Mr. Cummings has a beautiful voice. The second act opens with the song “Bui-Doi” and is performed a cappella by the males and sounded amazing. When Mr. Cummings joined it became the best moment in the show.
Lawrence Cummings is a vocal chameleon and actor of the stage and screen who flawlessly transitions from Opera, to musical theatre, to pop/R&B and anything else he sets his sites on.
Cummings has traveled the U.S., Canada and Europe, earning a solid reputation on and off stage. Most recently, he had the honor of being only the third person to portray the infamous crab Sebastian for the U.S. regional premiere of Disney’s celebrated musical, “The Little Mermaid”. Cummings and Alan Menken previously worked together on a new musical the famed composer was workshopping titled, “Snow Queen”.
This Santa Rosa, California native, who currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, first gained attention when he received a scholarship to attend prep school at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He made his stage debut as the tenor soloist in Handel's “Messiah” at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco at seventeen years old after only one year of lessons. Upon graduating, he made his way across the country to the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University on a full merit scholarship where he then transferred, also as a scholarship student, to the Manhattan School of Music and earned his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees in Vocal Performance/Opera.
Cummings has performed in concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Davies Symphony Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and alongside Carly Simon singing duets at Fisher Center in upstate New York, the Knoxville Symphony, and the prestigious Orchestra of St. Lukes.
Cummings has also built a solid stage career performing extensively in musical theatre. Some of his credits include: the Broadway National Revival Tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, where he not only understudied Sebastian Bach as Jesus, but was also able to frequently perform the role opposite the renowned Carl Anderson as Judas; the National Tour of “Camelot” where he understudied and performed the role of Merlyn to Lou Diamond Phillip’s King Arthur; a tour of “Porgy and Bess” playing the role of Sportin’ Life; and numerous productions of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” where he performed with the famed Lieber and Stoller, and won two ITL theatre awards for Best Actor in a musical.
This talented actor has made his way onto the big and small screens as well, including a role in the mega-hit “Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End,” in which he can also be found on the sound recording, and appearances as a VJ for the BET show “Live from the Blue Palm”.
Under the name SKOOTA, Cummings worked with Sony music producer Automatic to record the pop/R&B album "Step into my World" in 2003, which won ‘CD of the Year’ honors from Keevak.com and earned him a songwriting award from the John Lennon Songwriting Competition for the track “Intertwined”.
Whether it be Opera, musical theatre, or TV/film projects, Cummings continues to shine and gain momentum on his way to the top.
To follow his current and future engagements follow him on his Facebook page.
Listen to more music samples on Lawrence’s YouTube page.
*With Sebastian Bach and Carl Anderson
**Two-time winner Theatre League Awards (Itl) for Best Actor in a Musical