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Tom began his professional career as an Equity actor at age 13, singing Friedrich in SOUND OF MUSIC at Chicago's Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. He moved to Memphis in 1980 and went on to appear in WEST SIDE STORY, ANDROCLESE & THE LION, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 1776, NO NO NANETTE, BARNUM, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and BABY! Taking a respite from theatre activity in order to focus on his work as a senior systems analyst, he concentrated on concert music and performed as a soloist with the Gary Beard Chorale at Carnegie Hall (Recital Hall), Charleston's Spoleto Festival, Helena's Warfield Concerts, Opera Memphis and various venues throughout the south. He also served as Musical Director for productions at Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Theatre and the Panola Playhouse. He returned to the stage in 1994, playing Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in KISS ME, KATE for Florida's Treasure Coast Opera, who immediately reengaged him for their next season's production of OKLAHOMA!.
Since then, Tom has been performing cabaret shows between his work travel schedule. His Debut CD 'Tom Grounds: Something That I Wanted You to Know' hass been well received since it's release at the end of 2002.
Tom will be performing the stage version of his critically acclaimed CD in two venues in NYC (The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, and Mama Rose's) at the end of November 2003.
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