Debbie Gravitte (formerly Debbie Shapiro) has had a varied career taking her from the Broadway Stage to the Symphony Hall and points between. She won the prestigious TONY AWARD for Best Featured Actress In A Musical for JEROME ROBBIN'S BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination as well as the New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE'S series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New York's CITY CENTER.
Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York City's RAINBOW AND STARS, to London's PIZZA ON THE PARK, and back home again to Atlantic City, where she's had the honor to perform with notable talents such as JAY LENO, HARRY ANDERSON, and the legendary GEORGE BURNS.
Debbie has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including NATIONAL SYMPHONY (WITH MARVIN HAMLISH), BOSTON POPS, ATLANTA SYMPHONY,CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, UTAH SYMPHONY, ST. LOUIS, HOUSTON and SAN DIEGO SYMPHONIES. Overseas, she has sung with the LONDON, AALBORG AND BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC, GOTESBORG and JERUSALEM SYMPHONIES, MUNICH PHILHARMONIC, ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA and SYMPHONICA OF BRAZIL.
On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR and NBC'S PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS & HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWIN'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION from London's ROYAL ALBERT HALL and CARNEGIE HALL. She recently returned to CARNEGIE HALL with SKITCH HENDERSON and NY POPS.
Debbie recently debuted with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET singing in PETER MARTIN'S “THOU SWELL” at LINCOLN CENTER. She appeared with BETTE MIDLER in the Universal Film, ISN'T SHE GREAT?, and can be heard as one of the voices in DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID. Debbie is a proud and tired mother of three beautiful children.
Debbie'slatest CD, DEFYING GRAVITY, is a follow-up to THE MGM ALBUM, PART OF YOUR WORLD and THE ALAN MENKEN ALBUM. Her other recordings include CALAMITY JANE, UNSUNG SONDHEIM, LUCKY STIFF, MISS SPECTACULAR, LOUISIANA PURCHASE, BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, MACK AND MABEL IN CONCERT, MISS SPECTACULAR, TENDERLOIN, LUCKY IN THE RAIN, ZORBA, JEROME ROBBIN'S BROADWAY, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, BILLION DOLLAR BABY, and THE MUSICALITY OF PORTER.
"Gravitte can swing, slink, emote, belt and torch
and there's not a dull track here.
It's unlikely that there will be a better solo
album from a theatre singer this year!"
- Theater Week