Danny Burstein

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Biography

Danny Burstein recently played Luther Billis in the Broadway revival of South Pacific (also Cast recording) at Lincoln Center for which he received a 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony & Drama Desk Award nominations. Danny was nominated for a 2006 Tony Award for the role of Aldolpho in the original Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone (also Cast Recording). He spent three seasons as an original company member of Tony Randall's National Actors Theater - credits there include: Three Men On A Horse (w/ Jack Klugman & Tony Randall), Saint Joan (w/ Maryann Plunkett & John Neville), THE SEAGULL (w/ Jon Voight & Tyne Daly), A Little Hotel On The Side (w/ Lynn Redgrave) and The Flowering Peach (w/ Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson). He was also seen on Broadway in A Class Act; Titanic; and Company (also Cast Recording).

Off-Broadway: the world premiere of A.R. Gurney's Mrs. Farnsworth (opposite Sigourney Weaver & John Lithgow) at the Flea; the world premiere of Psych at Playwrights Horizons; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (also Cast Recording) at the Westside; the revival of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along (also Cast Recording) at the York; All In The Timing at the Houseman; Alan Menken & David Spencer's Weird Romance (also Cast Recording) at the WPA; The Rothschilds & Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh - both at Circle in the Square; The United Way at Ensemble Studio Theater; A Class Act at Manhattan Theater Club; the Ira Gershwin Centennial (taped for PBS) & Sail Away (w/ Elaine Stritch) - both performed at Carnegie Hall and Du Barry Was A Lady (w/ Robert Morse & Faith Prince), Li'l Abner & The Boys From Syracuse (also Cast Recording) - all with the Encores! Series at City Center. Other credits include: Grease, Showboat (w/ Eddie Bracken), The Music Man (w/ Jim Dale) and Funny Girl (w/ Juliet Prowse & Larry Kert); OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD (directed by Andre Serban); The Homecoming (directed by William Ball); the American premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles (Ovation Award nomination); the world premiere of Barry Manilow's Harmony (Drama-Logue Award) & Macbeth - both at the La Jolla Playhouse; the world premiere of Henry Kreiger & Bill Russell's Everything's Ducky at theatreworks in Palo Alto; the world premiere of The Mission Home at New Jersey's Forum Theater; Shenandoah (w/ John Cullum) at the St. Louis MUNY; Fiddler... (w/ Theodore Bikel); PETER PAN (w/ Cathy Rigby); the world premiere of Harold & Maude (with Estelle Parsons) at the Paper Mill Playhouse; he served as narrator for Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream  with the Alabama Symphony and was featured in the world premiere of Time And Again at the Old Globe in San Diego (directed by Jack O'Brien). Singing engagements have taken him from Good Morning America, to the Rainbow Room, to Shea Stadium.

Television appearances include playing Lolly Steinman in HBO's Boardwalk Empire (Martin Scorsese, dir.); Martin on the BBC-TV's hit series Absolutely Fabulous; Law & Order; Conviction; Third Watch; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Ed; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Hope & Faith; Another World; All My Children; As The World Turns as well as performing on the 2006 and 2008 Tony Awards and countless television & radio commercials. He can be heard on several hit video games including Grand Theft Auto 4; Neverwinter Knights Ii, Manhunt Ii and he is the voice of Darius Fontaine in Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas. He is the voice of the latin chameleon, Fernando, in the Rankin/Bass animated holiday film, Santa Baby! (also Soundtrack). He can be heard singing in the Disney animated film, Hunchback Of Notre Dame: Deux and the Robert Smigel cartoon, Torboto, for Satrurday Night Live. He can be seen in the feature film, Duane Incarnate opposite Kristin Johnston (Tribeca, Boston & Deauville Film Festivals); Transamerica, opposite Felicity Huffman (Tribeca, Berlin & Cannes Film Festivals) and opposite Ewan McGregor in Deception. Other recordings: Dear Edwina (Studio Cast Recording); Allegro (Studio Cast Recording); Jerome Kern's Leave It To Jane (recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios); Sondheim At The Movies, Lost In Boston Iv, Unsung Musicals III  and many others. He has written & directed numerous concerts for soprano, Rebecca Luker, around the country and, most notably, at both Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. He proudly served as emcee for the highly-regarded New Voices Collective at Symphony Space for three years. He is the proud recipient of Inside Broadway's Beacon Award for helping to bring live theater to young audiences and was honored with his own Sardi's caricature in 2009. Mr. Burstein is on the Artist Committe of the Kennedy Center Honors and received his training at New York's famed H.S. of Performing Arts, the Moscow Art Theater, Queens College (BA) and the University of California, San Diego (MFA). He has two sons, Alexander and Zachary, and lives in NYC with his wife, actress, Rebecca Luker.
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