Danny Burstein (b. 1964)

Danny Burstein (born June 16, 1964) is a versatile American actor who is known for his work in theater, film and television. He won the 2012 Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, as well as an Astaire Award nomination and a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in the Broadway revival of Follies. He won the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in South Pacific. He was also nominated for the 2006 Ovation Award and the Tony Award for his performance in The Drowsy Chaperone.

Burstein was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, but raised in New York City. He attended the High School of the Performing Arts and Queens College in New York City. He received an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego in 1990. Burstein's first acting job was in the chorus of The Music Man at the The Muny in St. Louis during college.

He played the role of Buddy Plummer in the Kennedy Center production of Follies, which ran from May 7, 2011 through June 19, 2011 at the Eisenhower Theater, co-starring with Bernadette Peters, Ron Raines, and Jan Maxwell. He reprised that role in the Broadway engagement of Follies at the Marquis Theatre from August 7, 2011 (in previews) through January 22, 2012, and continued with the production in its engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California from May 3, 2012 through June 9, 2012. He won the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actor in a Musical and was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actor in a Musical.

Burstein can be heard on the cast recording of many of these musicals. Among his many recordings is the musical "Sweet Little Devil" in which he introduced three George Gershwin, Buddy DeSylva songs. The score originally went unrecorded in 1924 and was finally recorded by PS Classics, with Burstein playing the role of Sam in 2012.

Burstein appeared in the films, Affluenza (2012), Milkshake (2013), Nor'easter, Construction (not yet releasedas of August 2012), Duane Incarnate (2004) , Transamerica (2005), Autumn Whispers and Deception (2008). His many television credits include the BBC's Absolutely Fabulous (2002), the FX series Louie (2010) and for HBO, he has the recurring role of Lolly Steinman in "Boardwalk Empire". Burstein has lent his voice to a number of video games, including "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and "Grand Theft Auto: IV".

Production History

Date Play Venue Role
Oct 3, 2000 A Class Act NYCC - Stage 2 Ed (alternate)
Jan 1, 1993 Saint Joan Lyceum Theatre Dunois' Page
Nov 29, 1992 The Seagull Lyceum Theatre Yakov
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