The Surgeon’s Files: The Prodigal Son Podcast (Episode 211 with Guest, Christian Borle)

Welcome to The Surgeon’s Files: The Prodigal Son Podcast, your unofficially official Prodigal Son after-show podcast! 

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Each week, The Surgeon’s Files: The Prodigal Son Podcast will break down the week’s episode of Prodigal Son and bring you interviews with the show’s cast and creatives!

This week, Mike and Sheila deep dive into Episode 211, “You Can Run …”! Afterwards, stick around for our exclusive interview with Friar Pete himself, Christian Borle! Christian pulled back the lid on Friar Pete (pour one out for the murderous monk), his time on set filming Prodigal Son, and all things, Christian Borle! Do Not Miss This Interview! 

1:32:06 – Time Code for Start of the Christian Borle Interview. 

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Guest Bio: Christian Borle


Christian Dominique Borle is a two-time Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway favorite, who was born on October 1, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the city’s famed School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, graduated in 1995, and moved to New York City.

After appearing in a German production of The Who’s Tommy and a National Tour of West Side Story, Borle made his Broadway debut, appearing as Willard Hewitt in the 1998 Broadway adaptation of Footloose. He went on to join the ensembles of the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and the short-lived 2002 musical Amour. His first starring role came as he assumed the role of Jimmy Smith from Gavin Creel in the Broadway premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2003. Next, he played several roles in Monty Python’s Spamalot, starred as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde (earning his first Tony nomination in 2007) and took over as Bert in Mary Poppins in October 2009.

In 2010, he starred as Prior Walter in the off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes and then as Black Stache in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Peter and the Starcatcher in 2011. The latter transferred to Broadway and resulted in Borle’s first Tony Award win in 2012. He returned to Broadway to originate the role of William Shakespeare in the musical comedy Something Rotten! in 2015, winning his second Tony, and went on to star as Marvin in the 2016 revival of beloved musical Falsettos. His performance as Marvin earned him his fourth Tony nomination, whilst he had already begun performances starring as Willy Wonka in the Broadway premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory since March 28, 2017. He played his final performance in the Roald Dahl classic on January 14, 2018.

Although primarily considered a stage actor, he has also squeezed in work on both the silver and small screen, most famously starring as Tom Levitt in NBC’s Broadway-centric TV series “Smash”. In addition, he also starred in NBC’s popular live televised musicals, portraying Max Detweiler in “The Sound of Music Live!” in 2013 and Mr. Smee and George Darling in “Peter Pan Live!” in 2014.

Broadway: Something Rotten! (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony
Award), Falsettos (Tony nomination), Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Amour, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd (PBS’ “Live at Lincoln Center”), Angels in America
(Signature Theatre), Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center) and On the Town, Little Me and Me and My Girl (City Center Encores!). Television: “Smash,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Younger,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Good Wife,” “Tangled: the Series,” Disney Junior’s “Lucky Duck,” “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!” Film: The Bounty Hunter, Michael Mann’s Blackhat. Directing: Popcorn Falls (Davenport Theater), Footloose (The MUNY). Playwriting: Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play (Go to
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