ERIC GUTMAN cultivated his love of performing through his grandparents when, at the age of nine, bought him his first guitar. Within weeks, he started cultivating his musician “chops” that would help lead him down an amazing career path for years to come.
Eric currently lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan with his wife and two daughters. Before his move back home, his claim to fame was performing for three years in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning sensation, Jersey Boys. In his run with this extraordinary show, Eric performed close to 1,200 shows in six different roles (including three of the Four Seasons) as well as one of the few actors to play live instruments on stage. Eric has also been a company member for over fifteen years with the Off-Broadway and touring companies of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood where he has played in over 100 different theatres across the Country as well as a featured performer with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
When not with Streetlamp, Eric has been touring his one-man show, “From Broadway to Obscurity” to cities across the US and Canada gaining major recognition at festivals like the Winnipeg and Orlando Fringe festivals, to name a few.
Eric holds a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1999 and The American Federation of Musicians.
My biggest musical influence on my life was by far my father. Although not a musician, he schooled me my entire young life on the importance of bands like The Beatles and entirety of the Motown era. Him playing “Johnny B. Goode” for me when I was nine years old is still one of the main reasons I decided I wanted to learn how to play guitar.
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For me, it’s not about the songs that we are currently performing, it’s about working together as a group – the four of us and the musicians – with the new music we will get to debut down the road. Hearing everyone contribute and the excitement from those sessions is infectious. I absolutely love the era of music we perform and I’m just anxious to get more tunes in front of the amazing fans!