"Perfect Picture - The Norman Rockwell Musical

Danny had the honor of originating the role of Norman Rockwell in Randy Skinner’s new musical “Perfect Picture”.  This biographical musical tells the story of Norman Rockwell’s life leading up to his greatest work, “The Four Freedoms”. 

It premiered at The Southern Vermont Performing Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont. July 20th and 21st, 2018. 

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"Singin’ in the Rain

Danny will be returning to the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island to star as Don Lockwood in "Singin’ in the Rain”. 

The show runs May 17th - July 1st.  Directed and Choreographed by Drew Humphrey.  

"Danny Gardner portrays the charasmatic Don Lockwood and is unforgettable and alluring in the role, embodying Gene Kelly, who played the character on film.  Gardner’s solo performance of the title number “Singin’ in the Rain” dazzles as he passionatley taps across the stage, making a splash in the process, while showing of his huge grin.”
- Long-Islander News 

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"Danny Gardner, who plays Don Lockwood, brings all the magic of Gene Kelly’s iconic scene with his mile-long grin, infatuated attitude and love-struck dance moves.”  
- TBR Newsmedia

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Lyrics and Lyricists “Irving Berlin: American"

Danny had the pleasure of joining the 92nd Street Y for his second “Lyrics and Lyricists” presentation.  Celebrating the work of Irving Berlin, the evening asked how this genius’ work stands up to the scrutinity of changing times.  

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"Crazy For You”
at the Signature Theatre

  Danny is currently starring in the Signature Threatre’s production of  Crazy For You.  

Choreography by Tony nominated Denis Jones

Direction by Matthew Gardiner

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"Between the Lines”
at Kansas City Rep

Based off of a novel by Jodi Piccoult & 
Samantha Van Leer 

 Direction by Jeff Calhoun
 Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Music & Lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate AndersonProduced by Daryl Roth

Danny is  originating the role of “Frump” in the new musical Between the Lines.  

The Kansas City Star
Standout performances include... Danny Gardner as the man/dog Frump, who steals a big chunk of Act II with a tap dance seduction of a princess in the number “Out of Character.”

Broadway World
"Danny Gardner's half dog Frump and his "Out of Character" song and dance routine are true show stoppers..." 

KC Studio
"Another New York actor, Danny Gardner, threatens to steal a number of scenes as Frump, a storybook character who through wizardry has been remade as half-man half-dog. Gardner contributes spot-on comic timing in a performance that shimmers with commitment and confidence. In Act 2, he wows the audience with a tap routine that is one of the highlights of the evening.”

KC Applauds
"And when it comes to “man’s best friend”–even in a fairy tale–Danny Gardner epitomized the trusty companion bewitched into a dog by an evil curse. Gardner’s character breaks into a rousingly fun number that morphs into an overwhelming tap number.”

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"Singin’ in the Rain” 
At the Marriott Theatre


Northwest Herald

"In Marriott’s production, casting is king.  Danny Gardner, as Lockwood, makes his Marriott debut and wins over the audience handily as a man in love.

When Lockwood uses lighting, a fan and mist to set the mood before singing, “You Were Meant for Me” to Selden (Mary Michael Patterson), Gardner shows you the charmer at his most charming.  Gardner’s tap dancing expertise is met, step for step, by Richard Riaz Yoder, as Brown."

Daily Herald

"Much of the show’s success rests on how good the actor in the “Gene Kelly” role is, and Danny Gardner plays Don with enthusiasm and considerable talent.  And his dancing, especially in the tap sequences, is superb."

Chicago Sun Times

“Gardner is a fabulous dancer and an unaffected actor-singer who demonstrates the endurance of an Olympic athlete."

 "Gardner and Patterson also team up sweetly in their romantic scenes."

The Chicago Tribune

“There’s an edge to Gardner’s Lockwood, and I liked that, too.”  

Stage and Cinema

“Considering that these live performers only get one “take,” this all-singing, all-dancing, all-acting trio is terrific - Danny Gardner suave as the fame-phobic star who likes to hoof in the rain…”

“…and splash-happy waterworks for the title song, performed by Gardner with the happiest feet in the six counties."

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Bob Rizzo’s interview about premiering at Radio City.

Bethany Rickwald's inteview about the show! 

Parallel Exit Performs with the 

Gainesville Orchestra! 

Danny will be debuting brand new works by physical comedy troupe Parallel Exit with the Gainsville Orchestra on May 6th.  Get ready for an evening of  song and dance and physical comedy!  

Mark your calendars for May 6th at 7:30 pm. at the UF Phillips Center of the Performing Arts in Gainsville, Florida. 

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"Mary Poppins" at TUTS in Houston, TX

Danny will be returning to Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, Texas for his third time to star as Bert in "Mary Poppins"!  The show runs March 8th - 20th at the Hobby Center in downtown Houston. 


Broadway World: "Danny Gardner is likably boyish as chimneysweep Bert…” 

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Houston Press: "Bert (high stepping Danny Gardner) is still fun and carefree…”  

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Houston Magazine: “Her castmates don’t let her down, with Danny Gardner’s version of Bert offering a dose of jovial goofiness to accompany her lead…. Choreography is both clever and surprising, and the deftness of the dancers (especially Danny Gardner and the ensemble) thrills.

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Press for “Dames At Sea” on Broadway

Danny Joins the Big Apple Circus!

Ham for Hamilton Lottery Performance

Broadway World’s Debut of the month!

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#1 in Theatermania’s 

9 Broadway Debuts We Can’t Wait To See This Fall

Recent Lady, Be Good star Danny Gardner makes his Broadway debut in Dames at Sea.

1. Danny Gardner — Dames at Sea 
If you saw him tappin' like there's no tomorrow in this year's Encores! production ofLady, Be Good (as evidenced in the video below), you know that Danny Gardner is a triple threat to whom we should pay attention. On September 24, he'll finally get his well-earned chance in the limelight, when he brings his fancy footwork (and pristine voice) to Broadway in Dames at Sea. The applause will surely explode from the tiny Helen Hayes Theatre onto West 44th Street eight times a week.

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An interview with "The Pickwyck"!

A hilarious interview with the Podcast “So… Now What?”

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 Photos from “BC BEAT

“Trouble in Mind" Choreographed by Danny Gardner
Performed by Aleka Emerson and Danny Gardner

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Photos from “GIG with Jenna Nicholls

"Picket Fences” Choreographed by Danny Gardner

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Photos taken by Jenny Anderson

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"The Drowsy Chaperone” at the 
Cape Playhouse

Danny is excited to join the stellar cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Cape Playhouse as the Bridegroom “Robert".  Headed by the incomparable Joanne Worley, the show runs June 30th - July 11th.  

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Watch a Clip of “Cold Feets”

The Reviews Are In!

Cape Cod Times: “And Fun it is.  As the leading man Robert Martin, Danny Gardner has all the right stuff.  He sings great, dances better, and even does a number on roller skates.

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The Barnstable Patriot: “Robert and Janet (Danny Gardner and Julie Kavanagh) as the to-be-marrieds bring a ton of impressive Broadway-level bravado and talen to their numbers - hilarious parodies of the romantic muddles that invade the musical comedy genre.  Robert’s best man, George (John Scacchetti), joins him in a snappy tap routine, one of the many show stopping numbers. And Robert’s not bad on roller skates, either - and with a blindfold (don’t ask) - as he and Janet glide through “Accident Waiting to Happen.”

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Reviews and Media from Encores! 

“Lady, Be Good" 

Broadway World Video!

New York Times by Charles Isherwood - “Danny Gardner and Patti Murin, who play them here, give perky, amiable performances that suit the show’s wisecracking tone.”

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New York Daily News - “The Action Revolves around the penniless brother and sister entertainers Dick and Susie Trevor, played by the doubly delightful Danny Gardner and Patti Murin.”  

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Vulture by Jesse Green - “We also get a chance to meet new performers, like Danny Gardner in the Fred Astaire role, who maintain a line from the past, seemingly in their bodies.  Gardner has a debonair but daredevil style, thrillingly off-center, that’s a joy to watch even when, as happened at one point, he stumbled.  He’s also got the right balance of sincerity and insincerity to make the book material work. In that sense he’s not only a find for Encores! but a lesson.”

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Theatermania by Zachary Stewart - “But the evening’s real showstopper turns out to be Gardner.  Not only is he a dead ringer for Fred Astaire, his dancing embodies Astaire’s strange mix of youthful awkwardness and casual control.  His face is an expressive as his footwork, with each extension of his limbs utterly committed.”

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