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Lora Lee Gayer

Soprano

Hailed by The New York Times as having “a natural sweetness” Lora Lee Gayer is a rising star on both theatrical and concert stages. Ms. Gayer “showcases triple-threat skills with a sterling soprano and a dry delivery that is both human and hilarious.” (Variety) Recently, Ms. Gayer starred as Linda Mason in the new Irving Berlin musical, Holiday Inn opposite Bryce Pinkham with Roundabout Theatre Company to which she received great critical acclaim. Other engagements this season include the Lincoln Center spring gala honoring Rita Moreno and Roundabout Theatre Company’s annual spring gala honoring Frank Langella and starring opposite fellow Broadway stars Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara, Jane Krakowski, and more!

Oct
2016

Oct-06
to
Jan-15
Holiday Inn
Linda Mason
Roundabout Theatre Company
New York, NY
May
2017

May-02
Spring Gala
Soloist
Lincoln Center
New York, NY
May-08
Casino Night Gala
Soloist
Roundabout Theatre Company
New York, NY
Aug
2017

Aug-03
to
Aug-20
A Legendary Romance
Billie Hathaway
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown, MA
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…endearingly desirable…
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum– “With the gaze of one who seems far too easily distracted and a voice pitched somewhere between clueless squeak and Kristin Chenoweth, Gayer turns Philia into an endearingly desirable dolt, of the smartest kind”  The Washington Post 
…natural sweetness…
 Holiday Inn  “Ms. Gayer has a natural sweetness that makes her convincing as a small-town schoolteacher, and a soprano of a similar sweetness that makes her plausible as a possible star.” – The New York Times 
…brisk individuality…
Follies  “…the young versions of Phyllis, Ben, Sally and Buddy — played with brisk individuality by Kirsten Scott, Nick Verina, Lora Lee Gayer and Christian Delcroix — who do splendidly by their barbed valentine numbers.”The New York Times 
…triple-threat skills…
Holiday Inn “Gayer’s performance showcases triple-threat skills throughout, with a sterling soprano and a dry delivery that is both human and hilarious.”Variety
…praise-worthy level…
Doctor Zhivago   “… the singing by everyone—certainly by Gayer, Nolan and Hewitt — is at a praise-worthy level.”The Huffington Post 
Hailed by The New York Times as having “a natural sweetness” Lora Lee Gayer is a rising star on both theatrical and concert stages. Ms. Gayer “showcases triple-threat skills with a sterling soprano and a dry delivery that is both human and hilarious.” (Variety) Recently, Ms. Gayer starred as Linda Mason in the new Irving Berlin musical, Holiday Inn opposite Bryce Pinkham with Roundabout Theatre Company to which she received great critical acclaim. Other engagements this season include the Lincoln Center spring gala honoring Rita Moreno and Roundabout Theatre Company’s annual spring gala honoring Frank Langella and starring opposite fellow Broadway stars Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara, Jane Krakowski, and more!

Ms. Gayer made her Broadway début in the Tony nominated revival of Follies, alongside Bernadette Peters, performing the role of Young Sally at the Marquis Theatre. Subsequently, she starred as Tonya Gremeko in Dr. Zhivago at the Broadway Theatre and Linda Mason in Holiday Inn at Studio 54/Roundabout Theatre, which is viewable on BroadwayHD. Other projects of merit include Majorie in Pipe Dream with New York City Center Encores!; Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum  with Bay Street Theater and Shakespeare Theater Company, DC; Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel with Virginia Opera; and Millie in Bull Durham with Alliance Theatre.

In addition to Broadway and theater productions, Ms. Gayer has also made multiple television appearances including performances on the Today Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and PBS Broadway Pops with Fredrica von Stade, conducted by the late Eric Kunzel. Ms. Gayer’s film début was Lily in Towheads, directed by Shannon Plumb and appeared in the 2007 Oscar nominated documentary about young artists entitled Rehearsing a Dream, directed by Karen Goodman.

Other accomplishments include the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Follies, Dr. Zhivago, Holiday Inn, and Pipe Dream and a finalist of the NFAA National Youngarts Foundation competition. Ms. Gayer attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater and Interlochen Arts Academy majoring in theater and voice where she was the first theater major to be a concerto finalist. While attending these prestigious art schools, she performed many roles including favorites: Roxie Hart in Chicago, Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man.

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