David Burtka

Back Story

David Michael Burtka (born May 29, 1975) is an American actor and chef. He is known for his acting roles in theatre and television shows such as How I Met Your Mother and The Play About the Baby. After his role on How I Met Your Mother, Burtka gained media attention when he started dating Neil Patrick Harris, whom he later married.

Burtka’s made his Broadway debut as Tulsa in the 2003 revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters. He played The Boy in the American premiere of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby, for which he won the 2001 Clarence Derwent Award for most promising male performer.

In 2004, Burtka originated the role of Matt in the musical The Opposite of Sex and reprised the role in the work’s East Coast premiere in the summer of 2006.

Burtka has a role in the 2014 film Dance Off, written and produced by Mark Goodman & Amy George. The movie tells the story of two rival studios whose star-crossed lovers, Jasmine and Brandon, must compete against each other for a $25,000 prize and the top award, the Platinum Platinum.

Burtka is set to return to a Broadway in the David Hyde Pierce-directed It Shoulda Been You in April 2015. Burtka will play the Catholic boyfriend of a Jewish bride, played by Sierra Boggess, whose wedding day is disrupted when her ex-boyfriend shows up at the wedding.




David will star with Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess in the new Broadway Musical  It Shoulda Have Been You Directed by David Hyde Pierce. Opening at the Brook Atkinson Theatre April 14, 2015.

Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after.

The cast will also include Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Anne L. Nathan, Josh Grisetti, Michael X. Martin, Nick Spangler, Farah Alvin, Gina Farrell and Mitch Greenberg.

Following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York on June 24, 2011, David and Neil Patrick Harris announced their engagement via Twitter, stating that they had proposed to each other five years earlier but had kept the engagement secret until same-sex marriage became legal. News sources reported that the two were married in September 2014 in Italy.



Photo-David, Sierra Boggess and Nick Spangler



Productions Date of Productions
It Shoulda Been You
[Musical, Comedy, Original]David Burtka [Brian Howard]
Apr 14, 2015 – ?
[Musical, Drama, Revival]David Burtka [Tulsa]
May 01, 2003 – May 30, 2004
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
[Play, Drama, Original]Standby: David Burtka Billy – Replacement
Mar 10, 2002 – Dec 15, 2002


Off Broadway

Show Position Role Theater Name Award Nominations Award(s) Won
The Play About the Baby Actor Boy Century Center For The Performing Arts 2001 Clarence Derwent Award


Year Title
1999 24 Nights
2007 Worldly Possession
2007 Open House
2007 Army Guy
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
2011 Gaysharktank.com
2012 Annie and the Gypsy
2013 The Gay Christian Mingle
2014 Dance-Off


” It Shoulda Have Been You”  Directed by David Hyde Pierce. Opening at the Brook Atkinson Theatre April 14, 2015

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