DENNIS J. D’AMICO
With over 42 years of experience in the entertainment business, Dennis owns a very well rounded expertise. His career began as an actor on network soaps in the late seventies and early eighties. At night Dennis performed as a songwriter in all of the NYC clubs. Migrating to the business side of show biz, Dennis cast many Broadway shows such as SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST, THREE MUSKETEERS, AND INTO THE LIGHT. His work in film includes best picture OUT OF AFRICA, SANTA CLAUS THE MOVIE, 9 1/2 WEEKS and A WOMAN OR TWO. Dennis has written, directed and produced many television commercials, produced a world premiere ballet at Lincoln Center for classical composer Robert Rines and produced and directed many Off- Broadway shows and contributed his many talents to STANGE INTERLUDE starring GLENDA JACKSON and AREN’T WE ALL with REX HARRISON and CLAUDETTE COLBERT. Every year Dennis produces charity events that have raised millions of dollars for breast cancer, children’s cancers, autism, scleroderma and animal’s rights.
The music business has always been his first love, composing over 500 songs- music and lyrics. He has contributed his music to several television commercials, theatrical productions and films. Dennis has performed with artists such as THE DREGS with STEVE MORSE, LARRY CORYELL, classical superstar NIGEL KENNEDY, REO SPEEDWAGON, STEVE WALSH of KANSAS, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND and FRED TURNER of BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE. Dennis served as Executive Producer of THE GARLAND MUSIC SERIES, and Exec Director of The Garland Appeal USA which commemorates the incredible life of LINDA McCARTNEY and fights cancer through the healing power of music. The projects are all supported by SIR PAUL McCARTNEY. Recently, Dennis produced the World Premiere of SIR PAUL McCARTNEY’s classical composition NOVA at the world famous TEATRO COLON in Buenos Aires to sold -out performances and 5 star reviews. As a jazz producer, Dennis has worked with some of the world’s greatest artists such as HANK JONES, HOUSTON PERSON, BUCKY PIZZARELLI, BOBBY CALDWELL, KENNY RANKIN, ROGER KELLAWAY, ROBBEN FORD, BOB JAMES, PAULETTE McWILLIAMS, BRUCE FORMAN, CHEVY CHASE, DORADO SCHMIDT, JAMES CARTER, PETER BEETS, FABRIZIO SOTTI, CASSANDRA WILSON, LUDOVIC BEIER, STEFAN HARRIS, 3X GRAMMY WINNER TOM SCOTT, WILL DOWNING and PABLO ZIEGLER. Every year he has produced the music and the DVD from THE DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL from BIRDLAND in New York City.
As Executive Producer at Reviver Music and Productions Dennis has championed Sir Paul McCartney tribute recordings, tribute concerts and television shows that commemorate Linda’s life. The funds fight cancers in women and children nationwide. At DREAM MAKERS MUSIC, Dennis headed up the label and produced the band LEO and classical pianist YONGMEI HU and Exec Produced BILL CHAMPLIN’S a 30 year member of CHICAGO and THE SONS OF CHAMPLIN. He is also the Executive Producer for DANNY AIELLO’S new record LIVE FROM THE SANDS. Dennis also Executive Produced the MICHAEL MADSEN, VIRGINIA MADSEN, DARYL HANNAH film, TURNING THE TABLES. Dennis is currently producing a new BROADWAY play written by Tony Award winning writer Mark Medoff author of Children of a Lesser God. The working title is BABY LAMB, the story of Lena Pepitone, Marilyn Monroe’s best friend and best kept secret. Another current film project is GENOVESE, based on the true accounts of Catarina Petillo, Vito Genovese’s wife. Recently in Phoenix, AZ Dennis produced THE BELIEVE CONCERT, starring CHEVY CHASE, DANNY AIELLO, BOBBY CALDWELL, TOM SCOTT, KENNY RANKIN, HILARY KOLE AND ROGER KELLAWAY, with a 70 piece orchestra and 80 voice gospel choir at the Orpheum Theater to raise funds for children with cancer. In Nov of 2011 in Nashville, Dennis produced the LET US IN concert at the world famous RYMAN AUDITORIUM, 14 acts including KENNY LOGGINS, Chuck Wicks, Sarah Darling, SheDaisy, STEEL MAGNOLIA and JEFF DANIELS. The CD of the same name was also Exec produced and produced by D’Amico. In the Summer of 2013 Let Us In Americana released which was executive produced by Dennis. This record features Grammy winners Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and many more greats. The album made the top 10 on the charts at number 7.
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