David Hibbard (stage actor)
David Hibbard (born June 21, 1965 in Spokane, Washington, raised in Ohio) is an American stage performer, primarily known for Broadway musicals and television commercial voiceovers. Since 1999, Hibbard has been a teacher of vocal performance and audition technique at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21).
Hibbard made his Broadway debut in Cats in 1993 in the role of the Rum Tum Tugger at the Winter Garden Theatre. Next was a Once Upon A Mattress revival in the role of the Jester, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Jane Krakowski, which opened on December 19, 1996, at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 188 performances. Hibbard originated the role of Bobby/Michael Bennett in A Class Act. The musical was initially produced Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club opening on October 3, 2000, and running until December 10, 2000. A Class Act transferred to the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway, where it opened on March 11, 2001, and ran for 30 previews and 105 regular performances. Hibbard replaced Michael McGrath in Monty Python's Spamalot in the role of Patsy, singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". Hibbard joined the Broadway production of Billy Elliot The Musical in June 2009 and later toured the US in the second national tour. Most recently,[when?] he was in Elf: The Musical in the role of Matthews.
Off-Broadway, Hibbard was in the original company of Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!, a version of Forbidden Broadway created by Gerard Alessandrini. It previewed on Thursday September 5 and opened at the Triad Theater on Wednesday October 16, 1996, with Bryan Batt, Donna English and Christine Pedi. Hibbard has also appeared Off-Broadway as Hercule in Can-Can at City Center Encores!. The staged concert production featured Patti Lupone as La Mome Pistache, Michael Nouri, Charlotte d'Amboise (Claudine), Reg Rogers and Eli Wallach. This production was directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
Hibbard is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in music education and on faculty at Collaborative Arts Project 21, known more commonly as CAP21, a New York City professional musical theatre training conservatory and Off-Broadway Theatre company.