Buddy Plummer, a traveling salesman who has never stopped loving his wife, retired showgirl Sally Durant Plummer, in spite of the fact that she has spent three decades pining for her girlhood crush, Benjamin Stone.
Burstein stepped up to a leading role in Follies after beautifully crafted supporting performances in Broadway musicals including The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2006: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone
2008: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, South Pacific
Fun Fact: Burstein’s third Tony nomination puts him in a tie with his wife, Rebecca Luker, a three-time nominee for Show Boat, The Music Man and Mary Poppins.
“The score [of Follies] is brilliant, the libretto is brilliant, and this company is wonderful. It’s just such a beautifully, brilliantly written show, and every night I go out there and try to live up to the writing.” —Burstein in an opening night interview with Broadway.com, 9/12/11