This is where it all began for me. (I'm the little one
in the front row.) When mom (Dyanne) brought 4 boys into this world, what better way to show them off than with a family singing group?
She handmade these red white and blue jackets, added red turtle necks, white pants, white shoes and styrofoam straw hats.
She called us MAMA'S BOYS and we sang songs like: You're a Grand Old Flag, Harrigan and I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy.
I love to sing more than anything, and I got my first chance professionally when I was 10 years old in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Marriott Theater. Director David Bell said I was hired because of my "blond hair, blue eyes and sweet voice". Fun fact: I fell into the pit on the side of the stage one night and landed on the timpani. (Thanks Joe for picking me up)
Three years later, David Bell and the Marriott
would also cast me in SHENANDOAH as the
"The Boy" Robert. Two amazing experiences
I will never forget. I managed to avoid the pit during this production.
While at Mundelein High School I played Curly in OKLAHOMA!, Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET, Leading Player in PIPPIN, and The Wiz in THE WIZ. (Those last two are still a mystery.) I also got to share the stage with my brother Dave. This picture is Dave and me at our finest. We made the local paper with our subtle acting style and nuanced performances. :)
I proudly attended Webster Conservatory in St.Louis, where I encountered my multi-talented wife Julie Ann Emery. We have shared the stage many times in and out of College, including playing opposite each other in THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (one of my favorites).
Julie Ann and I also have an award winning web series Then We Got Help!. Julie Ann wrote, directed, produced and stars. I produce, key grip, star in and and write all the music for the show. Producing and creating new projects is a life dream for both of us.
CHICAGO TO BROADWAY-
While working in Chicago theaters like Drury Lane South, Oakbrook, Marriott, and Apple Tree; I got a call to go into the Broadway Company of LES MISERABLES.
I played the role of Legolas and covered Enjolras, the role I would, one year later, take over on the National Tour.
CITY OF ANGELS-
When your wife spends a lot of time on television, you spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. I have loved my time in the LA theater community working at companies like Reprise!, Musical Theater West, CLO South Bay, La Mirada, Laguna Playhouse, The Colony and Kirk Douglas Theater on shows such as SIDE SHOW, CAROUSEL, SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES, TITANIC, APPLAUSE, 1776, MOST HAPPY FELLA and CHESS to name a few.
My Los Angeles Concert work includes
LA Philharmonic in CAMELOT, THE Disney Hall with The
California Philharmonic, and The Hollywood Bowl with the MUSIC MAN, and as Freddie in MY FAIR LADY.
I also had the great good luck to play Jimmy Powers in CITY OF ANGELS on the West Coast. In that production, I worked with the full writing team before the, all too soon, passing of Larry Gelbart and Cy Colman.
I was also fortunate to receive a few
Nominations and Awards while in LA.
Left: David Zippel, Larry Gelbart, and Cy Colman.
Right: Me, David Zippel, Tammy Tappin,
Larry Gelbart and Director Joe Leonardo.
THE BIG APPLE-When I was in Los Angeles, Broadway's THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE was searching for a new Trevor Graydon. Wouldn't you know it, I was happy to go. I would play opposite both Sutton Foster and Susan Egan (Right).
A couple of years later, a new musical out of Asolo Florida was making its way to Broadway and A TALE OF TWO CITIES would again take me back to NYC.
After TALE closed I got an offer to cover "Death" in DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY for the Roundabout Theater Company, I had no idea that 2 days before Opening Night I would go on with 4 hours notice and almost no rehearsal. Subsequent events lead me to perform Opening Night, take over the role, and sing the lead on the Original Cast Recording.
My concert and cabaret work in New York has included Town Hall, Feinstein's, The Metropolitan Room, 54 Below, NY City Ballet, 92Y, The Kennedy Center in DC and most recently Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein. I have also performed with LA Philharmonic and the California Philharmonic.
This is a small sample of all the Show Posters, CD Covers
and Sheet Music Jackets I have done over the years.
I have been fortunate enough along the way to have a few people who like to come see me perform and I am grateful to each and every one. Please visit the Official Fan Site. And a special shout out to Sheri-Lynn Fujimoto for it's inception and construction.