- 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.