Originated the role of Erwin "Chopin" Boots in Barry Manilow
's musical, Harmony, based on the lives of the Comedian Harmonists in pre WWII Germany. This show debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 1997.
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[on his decision to move to New York] "Six years ago, when I moved, I said the only things I wanted to do was originate the lead in a show, and if it was a musical, then do the recording, and get nominated for a Tony. So now that I've done all that, I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe I should dream higher."
He received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. He was also the Commencement Speaker at the 185th Commencement Exercise at Trinity College on May 22, 2011.