Brian d'Arcy James

Personal Information
Brian d'Arcy James will take on his most ambitious theater project to date; that of starring in the title role of the upcoming Dreamworks Broadway production of SHREK THE MUSICAL currently playing in Seattle and will debut on Broadway in December.

A Broadway veteran, Brian received a 2002 TONY nomination, a Drama Desk nomination, an Outer Critics Circle nomination and a Drama League Honor for his star turn as Sidney Falco in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. For his performances Off Broadway, he received a 2000 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and a Drama League Honor for THE WILD PARTY at the Manhattan Theater Club. He also received a 2001 OBIE AWARD, Drama Desk Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Backstage Garland Award, and LA Weekly Award for his solo performance in THE GOOD THEIF. He comments that his role as the unnamed narrator in this play is his most memorable role to date and plans to reprise that role in 2010 for the 10 year anniversary of Keen Company , the New York City theater that originally produced the play and gave him the opportunity to star.

This past year, Brian received rave reviews for the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of PORT AUTHORITY by Conor Mc Pherson. He also co-starred in the Lucile Lortel nominated production of NEXT TO NORMAL, at Second Stage Theater.

Brian started his illustrious career on Broadway when he appeared in BLOOD BROTHERS in 1993, taking over the lead role of Mickey for a limited time before leaving to join Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed production of Carousel at Lincoln Center. He continued with strong performances in TITANIC in the standout role of Barrett the Stoker, for which he received his first Drama League Honor and a FANY Award. Recently Brian originated the role of "Brendan" in Martin McDonagh's TONY and Drama Desk nominated play THE LIEUTENANT of INISHMORE and has also shared the stage with Kristen Chenoweth, in the Roundabout Theater's revival of THE APPLE TREE, and starred in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS as the crude con- man and scene stealing Freddy Benson.

He has appeared in the plays THE PAVILION, FLIGHT, ANCESTRAL VOICES at Lincoln Center and PUBLIC ENEMY by Kenneth Branagh. He starred in the Encores production of PARDON MY ENGLISH, and appeared in the original companies of FLOYD COLLINS for Playwrights Horizons and Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS in San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

His numerous recordings include but are not limited to his 2004 debut Solo Album entitled "From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn," "Carousel," "Floyd Collins," "Myths and Hymns," "The Wild Party," "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Civil War," "Violet," "Dream Come True," "Jason Robert Brown" (the Solo Album), "Maury Yeston Album Compilation," "The Steven Sondheim Album," "The Steven Schwartz Album," "Far from the Madding Crowd," and “Kelly and "Brownstone."

Not limited to theater, Brian has also appeared in the ABC series "Cashmere Mafia," and FX's "Rescue Me." He will also cameo in the upcoming Ricky Gervais comedy "Ghost Town."

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Days of Wine and Roses Linda Gross Theater 06/05/2023 Joe
2 Hamilton Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 02/17/2015 King George
3 Giant Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 11/13/2012 Jordan 'Brick' Benedict
4 Port Authority Linda Gross Theater 05/21/2008 Dermot
5 Next to Normal Second Stage Theatre 02/13/2008 Dan
6 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Linda Gross Theater 02/27/2006 Brendan
7 Flight Lucille Lortel Theatre 05/16/2005 Reporter
8 The Wild Party New York City Center/ Stage I 02/24/2000 Burrs
9 Floyd Collins Playwrights Horizons 02/09/1996 Clif Roney/Reporter
10 Public Enemy Irish Arts Center 11/03/1994 Davey Boyd
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2015 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Hamilton Actor
2 NOMINATED 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actor in a Musical Giant Actor
3 NOMINATED 2013 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance Giant Actor
4 NOMINATED 2009 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Lead Actor Port Authority Actor
5 NOMINATED 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Port Authority Actor
6 NOMINATED 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Port Authority Actor
7 NOMINATED 2008 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance Next to Normal Actor