RASPUTIN CD PERFORMERS
Biographies of Artists appearing on "Rasputin" 3-CD Set
TED NEELEY (Rasputin)
Ted Neeley is an internationally known star beloved by millions for his performance in the title role of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "Jesus Christ Superstar". He also starred in the Norman Jewison motion picture version of Superstar for which he received two Golden Globe nominations. Ted Neeley also appeared in both the Broadway and Los Angeles companies of Superstar, Hair and in productions of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in New York, and Tommy in Los Angeles. His most recent tour of Superstar lasted nearly 5 years and produced gross incomes approaching $100 million dollars.
JOHN HURT (Narrator)
Two-time Oscar Nominee John Hurt's film career spans over 4 decades. He was nominated for Academy Awards for his work in "Midnight Express" and most notably "The Elephant Man". Other films include "Alien", "Rob Roy", "Contact" with Jodi Foster and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" with Nicholas Cage. Mr. Hurt received critical praise for his role as Caligula in the BBC series I Claudius, and received an Emmy for The Naked Civil Servant. His most recent role includes Mr. Ollivander in the mega-hit "Harry Potter" films.
AMANDA McBROOM (Alexandra)
Amanda McBroom has been called "the greatest cabaret performer of her generation." She first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song "The Rose" hit #1 all over the world. Amanda's performances on the Golden Globes and the Grammy's help convince audiences that the best interpretation of McBroom songs are by Amanda herself. Her compositions have been recorded by Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Anne Murray and many others. She received the Johnny Mercer Songwriter of the Year award, and recently appeared with Marvin Hamlisch at the Kennedy Center.
BRADLEY DEAN (Prince Yusupov)
Bradley was most recently seen as Anselmo (and occasionally Don Quixote) in the Broadway revival of Man Of La Mancha. Other Broadway and NYC credits include Jane Eyre, The Big Time at the Drama Department, and Disney's When You Wish. Regionally, Bradley has played Che in Evita, Marvin in Falsettos, Caliban in The Tempest, Kit in No Way To Treat A Lady, Mick in The Caretaker, Archibald in The Secret Garden, and the title roles in Phantom, the Scarlet Pimpernel and Macbeth at theaters through the country. Bradley is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
JAMES O'NEIL (Tsar Nicholas II)
James O'Neil received critical acclaim as Pontius Pilate in the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley & Carl Anderson. His regional appearances include 1776 (as John Adams), The Rainmaker (with Stephanie Zimbalist), Dancing At Lughnasa (with Bonnie Franklyn and Susan Clark), The Little Foxes (with Linda Purl) and the American Regional Premiere of Return to the Forbidden Planet (as Dr. Propsero). As a director, Mr. O'Neil staged the first reading of Rasputin at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE, as well a numerous other productions as Artistic Director of the Rubicon Theater Company in Ventura, California.
M. ROSS RAMONE (Alexei)
Ross Ramone has played the roles of Avery in Charlott's Web, Sam in Louis' Trumpet and Jimmy Lebovski in The Cricket in Time Square, all for the Opera Delaware Family Theater. Ross has also performed in children's chorus roles from 1998 to 2000 for Opera Delaware Theater. In The Who's Tommy, Ross played Young Tommy for the 30th Anniversary National Tour produced by New York City's Jeffery Finn Productions. Most recently Ross played the role of Freddy in My Fair Lady.
CHRISTOPHER P. CAREY (Doctor Botkin)
Christopher Carey has performed in a variety of musical theater styles ranging from The Music Man and Sound of Music to playing the role of Caiaphas in the national touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar, where his rich deep voice was a favorite among Superstar fans throughout the U.S. He was also a member of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players for several seasons before being cast as Dr. Botkin on the Rasputin recording.
ANTHONY DiBENEDETTO (Rebel)
Anthony DiBenedetto has played Simon and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as roles in Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Les Miserables. Anthony is also a lead rock vocalist with hundreds of performances at various venues on the east coast. He is also a guitarist, song writer, musical arranger and producer. Anthony also holds a BA degree from Carnegie Mellon in NYC.
CHRISTINE REA (Mysterious Lady)
Christine's credits include Off Broadway Emma in NYC revival of Tintypes. National and international tours include Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show (as Magneta), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and in regional theater, Hair at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Janis Joplin in Beehive and Sonia in Godspell at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Larry Friedman (Derevenko)
Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with decades of experience in the entertainment industry, ranging from the obligatory regional theater experience, all the way up being hand-picked by the Bolshoi Ballet and performing for the President of the United States. From live theater to film and television, Larry has earned him membership in all three of the country’s performing arts unions which include AEA, AFTRA and SAG. With a voice that is as equally at home with rock roles such as Jesus and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar to voice-over commercials and his own national TV series entitled Mulligan Stew, one of Larry’s most recent roles is as “Derevenko” in the new rock opera “Rasputin”.