October 23, 1983 |
Charleston, South Carolina
|Occupation||Stage actor, singer|
Joshua Strickland (born October 23, 1983) is an American singer and actor from Charleston, South Carolina. He attended high school at the Charleston County School of the Arts and graduated from Middleton High School in Charleston. He attended the College of Charleston, where he studied voice with Deanna McBroom. During 5th grade Josh was "discovered" by teacher and Producer/Founder/CEO of The Charleston Youth Company, Chuck Long. He performed with this company for 8 years receiving drama, voice, and dance instruction. This company has been serving the talented students since 1978.
The production's run ended after some 14 months and Strickland performed the final show along with the rest of the original cast, minus Shuler Hensley, who had left the production to work on the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein and was replaced by Rob Evan. The final performance was on July 8, 2007.
In 2009, Strickland became an original cast member of Peepshow in Las Vegas. He has befriended his costar Holly Madison and could be seen regularly in her television reality show Holly's World. He is also a friend of Laura Croft, Miss July 2008 Playboy Playmate as well as stage Actress/Dancer Angel Porrino.
On February 16, 2011, Strickland debuted his first ever solo artist single on iTunes titled "Report to the Floor." The track was co-produced by Grammy Award winning producer Damon Elliott and by Norwegian pop/dance producer Axident. This was closely followed by his second single titled "Last Dance". 
As of September 12, 2013, Strickland was cast as one of the lead roles in VEGAS! the Show, performing as Elvis and other iconic artists in the world famous "Vegas themed" musical showing at the Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Miracle Mile Shops. Strickland was immediately cast by David Saxe after the closing of Peepshow and subsequently replaced longtime VEGAS! the Show Elvis performer, Lou Gazzara.
In addition to American Idol and Tarzan, Josh has also appeared in:
- The U.S. national tour of Rent as the understudy for the characters of Mark and Roger
- Carolina Idol 2002
- CBS’s Star Search 2004
- The Spoleto Festival USA as a guest vocalist with jazz musician Kevin Mahogany
- as a guest vocalist with Shania Twain
- "In". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-27. p. 5.
- Hetrick, Adam (2009-03-20). "Strickland Joins Cast of Mitchell's Las Vegas Peepshow". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
- "Josh Strickland Releases New Single 'Report to the Floor' on iTunes". 17 February 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Josh Strickland Releases Second Single- 'Last Dance'". 31 May 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Josh Strickland on IMDb
- Josh Strickland at the Internet Broadway Database
- PlayBill.com - Biography page for Josh Strickland
- Broadway.com - Buzz Star File for Josh Strickland
- Q&A: Josh Strickland
- Official site
- Bio on DavidSaxe.com
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