At 8 years old, I was Joe-Pee-Wee Baseball. That was, until my little sister won a couple of trophies one night in a dance competition, and guess who's room those trophies spent the night in. I admit it...I started for the trophies, I had my sister's shoes to fill, and I ain't too proud to say it. It was a scene straight out of "A Chorus Line" ...and I was saying "I can do that". Years later, when I got around to doing my first Broadway show, I had the great privilage of working with a very talented choreographer, Mr. Wayne Cilento, who actually originated the "I can do that" role on Broadway. It was a pretty cool, full-circle kind of moment for me.
I'm very thankful to have had the opportunities to wear several different hats during my career in entertainment, and have been happy in all of them. Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I wear them full-out, all-in, whatever you want to call it...that's how I approach it, and live in it. This way of life comes with a certain amount of risks that you have to assume responsibility for. It isn't a life for everyone, but I know it is for me. The most important thing is to always be happy, commit to your choices, embrace them fully, and be "present" in all the moments of your life, good and bad.
Selected Credits as Performer
Original Broadway Cast AIDA
Television and Film:
NBC PILOT “In The House” (created for myself and Don Cheadle. Matthew Diamond, Dir.) NBC PILOT “Have A Nice Day” (this part was also written for me. Will McKenzie, Dir.) ANNIE (Rob Marshall, Dir.) CINDERELLA (Rob Iscov, Dir.) WILD, WILD, WEST (Barry Sonnenfeld Dir.) CBS PILOT “Say What” / Recurring (John Moffit Dir.) BBC SERIES “Crocodile Shoes” / Guest Star (Robert Knight Dir.) TBS “In Search of Dr. Seuss” Guest Star (Vincent Paterson Dir.) FOX SERIES “In Living Color” / multiple ep. (Paul Miller, Dir.) HBO “And the Band Played On” Featured (Roger Spottiswoode Dir.) HBO “Red Shoes Diaries” 2 episodes - Guest Star (Zalman King Dir.) CBS “League of Their Own” Recurring (Penny Marshall Dir.) CBS “Murphy Brown (Peter Bonerz Dir) ABC “Drew Carey Show” multiple ep. (Steve Zuckerman) Tours / Stage:
Ring of Fire - playing and signing the song of Johnny Cash AIDA / Broadway – Original Broadway Cast – cast album Starlight Express / Int. Tour – lead role – solo cuts on cast album Nobody Lonesome For Me / one- man show, playing Hank Williams (originated role) Whitney Houston / Int. Tour (also co-choreographed tour) Cher / Nat. Tour (Kenny Ortega, Director) West Side Story / 30th Anniversary Tour (Original Choreography / Alan Johnson Director) Michael Jackson / multiple performances Prince / MTV Special Live Performance Music Video:
Michael Jackson / multiple videos (John Hughes, Dir.) Paula Abdul (David Fincher, Dir.) Cold Hearted Snake Cher Gloria Estefan Prince Commercials: (over 65 National spots as a Principal Performer) Mercedes / spokesman, multiple spots (Michael Bay, Director) NIKE, Pepsi, Coors, Miller, etc. (Joe Pitka, Director) Intel / Worldwide Branding Campaign - multiple spots over 3 years (Michael Patterson, Dir.) Dryer’s and Edy’s / (Grandpa that jumps into the splits) Spots ran for 5 years