Steve Watts’ biggest claim to fame at The Fireside is his role of the Bandleader in our live band shows – 13 in all since SWING ON STAR in 2005. He’s taken us through the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s by single decade, combinations, or theme shows like Viva Vegas and Hollywood Sings. This year’s THAT’S WHAT I CALL ROCK ‘N ROLL encompasses some of the greatest rock and roll hits of the 50’s through the 80’s. His favorites in this show include the Beatles, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin – each of which can resonate the most with him on any given day. He also kicks off the show in spectacular fashion! Since we took one season off from the band shows last season, we’re especially happy to have him back. While he was away, one of his most regular gigs was to do a month or so at a time on various Cruise Ships doing a Dueling Piano act. He got to enjoy some time in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and the Baltic regions of the world and is planning another Baltic Cruise this fall.
When Steve first started traveling this path of being a performer, his goal was to work in theatre and thought his piano playing ability could be a nice “side hustle.” In reality, the piano playing has turned into his primary work. He still really enjoys the opportunity to perform in “book shows” like he’s done here and at other theatres including 42ND STREET, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, DAMN YANKEES, RAGTIME, and two particular favorites: Trevor Graydon in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and Sheriff Earl in ALL SHOOK UP. We’re also thrilled to announce his appearance as Daddy Warbucks in our summer production of ANNIE running July 18 to September 1. He played FDR in our 2004 production, and when Ed Flesch approached him about playing Warbucks he agreed to jump on board. Steve has done 27 shows with us at The Fireside showcasing the wide range of his talents. We hope you get a chance to enjoy one of his performances, too this summer whether your preference lies more with rock and roll or the magic of Broadway.