Classically trained for vocal, stage, and screen performing, Christopher Michael McLamb has grown from his soul/gospel roots to play roles from Puccini to Finn, Shakespeare to Kushner. He has been well-received Off-Broadway, as well as in major American regional theaters, touring productions, and cabarets. McLamb’s versatility has afforded him a variety of dramatic and comedic opportunities, while always bringing him home to his niche within the likes of Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Ken (Ain’t Misbehavin’).
McLamb has devoured every hour of studio and class training with the likes of Bob Cline, Patrick Goodwin, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Kimberly Vaughn, Steps On Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center. Equally valuable has been his rehearsal room and on stage/camera training working with the likes of Debbie Gibson, Tony winner Dan Fogler, Drama Desk & Obie winner Jay O. Sanders, Theatre World winner Florence Lacy, and Helen Hayes winner David Saint.
Most recently, McLamb earned kudos from multiple critics for his performance as Abdullah in Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, presented by 59E59 Theaters. His motivational favorite is still, “When he’s on stage lead turns to gold,” (Beatrice Williams-Rude? If you’re reading this, I owe you a handshake, then a martini of thanks). McLamb then rocked out multiple film projects, including a spec spot for AXE Body Spray. He’s currently bouncing with antici……….pation to jump into rehearsals for a development concert of selections from the Tony Award-winning Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty RAGTIME score. It will be presented by the Tony and Drama Desk nominee Suzanne Friedman, with an eye towards “an immersive, full production” on Ellis Island in 2017. The star-studded concert – which will be narrated by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell – will feature Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, five-time Emmy Award nominee Georgia Engel, Emmy Award winner Michael Park, and Robert Petkoff (reprising his 2009 Broadway revival role of Tateh).
McLamb’s nowhere near guilty pleasures include playing the cello (whether in the pit for JRB’s The Last 5 Years, or at a wedding!), puppetry (never get tired of the joy this brings to audiences, young and old alike!), and discretely observing people during his NYC commutes and domestic/international travels (it’s his favorite way to develop an authentic edge on his dialect work). Last but never least, McLamb’s most rewarding passion has come from the students in his private studio and teaching artist work: there’s just nothing like remembering and further honing one’s craft by giving back through teaching, and supporting the development of new artistry!
McLamb looks forward to continue manifesting abundance through that next national commercial, Emmy winning series, first (and beyond!) Production Contract, and any feature with Robert Downey Jr or Jennifer Lawrence… cuz… yes, please!