WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: Right now, he is the leading man of a hit off-Broadway musical, written by some of the biggest names in musical theatre and co-starring a "who's who" of contemporary American musical theatre performers. And of all things, he is a singing and dancing man version of Death! Yes, he is the title character in Death Takes a Holiday, a show with uptown ambitions. But I'm not cheating, here, either. He last appeared on Broadway in Butley, holding his own against none other than Nathan Lane. British audiences have lone enjoyed his talents in shows like Grand Hotel: The Musical and Merrily We Roll Along. And if you missed him onstage in the states, you may know him from TV or movies like Cashmere Mafia, The Royal, Foyle's War and the Kelsey Grammer musical version of A Christmas Carol. Good looks, a star-making performance (that you have only a month or so to catch for sure) and a clear passion for the stage are all the best reasons why Julian Ovenden is Mr. Broadway for August 2011.
- Currently appearing in: Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre.
- Age: He was born on May 6, 1976, which makes him 35.
- Other credits: Broadway: Butley; Television: Cashmere Mafia, Foyle 's War, The Royal, A Christmas Carol: The Musical; West End: Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel: The Musical, Marguerite, Annie Get Your Gun; Concerts: Stephen Sondheim at 80 Concert (London), Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration (London).
- Where to find him on the Internet: http://www.julianovenden.com/; www.roundabouttheater.com/deathtakesaholiday.
Singing "Agony" at London's Sondheim at 80 Celebration (with Daniel Evans)
Broadway.com's Show Clips: Death Takes a Holiday
TRIVIA QUESTION #3
Ron Raines is a three time Emmy Award nominee for appearing in which television program?
A. The Bold and the Beautiful
B. As the World Turns
C. Guiding Light
D. The Young and the Restless
Question #2 is with yesterday's blog, and questions 4 and 5 will appear on Thursday and Friday's blogs.