THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS | SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE - MILWAUKEE - January 2020

“As Theseus, a sympathetic ruler who allows Oedipus to rest in his village, Curtis bannister is exceptional. His gentle but agile singing voice and considerable acting skills make his message the most clear.”

 —OnMilwaukee

 

"Curtis Bannister make[s] a strong authoritative figure as charismatic King Theseus."

 —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

THE PAJAMA GAME | THEATRE AT THE CENTER - CHICAGO - September/October 2019

If you don’t go see The Pajama Game at The Theatre at the Center for any other reason, go to hear the booming tenor voice of the hunky lead, Curtis Bannister. The actor who has appeared on NBC’s Chicago Fire, plays Sid Sorokin, the ‘Chicago Guy’ and the newly hired superintendent at Sleep Tite, a pajama factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa”.
 —Chicago Theatre & Arts

 

”Newcomer Curtis Bannister brings an honest, truly likable, earnest quality to his portray of Sid, but it’s his gorgeous voice that impressed the opening night audience and all but stopped the show. His renditions of ‘Hey There’ and ‘A New Town Is A Blue Town’ dazzle and delight. There’s no doubt that Chicago audiences will be clamoring to see and hear more from this accomplished performer in the near future”.
 —The Chicago Theater Review

 

”Bannister, as Sid, is an example of TATC (Theatre at the Center) finding great talent. Bannister’s theatrical, operatic voice is smooth, polished and exceptional; which sets the tone of excitement for the audience.”
 —Chicago NOW

 

”Starring in the show are Elizabeth Telford as Babe and Curtis Bannister as Sid. Bannister’s voice, which is full and rich, is a highlight in the show. TV fans may recognize Bannister from his role in the television show ‘Chicago Fire’.”
 —Chicago Tribune/The Northwest Indiana Times

 

”The vocal performances all around are quite impressive, especially those of the lead duo, Bannister and Telford. Shortly after his first interactions with Telford's Babe, Bannister's Sid embarks on a beautiful solo where he records himself singing and then sings along with the playback recording ('Hey There'). It's a crowd-pleasing moment, as clever as it is beautifully sung.”
 —The Lansing Journal

 

”Newcomer Bannister's voice is outstanding, the whole audience took notice of his skills from the very first notes to the last. Bannister and [Elizabeth] Telford are both perfectly cast, each has the right amount of clean-cut earnest passion to help others while helping each other and both have the singing and acting chops to wow the audience in number after number.”
 —Buzznews.net

 

CANDIDE | THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA - June 2019

”As Prince Ragotski, Curtis Bannister's gorgeous tenor makes you almost forget that his character

is a sinister sex trader."
 —ConcertoNet.com

 

KISS ME KATE | ST. PETERSBURG OPERA - ST. PETERSBURG, FL - February 2019

Curtis Bannister sizzles the second act off to an equally great start with ‘Too Darn Hot’.”
 —Talkin' Broadway

 

 

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THE SCORPIONS’ STING | LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO - October 2017

“...the wife of the King’s jealous brother, Set, played with gravities by tenor Curtis Bannister. Bannister also portrays the teacher, Professor Hornsby, a delicate, frightened soul who couldn’t be different than the evil Set.”

—Chicago Theatre Review

PORGY & BESS | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE - LOGAN, UT - July 2016
 “Building on his 2013 triumph as Otello, the gifted Curtis Bannister is back as the drug dealer Sportin' Life. Bannister's strikingly sensuous body language throughout this production is as seductive as his voice."
 —The Herald Journal


CANDIDE | BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - BALTIMORE - June 2015

"Curtis Bannister, a graduate of the Peabody Institute, immediately grabbed the audience with a hilarious turn as the Westphalian Baron who forbids the marriage of his daughter Cunegonde to the hapless and low-born Candide. From then on Mr. Bannister seemed to be flying all over the stage in numerous roles as the plot ranged from France to Spain to Uruguay and the mysterious paradise of Eldorado."

 

—DC Metro Theater Arts

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER | THE REV (Formerly FLMTF) - NEW YORK - July 2015

 

“Curtis Bannister revs up the club’s energy...”

 

—USA Today Democrat & Chronicle

PORGY & BESS | LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO – CHICAGO - December 2014

“Curtis Bannister proved credible as the elderly Peter.”

 

—Chicago Classical Review

 

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD | NIGHTBLUE PERFORMING ARTS – CHICAGO - March 2014

“Radiating with slowly simmering energy, Curtis Bannister proves his enviable control several times over.”

 

—TimeOut Chicago Magazine

 

OTELLO | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA COMPANY – LOGAN, UT - July 2013

“The 28-year-old tenor transformed into a riveting portrayal with dramatic inflection and compelling energy. His youth lent credibility to the depiction of a military leader who was easily deluded by a corrupt and devious subordinate. Vocally, Bannister thrived…what could have been a theatrical disaster turned into a dramatic triumph.”

 

—The Salt Lake Tribune

 

“Bannister, it must be said, never missed a beat – or a note – and was excellent in his portrayal of Otello’s torment and self-analysis as he struggles with the issues this story presents. Bannister’s presentation of Otello’s lamentation about having suspicions about his new wife was an example of his great effort and heart for the work. It was a strong debut that was notably appreciated by the audience at the concluding of the opera.”

 

 

—The Salt Lake City Sun | Deseret News

 

“The highlight of the premiere of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s brilliantly staged and marvelously executed production of “Otello” was a young understudy triumphantly stepping into the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece. UFOMT newcomer Curtis Bannister jumped from the opera’s ensemble to replace the ailing scheduled leading man, bringing a thrilling tenor voice and a towering stage presence to the role of the Lion of Venice. His outstanding performance was rewarded with a richly-deserved standing ovation from the opening-night audience.”

 

—The Herald Journal

AINT MISBEHAVIN’ | OLNEY THEATRE CENTER / THE NATIONAL PLAYERS TOUR - 2009

“… the athletic Mr. Bannister performs a naughtily insinuating, and impressive, solo about the joys of weed in "The Viper's Drag."”

 

 “Curtis Bannister was impressive with his song delivery but wowed even more with his “bojangles” contortionist dancing.”

 

—The Washington Times & Washington All Arts Review

 

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