​Donnell Broadway Concert Series​

The September 2023 Donnell Broadway Concert will feature Tony-nominee and popular leading man, Max von Essen, and Grammy nominated Broadway conductor Phil Reno

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023

7:30 p.m.​

Winebrenner Building, TLB Auditorium

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior citizens, $10 for non-UF students, and free for UF students, faculty, and staff with a valid University ID.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at MCP​A's website.

About Max von Essen​

Max recently starred on broadway as Gleb Vaganov in Anastasia and then toured the country as Marvin in the Lincoln Center production of Falsettos. His debut album, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard, was released on April 5th, 2019.

In 2016, Max completed his run in An American in Paris at The Palace Theater as Henri Baurel, a performance which earned him a nomination for the 2015 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. He also performed in the revival of Evita, playing the role of Agustin Magaldi and frequently stepping in for Ricky Martin in the role of Che. Other broadway appearances include Enjolras in the first revival of Les Misérables, Alfred in the ill-fated Dance of the Vampires, starring alongside Michael Crawford, Jean Prouvaire in the closing company of the original Les Misérables, and as a disciple in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. In that production, Max understudied the role of Jesus and performed it many times.

Among his numerous New York appearances are Yours Unfaithfully at The Mint Theater, Alfred Dreyfus in The Dreyfus Affair at BAM, Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Transport Group’s revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again (Drama League nomination), Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, Finian’s Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and The Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse. 

Max has also found himself roller skating across the country in the first national tour of Xanadu as Sonny Malone, as Mary Sunshine in the national tour of Chicago, as Tony in West Side Story throughout Europe, and as a backup singer for the legendary Liza Minnelli.

Max's regional credits are too numerous to list, but some personal favorites include Julian Marsh in 42nd Street at Goodspeed Opera House, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden at the Sacramento Music Circus, Frank Gumm in Chasing Rainbows at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Colonel Arbuthnot and Samuel Ratchett in the world premier adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express at The McCarter Theatre, Dominique in The Baker's Wife at the Paper Mill Playhouse, older Patrick in Mame at The Kennedy Center, Tony in West Side Story at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Houston Theater Under the Stars, Dorian Gray in Dorian at the NOHO Arts Center, the Emcee in Cabaret at The Sacramento Music Circus, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Claude in Hair at the Bay Street Theater and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, also at the Sacramento Music Circus.

Max has appeared on television in The Blacklist, Family Guy, Law & Order: SVU, Elementary, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, The Beautiful Life, Good Morning America, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Tony Awards and in the films, The Intern, Sex and the City 2, Seven Lovers, and Blonde. He was also a regular on the hit web series, Submissions Only. His recordings include An American In Paris, earning him a Grammy Nomination, Evita, Death Takes a Holiday, Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Broadway by the Year: 1928, and Finian’s Rainbow.

About the Donnell Broadway Concert Series

Thomas ’70 and Kathleen Donnell established the Thomas and Kathleen Donnell Broadway Concert Series Endowment Fund in conjunction with the University of Findlay’s Give Voice to your Values campaign. Each year, Tony Award-winners and other masters of stagecraft put on memorable shows at UF as Donnell Broadway Concert Series guest artists.