Friday, February 19, 2010

Dennis O'Bannion: CMT experiences prepared him for Broadway debut

Dennis O'Bannion (Photo: Dennis O'Bannion)

Dennis O’Bannion, 25, is living the dream of many CMT performers. He made his Broadway debut in the cast of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in November 2009 and he attributes it to the training he received at CMT.

“There was so much education I learned in my years at CMT that created a solid foundation and prepared me for going to train and perform in the Big Apple,” said Dennis.

Between his first show State Fair (2000) and his last, the Marquee production of Thoroughly Modern Millie (2006), Dennis choreographed Starmites and assisted Kevin R. Hauge with two shows. Favorite roles include Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar and Baby John in West Side Story.

Realizing he wanted to be on Broadway, Dennis moved to New York City after high school and attended Marymount Manhattan College. The day after graduation he began rehearsals for his first professional job: Hello Dolly! starring Tovah Feldshuh and choreographed by Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance”). More regional theater work followed which led to his Broadway debut.

“I could not have been more prepared for professional theater without the love and support CMT continues to give. CMT changed my life as a person and a performer,” Dennis said.

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