Ben   was   born   to   an   upstanding   Mormon   family   in   1978   in   Kansas   City,   Missouri.   At   age   7   his family   made   the   popular   Mormon   trek   to   Utah.   Yep,   Utah.   He   enjoyed   the   normal   childhood activities:   Tee-Ball,   swimming   lessons,   Cub   Scouts,   ice   fishing   and   panning   for   gold,   you know,   the   usual.   At   age   9   something   wonderful   happened.   Through   a   local   childrens   choir Ben   auditioned   for   a   community   theater   production   of   FAUNTLEROY   (a   world   premiere musical   based   on   Little   Lord   Fauntleroy.)   Well   wouldn’t   you   know   he   landed   the   title   role (now   would   not   be   an   inappropriate   time   to   applaud   wildly   into   your   computer   screen).   Thus he   was   bitten   by   the   proverbial   acting   bug.   He   enjoyed   a   tween   life   full   of   community   theater success..playing   such   wildly   inappropriate   roles   as   Ebenezer   Scrooge,   Don   Quixote,   and   a hoe-down   dancing   Gollum.   Perhaps   his   favorite   production   of   this   era   was   “Children   of   the Universe”   in   which   he   played   ‘Sector   1’   the   leader   of   a   tribe   of   space   aged   do-gooders.   It’s hard   to   say   if   it   was   his   ground   breaking   performance   that   caught   peoples   eye   or   his   shiny, mint   green,   sweet-heart   necked   unitard.   Either   way,   the   student   body   of   Canyon   View   Junior High   school   was   abuzz.   High   school   held   more   exciting   discoveries.   Most   notably…JAZZ DANCE   (see   “A   day   of   jazz   dance”   for   more   details).   Like   so   many   high-schoolers   before   him, Ben began to contemplate his future. In   1996,   a   bright   eyed,   argyle   clad   Ben   arrived   in   New   York   City.   He   had   managed   to   nab   a scholarship   to   the   American   Musical   and   Dramatic   Academy   and   he   was   excited.   He   dived   into   the   pace   and   excitement   of   NYC   with both   feet.   After   2   months   and   some   sneaky   auditioning   Ben   booked   his   first   NY   gig.   He   left   school   and   hit   the   road   in   the   one   nighter touring   production   of   “The   Who’s   TOMMY”.      Next   stop   Europe!!!!   Ben   took   off   to   join   “Fame-The   Musical”      After   a   year   Ben   returned   to the   states   a   little   more   worldly   wise,   a   lot   more   professional,   and   maybe   just   a   little   out   of   the   closet.      Continuing   his   whirlwind   tour   of tours   Ben   hopped   onto   the   national   tour   of   “State   Fair”.      Not   only   did   Ben   get   to   don   a   a   tap-dancing   cow   costume,   he   earned   his   equity card.      While   filling   out   his   equity   membership   paperwork,   Ben,   as   prompted,   entered   his   first   name,   middle   initial   and   last   name.   Thus making   his   professional   name   “BEN   D”   Cameron.   Which   of   course   suggests   that   he   was   an   acrobat   or   contortionist   of   some   sort…being neither   of   these   things   he   had   his   name   changed   back   to   simply   “Ben”.   The   nickname   of   “Ben   D   (pronounced   Bendy)”   sticks   with   him   to this   day..but   please   do   not   ask   him   to   bend   in   half   or   do   the   splits   as   these   are   skills   he   has   lost   over   time.   He   regrets   any   confusion   or disappointment this may cause. Where are we?…..ah yes…Broadway calling. Broadway   called   in   early   1998   and   a   thrilled   Ben   D   was   offered   a   swing   position   in   the   original   Broadway   company   of   “Footloose”. Shortly   after   Footloose   opened   in   New   York,   Ben   decided   to   pack   his   bags   again   and   join   the   1st   national   touring   production   of “Footloose”,   this   time   onstage   and   as   a   dance   captain.   After   touring,   Ben   rejoined   the   Broadway   company   for   its   last   6   weeks.   Fresh   off the   “Footloose”   closing   Ben   headed   down   south   to   perform   in   “Tommy”   at   Houstons   Theater   Under   the   Stars.   Sidebar:   if   you   find yourself   performing   a   musical   outdoors   in   104   degree   heat,   be   sure   to   hydrate…and   no,   tequila   does   not   count   as   a   hydratalas   all   good things   must   come   to   an   end.   In   2006   Ben   left   “Wicked”   to   hit   the   road   once   more,   playing   several   roles.   in   the   national   production   of “Sweet   Charity”.   Ben   not   only   got   some   nifty   reviews   for   this   one,   but   he   got   to   kiss   Molly   Ringwald   a   bunch.   Ben   does   not   believe   in kissing nor telling but if he did he’d say “Wowza”. Ben   D   returned   to   New   York   in   2007.   He   is   currently   the   creator/host   of   “Broadway   Sessions   w/   Ben   D”      at   The   Laurie   Beechman Theater.   He   also   hosts   Mostly   Sondheim   at   The   Duplex,(for   which   he   and   his   co   hosts   were   nominated   for   a   2011   MAC   award),   The Broken Leg Podcast and Onstage NY talent competitions.
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