Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Full Steam Ahead Bradley Dean Sets Sail for Pittsburgh Clo's 'Titanic'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Full Steam Ahead Bradley Dean Sets Sail for Pittsburgh Clo's 'Titanic'

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Bradley Dean hasn't stepped foot on a Pittsburgh stage since 2006, when the Carnegie Mellon University graduate appeared here in the touring company of "Spamalot." He had performed in 13 musicals for Pittsburgh CLO, and he's back now, packing 10 Broadway credits, for show No. 14, the company's first production of "Titanic."

The actor likes Pittsburgh so much, he says he's always thought about it as the place where he'd like to retire. But in recent years, there's been a lot to keep him away.

For one thing - for many, the main thing - he spent some of those seasons away with the Tony-winning "Dear Evan Hansen," as the standby and then replacement for the character Larry Murphy, a grief-stricken father who finds solace in his son's friend.

He has warmed to his many experiences as a standby (an actor who can replace the lead but is not otherwise in the show) or understudy (an actor who has a small part and steps into a lead role if the lead is unable to perform).

With "Dear Evan Hansen," "I was thrilled to go on," he said of that particular moment in the Broadway spotlight. "I love that show. I don't think I'd cried in the theater for a decade, and I would cry every single time. It was like lightning in a bottle."

Adding to the "joyous experience" of working on "Dear Evan Hansen" were his children, ages 11 and 16, being "huge fans" of the show.

In their eyes, "I don't think I had ever done anything cool in my life before 'Dear Evan Hansen.'"

Now he's back in Pittsburgh for the CLO whirlwind experience - nine performances in 11 days - and after that, back to Broadway in the fall, in the ensemble of the new musical adaptation of "King Kong."

In "Titanic," he plays Thomas Andrews, designer of the doomed ocean liner. It's a musical that he says has been on his radar since it won five Tony Awards, including best musical, in 1997.

Besides a longstanding love affair with the score by Maury Yeston, Mr. …

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