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August 2nd 2019, New York Innovative Theater Awards Announce Jacob Lewis Lovendahl as a nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role for Experimenting with Katz

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"Ella (Jacob Lovendahl, with expressive body language and spot-on timing), a self-described “gender illusionist,” mixes insightful truths and ripe Eve Arden wisecracks while skillfully sashaying in high heels."

“He is commanding, tickling the audience with his monarch-sized fake eyelashes and exuberance and then carefully breaking its heart. Lewis also seems tailor-made for the role—wiry, whimsical and wonderfully flirtatious. It would be easy to spend the show’s run time (two and a half hours with intermission) watching him alone.”

- Marc Miller/Off Off Online/Experimenting With Katz

Christie Chisholm/The Alibi/Cabaret

"I can't say enough about Jacob Lewis's performance (he has great bona fides—he has just come off a stint in New York as a featured vocalist on the recent Jay Z and Kanye West album). He is the heart and soul of this production. Simply astonishing."

Jacob Lewis Smith, our second place winner, created four memorable characters, displaying incredible vocal versatility where each character had its own voice. His performances were marked by emotional truth and incredible vulnerability, and real risk taking. The judges admired his specific choices in his acting, and also his ability to take coaching in the semi finals and bring basically new performances at the finals."

Rob Spiegel/Talkin Broadway/Cabaret

Kurt Weill Foundation of Music/ Lotte Lenya Competition

"There was an outstanding song and dance number by Carolyn Amaradio and Jacob Lewis Smith as the Jones daughter and her ''escort.''

"It really takes going ham to an epic (read: operatic) level. Aude Cardona and Jacob Lewis Smith get their moments to shine around the three minute mark."

Robert W. Plyler/The Post-Journal/Street Scene

Gazelle Emami /The Huffington Post/HAM Kanye West and Jay Z

"Weill offers plenty of lighthearted relief before the tragedy, including a snappy boogie-woogie-style dance (expertly choreographed by Francis Patrelle) between the ditzy Mae Jones, charmingly played by Carolyn Amaradio, and her admirer, Dick McGann, sung with charisma by Jacob Lewis Smith."

"Her gay brother Jason (Jacob Lewis Smith)is consistently hilarious as he sings about his new crush in "" and even more hilarious in the title song "Moving Right Along", a duet with Miles whom he has dragged to 50 Shades of Gay. Who has observed a horde of potential partners without criticizing them mercilessly!? One poor victim was "dorky, porky, not NewYorky".""

VIVIEN SCHWEITZER/The New York Times/Street Scene

Meche Kroop/Voce di Meche/ Moving Right Along: The songs of Jeff Blumenkrantz

"Analisa Leaming, Jacob Lewis Smith, and James Benjamin Rodgers, laureates of the Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, interpreted these five songs with the moving text content with devotion and remarkable emotional empathy. In Come In Mornin ', Catfish Song, This Time Next Year, Apple Jack and River Chanty, they sang about the fascinating world of life on the Mississippi River, about the slaves' struggle for freedom, and their stories of the past African Americans struggle for human rights, as do Huckleberry and Tom Sawyer's dreams of happiness."

"Jacob Lewis Dazzles in Cabaret" Finn

Christie Chisolm/The Alibi/Cabaret

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Camelot -Herald/Ensemble/Dinadan US Arvada Center for the Arts
CHESS-Ensemble/ Molokov US Arvada Center for the Arts
A Christmas Carol-Scrooges Father/US C. Past Arvada Center for the Arts
Cabaret-Emcee/ALT Theater


Huck Finn-HuckDessau, Germany
Down in the Valley- PreacherDessau, Germany


Experimenting With Katz-Ella/Broccoli-New Ambassadors Prod.  
Sondheim Bday Gala-SingerAvery Fisher Hall
Street Scene-Dick McGannChautauqua Opera
Into the Woods-Cinderella’s Prince/WolfAMTE (MSM)
A Funny thing Happened…- Miles Gloriosus Musical Theatre Southwest
HAIR-TribeMusical Theatre Southwest
The Secret Garden-Lt. WrightPopejoy Hall
MAME-Gregor/EnsembleMusical theatre Southwest
Brigadoon-CharlieJoan Kent Theatre


Watch The Throne (Kanye West & Jay Z)Featured VocalsDef Jam Records
(2012 Grammy nominated)
One Touch of Venus (original recording)TaxiJay Productions
(with Ron Raines, Victoria Clark, Melissa Errico, Judy Kaye)
Broadways Carols for a Cure 2013

Film and Television

City of Dreams (supporting)Fat Dumpling Productions
Diary of a Mulatto Bride (supporting)Juliette Fairley Productions
SMASH (extra)NBC Productions
Tanner on Tanner (extra) Robert Altman Dir.

Cabaret an Revues

Wouldn’t you like to be on Bway SoloistBerlin, Germany
4 Stop TourCabaret Singer131 Productions (Off Bway)
And the World Goes RoundMan 1/Manhattan School of Music
Gilbert and Sullivan (Revue) Soloist/EnsembleCantiamo Opera Theatre
Bound for BroadwaySoloistThe Duplex Theater


GriffelkinRaggedy Andy/DancerMSM Opera Theater
Carmina BuranaEnsembleNYC Gotham Singers
Cosi Fan TutteEnsembleCantiamo Opera Theatre

Education and Awards

Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor of Music (voice)—2010, Winner ASCAP Award for Best Male Musical Theatre Performer, 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition Winner
Vocal Teachers: Patricia McCaffrey, Neil Rosenshein, Arthur Levy, Victoria Clark
Music Directors: Paul Gemignani, Paul Ford, Phil Hall, Hal France, Steve Osgood
Acting: Austin Pendleton, Joanna Merlin, Betty Buckley, Alexandra Neil, Jim Shankman
Additional skills: Fight Choreography, can lift heavy things, great MS. Swan impression, English, Russian, German, French and Cockny Dialect.

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Role: Choreographer @1:45


Background Vocals on the Grammy nominated album Watch the Throne




Whitelaw Savory: Ron Raines
Molly Grant: Victoria Clark
Rodney Hatch: Brent Barrett
Mrs. Kramer: Judy Kaye
Gloria Kramer: Lauren Worsham
Taxi Black: Jacob Lewis Smith (Lovendahl)
Stanley: Michael “Tuba” McKinsey
Mrs. Moats: Karen Ziemba
Attendant: Matt Bogart

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Originally from Albuquerque New Mexico, Jacob Lewis Lovendahl, praised for his big voice, vocal theatrical versatility and comedic timing has crossed the genres of opera, musical theater, straight theater, and film. He recorded the role of Taxi Black in One Touch of Venus with Victoria Clark and Ron Raines, wrote and recorded on the Grammy nominated album Watch the Throne with Kanye West and Jay Z, and performed Huck Finn in the world premiere of Kurt Weills Huck Finn in Germany. He is a winner of the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition, winner of the ASCAP award for best musical theater performer, and has appeared on NBCs Smash, City of Dreams, and Diary of a Mulatto Bride. Favorite regional and international stage roles include:  The Emcee in Cabaret, Dick Mcgann in Street Scene at Chautauqua Opera, CHESS, Alan Menkens A Christmas Carol, The Preacher in Down in the Valley, Cinderellas Prince in Into the Woods, Griffelkin, Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened in the Way to the Forum, HAIR, And the World Goes Round, The Secret Garden, and Mame.  

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