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Davis Gaines

 
Bio:
Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera" over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 21, 1959 (63)

Bio:
Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera" over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Docu-Musical Premiere, 2017
Performer
  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
The Muny's Adapted Revival, 2017
Joseph Pulitzer
  [New York]
Manhattan Concert Production at Lincoln Center, 2015
Judge Roan
Old Soldier
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2000
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 2000
Anthony Hope
  [London Fringe]
London Concert, 2000
Anthony Hope
  [Regional (US)]
Reprise! Concert, 1999
Anthony Hope
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 1998
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1997
Antipholus of Syracuse
  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1990
Balladeer/Charles Guiteau (Understudy)
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1990
The Phantom [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 1990
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 1989
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1988
Avi
Avi
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
The Phantom [Replacement]
Raoul [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Performer
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1986
Performer
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1982
R. Raymond-Barker
The Flying Circus
  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1982
Younger Man
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1980
Sir Lionel's Squire
Sir Lionel
Ensemble
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1986
Performer

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director

Photos

Quintan Craig, Corky Loupe, Gillian Bozajian, Davis Gaines, and Michael Starr Photo

Quintan Craig, Corky Loupe, Gillian Bozajian, Davis Gaines, and Michael Starr

From: 
Date:
10/18/2018
Gillian Bozajian and Davis Gaines Photo

Gillian Bozajian and Davis Gaines

From: 
Date:
10/18/2018
Jonathan D. Mesisca, Tamara Zook, Quintan Craig, Sandy Bainum, Davis Gaines, Corky Lo Photo

Jonathan D. Mesisca, Tamara Zook, Quintan Craig, Sandy Bainum, Davis Gaines, Corky Loupe, and Herschel Sparber

From: 
Date:
10/18/2018
Jessica Ordaz, Benjamin Schrader, Davis Gaines, Jeff Skowron, Chelle Denton, Corky Lo Photo

Jessica Ordaz, Benjamin Schrader, Davis Gaines, Jeff Skowron, Chelle Denton, Corky Loupe, Rufus Bonds Jr., and Patrick Batiste Jr.

From: 
Date:
06/20/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Docu-Musical Premiere, 2017
Performer

  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
The Muny's Adapted Revival, 2017
Joseph Pulitzer

  [New York]
Manhattan Concert Production at Lincoln Center, 2015
Judge Roan

Old Soldier

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2000
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 2000
Anthony Hope

  [London Fringe]
London Concert, 2000
Anthony Hope

  [Regional (US)]
Reprise! Concert, 1999
Anthony Hope

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 1998
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1997
Antipholus of Syracuse

  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1990
Balladeer/Charles Guiteau (Understudy)

  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1990
The Phantom [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 1990
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 1989
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1988
Avi

Avi

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
The Phantom [Replacement]

Raoul [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Performer

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1986
Performer

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Concert, 1986
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1982
R. Raymond-Barker

The Flying Circus

  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1982
Younger Man

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1980
Sir Lionel's Squire

Sir Lionel

Ensemble

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1986
Performer

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director

[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director

[Off-Off-Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director

Davis Gaines Biography

Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera" over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). Subsequently, he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the world premiere of "Whistle Down the Wind". Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Raoul in "The Phantom of the Opera", Cornelius Hackl in "Hello, Dolly!" (with Carol Channing), "Camelot" (with Richard Burton) and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (with Alexis Smith). Gaines’ Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s "The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth", the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical "One Two Three Four Five", Stephen Sondheim’s "Assassins", "She Loves Me" and "Forbidden Broadway". He made his New York City Opera debut in "The New Moon" and appeared in New York in concert versions of "Sitting Pretty", "The Cat and the Fiddle", "Pippin" and the Encores production of "The Boys from Syracuse". Regionally, he appeared in "Spamalot", "Man of La Mancha" (Ovation Award, Best Lead Actor) and "1776" (Musical Theatre West), "Night of the Hunter" (Lyric Stage) and "Parade" (with T.R. Knight/Mark Taper Forum), in addition to "Camelot" (Sacramento Music Circus), "Side by Side by Sondheim" (Rubicon Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse), "Damn Yankees" as Joe Hardy (directed by the legendary George Abbott), "Arsenic and Old Lace" as Mortimer Brewster (with Kate Reid), "The Rink" (with Lainie Kazan) and "Two Into One" (with Tony Randall). Gaines played Anthony Hope, in the 20th anniversary concert productions of Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in Los Angeles (with Kelsey Grammer and Christine Baranski), in London (with Len Cariou and Judy Kaye) and in New York, San Francisco and Ravinia Festival (with George Hearn and Patti LuPone). More recently, played Sweeney Todd in "Sweeney Todd" opposite Faith Prince, and Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls", both with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He also toured the country with Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill in "Broadway on Ice". Film work includes a featured role in "Warlock: The Armageddon" (with Julian Sands) and television credits include "Desperate Housewives", "Charmed", "Chicago Hope", "Veronica’s Closet", "Bodies of Evidence" and "Murder, She Wrote". He appeared in three PBS Great Performances broadcasts (Emmy Award-winning "Sweeney Todd" with the San Francisco Symphony, "Broadway Originals" with the Boston Pops and "Jerry Herman’s Broadway at the Bowl"), as well as the televised specials of the "1994 Kennedy Center Honors" and the opening ceremony of the "1998 Goodwill Games". Additionally, Gaines has sung for five U.S. Presidents and with every major symphony orchestra in North America, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also performed in cabaret in New York at ‘Feinstein’s at Loews Regency’ and ‘Rainbow and Stars’, Hollywood’s ‘Cinegrill’ and San Francisco’s ‘Plush Room’. His voice can be heard over 30 cast recordings and compilation albums, as well as two solo CDs, 'Against the Tide' and 'All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn'. Gaines resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent singer of our National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Dodgers. Most recently, he portrayed Hannibal Lecter in the musical parody, "SILENCE! The Musical" at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles and made his LA directing debut at Musical Theatre West with "Oklahoma!".




Davis Gaines News

School Spotlight: School of Theatre at Florida State University Photo School Spotlight: School of Theatre at Florida State University
by Carian Lynée Parker - Jun 5, 2022

The School of Theatre at Florida State University is regularly recognized as one of the finest theatre programs in the nation. The School of Theatre at Florida State University's mission is to use the evolving, live, collaborative art of theatre to develop artists and scholars who have a lifelong passion for the arts.

BWW Interview: Chatting with Veteran Broadway Actor Telly Leung Photo BWW Interview: Chatting with Veteran Broadway Actor Telly Leung
by Jared Fessler - Apr 1, 2022

Broadway veteran Telly Leung has co-produced a documentary with Aaron Albano, another Broadway veteran and active member of the AAPI Broadway community. It is called ENSEMBLE and it is currently available via Broadway on Demand.

BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Orlando Shakes Photo BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Orlando Shakes
by Joseph Harrison - Feb 7, 2022

It’s hard to imagine a musical theatre world without the iconic, simple but lovely, musical THE FANTASTICKS. Opening at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in 1960 and playing a record breaking 42 years (making it the “world’s longest running musical”), Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s “little musical that could” has touched hearts and audiences for the last 62 years. It has evolved and changed over that time (more on that in a minute) but has never lost its core appeal – a beautiful, poetic, and highly theatrical tale of the power and depth of love – gained, lost and found again. Adding to the rich history of THE FANTASTICKS is the latest production of the musical at Orlando Shakes – one which delights, warms the heart and reminds us why it’s good to “Try to Remember” every so often.

Broadway Veteran Calvin Remsburg (Sweeney Todd, Cats And Phantom) Passes Away In Palm Photo Broadway Veteran Calvin Remsburg (Sweeney Todd, Cats And Phantom) Passes Away In Palm Springs
by David Green - Feb 3, 2022

The recent passing of the talented, versatile, dynamic Calvin Remsberg has left a very wide and deep loss to all who have known and loved him. As well as to those who have worked and studied with him. Calvin’s accomplishments are not only many but varied and fascinating. His humor and creative insights were also a major element in all he did. He was a true friend to all and fiercely loyal to the professional ethics he learned from his amazing career.

Laura Hodos Sings Ethel Merman In New Solo Cabaret Premiering At Winter Park Playhous Photo Laura Hodos Sings Ethel Merman In New Solo Cabaret Premiering At Winter Park Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 28, 2022

Who Could Ask For Anything More? Ms. Laura Hodos pays tribute to the iconic Ethel Merman and premieres her newest solo cabaret in The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series, February 23 and 24, 2022. Playhouse Musical Director Christopher Leavy will accompany on piano. 

Davis Gaines Returns To Orlando Shakes For THE FANTASTICKS Photo Davis Gaines Returns To Orlando Shakes For THE FANTASTICKS
by Stephi Wild - Jan 28, 2022

Acclaimed actor Davis Gaines, who has performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, will be featured in Orlando Shakes' next production, The Fantasticks, which runs February 2-26.

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts Announces Special Events For 2022 Photo La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts Announces Special Events For 2022
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts wants you to start your new year with some unforgettable experiences and extraordinary entertainment!  

New Events And Artists Announced For The Opening Weekend Community Celebration Of Ste Photo New Events And Artists Announced For The Opening Weekend Community Celebration Of Steinmetz Hall
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 17, 2021

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts today announced new events and artists for the opening weekend community celebration of Steinmetz Hall, an acoustically remarkable theater that completes the original design for the arts center. 

Orlando Shakes Returns For Season 33 Photo Orlando Shakes Returns For Season 33
by A.A. Cristi - May 7, 2021

For the first time since closing its doors due to the pandemic in March 2020, Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF will return to its artistic home inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Orlando Shakes Earns Actor's Union Approval For Return To Live Theater At Lake Eola P Photo Orlando Shakes Earns Actor's Union Approval For Return To Live Theater At Lake Eola Park
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 4, 2021

Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF gained approval from the national professional actors union, the Actors' Equity Association (AEA), for an enchanting production under the stars filled with laughter and romance.

Davis Gaines Videos

VIDEO: Do They Got Us? No! Watch 'The World Will Know' from NEWSIES at The Muny VideoVIDEO: Do They Got Us? No! Watch 'The World Will Know' from NEWSIES at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Watch the company of NEWSIES at The Muny get serious in 'The World Will Know' below!

VIDEO: Jay Armstrong Johnson Belts 'Santa Fe' in NEWSIES at The Muny VideoVIDEO: Jay Armstrong Johnson Belts 'Santa Fe' in NEWSIES at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Based on Disney's 1992 cult classic film, Newsies tells the rousing tale of the great Newsboy Strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, a charismatic and resilient newspaper boy, leads a bunch of New York City rag-tag orphans in a clash against the mighty publishing titan, Joseph Pulitzer. With a score by Alan Menken, and hits that include 'Santa Fe,' 'Seize the Day,' and 'King of New York,' this Muny premiere promises to make headlines. Watch Jay Armstrong Johnson (as Jack Kelly) perform a passionate rendition of 'Santa Fe' below!

VIDEO: They're Major News! Watch Highlights From The Muny's NEWSIES VideoVIDEO: They're Major News! Watch Highlights From The Muny's NEWSIES
by Alan Henry - Aug 8, 2017

Based on Disney's 1992 cult classic film, Newsies tells the rousing tale of the great Newsboy Strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, a charismatic and resilient newspaper boy, leads a bunch of New York City rag-tag orphans in a clash against the mighty publishing titan, Joe Pulitzer. With a score by Alan Menken, and hits that include 'Santa Fe,' 'Seize the Day,' and 'King of New York,' this Muny premiere promises to make headlines.

VIDEO: Look at Them! Cast of The Muny's NEWSIES Perform 'King of New York' VideoVIDEO: Look at Them! Cast of The Muny's NEWSIES Perform 'King of New York'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Based on Disney's 1992 cult classic film, Newsies tells the rousing tale of the great Newsboy Strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, a charismatic and resilient newspaper boy, leads a bunch of New York City rag-tag orphans in a clash against the mighty publishing titan, Joe Pulitzer. With a score by Alan Menken, and hits that include 'Santa Fe,' 'Seize the Day,' and 'King of New York,' this Muny premiere promises to make headlines.

VIDEO: First Look! NEWSIES Makes Headlines at The Muny! VideoVIDEO: First Look! NEWSIES Makes Headlines at The Muny!
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2017

Based on Disney's 1992 cult classic film, Newsies tells the rousing tale of the great Newsboy Strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, a charismatic and resilient newspaper boy, leads a bunch of New York City rag-tag orphans in a clash against the mighty publishing titan, Joe Pulitzer. With a score by Alan Menken, and hits that include 'Santa Fe,' 'Seize the Day,' and 'King of New York,' this Muny premiere promises to make headlines.

Social Roundup: Go Behind the Scenes of The Muny's NEWSIES VideoSocial Roundup: Go Behind the Scenes of The Muny's NEWSIES
by Alan Henry - Aug 3, 2017

Yesterday The Muny's production of NEWSIES took over BroadwayWorld on Twitter and Instagram! Spencer Davis Milford gave our readers a behind the scenes look at how the company seized the day in rehearsal day.

BWW TV: Jennifer Hudson Wows at Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary Celebration in LA!
by Michael Sterling - May 31, 2017

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the west coast's renowned Center Theatre Group was a thrilling evening of performances top lined by Academy Award winner and Platinum recording artist Jennifer Hudson at the Ahmanson Theatre Sunday, May 20th in Los Angeles. Fresh off her acclaimed performance in NBC's "Hairspray Live!," Hudson sang the evening's closing number. BWW TV's own Michael Sterling covered the red carpet for the much anticipated event.

Show Tunes Get a Classical Twist in CHOPIN MEETS BROADWAY at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Peisha McPhee & Sergiu Tuhutiu in 'Chopin Meets Broadway' on March 18th, 2017.

BWW TV: The Actors Fund Celebrates the Tony Awards in LA!
by Michael Sterling - Jun 25, 2015

The Actors Fund celebrated Broadway's Biggest Night at the 19th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominee Kate Burton, this year's gala raised $250,000 and honored Tony's Leading Men Theodore Bikel ("The Sound of Music," "Fiddler On The Roof"), Tim Curry ("The Rocky Horror Show"), Alfred Molina ("Love Is Strange") and Joe Morton ("Scandal") with the Fund's Artistic Achievement Awards. BWW TV's Los Angeles on-air host and producer Michael Sterling was on hand for the festivities.

STAGE TUBE: Carol Channing's Tribute to Champion & Herman at 2015 Jerry Herman Awards
by Stage Tube - Jun 2, 2015

The Nederlander Organization and Hollywood Pantages Theatre presented the THE 4TH ANNUAL JERRY HERMAN AWARDS, a celebration of the achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by KABC-7 Reporter George Pennacchio at the Hollywood Pantages last night, June 1, 2015. A tribute from Carol Channing to Gower Champion and Jerry Herman aired as part of the ceremony - click below to hear what she had to say!


Davis Gaines Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Davis Gaines been in?
Davis Gaines has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Davis Gaines been in?
Davis Gaines has not appeared in the West End