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Bruce Adler

Performer, Writer
( b. Nov 27, 1944 New York, New York, USA - d. Jul 25, 2008 Davie, Florida, USA ) Male
Relations: Son of Henrietta Jacobson
Son of Julius Adler

A canny, rubber-faced and physically agile comic actor, Mr. Adler made his Broadway debut playing the itinerant peddler Ali Hakim in the 1979 revival of Oklahoma! directed by William Hammerstein. The following decade brought Broadway appearances in the short-lived original comedy Oh, Brother! and the equally brief 1987 revival of the 1920s play Broadway.

He found his greatest success in the early 1990s, netting Tony nominations for his work in Those Were the Days (1990) and Crazy for You (1992). The former, a revue, was a project close to his heart: a collection of songs and sketches from the days when Second Avenue was a bustling showbiz thoroughfare known at the Yiddish Rialto, and his parents were two of its stars. The revue included songs by such one-time Yiddish theatre luminaries as Sholom Secunda and Joseph Rumshinsky. Mr. Adler himself provided "additional material."

Mr. Adler also performed extensively in regional theatre. He played in Cole Porter's Red, Hot and Blue at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2001 and the Muny (St. Louis summer theatre), in Anything Goes, in 1999. Other roles include Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, Fagin in Oliver!, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, and famed lyricist Sammy Cahn in Come Fly With Me. He toured in his own one-man evening Song and Dance Man, which celebrated all of his performing heroes.


ProductionsDate of Productions
Sunday in the Park with George
[Special, Concert, Revival]
  • Performer: Bruce Adler [Franz, Dennis]
May 15, 1994 - May 15, 1994
Crazy For You
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Bruce Adler [Bela Zangler]
Feb 19, 1992 - Jan 07, 1996
Those Were the Days
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Starring: Bruce Adler [Performer]
  • Additional material by Bruce Adler
Nov 07, 1990 - Feb 24, 1991
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Bruce Adler [Benny]
Jun 25, 1987 - Jun 27, 1987
Oh, Brother!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Bruce Adler [Balthazar]
Nov 10, 1981 - Nov 11, 1981
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Bruce Adler [Ali Hakim]
Dec 13, 1979 - Aug 24, 1980
A Teaspoon Every Four Hours
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Standby: Bruce Adler [Bruce Weiss]
Jun 14, 1969 - Jun 14, 1969
1992 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Crazy For You [nominee]
Also Starring: Bruce Adler
1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Crazy For You [nominee]
Also Starring: Bruce Adler
1991 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Those Were the Days [nominee]
Starring: Bruce Adler
1991 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
winner Those Were the Days [winner]
Starring: Bruce Adler
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