|Education||Bullard High School|
California State University, Fresno
|Alma mater||National Theatre Conservatory|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, educator|
|Spouse||Kim Crosby (m. 1991)|
Robert Westenberg (born October 26, 1953) is an American musical theatre actor, acting teacher and professor. He appeared on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and The Secret Garden, as well as several other musicals. He is the musical theatre coordinator and associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Missouri State University.
Born in Miami Beach, Florida, but raised in Fresno, California with his six siblings. Westenberg graduated Bullard High School in 1971, where he was active in sports, specifically football. He then attended California State University, Fresno.
Westenberg received a master's degree from Denver’s National Theatre Conservatory.
He made his Broadway debut in the 1983 revival of Zorba as Nikos, for which he won the Theatre World Award. He played the dual role of Soldier/Alex in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George in May 1984. He later took over Mandy Patinkin's leading role of George Seurat where he played opposite Bernadette Peters in September of that year. He received a Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in Sondheim's Into the Woods (1987). It was during this show where he met his wife, Kim Crosby, who played Cinderella.
In 1991, he starred with Patinkin again along with Daisy Eagan, Alison Fraser and Rebecca Luker as Dr. Neville Craven in the original Broadway production of The Secret Garden. In 2020, Westenberg directed the same production at Missouri State University, where he is head of the Musical Theatre department.
In 2002, Westenberg was in the US and Japan tour of The Full Monty. Westenberg has been in several MUNY (St. Louis) productions. He played Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in 2001 opposite his wife, Kim Crosby, as Eliza Doolittle.
He played the roles of both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in the July 2007 St. Louis MUNY production of Peter Pan. He reprised these roles in a 2009 production in Branson, Missouri, with Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan. In 2012, he directed a production of Les Misérables at Springfield Little Theatre.
Westenberg's film credits include Mr. and Mrs. Bridge and The Ice Storm. He has made guest appearances on Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the short-lived series Aliens in the Family. He played Prince Raymond on the soap opera, One Life to Live from 1989-90.
|1984||Bearskin, or The Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years||Bearskin||Short film|
|1990||Mr. & Mrs. Bridge||Ruth's Boyfriend|
|1995||The Stars Fell on Henrietta||Mr. Rumsfelk|
|1996||Before and After||Journalist #1|
|1997||The Ice Storm||Rob Halford|
|1986||American Playhouse||Soldier/Alex||Episode: "Sunday in the Park With George"|
|1989-1990||One Life to Live||Prince Raymond Hohenstein||Recurring role|
|1991||American Playhouse||Wolf/Cinderella's Prince||Episode: "Into the Woods"|
|1996||Swift Justice||Leo||Episode: "Where Were You in '72?"|
|C.P.W.||Episode: "Out On Bail"|
|Aliens in the Family||High Elder Prissy||Episode: "Respect Your Elders"|
|2001||Third Watch||Dr. Gambetti||Episode: "Unfinished Business"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Col. Marsden||Episode: "Manhunt"|
He married actress and singer Kim Crosby on June 19, 1991, and the couple now have three children.
Westenberg lives with his wife, daughters Emily and Katherine, and son Joe in Springfield, Missouri, where he is musical theatre coordinator and associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Missouri State University. He was previously chair of the theatre program at Drury University.