Tom's role in the Broadway play "The Trip To Bountiful" started this week! He stars with Vanessa Williams, Cicly Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Condola Rashad (below). The show is currently in previews, with the official premiere on April 23rd. Read more about it HERE!
Tom recently sat down with Robin Milling to speak with her about his music and more, including plans for a Christmas album with John Schneider (!!) and his upcoming deluxe vinyl release!
Listen to the conversation here!
USA Today featured Tom's version of "The Meeting Across The River" in their weekly playlist, and had this to say about it: "It seems an unlikely pairing of artist and song, but the Broadway/cabaret performer delivers a felt, unsentimental reading of Springsteen's haunting gem."
Listen to the song below!
Hi all - we have a big update on all things Tom. He was recently
offered a really great role in a Broadway play with other high-profile
actors, and we will have many more details to announce about that
soon! Unfortunately though, the role comes with a full time commitment
from March through the end of August. This means that the upcoming
shows in Wisconsin and Palm Springs have been indefinitely postponed
for the time being. Performing live with his band is Tom's main joy
and priority, so it was an incredibly hard decision for him to accept
this role to the detriment of the upcoming shows. We are hoping to
reschedule them, but in the meantime details are below on how to
receive your refund. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this
may have caused.
3/23 - Palm Springs - call the box office at 760-325-4490
4/5 - Hartford, WI - call the box office at 262-670-0560 x.3
4/6 - Middleton, WI - call the box office at 608-886-3103
On a more positive note, here is your chance to chat directly with
Tom! This coming Sunday 2/24, Tom will be logged on to Twitter and
answering your questions! He will be live at 3pm EST / 2pm CST / 12pm
PST. You can also tweet him your questions before hand (starting now!)
and he will answer as many as possible. Just direct your questions to
@wopatofficial - see you there!
- Everyone will be able to immediately download a digital copy of "I've Got Your Number" - start listening to the full album today!
- You will be entered for a chance to win a phone call with Tom!
- You will have access to exclusive updates from the studio and more.
- All CDs will be autographed!
Plus there are additional items to order including USB drive, T-shirt, and limited edition hand-written lyrics for Tom's original songs!
Head over and place your order now!
AND - use the widge below to download a free song, plus share the preorder with friends.
Tom went by Good Day New York today to talk about "I've Got Your Number" and role in Quentin Tarantino's film "Django Unchained." Click beow to watch, and you'll get to hear a sneak peek of an original song that Tom wrote for the new album!
New show announcement! Tom will be returning to the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on Tuesday, Feb. 7 2013! Come and hear Tom performing songs from his new album just a few days before its release on Feb. 12. Tickets are already on sale HERE. .
Tom went to Baltimore this week to promote his upcoming show on December 11th at Krashaar Goucher College campus to benefit Pathfinders for Autism and St. Elizabeth School. Watch his perform "The Christmas Song" with his brother Dave live on air, and click HERE to read the entire article! Visit the events page for more details about the show.
We are excited to announce the new album from Tom Wopat - full press release below!
TOM WOPAT’S “I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER” Released 2.12.13
Star of Stage, Screen and TV Swings Into Big Band / Mad Men Era
With New Recording of Great American Songbook Classics and Contemporary Songs of Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and More
(New York, NY – Dec. 3, 2012)
Listen to "The Good Life" - the first song released from the album below!
2013 promises to be a banner year for Tom Wopat. From the Feb. 12 release of his eighth recording I’ve Got Your Number, to his role in Quentin Tarrantino’s highly anticipated film Django Unchained, (released 2012 Christmas) and the release of the ABC –TV family musical movie Lovestruck, in which he stars with Jane Seymour. While one can’t help recall his starring role in the ‘80’s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, it is Tom Wopat, jazz vocalist and the Tony nominated star of Broadway that’s been garnering high critical acclaim for the last two decades.
With I’ve Got Your Number, Tom’s musical expedition has traveled into even more colorful territory. Backed by a thirty-piece orchestra, he fulfills his desire to focus on what he describes as the “orchestra/big band hybrid of the ‘60s and ‘70s.” “Like the Bobby Darin stuff,” he says. “Frank Sinatra did big band then, too., everybody did. And we really wanted to go for that -- in the standards as well as the contemporary tunes. We’ve evoked the spirit of the New York supper club era and the cool vibe of the Mad Men days. The recording swings hard and there’s a lot of really fine music.”
And, a lot of really fine singing, too! Listen to the way he romps through the different rhythms of “I’ve Got Your Number” and “The Good Life” – typical of his easygoing interaction with the grooves of his orchestra/big band backing. And, listen as well to the way he transforms the singer/songwriter tunes – James Taylor’s “The Secret O’ Life,” Paul Simon’s “The Afterlife,” Judy Collins’ “Since You Asked,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Meeting Across the River” -- into jazz-tinged renditions. And, to the sense of jazz authenticity that informs both Tom’s singing and his interaction with the lush big band arrangements.
There’s a large handful of uniquely appealing qualities all over the fourteen utterly captivating tracks. Tom applies his far-ranging interpretive skills and warm engaging baritone to discovering new, intriguing musical twists in such Great American Songbook classics as “The Folks Who Live On The Hill,” “Call Me,” “Born To Be Blue,” “I Won’t Dance” and, of course the title track. At first glance, that could be viewed as a surprisingly diverse program of material. But his versatility has been there throughout his career and on full display in a career reaching from his television work of the ‘70s and ‘80s to high visibility Broadway roles in 1999’s Annie Get Your Gun and 2008’s A Catered Affair and more (he received Tony Award nominations for both), plus his previous musical releases, spanning standards (In the Still of the Night and Dissertation on the State of Bliss) into the jazz oriented sounds and rhythms that had always fascinated him (Consider it Swung).
With the release of I’ve Got Your Number, Wopat truly feels he has found his stride. “Performing these songs the way we do on this recording is the most creative thing I do,” Tom concludes. “It’s extremely satisfying and fulfilling. And as long as it feels that way, I’m going to keep right on doing it.”
This past weekend, Tom was in New York City with his son Joey (who is an excellent photographer) shooting the packaging photos for his new album! The album will be released in early 2013, stay tuned for LOTS more information, and watch a video from the photoshoot here.
Great show review from Tom's shows in Indianapolis this past weekend! "Further demonstrating his ability to traverse all musical genres, Wopat showed an uncanny knack for capturing the authenticity of the blues as he sang Delbert McClinton's "Maybe Someday Baby"
It's official - Tom will be appearing at this year's Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville, VA. He will be signing autographs both days and perhaps singing some songs along with the rest of the cast.
On April 13, 2012, Tom Wopat and John Schneider performed a show together at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, ON. They took some time to answer questions submitted online through Facebook, and here are their answers. Enjoy!
Check out the trailer for the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert. Tom will be performing with them April 19-21. Check out their website for more information and to purchase tickets!
Tom will be joining the University of Wisconsin's Badger Band for their Varsity Band Concert! The concerts, being held on April 19-21, promise entertainment and fanfare with pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and multi-media displays. Don't miss it! Read all about the concert in this article: http://www.news.wisc.edu/20479
Read a great new review for Tom's album CONSIDER IT SWUNG on The Celebrity Café!
"Consider it Swung is the perfect compilation for a night of reflection, relaxation and romance. Take a listen. You won’t regret it."
We are giving away 2 tickets each to Tom's shows in Cambridge, MA on January 14th, and Annapolis, MD on January 21st! To enter for your chance to win, visit the CONTEST PAGE and fill out the entry form by January 3rd. Good luck!
Talkin' Broadway just posted a really great album review for CONSIDER IT SWUNG! "There's a likeable down-to-earthiness quality. There's nothing coy or showy, he and his musicians... settle in and settle down to some music-making that sounds as natural and unforced as his storytelling."
It's official! Tom Wopat is joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film "DJango Unchained," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and more. The movie starts filming soon, and will be in theaters December 25th, 2012. Read more about it at Variety.com
Tom will be starring in ABC's first-ever movie musical, "Elixir!" The movie starts filming soon in Pittsburgh, and will air on ABC Family in 2012. Co-stars include Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Wedding Crashers), Chelsea Kane (Jonas, Dancing with the Stars), Sara Paxton (Shark Night 3D), and more. Click here for more news.
Tom Wopat and Sigourney Weaver will star in a remounting of Anne Nelson's play, The Guys, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Ther performances will take place in New York City, select tickets available.
Tom's brand-new jazz album CONSIDER IT SWUNG will be released on August 9th! The record is a swingin' collection of standards featuring Wopat and some of the best jazz musicians New York City has to offer, all done in Tom's unique and unmistakable style. The album is already up on iTunes - just click here to download it now.
Mark your calendars and come out to see Tom on August 9th at Barnes and Noble! He will be performing live and signing copies of his brand-new album CONSIDER IT SWUNG! Don't miss this opportunity to talk to Tom and see him perform in this intimate setting.
Barnes and Noble
150 East 86th St. (at Lex)
New York, New York
"Summer Dress" is now available to download for free by joining the mailing list! This song was written by Tom Wopat, and can be found on his new album CONSIDER IT SWUNG. As Tom explains "A few years ago I was filming a movie in Thailand, and the production put me up in a gorgeous hotel overlooking the sea. During my free time, I used to sit and look at at the ocean, and the view was just exquisite. The local folks there use to get around on what were called "longboards"- about 20 foot boats with a car engine strapped to them, and they maneuvered with a long prop that extended into the ocean. Sitting there and seeing this completely different way of life in such an outrageously beautiful setting became the basis for writing "Summer Dress."
Tom Wopat will be headlining the Summer Broadway Festival this Monday 7/11 at Town Hall in NYC! The first show will be featuring "Broadway Winners: The Award-Winning Music of Broadway!" - as the festival creator Scott Siegel explains "We're doing something a little bit different with 'The Award-Winning Music of Broadway!' and it dovetails with the second show," Siegel says. "For the first time, I'm bringing a small cadre of previous 'Broadway's Rising Stars,' some of whom came right out of performing arts schools, and they're professionals whose careers are burgeoning. I wanted to feature some of them in this show because they've earned the right to be on the same stage with Tom Wopat."
As you know, Tom and his band will be performing live at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City this Monday, June 20th! If you are able to attend, you can still order your tickets and get more information here.
If you don't live in the New York area - don't worry, we've got you covered! The performance will be STREAMING LIVE online, so mark your calendars, set your reminders, and tune in at 7pm EST to Birdland's Livestream channel. Just go to this link on Monday, and you can watch the entire show from the comfort of your home.
Tom and his band will be performing LIVE at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City on Monday, June 20th! Enjoy this intimate setting to hear Tom perform songs from his current album "Consider It Swung" and more.
Chat Live with Tom!
Next Thursday after Tom gets off stage at Catch Me If You Can, he will be logging on to his Twitter channel to answer your questions! Make sure to follow him here, then mark your calendar for Thursday 4/28 at 11pm / 8pm PST. See you there!
Tom appears on the T.V. show “Medium”
Tom will be appearing in an episode of the T.V. show "Medium.” His episode is set to air on CBS on October 15th 2010.
Here is a brief description of the episode; “Allison and Scanlon continue on the outs, but their separate efforts to solve a girl’s murder may lead them into terrible danger — and a touching reconciliation…”
June 2th Main Street: Tom is in this year’s film, “Main Street”, along side Orlando Bloom, Ellen Burstyn and Colin Firth, based on the play by the great Horton Foote. Tom had the pleasure of working under the direction of John Doyle again, who also directed him in Broadway’s 2007 “A Catered Affair”. A 2010 release date to be announced very soon. Check back here for details.
Jonah Hex: Appearing with Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Megan Fox in the upcoming Warner Bros. Entertainment film, “Jonah Hex”, coming in June of 2010.
Sondheim on Sondheim: Tom is currently on Broadway with Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams at Studio 54 in “Sondheim on Sondheim”, now through June 27th, 2010. Click here for details.
The L.A. Times, Culture Monster says, “…Wopat demonstrates precisely what Sondheim means when he says that “Epiphany” from “Sweeney Todd,” with its abrupt shifts in mood, allows you to witness “a man’s mind crack.”
The Wall Street Journal says, “Any show in which Ms. Cook sings “Loving You,” “Take Me to the World” and “Send in the Clowns” is by definition worth seeing, and some of the other performances, especially Mr. Wopat’s “Epiphany” and Leslie Kritzer’s “Now You Know,” are powerfully moving.”