PHOTO CALL: Michael Rupert Celebrates 40 Years on Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: Michael Rupert Celebrates 40 Years on Broadway Jan. 18 marked Legally Blonde star Michael Rupert's 40th anniversary on Broadway. Friends and co-workers of the past and present greeted the Tony-winning actor with a "surprise" celebration at the famous Sardi's restaurant.

Hal Luftig and Michael Rupert
Hal Luftig and Michael Rupert

It was on this day in 1968 that a teenage "Mike Rupert" made his Broadway debut in the musical The Happy Time at the Broadway Theatre. He played the role of Bibi Bonnard, a performance that earned him the first of three Tony nominations as well as a Theatre World Award. In attendance at the party were numerous actors who have shared the stage with Rupert over the years, including much of the original Falsettos cast.

In a brief speech toasting the performer, producer Hal Luftig brought out his very own original Playbill from The Happy Time and read aloud the young actor's first Broadway bio, which described him as a "West-Coast high school student" with aspirations of one day going to dental school.

Though Rupert has yet to tackle that last goal, he has managed to work consistently on Broadway for the past 40 years. Some of his notable credits on The Great White Way are Pippin, Falsettos, City of Angels, Mail (which he also wrote) and Ragtime. Rupert won the 1986 Tony Award in the Featured Actor category for his performance in that year's Sweet Charity revival.

He is currently appearing as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde, a role that he created and can be heard performing on the original cast album. For more information, visit jrockingr.com.

Here are some photos from the event:  

"Livin' in trousers..."
From left: Mary Testa, William Finn and Chip Zien

 
From left: April Berry, Michelle Kittrell, Matthew Risch and Lindsay Nicole Chambers

 
From left: Luther Creek, Julia Murney, Carolee Carmello and Chip Zien

 
 
 
Natalie Joy Johnson and Michael Rupert

 
From left: Stephen Bogardus, Andrew Harrison Leeds and Chip Zien

 
From left: Andy Karl, Rusty Mowery, Michael Rupert, Rod Harrelson and James Royce Edwards

 
 
Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Becky Gulsvig
 
Kate Shindle and Michael Rupert

 
"March of the original Falsettos"
From left: Chip Zien, Michael Rupert, Carolee Carmello, Stephen Bogardus and Andrew Harrison Leeds

photos by Matthew Blank
 

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