(born June 3, 1965 in Long Branch, New Jersey
) is an American actor
and musical theatre composer
Born and raised in New Jersey
, Blumenkrantz is a graduate of Northwestern University
. His acting credits include roles in such Broadway
productions as Into the Woods
(2002), The Threepenny Opera
(1989), Damn Yankees
(1994), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
(1995), and A Class Act
(2001), as well as appearances in such television
shows as Will & Grace
, Just Shoot Me!
, and Law & Order
In 2000, noted Broadway actress and recording artist Audra McDonald
included Blumenkrantz's song "I Won't Mind" on her CD, How Glory Goes
. This lullaby ( with lyrics by Annie Kessler and Libby Saines) has become a staple of McDonald's repertoire. Blumenkrantz also contributed a piece to The Seven Deadly Sins
, a song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the singer. His comic song, "My Book," addressed the sin of sloth.
In 2003, Blumenkrantz was nominated for a Best Original Score Tony Award
for his work on Urban Cowboy
, a nomination he shared with Jason Robert Brown
and twenty-eight others.
In 2005-2006, he created and hosted , a weekly podcast featuring the songs from his songbook, occasional additional episodes of which were released until at least February 2010. This project was succeeded in 2008 by the , which Blumenkrantz hosted, showcasing the eponymous songbook, which features the work of members of the BMI Songwriters'......