Gilles Chiasson began his professional acting career in the role of Marius in the national tour of Les Miserables. After seventeen months on the road, he settled in New York City and began building a career that would ultimately see him perform in the original broadway casts of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Rent, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Civil War. During that time, he recorded the original cast albums of Rent (Dreamworks), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Atlantic Records), and Fermat's Last Tango. He also received an Obie Award for his work in Rent at the New York Theatre Workshop and a Civil War inspired Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical. SLOW DOWN is an eclectic mix of songs emblematic of Chiasson's many experiences and talents as an actor, singer and songwriter. On the CD, you will find songs from Chiasson's work on Broadway with Rent's Jonathan Larson and Civil War's Frank Wildhorn. You will find some charming and challenging songs written just for this CD. You will find some wonderful standards that reflect his respect for musical theatre's history and a song from his new musical play, Chrysalis, that reveals his view of where musical theatre is headed.
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