Brooks Ashmanskas

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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.


Ashmanskas graduated from Bennington College.[1]

Off-Broadway and Broadway

Ashmanskas was in the original productions of Dream (1997),[2] Songs for a New World (Off-Broadway, 1995) and the Broadway revival of Gypsy: A Musical Fable (2003).[3][4] He was a replacement "Carmen Ghia", starting in 2004, in The Producers.[5]

In 2006 he played several characters in the Broadway production of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,[6] for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical.[7]

He appeared in the Broadway revival of The Ritz as Chris in 2007.[8] He played the character of Mr. Dobitch in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises.[9] Also in 2010 he appeared in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter.[4][10]

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.[11]

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.[12][13] In 2016, he is appearing in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.[14]

Regional theatre

He appeared in the Arena Stage production of Animal Crackers in 1999.[15]

He has performed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, in Present Laughter in 2007[16] and in She Loves Me in May and June 2008 (which transferred to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in June and July).[17] He appeared in God of Carnage in 2012 as Alan.[18]

His appearances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, include She Loves Me in 2008,[19]Knickerbocker in 2009[20] and in July and August 2013 in a new musical, Johnny Baseball.[21]

In 2008 he participated in a staged concert presentation of "Broadway: Three Generations" at the Kennedy Center, appearing in Girl Crazy and Bye Bye Birdie.[22]

He performed in Burn This as "Larry" at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, in 2011.[23]

He appeared in the musical 1776 as "John Adams" at the Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., in 2012.[24]



Year Show Role Notes
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 –


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Julie & Julia Mr. Misher


Year Title Role Notes
2007 All My Children Leon 2 episodes
20012-14 The Good Wife Judge Greg Brochard 2 episodes

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
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


  1. Biography, accessed August 24, 2013
  2. Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Dream' ", accessed August 25, 2013
  3. " 'Gypsy', 2003", accessed August 25, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ashmanskas listing" InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed August 25, 2011
  5. Simonson, Robert. "Jonathan Freeman and Brooks Ashmanskas Are New DeBris and Ghia in 'Producers', Aug. 31", August 18, 2004
  6. Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me' " The New York Times, August 18, 2006
  7. Gans, Andrew. "2006-2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms", May 15, 2007
  8. Hernandez, Ernio. "Fame Tony Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas Joins 'The Ritz' Revival Cast", May 31, 2007
  9. Jones, Kenneth. "'Promises, Promises' Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Annnounced", February 4, 2010
  10. Weiner, Iris. "Brooks Ashmanskas' Comedic Heart Beats on Broadway", February 20, 2010
  11. Champion, Lindsay. Zoe Kazan, Vincent D’Onofrio & Brooks Ashmanskas Set for Off-Broadway's 'Clive', Starring Ethan Hawke", November 4, 2012
  12. Hetrick, Adam. "Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Vincent Pastore Set for 'Bullets Over Broadway', Opening in April 2014", June 27, 2013
  13. Hetrick, Adam. " 'Something Rotten!' Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight",, March 23, 2015
  14. "Onstage",, accessed March 14, 2016
  15. "DC's Arena Stage Opens Marx Bros' Musical 'Animal Crackers', April 7-May 30", April 7, 1999
  16. Donovan, R.J. "Brooks Ashmanskas Took His Time Getting To Boston..And The Huntington", June 4, 2007
  17. Bacalzo, Dan. Ashmanskas, Baldwin, Latessa, et al. Cast in Huntington's She Loves Me'" April 22, 2008
  18. Herick, Adam. "Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day, Christy Pusz Face 'God of Carnage' at the Huntington Jan. 6", January 6, 2012
  19. Hetrick, Adam and Gans, Andrew."Tonight at Eight: 'She Loves Me' Begins Williamstown Run June 27", June 27, 2008
  20. "Interview, Actor Brooks Ashmanskas", July 9, 2009
  21. Hetrick, Adam. "Williamstown Season Adds Brooks Ashmanskas, De'Adre Aziza and Reed Birney", June 3, 2013
  22. Gans, Andrew. "Casting Announced for Kennedy Center's 'Girl Crazy', 'Bye Bye Birdie' and 'Side Show' ", July 16, 2008
  23. Taft, Kevin."Let It Burn. Castmember Brooks Ashmanskas talks 'Burn This' at the Mark Taper Forum", March 22, 2011
  24. Jones, Kenneth. "Ford's Theatre's '1776', With Robert Cuccioli, Brooks Ashmanskas, William Diggle, Begins March 9", March 9, 2012

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