appeared in the Broadway revival of The Ritz as Chris in 2007. He played the character of Mr. Dobitch in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. Also in 2010 he appeared in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter.
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.
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. In 2016, he is appearing in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
He has performed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, in Present Laughter in 2007 and in She Loves Me in May and June 2008 (which transferred to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in June and July). He appeared in God of Carnage in 2012 as Alan.
His appearances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, include She Loves Me in 2008,Knickerbocker in 2009 and in July and August 2013 in a new musical, Johnny Baseball.
|1995||Songs for a New World||Man 1||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|
|2003||Gypsy||Mr. Goldstone/Pastey||Broadway, May 1, 2003 – May 20, 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|
|2009||Knickerbocker||Unknown||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|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 – Apr. 20, 2016|
|2016||Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921||Al/Izzy/Mr.Broadway/Carlo||Broadway, Apr. 21, 2016 –|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Mr. Misher|
|2007||All My Children||Leon||2 episodes|
|20012-14||The Good Wife||Judge Greg Brochard||2 episodes|
Awards and Nominations
|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|
- Biography americantheatrewing.org, accessed August 24, 2013
- Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Dream' " curtainup.com, accessed August 25, 2013
- " 'Gypsy', 2003" sondheimguide.com, accessed August 25, 2013
- "Ashmanskas listing" InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed August 25, 2011
- Simonson, Robert. "Jonathan Freeman and Brooks Ashmanskas Are New DeBris and Ghia in 'Producers', Aug. 31" playbill.com, August 18, 2004
- Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me' " The New York Times, August 18, 2006
- Gans, Andrew. "2006-2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms" playbill.com, May 15, 2007
- Hernandez, Ernio. "Fame Tony Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas Joins 'The Ritz' Revival Cast" playbill.com, May 31, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth. "'Promises, Promises' Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Annnounced" playbill.com, February 4, 2010
- Weiner, Iris. "Brooks Ashmanskas' Comedic Heart Beats on Broadway" theimproper.com, February 20, 2010
- Champion, Lindsay. Zoe Kazan, Vincent D’Onofrio & Brooks Ashmanskas Set for Off-Broadway's 'Clive', Starring Ethan Hawke" broadway.com, November 4, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam. "Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Vincent Pastore Set for 'Bullets Over Broadway', Opening in April 2014" playbill.com, June 27, 2013
- Hetrick, Adam. " 'Something Rotten!' Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight", playbill.com, March 23, 2015
- "Onstage", ShuffleAlongBroadway.com, accessed March 14, 2016
- "DC's Arena Stage Opens Marx Bros' Musical 'Animal Crackers', April 7-May 30" playbill.com, April 7, 1999
- Donovan, R.J. "Brooks Ashmanskas Took His Time Getting To Boston..And The Huntington" onstageboston.com, June 4, 2007
- Bacalzo, Dan. Ashmanskas, Baldwin, Latessa, et al. Cast in Huntington's She Loves Me'" April 22, 2008
- Herick, Adam. "Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day, Christy Pusz Face 'God of Carnage' at the Huntington Jan. 6" playbill.com, January 6, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam and Gans, Andrew."Tonight at Eight: 'She Loves Me' Begins Williamstown Run June 27" playbill.com, June 27, 2008
- "Interview, Actor Brooks Ashmanskas" williamstowntheatrefestival.blogspot.com, July 9, 2009
- Hetrick, Adam. "Williamstown Season Adds Brooks Ashmanskas, De'Adre Aziza and Reed Birney" playbill.com, June 3, 2013
- Gans, Andrew. "Casting Announced for Kennedy Center's 'Girl Crazy', 'Bye Bye Birdie' and 'Side Show' " playbill.com, July 16, 2008
- Taft, Kevin."Let It Burn. Castmember Brooks Ashmanskas talks 'Burn This' at the Mark Taper Forum" frontiersla.com, March 22, 2011
- Jones, Kenneth. "Ford's Theatre's '1776', With Robert Cuccioli, Brooks Ashmanskas, William Diggle, Begins March 9" playbill.com, March 9, 2012
- Ashmanskas Listing Internet Off-Broadway Database