Jeremy Benton Taps his way to the WBT Stage!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:00:00 am
Jeremy Benton Plays Phil Davis in Our Production of WHITE CHRISTMAS.. see what this tap-happy hoofer has to say about his career as a song and dance man!
I grew up on the country roads of Nashville, Tennessee. I thought I had invented tap dancing in my yard at about age 7 or 8.
My grandmother sat me in front of a Gene Kelly marathon one Sunday morning when I was 9. The rest is history.Director/Choreographer Randy Skinner gave me my first big break when I moved to NYC with 42ND STREET. He's been a friend and mentor ever since.
I first heard of the stage version of the movie classic WHITE CHRISTMAS through Randy Skinner. They were developing the original company while I was in 42nd Street on Broadway. I remember working on the number "Sisters" with him briefly, trying to figure out some moves for the girl's fans. What fun!
I have done productions of WHITE CHRISTMAS in San Francisco, Detroit, and the National Tour. OF COURSE I am a fan of the movie !!!! You know, I believe the film sequence of "The Best. Things Happen While You're Dancing" is the longest dance sequence filmed with a single camera shot following the action.
I have had the great fortune to do a lot of the shows on my dream list: Billy Lawlor in 42ND STREET, Bobby Child in CRAZY FOR YOU, Billy Crocker in ANYTHING GOES, Don Lockwood in SINGIN IN THE RAIN, and of course Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS.
I would love to play Max in LEND ME TENOR. Hear that, producers? (Wink, wink). And, after three Ambrose Kempers, I would really like the chance to play Cornelius Hackl in one of the best musicals ever, HELLO DOLLY!
I love biology and science. I love museums and really like to nerd out at any new exhibits or discoveries. But now, being the proud new uncle of my nephew, Dexter, and my niece, Roxie, I try to find any reason to get back home and hug their necks.
My IPod has about 7,000 songs on it. I can't remember a time in my life when music wasn't a major part of my day. So from Mel Torme' to Mariah Carey, from Mendelssohn to KD Lang, there's just about everything on my playlist at any given moment.