Back in school; I mean WAY BACK… I began singing in choir. It has been a love of mine my whole life. With the inspired instruction from Lisa Ehlmann, Joyce Blaylock, George Pinney and Prof. Robert Stoll I found myself with hobby I couldn’t shake. I decided to discontinue my academic studies of Biology and Pre-Medicine and give my full attention to music and theater at a professional level.
When I was 17… it was a very good year… I began working professionally for the St. Louis Union Station Entertainment Company. My first musical production however was “Baby” at Indiana University. Thus followed two years of summer stock at The Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois. “A Chorus Line” and a beautiful learning/working relationship with Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers led me to a once in a lifetime opportunity: I.U. was doing a production of Leonard Berstein’s “Mass” for Mr. Bernstein’s 70th Birthday celebration at Tanglewood, Mass. Wow!
My mind was set and I had to try my luck in the Big Apple! Whether or not that was a prudent decision can be discussed at length in other blogs.
Now, 20 years later I have a nice fat resumé full of cool shows and collegues from around the world! I would like to mention that at I.U. I saw a video of “Sweeney Todd” which blew my mind. That year the touring company of “Les Misérables” came to our town. Both of these productions have been the lampstead in my persuit of a musical theater carreer. I am proud to have had the honor of playing “Javert” in the Duisburg production of “Les Mis”.
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a list of shows and various pictures from the last two decades.
7 Brides for 7 Brothers
as the overly sensitive, Frank
Who Killed Humpty Dumpty?
behind that smile he was a bad egg
The Wizard of Oz
as the Tin Man
my first international tour as Cornelius Hackl
Kiss Me, Kate
backstage on another U.S. national tour
Aids Benefit in Hamburg
forget your troubles, c’mon, Get Happy!
Piraten (The Pirates of Penzance)
with a special visit from the Queen mother (? at every performance?)
and his brother, the Rum Tum Tugger
their father, Old Deuteronomy
Falco Meets Amadaeus
don’t mess with Johnny Klein
Schwejk It Easy!
the GoGo Man
Rocky Horror Picture Show