CAROLE DEMAS, Broadway & TV Legend, stole the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her captivating and critically acclaimed creation of “Sandy”, in Broadway’s iconic, original GREASE. Her 56 year (and counting) career has included thousands of leading role performances On and Off-Broadway and in Regional Theatre, among them two years at New York’s Sullivan St. Playhouse as “Luisa” in THE FANTASTICKS and the creation of original ingénue leads in Fred Ebb’s MORNING SUN; RONDELAY (director Cyril Ritchard, choreographer Donald Sadler); Oscar Brand’s HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION (opposite Clifton Davis); Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt’s PHILEMON and THE BONE ROOM as well as major regional theatres, including Philia (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM); Regina (ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST); Angel (CELEBRATION); Wanda (ENTER LAUGHING); Corrie (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, with Joan Bennett) and her singing for the Champlain and NY Shakespeare Festivals for multiple seasons.
Carole originated the title role in the premiere production of Stephen Schwartz’s THE BAKER’S WIFE, in Los Angeles. She was back on Broadway in Broadway Cares - GYPSY OF THE YEAR celebrating Grease's 40th Anniversary at the New Amsterdam Theater. Carole played numerous guest star roles on classic prime time TV (including, KOJAK, MANNIX, ROUTE 66, BARNABY JONES, MAN FROM ATLANTIS, FANTASTIC JOURNEY (recently, BLUE BLOODS –CBS and ALLEGIANCE -NBC) and recurring roles on daytime dramas (EDGE OF NIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS). For the popular PBS Series GREAT PERFORMANCES, Carole joined other stars of the Great White Way for Lorimar’s “SHOWSTOPPERS - THE BEST OF BROADWAY”. In films, Carole starred in the 300 YEAR WEEKEND, with William Devane and THE SPACE WORKS for Trans-Lux Corp. Other films include appearances in: A LOVELY WAY TO DIE for Universal Films and the about to be released THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM.
Carole Starred in TV’s most successful regional children’s series, THE MAGIC GARDEN (for over 12 years) leading to hundreds of live family concerts and recent viral clips on Facebook. Carole's wonderful versatility has been seen on camera in principal roles in over 200 commercials for television (everything from Men’s Cologne to Peanut Butter and often singing the jingles as well), among them: Kodak, Promise Margarine, Lipton Tea, Puss ‘n Boots, Wonder Bread, M&M’s, Clairol, Timex, Lysol, AT&T, etc.
Her career trials and triumphs are highlighted in Schirmer, Citadel and Applause books chronicling the history of Broadway. Carole’s career began in her Junior Year at the U of VT, with the 1960 CHAMPLAIN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL and continued, from her days as Miss Vermont in The 1960 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, her zany “singing chicken” voice in the LIDO SHOW (Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas), to major dramatic and comic roles in theatres coast to coast, and New York City concert and cabaret performances (BROADWAY ORIGINALS (Town Hall), OFF-BROADWAY CLOSE UP (Merkin Hall), 50th Anniversary celebrations for WBAI Radio, Lincoln Center Library, The Fantasticks. She is seen in NYC’s favorite cabaret venues (Feinsteins/54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Laurie Beechman Theater, New World Stages, Le Poisson Rouge, The Iridium, The Triad-Stage 72, Signature Theatre, Urban Stages, Concerts For City Greens, etc.). She sang for BROADWAY TO BARBADOS for 2 seasons.
Her one-woman show in NYC and other locales (including The Caribbean Theatre, St. Croix) received rave reviews…”a powerhouse of musical theatre”, “a vocal champion”, “a consummate artist”, her voice has been described as “shimmering and thrilling with great warmth, sweetness and surprising power”. Her engaging, exciting cabaret and concert performances have brought funds and attention to many worthy causes. Carole is featured on the original cast albums of: GREASE, HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION, GREEN SONGS and THE MAGIC GARDEN.
Currently she is one of 50 Broadway Stars singing in the Broadway For Orlando Initiative, on MAYA and MARTY (NBC), in concert in NYC’s Bryant Park and other events. She is a recurring favorite star in The Ziegfeld Society Productions. Carole was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame with her Magic Garden co-star, Paula Janis. She is a Governor Emeritus of the NY National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The Magic Garden’s enduring holiday special, A MAGIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS (Emmy Nominee) airs annually on WPIX-TV-New York and streams worldwide with new recent footage. THE MAGIC GARDEN DVD collection and CDs are available at www.caroleandpaula.com.
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 65 years (and counting).