Robert Westenberg
Lecturer, Musical Theatre
Voice + opera + musical theatre

After a lengthy performing career that included work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, national tours, television and film, Robert Westenberg is now concentrating on teaching, directing and playwriting.  

He is perhaps best remembered for his roles in the original Broadway casts of “Into the Woods” as the Wolf and Prince, for which he received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award, “Secret Garden” as Neville Craven and “Sunday in the Park with George” where he replaced Mandy Patinkin in the title role. He also performed the role of Javert in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables.” Other Broadway credits include leading roles in “1776,” “Company,” “Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Zorba” for which he received a Theatre World Award.  

While known for his work in musical theatre, Westenberg has also appeared in numerous plays and classical works in theatres around the country. His national tour credits include “Zorba,” “Funny Girl” and “The Full Monty.” 

Westenberg’s film and television credits are “The Ice Storm,” “Before and After,” “The Stars Fell on Henrietta,” “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “Swift Justice,” “Central Park West” and “Law and Order: SVU.” He has sung at Carnegie Hall in “The Gay Divorcee” and can be heard on several original cast albums.  

Westenberg is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and completed his degree studies at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. 

After serving as chair of the theatre department at Drury University and coordinator of the musical theatre program at Missouri State University for several years, Westenberge now resides in Longmont, Colorado. He is married to Kim Crosby and is the proud father of their three children. 

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