Michael Damian

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Michael Damian
Michaeldamienpremiere1990-crop.jpg
At the 1990 premiere of Air America.
Born Michael Damian Weir
(1962-04-26) April 26, 1962 (age 53)
Bonsall, California
Website
http://www.michaeldamian.com

Michael Damian Weir (born April 26, 1962) is an American actor, recording artist and producer, best known for his role as Danny Romalotti on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless, which he played from 1981 to 1998 and again in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

Career[edit]

After a 1981 appearance on American Bandstand in support of his debut single, a cover of the Eric Carmen tune, 'She Did It,' Damian was offered the part of struggling singer, Danny Romalotti, on the daytime television series, The Young and the Restless.[1][2]

After twelve years with The Young and the Restless, Damian landed the starring role in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Damian cast as Joseph, the production set a single day box-office record as well as a historical record for the highest weekly gross for a Broadway revival at the Minskoff Theatre.[3][4] Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had 231 performances at the Minskoff Theatre from November 10, 1993, to May 29, 1994. The cast album earned a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Musical Show Album category.[5][6]

In addition to his television and theatre career, Damian has released five albums with eight top 40 hits, including his number-one cover of the David Essex song, 'Rock On' (from the Dream a Little Dream soundtrack), which was certified gold. He also won a BMI Song-writing Award for his hit single, 'Was It Nothing at All'.

Damian made his feature film directorial debut with the award-winning indie comedy, Hot Tamale, which he co-wrote with his wife. Following in the family film genre, Damian directed the films, Moondance Alexander, Flicka 2, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, Flicka: Country Pride, and A Princess for Christmas.[7] In 2012, Damian directed and co-wrote, again with his wife, the 90 minute romantic comedy, The Sweeter Side of Life. The film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2012.

He is also a host and jury member of the Independent Music Network.

His wife, Janeen (nee Best) Damian, has been a producer for some of his films.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Hot 200
1984 Love is a Mystery Columbia
1986 Michael Damian CBS
1989 Where Do We Go from Here Cypress 61
1989 Dream a Little Dream (Soundtrack) Cypress 94
1991 Dreams of Summer A&M
1993 Reach out to Me Zomba records
1994 Time of the Season Wildcat Records (UNI)
Wild Cat (Indie)
2003 Shadows in the Night Bcd
2005 The Christmas Album Studio City Sound
2007 Getting So Much Better Caption Records
2009 Rock On Caption Records
Weir Brothers Entertainment

Singles[edit]

Year Song Title Chart Peak
1981 She Did It U.S. Billboard Hot 100 69
1981 She Did It U.S. Cash Box Top 100 95
1986 I Engineer
1989 Rock On (From Dream A Little Dream) The Billboard Hot 100 1
1989 Cover Of Love The Billboard Hot 100 31
1989 Was It Nothing At All Adult Contemporary 7
1989 Was It Nothing At All The Billboard Hot 100 24
1991 What A Price To Pay The Billboard Hot 100 60
1992 (There'll Never Be) Another You Adult Contemporary 26
2002 Shadows In The Night Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 5
2009 Rock On (2009) Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 28

Theatre[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Bandstand 1981 11:81 Michael Damian". Season Number 30 Episode Number 11 AB 81. dick clark media archives. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b EVERETT, TODD (25 February 1993). "THEATER NOTES : Soap Imitates Life : 'The Young and the Restless' takes a cue from reality as Michael Damian and his TV character go onstage at the Pantages Theater.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 July 2012. Damian's eldest brother, Larry Weir, started what he called the Ventura County Youth Experimental Theater, which produced three original musicals: "Island," "The House on Crossroads Alley" and "Hobo's Jungle." All featured the Weir siblings, three boys and seven girls. 
  3. ^ Snow, Shauna (10 March 1993). "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 January 2013. Briefly: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" has set a house record at the Pantages Theater. The musical, starring Michael Damien, sold $128,790 on Sunday, the theater's top single-day sale ever. . . . 
  4. ^ Daryl H. Miller (5 January 1994). "`SUNSET BOULEVARD' CRUISES TO A BOX-OFFICE RECORD". Desert News / Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 18 January 2013. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" broke not only the house record at the Minskoff Theatre but set a new peak for highest weekly gross for any revival in Broadway history, according to show publicist John Barlow. It had gross ticket sales of $729,605 for the week ending Jan. 2. 
  5. ^ "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Michael Damian: MSN". Biography. Rovi - MSN. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "AllMovie: Michael Damian". Filmography. AllMovie by Rovi. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Michael Damian: Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dream a Little Dream: Awards". Dream a Little Dream (Soundtrack). AllMusic: Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Michael Damian discography @Discogs.com Retrieved 6-23-2013.
  11. ^ "AllMusic Awards". Michael Damian: Singles. AllMusic: Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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