Tokio, the sympathetic boxing trainer for Joe Bonaparte, the title character of Golden Boy.
Burstein has received acclaim for his supporting performances in Broadway musicals including The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Last season, he gave a career-defining performance as Buddy Plummer in the Sondheim musical Follies. He jumped from Golden Boy to another acclaimed performance in the off-Broadway two-hander Talley’s Folly.
Other Honors for This Role
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
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
2012: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, Follies
This nomination puts Burstein one Tony nod ahead of his wife, Rebecca Luker, a three-time nominee for Show Boat, The Music Man and Mary Poppins.
“This is one of the best ensemble casts I’ve ever gotten to work with; from the very beginning, everyone has been completely prepared and on their ‘A’ game. Clifford Odets is New York’s Shakespeare—his language is poetic and beautiful, and for me, having grown up in New York City, it’s like mother’s milk.” —Burstein in an interview with Broadway.com, 11/12