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DODIE PETTIT is an actress, singer, dancer and songwriter. Ms. Pettit has the distinction of performing on Broadway in history's two longest running shows, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "CATS" and "The Phantom of the Opera", in which she was an original castmember. She spent 10 years in these two shows, and has over 4,000 shows to her credit, a milestone that very few Broadway performers have achieved. Other credits include the First National Touring Co. of Tony Award Winning "Titanic", and regional shows of A Chorus Line (Cassie) "Footloose" (Vi); "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" (Patsy Cline), "Singin' In The Rain" and "They're Playing Our Song".
Born in Princeton, NJ, Dodie was a charter member of The Princeton Regional Ballet Co and later a founding member of Princeton Ballet's professional company in 1977, now known as American Repertory Ballet. There she performed many leading roles including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Cinderella among many others, which included a ballet, choreographed to her music entitled "A Country Love Song". From 1982-1984 she was principal dancer with Garden State Ballet under direction of Fred Danielli. In May 2004, Dodie was honored to receive a lifetime achievement award for "commitment to the arts and excellence in the field of dance" from the American Repertory Ballet and ARB's Princeton Ballet School.
Apart from her dancing career, Dodie has also pursued a career in music, becoming a guitarist and songwriter and making much of her living working in pop/rock bands. She has performed in such places as The Bitter End, The Electric Circus The Criterion Center, Don't Tell Mama's, Danny's Sea Palace, Penache Encore, Steve McGraw's, in New York; The Troubadour, The Palomino Club in Los Angeles; The Exit Inn in Nashville and at Caesar's Palace and Arizona Charlie's in Las Vegas.
She had her first songwriting credit "Wonderland of Love" on Vicki Sue Robinson's Billboard Top Ten Album; "Turn the Beat Around". Later her song "Sweet Temptation" by Gem hit the Billboard Dance Charts and two more of her songs, "Power of the Night and "Leather" appeared in the Feature Film "Critters". She also underscored Shel Silverstein's Grammy Nominated children's book. "A Light in the Attic" Between Broadway tours, she recorded her two solo albums in Nashville, "Songs from the Journey" and "Playin' With the Boys". Dodie also produced "Voices of Broadway, Songs of Conscience and Hope" for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, an album of her songs featuring the voices of many of Broadway's best known names. She is married to Broadway performer Kevin Gray, with whom she has written a new musical "Dracula... The Covenant" which premiered at The Stonington Opera House, Stonington Maine in July 2003. Locally she has written 6 children's musicals for MMM Productions of Greenwich CT. Upcoming projects include a children's CD, a new CD for her husband, Kevin Gray, and a new solo CD.
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