Lora Lee Gayer
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.