Norbert Leo Butz

  • Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • 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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