Tom Vendafreddo

Tom Vendafreddo commercial headshot March 2017

Tom is a strong and versatile performer with an undergraduate degree in classical voice (Eastman School of Music) and a graduate degree in musical theatre (San Diego State University). He also has made his presence known in the Chicago cabaret scene, performing sold-out shows annually at venues such as Davenport’s Piano Bar and the Logan Square Arts Center. Though based in Chicago, Tom continues to work regionally on the West and East coasts, as well as throughout the Midwest.

NEWS! 

Tom’s portrayal of “The Suspects” last Summer in Murder for Two at Mason Street Warehouse earned him a 2017 Oscar Wilde Award for ‘Best Performance as a Lead Actor in a Musical.’ The Wilde Awards are sponsored by Encore Michigan; click here to read the full announcement! 

This Fall, he will play the role of Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Capital City Theatre in Madison, WI. Click here to see more details. 

Check out this NPR Radio Interview with Tom and Brian Walters, his co-star of Murder for Two from this past Summer at Mason Street Warehouse (Saugatuck, MI).  

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height 5ft 8in
weight 155 lbs
hair Dark brown
eyes Hazel
range Low Ab to High C (strong falsetto: Bb above High C)

Stage Experience

The Who’s Tommy (dir. Sarah Crawford)

Tommy Musical Theatre Heritage (Kansas City, MO) 

Murder for Two                     (dir. David Eggers)

The Suspects Mason Street Warehouse (Saugatuck, MI) 

Godspell                                  (dir. Matt Raftery)

Himself                    (“All Good Gifts”)

Marriott Theatre (Lincolnshire, IL)

Road Show                             (dir. Gary Griffin)

Pianist/Ensemble (replacement) Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Forever Plaid                         (dir. Brad Zimmerman)

Jinx

Chestnut Fine Arts      (Olathe, KS)

The Gifts of the Magi            (dir. Mark Lococo) Jim (Und)/Willy (Und) Porchlight Music Theatre (Chicago) 
Rent                                          (dir. Ron Kellum) Steve/Angel (Und) San Diego Musical Theatre
big: The Musical                    (dir. Gary Griffin) (Gary Griffin) Ensem/Yng Josh (Und) Drury Lane Oakbrook (Oakbrook, IL)
Flight (industry reading) Icarus Studio BE (Chicago)
Pump Boys and Dinettes L.M.

Metropolis PAC        (Arlington Heights, IL) 

Zanna, Don’t!                          (dir. Rick Simas) Zanna San Diege State Univ.
Little Women Laurie SDSU
Barrio Boy                   (screenplay reading) Various parts Pride Films and Plays
Urinetown                              (dir. Laura Pulio) Bobby Strong Harper Theatre Ensemble

The Boy Friend                      (dir. Paula Kalustian)

Tony SDSU
It’s a Wonderful Life            (dir. Sean Murray) Mr. Church (Und) Cygnet Theatre

Education/Training

MFA: Musical Theatre – San Diego State University 
BM: Vocal Performance/Music Education – Eastman School of Music

Voice: Laurinda Nikkel, Mary Legere, Karen Holvik, Sarah Hibbard
Vocal Coaching: Michael Lavine, Alan Seale
Jazz/Tap: Steve Anthony, Kristen Gurbach-Jacobsen, Bonnie Lindholm
Master Class: Michael Lavine, Sheri Sanders, Leslie Kritzer, Mary Saunders, Dan Gettinger

Special Skills

music director (resumé available), highly proficient piano player (sight read and improv as well), teaching (chorus, advanced music theory, keyboarding), character voices, valid passport, experience working with children, any Disney princess’s singing voice

Reviews

The Who’s Tommy at Musical Theater Heritage:

“Vendafreddo’s Tommy is expressive, heartfelt, and on point. Classically trained at Eastman, Vendafreddo soars over the rock vocals with ease, giving them just enough edge to not sound “too pretty” for The Who.” 

            -Jessie Riggins, KCMetropolis.org

“Hands down, the signature performance of Tommy, in the hands of Tom Vendafreddo set and maintained the tone for the entire production.” 

            -Bob Evans, KC Applauds

“Vendafreddo’s approach allows Tommy to convey skepticism, penitence and revulsion in ways that add surprising depth to the character.”

             -Bill Brownlee, The Kansas City Star

 

Murder for Two at Mason Street Warehouse: 

“In Murder for Two, Vendafreddo transforms from one character to the next with the turn of a head, a change of accent and expression, the addition of glasses or scarf. At first this is confusing when all the characters show up at a surprise birthday party. But Vendafreddo is so convincing in assuming each personality that by the end of the 90-minute one-act the characters are so real you expect them to return to take a bow.

…don’t miss this amazing feat of acting, singing and piano playing. If there were a Summer Olympics for the stage, this one would take the gold.”

         -Sue Merrill, Encore Michigan (Read entire review here)

Godspell at the Marriott Theatre:

“Tom Vendafreddo sounds just great on “All Good Gifts”…[and] stepped out of his comfort zone, which is admirable.”

          -Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (Read entire review here)

“Talented Tom Vendafreddo whom audiences may remember from Chicago Shakespeare, Paramount and Writers Theatres’ productions, does a wonderful rendition of “All Good Gifts.” He also entertains at an onstage keyboard.”

          -Mira Tempkin, Examiner

“…standouts include Tom Vendafreddo for his highflying voice and onstage electronic keyboard jamming.”

          -Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald (Read entire review here)

“Tom Vendafreddo did a show stopping “All Good Gifts” and also played the keyboard onstage throughout various numbers. He is really multi-talented.”

          -Sally Jo Osborne, Chicago Stage Standard 

“…each member of this talented ensemble has his or her shining moment. Indeed, Vendafreddo has many by adding his fun onstage keyboarding stills to the musical mix.”

          -Barry Reszel, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

“Tom Vendafreddo’s pliant tenor melted us with “All Good Gifts,” and his on-stage keyboards delighted the parishioners both onstage and off.”

          -Aaron Hunt, Newcity 

 

Rent at San Diego Musical Theatre:

“Completing the cast in [a] smaller [role is] Tom Vendafreddo who has an especially lovely brief solo in “Will I?”.”

          -Pam Kragen, North County Times

Zanna, Don’t! at San Diego State University

“Everyone in the cast is terrific, but the actor who really holds it all together is [Tom] Vendafreddo. He has given strong supporting work in recent years in Little Women and The Boy Friend, but as a lead, Vendafreddo is outstanding and instantly likeable as the supernatural boy who only wants to help others.”

          -David Dixon,The Daily Aztec

“Zanna, played by Tom Vendafreddo, does a fantastic job as the cupid-like fairy. He makes it his mission that every student at Heartsville High finds love.”

          -Kathy Carpenter, San Diego Writeway Theatre Reviews

A Grand Night For Singing at San Diego State University

“Other fine performances include [Tom] Vendafreddo’s “This Nearly Was Mine” and [his] surprising but charming version of “Maria” (from “The Sound Of Music”).”

          -Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

Pump Boys and Dinettes at Metropolis Performing Arts Center: 

“Handsome…Tom Vendafreddo shows he has an overabundance of energy in his big numbers “Serve Yourself” and “Farmer Tan” (both songs about how his attitude and looks attract women).”

         -Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald