Sunday, July 1, 2012

Broadway Boys: Mr. July 2012: Max von Essen


Mr. July 2012
Max von Essen

WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY:  If you have had the good fortune to see him perform on stage, you understand exactly why Max von Essen is Mr. Broadway!  Did you see him in the final company of Les Miserables, or maybe in the revival company of Les Miserables where he played Enjolras?  Maybe you were one of the few who caught him in the legendary cult favorite Dance of the Vampires.  Off Broadway, he most recently appeared in Death Takes a Holiday and on tour, he played Sonny to Elizabeth Stanley's (Ms. Broadway May 2010) Kira in Xanadu.  Regionally, he's played everything from Jesus in Superstar and Joseph in Dreamcoat to Tony in West Side Story and the Emcee in Cabaret.  Of course, you might have seen him as Magaldi in the new revival of Evita, currently on Broadway.  And this first week of July and for a spell in August, he'll be alternating in the role of Che while Ricky Martin is on vacation.  A fixture at Broadway community events, and a riot on Twitter, he connects with fans who adore him.  Just what a talented actor-singer-dancer should have: an enviable, varied stage career and the respect of colleagues and fans alike.  No wonder Max von Essen is Mr. Broadway for July 2012!

PERSONAL NOTE: I'd like to thank Mr. von Essen for his help, contributions and input with this blog entry, and for helping me with yesterday's #SIP blog.  He is a real class act, Broadway fans.  One of the good guys.

  • BIRTH DATE: January 11, which makes him a Capricorn!
  • EDUCATION: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN HIM: Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (2000), Les Miserables (original Broadway run - final company), Dance of the Vampires, Les Miserables (revival cast), Evita; Off-Broadway: Death Takes a Holiday, Hello, Again, The Fantasticks; National Tours: Chicago (Mary Sunshine!), Xanadu, West Side Story (Europe), Liza Minnelli in Concert; Regional: Kennedy Center: Mame, PCLO: My Fair Lady, Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Sacramento Music Circus: Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Joseph..., Paper Mill Playhouse: The Baker's Wife; Television/Film: Gossip Girl, Sex and the City 2
  • ON THE INTERNET: ,, Submissions Only (Web Series), Twitter: @MaxizPad

Head shots
Current Head Shot - courtesy of
Max von Essen

Some previous head shots

ABOVE, Black and white, by Isaac Lane Koval
Another new one! Courtesy of Max von Essen

TV and Internet

In the 100th episode of Gossip Girl
Courtesy Max von Essen

In Submissions Only

Shows: Regional

Dorian and Cabaret

West Side Story

The Baker's Wife with Alice Ripley

Patrick Dennis x 2!  Left: Mame at the Kennedy Center
Right: Auntie Mame with Charles Busch

Shows: National Tour of Xanadu - photos by Carol Rosegg

with Elizabeth Stanley

Shows: Off-Broadway

2005's World AIDS Day: The Secret Garden
von Essen with Steven Pasquale, Will Chase and Laura Benanti

Transport Group's Hello, Again 
with Elizabeth Stanley

The Transport Group Cast of Hello, Again

Roundabout Theatre Company's
Death Takes a Holiday with Alexandra Socha
(Photos from Death Takes a Holiday and Hello, Again by Carol Rosegg)

Shows: On Broadway

Dance of the Vampires - photos by Paul Kolnik

von Essen with Mandu Gonzales

Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables (photos by Joan Marcus)

Evita (photos by Richard Termine)

"On This Night of a Thousand Stars"

"Eva, Beware of the City" with Elena Roger

#SIP and Backstage Fun at Evita

Lea Michele and Blake Daniel with von Essen

And at the 2012 Tony Awards

(Backstage photos courtesy of Max von Essen)


A first for JKTS! A Wal-mart Commercial!

"Just In Time For Christmas" - A Benefit for the It Gets Better Project

"Proud Lady" from The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse)

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