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St. Louis actor makes his Broadway debut

St. Louis actor makes his Broadway debut

Jimmy Davis
Jimmy Davis at Sardi's for the openingi night party for the Broadway production of "The House Of Blue Leaves."

Norbert Leo Butz, formerly of St. Louis, is nominated for a Tony in "Catch Me If You Can," a show that's a nominted for the Tony for best musical. Another nominated musical, "Sister Act," features Sarah Bolt, another performer who grew up here, as a jolly nun.

Those are great roles. But simply appearing on Broadway is pretty great according to Jimmy Davis, a young actor from St. Louis. He's making his Broadway debut in the new production of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves."

Davis plays an MP, not exactly a huge role but, like anything else on Broadway hugely competitive. The play stars Ben Stiller and Edie Falco, whose performance earned her a Tony nomination, as an unhappy couple with a troubled son in the army (hence the MP). Davis also understudies the part of the son.

The son of Anne and Kevin Davis of Olivette, the actor was a mainstay of the Ladue High drama club before he continued his theater studies at Juilliard. He's performed at a number of theaters in the last few years but finds that there's nothing like Broadway.

"Everything is bigger," he said. "A lot more time, a lot more rehearsal, a lot more attention to detail. And a lot more invested in it.  But I think it's fun. Ask me again after 103 more nights."    

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Judith Newmark is the theater critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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