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Dennis Curley

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Biographical Information

Dennis grew up in Syracuse, New York, and received his B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  He moved to the Twin Cities in 1992.

From 1992 until 1994, Dennis was employed at Hey City Stage, performing in the musical Forever Plaid.  Beginning in 1993, he became a full-time singer with the cover band Pizazz, a band he performed with until 2012.  He returned to the theatrical stage in 2004 when he performed in the musical revue Hot 'n' Cole at Ordway Center in St. Paul.  Dennis then appeared in My Way (Ordway Center), A Christmas Carole Petersen (Theater Latté Da), War of the Worlds: The Musical (Hometown Theatre), Mrs. Man of God (MMOG Productions), Orphan Train (History Theatre), Warm Beer Cold Women (Guthrie), and the staged reading of Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie), as well as appearing as a Holiday Singer in the lobby of Ordway Center during The Sound of Music (2007) and White Christmas (2008).  In 2013 he performed in Theater Latté Da's production of Steerage Song at the Lab Theater, and created and performed in Table Salt's Country Roads: Dennis Curley Sings the Music of John Denver.  The CD is available here.

His compositions include Love After Hours, Vampires! Horror!, U Betcha: The Making of a Minnesota Boy Band, Route 66: Cruisin' the American Dream, Whistling Past the Graveyard, Pride and Plot of Pointlessness, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, and Church Basement Ladies 6: Rise Up, O Men.  His arrangements for Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Schoolhouse Rock Live Too! are published by MTI; the Love After Hours Original Cast CD is available here, as well as at the iTunes Store.

Dennis has served as Musical Director for local and national productions of The Marvelous Wonderettes, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Rent, The Fantasticks, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Here's Love, Power Balladz, U Betcha and Church Basement Ladies 2, among others.  He co-produced Pride and Plot of Pointlessness in 2006 and 2008, and Whistling Past the Graveyard in 2007 (for which he also served as stage director).

Recent Work — Performance

Actor/Pianist Why We Can't Have Nice Things The Recovery Party, Minneapolis, MN (2016)
Lead Singer Country Roads: The Music of John Denver Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2016)
Singer/Pianist Christmas My Way Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2015-6)
Company Member Psych 101 mini-tour Table Salt Productions, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
Piano/Banjo/Guitar/Accordion Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN (2015)
Frederic Sercki Chopin's Heart Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
Company Member Psych 101 Table Salt Productions, Minneapolis, MN (2014)
Piano/Banjo/Guitar/Accordion Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2014)
Company Member Push Button, Get Bacon The Recovery Party, Minneapolis, MN (2014)
Company Member Steerage Song Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
Lead Singer Country Roads: Dennis Curley Sings the Music of John Denver Table Salt Productions, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
Company Member The VOW Factor Table Salt Productions, Minneapolis, MN (2012)
Musical Director/Singer/Pianist Spiked Too! Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2011)
Host Brain Game Table Salt Productions, Minneapolis, MN (2010-present)
Company Member Steerage Song Theater Latté Da, St. Paul, MN (2011)
Lead Singer Pizazz Band Minneapolis, MN (1993-2011)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Danger! Will/Robinson Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2011)
Jefferson Vampires! Horror! Table Salt Productions, Minneapolis, MN (2010)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Department of Redundancy Department The Recovery Party, Minneapolis, MN (2009-10)
Churn Hurley Love After Hours Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2010)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Spiked! Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2009)
Singer/Pianist Tragedy of You Minnesota Fringe Festival (2009)
Singer/Pianist Power Balladz Lab Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2009)
Singer/Pianist Holiday Singers Ordway Center, St. Paul, MN (2007-08)
Ensemble Little House on the Prairie (reading) Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
Soloist Warm Beer Cold Women Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
Mr. Studt/NYC Shopkeeper Orphan Train History Theatre, St. Paul, MN (2007)
Don Mrs. Man of God Touring, MMOG Productions (2006-07)
Harry Phillips War of the Worlds: The Musical Hometown Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2006)
Soloist Warm Beer Cold Women Music Box Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2006)
Carolette A Christmas Carole Petersen Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis, MN (2005)
Male Understudy (2 roles) My Way Ordway Center, St. Paul, MN (2005)
Vocalist Three Hits and a Miss 2005 National Tour
Male Understudy (3 roles) Hot 'n' Cole Ordway Center, St. Paul, MN (2004)

Recent Work — Composer/Arranger/Musical Director

Pianist A Sea-Doo Named Desire Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN (2016)
Musical Director Christmas My Way Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2015-6)
Musical Director Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN (2015)
Arranger/Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 1 Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2015)
Arranger/Director/Producer/MD Lemonade for the Lawnboy Minnetonka Theatre, Minnetonka, MN (2015)
Arranger/Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 5 Troupe America National Tour (2015)
Musical Director An Unscripted Minnesota Holiday Danger Boat Productions, Mpls., MN (2013-14)
Composer Psych 101 Table Salt Productions, Mpls., MN (2014)
Improv Pianist The Theater of Public Policy Various Locations, Mpls., MN (2011-present)
Musical Director Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2014)
Arranger/Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 5 Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2013)
Musical Director Miracle on 34th Street Troupe America National Tour (2012)
Musical Director/Arranger Christmas on the Ranch Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2012)
Composer/Musical Director The VOW Factor Table Salt Productions, Mpls., MN (2012)
Musical Director/Pianist/Singer Beautiful Thing Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis, MN (2012)
Musical Director/Singer/Pianist Spiked Too! Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2011)
Arranger/Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 4 Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2011)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Danger! Will/Robinson Table Salt Productions, Mpls., MN (2011)
Improv Pianist Your Parents' Friends Brave New Workshop, Minneapolis, MN (2011)
Musical Director The Marvelous Wonderettes Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2011)
Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 2 Troupe America National Tour (2011)
Composer/Musical Director Vampires! Horror! Table Salt Productions, Mpls., MN (2010)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Department of Redundancy Department The Recovery Party, Minneapolis, MN (2010)
Composer/Pianist Love After Hours Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2010)
Musical Director Rent Cardinal Theatricals, Minneapolis, MN (2010)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Spiked! Table Salt Productions, St. Paul, MN (2009)
Composer/Singer/Pianist Department of Redundancy Department The Recovery Party, Minneapolis, MN (2009)
Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 2 New Theatre Restaurant, Kansas City, MO (2009)
Composer/Pianist/Producer Pride and Plot of Pointlessness Theatre Garage, Mpls., MN (2008)
Musical Director/Pianist Holiday Singers Ordway Center, St. Paul, MN (2007-08)
Co-Composer/Musical Director Church Basement Ladies 2 Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN (2008)
Director/Composer/Pianist/Producer Whistling Past the Graveyard Lowry Lab Theatre, St. Paul, MN (2007)
Composer/Pianist Pride and Plot of Pointlessness Brave New Workshop, Mpls., MN (2006)
Composer/Pianist S.O.S. Brave New Workshop, Mpls., MN (2006)
Composer/Arranger Route 66: Cruisin' the American Dream Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, Claremont, CA (2005)

Recent Work — TV, Film & Commercial/Industrial

Dancing Dad Minnesota Lottery "Lucky for Life" TV spot 2017
"Officer Herdus" Moment of Truth; ABC Television; season 1, ep. 4: "Left for Dead" Committee Films, 2015
Solo vocalist Marshfield Clinics radio spots 2012-14
"Jefferson" Vampires! Horror! The Motion Picture Vampires Horror Movie LLC, 2014
Solo vocalist Great Clips National Convention 1993-2009
Solo vocalist Detroit Pistons Campaign (radio) 2006
Solo vocalist Drop Shop National Campaign (radio) 2004
Solo vocalist Baby Genius CD series "Favorite Bible Songs"  
Solo vocalist Baby Genius CD series "Wheels on the Bus"  

List of CDs produced

Church Basement Ladies 6:  Rise Up, O Men
Artist:  Original Cast
Content:  Original Theatrical Cast Album

Songs from the Shaker
Artist:  Various
Content:  Previously unreleased tracks from Table Salt shows

Vampires! Horror!
Artist:  Original Cast
Content:  Original Motion Picture Cast Album

Church Basement Ladies 5:  The Last Supper
Artist:  Original Cast
Content:  Original Theatrical Cast Album

Country Roads: Dennis Curley Sings the Music of John Denver
Artist:  Dennis Curley
Content:  Live pop cover album

Church Basement Ladies 4:  A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement
Artist:  Original Cast
Content:  Original Theatrical Cast Album

Church Basement Ladies 2:  A Second Helping
Artist:  Original Cast
Content:  Original Theatrical Cast Album

Shiny and New
Artist:  Jonathan Rayson
Content:  Pop cover album

Love After Hours
Artist:  Original Cast
Content:  Original Theatrical Cast Album

Taking Flight
Artist:  Brian Winter
Content:  Pop cover album

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Artist:  Dennis Curley
Content:  Original songs based on the book

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