The two-time winner and 2017 nominee tells Playbill the person who made him believe he could be Marvin.
Christian Borle won his first Tony Award as Black Stache in 2012’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Borle marks that role as a turning point in his career, because it taught him that he could create a character from the ground up.
The actor went on to win his second Tony for originating the role of Shakespeare in 2015’s Something Rotten! This year, Borle has proved his chops in his ability to create a new take on an old role as Marvin in the revival of Falsettos.
While he currently plays infamous chocolatier Willy Wonka in the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway, the Tony Nominating Committee did not forget his moving portrayal from the fall season of the man left to figure out what “family” means after leaving his wife and son for another man.
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A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Borle credits his teachers and collaborators along the way for making him feel like he had a place in the theatre industry, but even Tony winners need a reminder. And it was director James Lapine’s faith in Borle to take on the role of Marvin that reassured the actor of his ability to do great work.
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