In a critically acclaimed performance that Entertainment Weekly said "ignited the stage," Brian Charles Rooney made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in "The Threepenny Opera" for The Roundabout Theatre Co., co-starring Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Dale, Nellie McKay, and Ana Gasteyer.
He was lauded by The New York Times for his performance as Dionne Salon in the hit Off-Broadway musical, "Bedbugs!!!" He won the New York Musical Festival's Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor Award for his portrayal of Lee/Miss Blanche in the new one-man musical, "Miss Blanche Tells It All," and was featured in the recent concert presentation of the cult-favorite "When Pigs Fly," directed by Mark Waldrop, with costume designs by the legendary Bob Mackie! He appeared as The Witch, to critical acclaim, in the recent Off Broadway production of “Into the Woods,” with Out of the Box Theatrics!”
Brian has won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" as Candy Darling in Anna Jacobs & Maggie Kate Coleman's musical "POP!" at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw, and co-starring Randy Harrison (Queer As Folk); and two other New York Musical Festival Outstanding Performance Awards: "Bedbugs!!!" (2008) & "Bayonets of Angst" (2014); as well as the FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Performance as Satan in the new rock musical, "Winner Take All" (2011), directed by John Carrafa.
Brian joined Kristin Chenoweth and composer Andrew Lippa, at Lincoln Center, in "I Am Harvey Milk," an oratorio celebrating the life of the famous activist. He has appeared as a soloist in Martin Charnin's new theatrical revue, "Rodgers &...," a retrospective of Richard Rodgers' monumental body of work at the Emelin Theatre; and in the Carnegie Hall Concert Production of "Guys & Dolls," starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally.
He was a featured soloist with UK Pop legend Petula Clark on the North America Tour of "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber." He received a Carbonell Award Nomination for his performance as Homer Collins in "Floyd Collins" at The Actors' Playhouse, in Coral Gables, FL; as well as a Metro-Carolina Award Nomination as Jinx in "Forever Plaid" at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC. He played the title role in "Bat Boy! The Musical" at Charleston Stage Co., in Charleston, SC.
His Television credits include "Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center" and "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert," both directed by Lonny Price for PBS at Lincoln Center.
In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at 54 Below & Joe's Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon & Seattle Symphony Orchestras.