Kevin Gray’s “It’s My Time To Shine” is a collection of ten songs by Broadway performer Kevin Gray. Kevin has played some of the most prestigious roles in Broadway history. He has performed the role of “The Phantom” in “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Engineer in “Miss Saigon,” and the role of “The King” in “The King and I” over 1000 times each on Broadway, National and International Tours, to name only a few.
The CD was begun in February, 2006 and completed in 2007. During most of this time Kevin was performing as “Scar” in The Lion King “Cheetah” Tour. The CD contains songs from many of Kevin’s biggest roles, as well as 2 songs from “Dracula… The Covenant,” a new musical written by Kevin and Dodie Pettit, and two more songs written by Dodie Pettit.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA-
“Kevin Gray is magnificent as the Phantom. His graceful movements and haunting voice create the eerie, almost hypnotizing mood the musical requires. His rendition of “The Music of the Night’ chills the spine and brings tears to the eyes while radiating the darkness of obsessive love.”
- Philadelphia Enquirer
Eric T. Elvanian
“Kevin Gray is so good in the title role he can stand comparison with Michael Crawford, the original Phantom. Gray can tune his voice to a wonderfully wounded yelp and he expresses the anguish until it hurts vicariously.”
-The Boston Globe
“Kevin Gray has a rich, booming voice that he twists and turns with every expression of anguish from a man whose love loves somebody else. Gray is so remarkable in the role you’ll forget all about Michael Crawford.”
- Detroit Free Press
“There’s a lot that works in Miss Saigon, beginning with Gray’s performance as the sleazy, ambitious, flesh peddling Engineer, which doesn’t strike one false note either vocally or dramatically. His second act rendition of “The American Dream” is the high point song-and dance number of the show.”
-Toronto Globe and Mail
“Gray as the Engineer was a marvelous foil, fierce and groveling. He seems to have the best song lines in the intelligent yet impassioned pop history of the Viet Nam war lowlights. His big number “The American Dream” is just one treasure in a satisfyingly vulgar role that nonetheless elicits surprising sympathy.”
-The Toronto Star
“As the Engineer, Kevin Gray eschews the sleaze that others have brought to the pimping role, imbuing it instead with a vulnerability that renders his life a tragedy to rival that of the title character.”
- The Toronto Sun
THE KING AND I-
“RIGHT AND ROYAL TREAT AT THE DERNGATE”
“…the dynamic,lovable King of Siam, played with great energy by Kevin Gray. He tempers his peremptory manner with just the right blend of humour and wondermentat all the new things he finds himself learning with the arrival of Anna and her Western ways.”
Northants Evening Telegraph UK
”MAJESTIC SHOW IS SOMETHING SPECIAL”…. Gray has brought his own stamp to the king to complement the familiar shaven head and hands-on hips hauteur of Brynner ilk, duly playing him as sern, vain, yet always inquisitive and sometimes playful…..
Evening Press, York UK
”CLASSIC TALE WITH GLORIOUS STAGE SET”…the undeniable star was Kevin Gray, who gave the King a mesmerizing quality; his powerful voice communicated both a commanding presence and an irresistible denial of defeat, yet inspiring love.
Whitstable Gazette UK
”TALE OF LOVE ACROSS CULTURES IS DAZZLING”… Dominating both the stage and his subjects was former Broadway “King” Kevin Gray, who has obviously mastered being masterful and was superb as the Siam ruler.”
East Kent Mercury UK
“Striding around his palace with the authority and uncertainty of a King caught in time between two conflicting cultural worlds, Kevin Gray comes fresh from his successful run of a production on New York’s Broadway. Physically and vocally he is ideal, his tirade in the showdown with the governess a most impressive piece of acting.”
Yorkshire Post, North York/Main UK
”MUSICAL IS HUGE HIT”……there is a truly regal performance from Kevin Gray as the King of Siam who rules with a self belief that is somewhat undermined by the English widow who arrives to teach his many children. Gray struts around stage in great style, jabbing out a finger to emphasize a point and roaring instructions to his wives and servants but gradually mellowing slightly under the influence of the strong willed newcomer.”
Walshall Observer 6/24/05
”KING IS STILL SO DELIGHTFUL”……Kevin Gray, a wonderfully handsome King was hammering dialog and vocals with the sort of power you associate with someone in the days before personal mics were so readily available.
“A triumph is ‘Bowler Hat,’ pungently performed by Kevin Gray…. the three leading men, most notably the commanding Mr. Gray, all bring high passion to their roles.”
-The New York Times
“Kevin Gray stands out in a lively cast”
-The New York Times
Kevin Gray has most recently starred as Scar in the National Tour of Julie Taymor’s THE LION KING. Prior to this, Mr. Gray toured the United Kingdom as The King in THE KING AND I, reprising his role from the Broadway revival of Rogers and Hammerstein's classic, in which he became only the third actor in history to play the role on Broadway. Mr. Gray starred as Pontius Pilate in the Broadway revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and starred in Harold Prince's production of SHOWBOAT as Gaylord Ravenal. He toured as the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber's MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, and appeared as The Engineer in the Los Angeles and Toronto productions of MISS SAIGON, receiving the Dora Mavor Moore and Dramalogue awards for his performance. He appears on THE COMPLETE MISS SAIGON, recorded in London. He was the youngest actor to play the title role in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway and on the U.S. National Tour, receiving The Carbonelle Award for his performance as The Phantom. Before that, he played Raoul in PHANTOM on Broadway and created the role of Valentin in the world premiere of the musical KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN.
Kevin first came to the attention of New York audiences for his portrayal of Kayama in the 1985 revival of Stephen Sondheim's PACIFIC OVERTURES, and he was subsequently seen on Broadway as The Prince in CHU CHEM and Off-Broadway in THE KNIFE and THE DEATH OF GARCIA LORCA at The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Young Playwrite's Festival at Playwright's Horizons, and THE BAKER'S WIFE at the York Theatre. He appeared in the pre-Broadway revival of NIGHT OF THE IGUANA starring Jean Moreau, Michael Moriarity, Eileen Brennan, and Roy Dotrice, and in ROMANCE LANGUAGE at the Mark Taper Forum with Frances Conroy, Concetta Tomei, and John Vickery. Other Regional credits include THE REAL THING at The Portland Stage Company, IRMA LA DOUCE at The Goodspeed Opera House, and THE TEMPEST, MACBETH, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and RICHARD III at The Boston Shakespeare Company. Mr. Gray also created the title roles in DRACULA THE COVENANT, at the Stonington Opera House, written by Mr. Gray and his wife Dodie Pettit, and Billie Brown's COLORADOS for Paul Giovanni at The Mount Gretna Playhouse.
In 1987, he sang the lead in Heitor Villa-Lobos' MAGDALENA in New York, with George Rose, Judy Kaye, Faith Esham, and Jerry Hadley, a production recorded for CBS Masterworks. His musical credits include JEKYLLAND HYDE, A CHORUS LINE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE THREE PENNY OPERA, KISMET, CAROUSEL, GODSPELL, CAMELOT, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, THE FANTASTICKS, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Mr. Gray's many concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall and he was the recipient of the National Institute For Music Theatre Award in 1989.
Kevin has guest starred on LAW AND ORDER SUV, LAW AND ORDER C.I., MIAMI VICE, and THE EQUALIZER , played roles on RYAN'S HOPE and THE GUIDING LIGHT and co-starred in the film WHITE HOT. Mr. Gray can also be heard on BROADWAY’S FABULOUS PHANTOMS, as well as two recordings by Dodie Pettit: VOICES OF BROADWAY, a joint venture with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and SONGS FROM THE JOURNEY,
He has been the audio voice of many books including works by Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Nick Hornby, Lian Hearn, Alvin and Heidi Toeffler, John Yokoyama, Larry Bossidy, and Ram Charan,