- Intended birth name Timothy was changed to Norbert after his father assisted with his delivery and wanted a namesake.
- Began singing in grade school and in state choirs, eventually earning a partial music scholarship to college.
- Made Broadway debut as an understudy for Adam Pascal's Roger in the rock musical Rent, before eventually taking over the role full-time.
- Originated the role of Fiyero in The Wizard of Oz-inspired musical Wicked, which costarred his future wife Michelle Federer.
- Turned down the lead role as the mad scientist in The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein to take the lead role in the Mark Twain gender-bending farce Is He Dead?
- Stepped in to replace Jeremy Piven after he abruptly left the revival of Speed-the-Plow in 2008.
- 2005, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
- 2002, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 2011, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
- 2018, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- Norbert A. Butz — Father
- Teresa Ann Butz — Sister
- Claire Virginia Butz — Daughter
- Tom Butz — Brother
- Tony Butz — Brother
- Steve Butz — Brother
- Timothy Butz — Brother
- John Butz — Brother
- Jim Butz — Brother
- Michelle Federer — Wife
- Mike Butz — Brother
- Georgia Teresa Butz — Daughter
- Elaine Butz — Mother
- Sydney Butz — Ex-wife
- Maggie Lou Butz — Daughter
- Kathy Brandt — Sister
- Ann Lance — Sister
- Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, United States (BFA, 1990); University of Alabama, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Alabama, United States (MFA, 1993)
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