CAROLE DEMAS, Broadway & TV Legend, is best known for her critically acclaimed creation of the female lead, “Sandy”, in the original Broadway blockbuster, Grease. She originated the title role in Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife in the premier production in Los Angeles and played “Luisa” in Off-Broadway’s longest running show, The Fantasticks, at New York’s Sullivan Street Playhouse for two years. Carole created the ingenue lead in Fred Ebb's first book musical Morning Sun and starred on PBS in Great Performances/ Showstoppers -The Best Of Broadway. She was recently reviewed as “a powerhouse of musical theatre”, “A vocal champion” and “consummate artist”. Carole’s singing has been described as “shimmering..” ”thrilling..” “..warmth and sweetness with surprising power”.
With thousands of performances in leading roles on and Off-Broadway and in major regional theatres, TV, Films, Radio, Recordings, in Concert, Cabaret, and her singing for the Champlain and NY Shakespeare Festivals (4 full seasons), Carole has stolen the hearts of audiences and critics alike. She is loved and remembered by generations of fans as co-star of The Magic Garden, the most successful regional show in the history of children’s television. Beginning on December 25, 2013 "A MAGIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS" aired on WPIX-TV, New York and streamed worldwide, the show included new footage just shot at WPIX and has aired each holiday season since. She was also seen in guest star turns on classic prime-time shows such as Kojak, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, in recurring roles on daytime dramas and is a veteran of over 200 commercials as well as jingles and voice-overs for radio and TV. Recent TV/Film appearances include BLUE BLOODS and ALLEGIANCE.
In NYC, Carole garnered rave reviews in her cabaret show, Summer Nights, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. She was featured in Town Hall’s Broadway Originals Concert, Off- Broadway Close Up at Merkin Concert Hall, and 50th Anniversary Concerts for WBAI Radio, The Fantasticks (Night of 1000 Luisas) and The Lincoln Center Library For The Performing Arts. She returned to Broadway for Gypsy Of The Year at the New Amsterdam Theatre where she and many of her original GREASE cast re-created moments from that original production. Carole and her Magic Garden partner and lifelong friend, Paula Janis, were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in November 2010.
Celebrating the 40th Birthdays of both GREASE and THE MAGIC GARDEN, Carole finished off 2012 in style with 2 full benefit concerts for The Irvington Town Hall Theatre in Westchester and Urban Stages in New York City. 2013 was very active with many shows and appearances from Irvington to Barbados. 2013 ended with a 1 hour TV special of A MAGIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS which had not aired since 1981 and this time around some new interview/performance segments were filmed at WPIX-TV in December and interspersed with the 1981 program. The special was also streamed worldwide on Christmas day and again 2 times on New Years day. 2015 Began with a return to Barbados for 2 weeks of shows and teaching a Master Class on the island, followed by appearances in Blooming Grove NY, Cabaret on the Hudson in Irvington, NY, a Birthday celebration for composer David Friedman, concerts at Feinstein's/54 Below, Ziegfeld's Cavalcade of Stars, The Iridium, Le Poisson Rouge, Tudor City Greens concert, Salon at Etc, Etc, Special Guest Star for Steve Ross's Broadway concert and more. 2016 has started off with a special Valentine's appearance on WPIX-TV, a recording project for a new musical, Co-Host of Salon, Special Guest Starring for Robin's Nest, Cabaret On The Hudson, Concerts for City Greens and Richard Skipper Celebrates, with more to come. Looking forward to more shows and appearances later in 2016.
The winding path of Carole’s career, highlighted in Schirmer, Citadel and Applause Books chronicling the trials and triumphs of Broadway, has taken her from her early days as Miss Vermont in The Miss Universe Contest, to major roles from coast to coast, to the Las Vegas run of her zany “Singing Chicken” voice in The Stardust Lido Show. Her cabaret and concert performances have brought funds and attention to many worthy causes. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Carole lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband, Stuart Allyn, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and Tomsonturtle, her faithful reptile friend for 47 years (and counting).