At 12 years old he was a back-up dancer for Michael Jackson in a Pepsi Commercial and there was no looking back.
With the motto of paying it forward and one person can make a difference, Brad is currently teaching theatre in the New York City public school system. His present passion project is choreographing for AHRC’s “Our Broadway”-Supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives.
In the past year, Brad Bradley appeared as: half of the gangster brothers in Sacramento Music Theatre’s “The Drowsy Chaperon”, starred as Mr. Wormwood in the regional premiere of “Matilda”, co-starred as Moses’ Hebrew Brother Aaron in the Stephen Schwartz supervised production of “Prince of Egypt”, and was involved in the pre-Broadway run of “A Sign of the Times” at the Delaware Theatre Company directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Joann Hunter.
Brad was born and raised in San Diego, California and is the 2nd child of 5 in a proud Irish-American Family. From an early age he had the showbiz bug and started with Irish step dance lessons in the back of his church. It was seeing the 1st National tour of Bob Fosse’s “Dancin” at age 9 that his dream was planted. At 12 years old he was a back-up dancer for Michael Jackson in a Pepsi Commercial and there was no looking back. He began intense training at The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts during the school year and spent the summers performing professionally at Balboa Parks Starlight Bowl starting at age 14. In his high school years he continued expanding his theatre career but also began commuting to Los Angeles where he worked with great directors like James Burrows on numerous TV shows. Having dance training and musical theatre as his focus during his youth, he decided to center his attention on acting for college. He graduated with a BFA in acting from the University of Southern California and then packed his bag and headed in NYC. Within his first month in NYC, he went to an open call; met Susan Stroman and his career took off.
Broadway credits include Billy Elliot (Dir. Stephen Daldry) and the original casts of Spamalot (Dir. Mike Nichols) Annie Get Your Gun (w/ Bernadette Peters & Reba McEntire) Thou Shalt Not (Dir. Susan Stroman) People in the Picture (Andy Blankenbehler), Steel Pier (Scott Ellis and Susan Stroman) and A Christmas Carol (Mike Ockrent dir) Brad starred as Patsy opposite Gary Beach’s & Richard Chamberlain’s King Arthur on the 1st National Tour of Spamalot. NYC and Off-Broadway-I am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center) Chita: A Legendary Celebration (Broadway Special Event) Ernest in Love (Irish Rep), The Cocoanuts (American Jewish Theatre) and two City Center Encores. Most Recently Brad created the role of James in Queens Theatre’s “Jimmy and Carolyn”, starred as Igor in Young Frankenstein (Northshore Music Theatre), Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls (Maine State Music Theatre) and Bert in Mary Poppins (Northshore Music Theatre).
Brad is currently in the middle of a personal Renaissance with his Popular Podcast “Broadway’s Backbone with Bradley” which is on iTunes and Soundcloud. It is a podcast the celebrates Broadways ensemble members, and even with guests like Chita Rivera, Tara Rubin, Susan Stroman and Andy Blankenbueler the emphasis is always on the supporting gypsies. He first play “Irish Triplets” is in preparations for it’s première production and he directed and choreographed a number for the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His cabaret show “B Squared” toured venues all the way from Maine to Florida to Los Angeles. His favorite role is playing “Uncle Brad”, but now that his niece and nephew are teenagers he is in fear of being written off. Embracing that he must wear many hats to thrive in show business, Brad continues to create with passion and proud to have earned his smile lines. His motto in life is that when you take a step back after you’ve stepped forward, it’s not a misstep; it’s a cha cha. He continues to strive to make a difference, regardless of the hat he’s wearing.