PLAYWRIGHT / COMPOSER / LYRICIST / DIRECTOR /ACTOR
CHOREOGRAPHER / SINGER / DANCER / MUSICIAN / COMEDIAN
Don Stitt is one of the most "hyphenated" men in show business. He has been performing professionally since 1965, and did his first commercial in 1968. During his five decades in entertainment, there is virtually no creative endeavor he has not tried his hand at.
At San Francisco State University, he wrote the book, music and lyrics for Babes on 42nd Street, The Doonesbury Revue, Joy, and A Kid's Summer Night's Dream.
In 1976, he became the first full-time replacement in Beach Blanket Babylon, now in its 4th decade.
The following year, he was featured in the first Equity production of The Great American Backstage Musical, performing it in San Francisco and Palm Springs.
in 1978, Don created, coauthored, codirected and choreographed a show called Irving Berlin in Revue, which ran for two years and enjoyed a critically acclaimed revival in 1993.
On Labor Day of 1978, he moved to New York City, where he directed an Equity production of his children's musical, A Kid's Summer Night's Dream, in 1979. Later that year, he choreographed Godspell for Burt Reynolds' Dinner Theatre, and went on to appear in Man of La Mancha and Grease for them as well.
On St. Patrick's Day of 1981, Don gave his first performance as Felix in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? He would make his Broadway debut in the role the following year, and ultimately perform the role over 800 times.
In 1986, he was integral to the New York revival of El Grande de Coca-Cola, (with the show's creators,) at the landmark cabaret, The Village Gate.
In 1987, he returned to The Great White Way with Late Nite Comic, (a Broadway flop so awful, it became the subject of the book "We Bombed in New London.") His performance in it, however, led to a fourteen-month engagement in an international tour of Can-Can, starring Chita Rivera and The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
The following year, he starred as Prince Nikki in My One and Only, and as Chico Marx in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.
In 1990, he returned to Broadway with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, in which he played a character loosely based on disk jockey Alan Freed.
In the 90's, he became a recognizable television commercial actor in hundreds of memorable spots, both as an on-camera and voice-over performer. (He even danced in several of them.)
In 1997 and '98, he played Marcus Lycus in a Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
A video-recording of the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Anything Goes!, starring Chita Rivera, Bruce Adler and Patrick Quinn, (and featuring Don in a military tap number,) is now included in the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.
Don served two terms as the Mayor of Whoville; in the First National Tour of the Broadway musical Seussical, and later at the historic Fulton Opera House, one of the nation's oldest theatres.
He won an award from Musicals Online for the book and lyrics he wrote for the musical Roscoe, about the trials of Fatty Arbuckle.
Don was featured in the 2004 episode entitled "Cut!" of Law & Order, and made his 15th appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2005.
Don received an MFA in playwriting from Western Connecticut State University in 2007, where he is currently a writing professor. His Collected Plays have been archived in the Haas Library on the campus, where also he premiered his 30 minute comedy, A Crisis of Biblical Proportions, in 2010. He also received an AWP award for his poem, "Ode to Bobby."
Don played Elton John in the world premiere of A Girl Called Dusty at the Provincetown Playhouse in 2005, and a new production of his 1978 children's musical, A Kid's Summer Night's Dream won numerous awards in 2007.
His one-man-musical, The Voices in my Head Have Formed a Choir and Somebody's Singing Flat!, was presented at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Don played Bottom/Pyramus in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes!, Bert Barry in 42nd Street, and Clarence the wingless angel in the musical A Wonderful Life, all in the same calendar year. (2008.)
He was seen in the first season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and appears in the feature film Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, starring Jane Fonda.
Of his life as an entertainer, writer, director, choreographer, lyricist, and tunesmith, Don says, "I consider myself to be lucky to still be doing what I enjoy most...making people laugh."
(You can email Don Stitt at:)