With an enormous vocal range and ability to sing everything from Broadway to razor sharp rock & roll to quiet and gentle ballads, this amazing Broadway tenor has been winning over audiences worldwide for more than twenty years. Although best known for his monumental number of performances, and record breaking number of productions starring as Jesus, Judas, and Annas in more than 25 productions of Jesus Christ Superstar throughout the world, he has also been continuing to thrill audiences with his work on the concert stage and in the recording studio.
In the 30th Anniversary concert of Jesus Christ Superstar, Danny starred as Jesus along side original JCSS Broadway & film stars Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, Barry Dennen as Pontius Pilate, and legendary lyricist Sir Tim Rice. In the 20th Anniversary National Tour, as well as the 25th Anniversary North American Resurrection Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Danny not only won critical acclaim for his menacing portrayal of The High Priest Annas, but also for his poignant work in understudying and frequently performing the roles of both Jesus and Judas. A critical and musical tour de force, this 25th Anniversary tour reunited the film stars of Jesus Christ Superstar, Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson; and also starred such legendary musical heavyweights as Irene Cara, Syreeta Wright, and Dennis DeYoung (founder, and lead singer of the legendary 70’s rock band STYX).
Danny starred as Judas Iscariot in the most recent Broadway Tour, the first two major European touring productions of the Webber/Rice classic, as well as at The Actors Playhouse in Miami and at Austin's Musical Theater in Texas. He starred as Jesus in heralded productions at New Hampshire's Palace Theater, West Virginia's Public Theater, Virginia's Potomac State Theater, as well as in multiple productions and concerts with A2Z Theatrical Productions of Rhode Island and New York's Leftfield Productions. His tender and powerful portrayal of Jesus, and his unique and stirring performance of the aria “GETHSEMANE”, has inspired and moved audiences across the country, around the world, and is debated among legions of Jesus Christ Superstar fans as one of the best.
Some of his many regional theater credits include playing Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (for which he was nominated for a Barrymore Award, as best actor), Che’ in Evita, the title role in Candide, Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Danny in Baby, and the quirky F/X Fitzterwald in the Broadway bound production of Starmites. Danny also starred as The Arbiter in both Off Broadway BC/EFA concerts of Chess at the John Houseman Theater in New York City, as well as the concert productions mounted by New York’s Leftfield and Norus Productions
Nationally and internationally, Danny has had the privilege of sharing concert stages with some of the music world’s most renowned performers and stars. He has shared the stage and performed with such luminaries as Three Tenor’s opera legend Jose’ Carreras, The Gypsy Kings, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends Peter Frampton, Phoebe Snow, Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Leslie West (Mountain), Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr), and starred as one of the lead singers in concert extravaganza The British Rock Symphony. He has recently taken to the stage as a one of the lead singers in the new incredible orchestral rock spectacular The World Rock Symphony Orchestra, with rock and roll luminaries from around the globe, and most recently starred in concert with worldwide pop/rock legend Sir Cliff Richard.
Danny has had the privilege of singing for three U.S. Presidents, numerous International Prime Ministers, and not only has had the honor and pride of being hand picked by the International Congress of Cardinals from Rome to perform his rendition of the aria “GETHSEMANE” from Jesus Christ Superstar during their last world tour, but has spent years supporting many national charities by lending his voice and talents in many fund raising and benefit concerts. He has performed in support of such organizations as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, The Concert for Newtown, Covenant House, The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, The Jane Elissa Foundation for Leukemia Research, The American Red Cross, The Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research, The American Cancer Society, and the New York Archdiocese’s Fund for Children, as well as the Auntie Olga Children’s Charities, on the island of Barbados, just to name a few.
With his dramatic vocal abilities, Danny’s voice can be heard giving life to key roles on a number of original musical soundtracks. These include Dismo Dittersdorf on the Broadway soundtrack of Starmites by Barry Keating; the trouble making, love sick poet, Pierre Gringoire, in the rock opera Quasimodo: Prince of Fools by Michael Rapp; the Vampire leader, Vladimir, in Mark Weiser’s The Cure; The Hermit in Neil Berg’s adaptation of The Prince and The Pauper; the leader of the Witch Coven in Antonio Amedeo’s recording of Out of Position (a rock adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth); Dracula in Julia Gregory’s musical, Sex, Blood, and Rock & Roll; and the heartbreaking role the dying brother in Jill Santoriello’s stirring concept recording of her Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities.
On the recording front, Danny’s first two studio albums, “a story for another day” (a celebration of rock classics), as well as his jazz album “Sometimes Simple is Best” (which was recorded live at New York’s famed WestBank Café’/Laurie Beechman Theater), have both earned enormous audience and critical acclaim. To learn more about Danny, his work, video and music samples, his recordings, and upcoming projects please visit www.dannyzolli.com