January 25, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
January 26, 2014 @ 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
All stage actors’ dream of the day they are cast in a New York show. For Eric Gutman, the dream became a reality when he was cast in the Off-Broadway production of Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood and Forbidden Christmas. His true claim to fame, however, came when he was cast in Jersey Boys, which he performed on Broadway in Chicago and on the National Tour. Why then has he given up all this fame to move home to Michigan and come back to his roots in this community? Join us at The Berman for the World Premiere of his story…and why he chose to take the journey from Broadway to Obscurity.
ERIC GUTMAN is thrilled to be back in Michigan after long and lengthy years as a Gypsy in NYC and on tour.
Eric’s first taste of success was being cast in 1999 in the Gem/Century Theatre’s production of Forbidden Hollywood. In the 14 years that have since followed, Eric became a resident company member of the “Forbidden Family” and has performed in over six different versions of Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood and Forbidden Christmas (Off-Bway and National Tour). In that time, Eric has performed in close to 100 different theatres nationwide as well as become the featured performer with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Also in New York, Eric performed for two years in the long running interactive comedy, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.
His claim to fame, however, was performing for close to three years and over 1,000 shows, with the first National Tour, Chicago and Broadway companies of the TONY award winning musical, Jersey Boys. Before leaving this landmark musical in 2010, Eric performed in six different roles (including three of the Four Seasons) as well as one of the few actors to play live instruments on stage.
Film, voiceover, and industrial work have been extensive. He had a featured role in Dreamwork’s “Real Steel” and is the lead voice of Fred the Rabbit in the new animated series, International Hareport (on NetFlix).
Degree and union affiliation include: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University with an emphasize in music theatre performance. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1999 and The American Federation of Musicians.