NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
It's been quite awhile since I've written some news here. But I have a good excuse...I've recently joined the 2nd National Tour of BOOK OF MORMON! It's a phenomenal show and I've made some good friends already. We just opened in Baltimore last night and the audiences are loving the show - as they seem to everywhere! I'm adjusting to life on the road and learning the ins and outs of hotel living. Send me an email if you have any life-hacks for living on the road!
I'll be out with the tour for at least a year, and we are generally staying east of the Mississippi river until the end of next summer. At that point, the 1st National Tour will have closed and we may be coming to a city near you, so check the schedule every once in a while for updates (see the link on my home page.)
Until next time, enjoy the fall and the upcoming holiday season!
JUNE 30th, 2015
Shout-out to the west coast! I'll will be flying to San Francisco in a few days to prepare for a 4th of July concert by the San Francisco Symphony! It's a wonderful program with patriotic arrangements, music from the great John Williams, as well as a selections from THE SOUND OF MUSIC which I'll be singing with Ashley Brown!
MAY 10th, 2015
Tomorrow will be the first day of rehearsals for another very exciting project that I get to be part of. Remember the cartoon Hazel and the subsequent tv series in the 60s? Well a musical has been made about her entitled, you guessed it, HAZEL! I get to play the conservative head-of-household George Baxter opposite Klea Blackhurst as Hazel, and Kerri Butler as my wife Dorothy. The script is by Lissa Levin (Mad About You, Cheers) with music by Ron Abel (Composer/Arranger for Lily Tomlin, Bea Arthur, & Carol Burnett) and lyrics by Chuck Steffan, and I think it's wonderful. And we'll be directed by the daughter of tv royalty and a wonderful actress in her own right, Lucie Arnaz! Chet Walker will choreograph. Unfortunately there are no public performances as of yet - this is just a workshop at this point, but hopefully we'll see a fully produced version soon!
APRIL 24th, 2015
THE FANTASTICKS IS SAVED!! Just got word from our producer that two investors have stepped forward to keep our show up and running! And so the Longest Running Musical in the World keeps right on going - as it should!
MARCH 25th, 2015
CLOSING NOTICE: THE FANTASTICKS
Well everyone, it's the end of an era - again. We got our closing notice last night. THE FANTASTICKS will play it's last show on May 3rd - the 55th anniversary of its debut. I'm certainly sad, but also feeling very grateful to have gotten to play El Gallo on and off for 5 years. It's been a privilege to sing Harvey's beautiful songs and speak Tom's immortal words each night, and touch the hearts of those who sit in our little theater.
FEBRUARY 23rd, 2015
I started rehearsals today for a workshop of a new musical called TABLE. The music is written by the legendary David Shire (of Maltby & Shire) so I'm sure it will be a wonderful, collaberative project. I am playing a celebrity chef who comes back to NY to help an old friend save his restaurant. And this will reteam me with Graham Rowat who played the Beast to my Gaston many years ago in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Las Vegas!
NOVEMBER 5th, 2014
Opening Night of SHOW BOAT! It's an amazing cast and I'm sure it will be a hit! I just found out that my amazing brother and sister will be flying in to see this production - Love you guys and thanks for the support!
OCTOBER 27th, 2014
Started rehearsals today for my next exciting project - SHOW BOAT at Lincoln Center! I'm very excited about this show, as it will mark my return to Lincoln Center where I last performed the role of Joe in MOST HAPPY FELLA at the New York City Opera back in 2006. I will be playing Steve Baker opposite Vanessa Williams as Julie, and will be sharing the stage with my friends Norm Lewis, Chris Fitzgerald and Alli Mauzey, along with some other amazing performers such as Julian Ovenden as Ravenal and Lauren Worsham as Magnolia. There will be 5 performances only from November 5th to the 8th, so get your tickets now! Also please note: I will not be performing in THE FANTASTICKS the week of November 3rd, but will return on Monday the 10th.
OCTOBER 17th, 2014
I will be performing in concert at Husson University in Bangor, Maine! Broadway Pops International will present the concert OH WHAT A NIGHT! - Billboard hits from the 60s. I, along with my friends Kevin Vortman and Jesse Nagar will be singing tunes from The Four Seasons, Tom Jones, Ray Charles and Bobby Darin, among others. If you're in Bangor, come have a great time and sing along to some of your favorites!
SEPTEMBER 8th, 2014
I had a wonderful time in Dallas, but now I am happy to announce that I will be returning to one of my favorite roles - El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS at the Jerry Orbach theater off-Broadway! This will be the third time reprising this role and I look forward to joining my lovely friends MacIntyre Dixon (Henry), Michael Nostrand (Mortimer) and a bunch of new people that I'm sure I'll come to love as well. Get tickets at the box office, TKTS, or through the website http://www.fantasticksonbroadway.com/
MAY 25th to AUGUST 17th, 2014
I will be at the Dallas Theater Center performing the role of Javert in LES MISERABLES! It a role I've wanted to play for quite awhile now and I'm excited to finally tackle it. It will be directed by a very sought after directer - Leisl Tommy - and I'll be co-starring with Nehal Joshi as Valjean. I believe they've already extended the production so get your tickets now - it's apparently very popular!