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Jim Loftus: Bio

A native of the Logan/Olney section of Philadelphia(near LaSalle University), Jim has resided in Green Lane, PA since the '70's. Gifted with a great ear for music, he took piano lessons for seven years from age 6 to 13--yet plays by ear primarily. He was in his first rock band at age 15, played several lead roles in high schools plays and musicals(Nathan Detroit in "Guys & Dolls", Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind" and Jesus in Stephen Schwartz' "Godspell"). After two years as a Theatre & Speech major at what is now known as DeSales University, Jim was hired at WAEB radio in Allentown at age 20 to do news/weather reports in 1981. After 5 months there he did a one-year stint as disc jockey for rock station WZZO(Z-95), then headquartered in Bethlehem PA(met Joan Jett twice, Ozzy Osbourne, Kansas, Mike Reno of Loverboy, ZZTop, Johnny Van Zant Band). The band "Vagabond" then tapped him as their keyboardist for a year in 1983 and they played the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey extensively, opening once for the Hooters. From 1984 to 1987 Jim did 5 major productions for Richard Akins Productions as an actor--playing Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar", Magaldi in "EVITA" and more. In 1986 Jim began his foray into the piano/bar/restaurant world which he continues to this present day. And now some highlights:
JIM LOFTUS HAS OPENED FOR REGIS PHILBIN(State Theatre in Easton,PA--Jan.1992);written an original rock opera musical "GHOSTS ON BROADWAY" which played NYC's John Houseman Theatre in May 1995(attended by Grammy and Oscar-award winning composer STEPHEN SCHWARTZ--do yourself a favor and visit www.stephenschwartz.com)--[Jim is currently working on bringing the show back to NYC in a bigger production]; he played tribute dinner functions at the Plaza Hotel,NYC for the late ROSETTA LeNOIRE and DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS,JR.(April 1996),also the late MILTON BERLE(Oct.1996--Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)and JULIE ANDREWS(Feb.1997--21 Club); Jim and his trio THREE TOGETHER opened for TODD RUNDGREN at Crocodile Rock,Allentown, PA(Oct.2001). He's done TV and film extra work in Philadelphia and NYC,including the CBS show "HACK"(5 episodes!--read about his experiences on "HACK" by going to www.davidmorse.org), "Sex & the City" episode in final season, and the new film "Hitch" with Will Smith; most recent appearances include 3 episodes from Season 7(2005)of "Law & Order:SVU"; most prominently on the episode "STRAIN" as a featured jury member.