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Curtis Bannister

 
Bio:
Curtis Bannister, described as “radiating with slowly simmering energy” (TimeOut Magazine) and a "quiet revelation" (L.A. Times), is the 2021 Roger Sturtevant Award Recipient for "Outstanding Performance in Musical Theater" from the Actors' Equity Foundation (AEA) and a 2021 Drama League nominee ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Curtis Bannister, described as “radiating with slowly simmering energy” (TimeOut Magazine) and a "quiet revelation" (L.A. Times), is the 2021 Roger Sturtevant Award Recipient for "Outstanding Performance in Musical Theater" from the Actors' Equity Foundation (AEA) and a 2021 Drama League nominee ... (read complete bio)
 

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Elizabeth Telford and Curtis Bannister Photo

Elizabeth Telford and Curtis Bannister

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Date:
09/18/2019
Linda Fortunato, Curtis Bannister Photo

Linda Fortunato, Curtis Bannister

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09/18/2019
Curtis Bannister sings â€Ĺ"Joey, Joey, Joey” from THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, part Photo

Curtis Bannister sings â€Ĺ"Joey, Joey, Joey” from THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, part of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY 1959 from Porchlight Music Theatre

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03/06/2018
Kyrie Courter and Curtis Bannister Photo

Kyrie Courter and Curtis Bannister

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10/31/2017
Aja Wiltshire, Curtis Bannister, Kyrie Courter, Adam Fane, Nicole Laurenzi, Teressa L Photo

Aja Wiltshire, Curtis Bannister, Kyrie Courter, Adam Fane, Nicole Laurenzi, Teressa LaGamba, Jeff Meyer and Carl Herzog

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07/12/2017
 

Curtis Bannister Biography

Curtis Bannister, described as “radiating with slowly simmering energy” (TimeOut Magazine) and a "quiet revelation" (L.A. Times), is the 2021 Roger Sturtevant Award Recipient for "Outstanding Performance in Musical Theater" from the Actors' Equity Foundation (AEA) and a 2021 Drama League nominee for "Outstanding Performance in a Concert Production". Curtis' 2021/22 schedule highlights include Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Music Theater Works, Chicago), his debut recital for the Festival of New American Music, his debut as Florestan (Beethoven's FIDELIO with The Met Live Arts, The Broad Stage in LA, and Mondavi Center) and a world premiere as Juba Freeman (Quamino's Map, Chicago Opera Theater). Previous season highlights include performing "The Prayer" with Heather Headley (Goodman Theatre 2021 Gala); Reimers (NBC's CHICAGO FIRE, Season 6); Marquis (Apple TV+'s DICKINSON, Season 2); Jamie (LAST FIVE YEARS, Jedlicka PAC); Sid Sorokin (THE PAJAMA GAME, Theater at the Center); Jim Conley (PARADE, Writers Theatre in Chicago); Monty (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, The Rev), Andre (AINT MISBEHAVIN', Olney Theater Center/National Players); Ragotski (CANDIDE, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony); Edward Moncrief (ON A CLEAR DAY...Porchlight Music Theater); and Sweeney Todd u/s (SWEENEY TODD, Finger Lakes Music Theater Festival/The Rev).




Curtis Bannister News

QUAMINO'S MAP Premieres At Chicago Opera Theater, April 23 Photo QUAMINO'S MAP Premieres At Chicago Opera Theater, April 23
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 8, 2022

Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago's foremost producer of contemporary and re-imagined opera, proudly presents the World Premiere of Quamino's Map, shedding light on the post-Revolutionary War years when London was the unlikely refuge for thousands of Black Americans who fought for their liberty on the side of the British. 

BWW Interview: Heartbeat Opera's Ethan Heard Brings FIDELIO To Current Times Photo BWW Interview: Heartbeat Opera's Ethan Heard Brings FIDELIO To Current Times
by Gil Kaan - Feb 22, 2022

Heartbeat Opera’s tour of FIDELIO lands at The Broad Stage February 26th and 27th. Heartbeat’s artistic director Ethan Heard directs Beethoven’s 1814 masterpiece re-imagined and re-orchestrated for the era of Black Lives Matter. I had the chance to throw a few queries out to Ethan on his timely and unique project that he also adapted and co-wrote.

BWW Review: FIDELIO at the Met â€" Not THE MET â€" Proves Beethoven's Only Opera Is N Photo BWW Review: FIDELIO at the Met â€" Not THE MET â€" Proves Beethoven's Only Opera Is No Museum Piece
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 16, 2022

It’s no secret that many of the standard repertoire’s most famous operas had troubled premieres but Beethoven’s FIDELIO had more than its share. Thanks to the efforts of Heartbeat Opera, which performed its revised version at New York’s Met Museum this past weekend (before a short tour), we can see the forest for the trees, with many of the work’s problems dealt with in a surprisingly effective way and the story brought up to date without destroying its integrity.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Host Heartbeat Opera's FIDELIO Photo The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Host Heartbeat Opera's FIDELIO
by Marissa Tomeo - Feb 5, 2022

Performances of the Heartbeat Opera's adaptation of Beethoven's Fidelio are to be held at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Thursday, February 10, 7 pm, Saturday, February 12, 7 pm, and Sunday, February 13, 2 pm. 

Heartbeat Opera Announces Four-City Tour of FIDELIO Photo Heartbeat Opera Announces Four-City Tour of FIDELIO
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 7, 2021

Heartbeat Opera will mount a four-city tour of its powerful 2018 adaptation of Beethoven's masterpiece, FIDELIO, which Heartbeat artistic director Ethan Heard conceived for the era of Black Lives Matter. The tour begins at home in NY's Metropolitan Museum on February 10, 12, and 13, 2022. 

Music Theater Works to Present RAGTIME at the North Shore Center For The Performing A Photo Music Theater Works to Present RAGTIME at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 22, 2021

Music Theater Works will present Ragtime at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from October 29, 2021 through November 7, 2021 being the third production of the 2021 Season.

Heartbeat Opera Announces 2021-2022 Season Photo Heartbeat Opera Announces 2021-2022 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 10, 2021

HEARTBEAT OPERA will return to the in-person stage for its eighth season this year.  Heartbeat's 2021-22 season kicks off in September with a free outdoor screening of BREATHING FREE, their visual album that connects Beethoven's Fidelio with the work of Black composers and lyricists such as Harry T. Burleigh, Langston Hughes, and Anthony Davis.

Chicago Opera Theater Announces 2021-22 Season Photo Chicago Opera Theater Announces 2021-22 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 23, 2021

The season includes Bizet’s beloved CARMEN in concert, featuring duo debuts by Jamie Barton and Stephanie Blythe; the family-friendly holiday delight BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo; and a world premiere commission by Errollyn Wallen and Deborah Brevoort, QUAMINO’S MAP.

Virtual Theatre This Weekend: May 22-23- with Lilli Cooper, Chuck Cooper, and More! Photo Virtual Theatre This Weekend: May 22-23- with Lilli Cooper, Chuck Cooper, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - May 22, 2021

Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, May 22-23, 2021.

LEGENDS OF THE 50s AND 60s: GREATEST HITS to be Presented by Music Theater Works In I Photo LEGENDS OF THE 50s AND 60s: GREATEST HITS to be Presented by Music Theater Works In Illinois
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2021

Music Theater Works will present 'Legends Of The 50s And 60s: Greatest Hits' at North Shore Center For The Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from June 18, 2021 through June 27, 2021 as the first production of the 2021 season.

Curtis Bannister Videos

VIDEO: RAGTIME Brings the Turn of the Century to the Marriott Theatre VideoVIDEO: RAGTIME Brings the Turn of the Century to the Marriott Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jan 30, 2018

From the volatile melting pot of New York City at the dawn of a new century, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, RAGTIME, kicking off Marriott Theatre's 2018 Season, January 24 through March 18, 2018 with a press opening on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Featuring a powerful score by the Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and book by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, RAGTIME is a sweeping musical portrait of America. Seven-time Jeff Award winner Nick Bowling (The Bridges of Madison County, Man of La Mancha, The King and I) returns to Marriott Theatre to direct, with Musical Direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson and Choreography by Kenneth L. Roberson.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

BoHo Theatre closes out its successful 2017 season with the passionate musical MARIE CHRISTINE by Michael John LaChiusa at the Theater Wit, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Taking inspiration from the life of Marie Laveau, the famed Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, MARIE CHRISTINE is a visceral reimagining of the Greek myth of Medea. LaChiusa is the acclaimed writer and composer of THE WILD PARTY and HELLO AGAIN. MARIE CHRISTINE is playing at Theater Wit through December 10, 2017. Click below to watch excerpts from the show!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of the World Premiere of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
by TV - On the Road - Jul 24, 2015

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, proudly produces the world premiere of the new North American production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.  Performances run from July 22 through through August 12. Based on Nik Cohn's 1975 article 'Tribal Rites of the new Saturday Night' and Norman Wexler's 1977 screenplay it inspired, this iconic time capsule centers around Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local dance hangout. There, he escapes into the admiration of the crowd, a growing relationship and the pulse of the beat that enables him to forget the realities of his life, his dead-end job and his gang of deadbeat friends. This new production delivers all the favorite tunes and dance sequences while bringing out the dimension and layers of the story and the landscape of such an iconic snapshot in American history.  Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oakes, this new North American version features songs by The Bee Gees, is adapted for the stage by Sean Cercone and features additional music and lyrics by David Abbinanti.  Check out a first look at highlights below!