Pamela Dayton is best known for her varieties of characters and voices, honed since joining Actor’s Equity Association in 1979.
It prepared her for her Broadway debut, replacing Kathy Fitzgerald, as "Shirley Markowitz", the Gay Lighting Designer as well as nearly a dozen other incarnations in The Producers, the show that has won the most Tony’s in Broadway history. Pamela played these wonderful roles first on the LEO National Tour of The Producers, traveling throughout the United States, and ending in Tokyo, Japan, with its kind and generous people and beautiful countryside.
In Los Angeles, Pamela was privileged to be a part of Gordon Davidson’s critically acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music, with Glynis Johns, this time as Madame Armfeldt, joined by Lois Nettleton and the incomparable John McMartin.
Pamela Dayton will always be grateful to Gerard Alessandrini for bringing her from New York to Boston, and literally throwing her into Forbidden Broadway, where she learned the joys of fine-tuning and performing a multitude of characters, including Jennifer Holiday, Patti LuPone and Ethel Merman.
She originated Forbidden Hollywood, where Gerard specifically wrote a piece on Doris Day for her, and she enjoyed skewering Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, as well as Audrey Hepburn and Cher.
Pamela’s lust for travel has been fed courtesy of the many jobs she has procured out of New York and Los Angeles, which have taken her over three times around the world, to places as diverse as Dakar, Africa, Tahiti and the Mediterranean.
Pamela found the true marriage of thrilling show and travel while performing in three different legs of the International tour of Evita, working with such renowned Eva’s as England’s Rebecca Storm, as she traveled extensively through Germany, Italy and Holland.
Pamela’s world travels on the high seas started at a young age, as she was chosen from a nation wide search in 1981 to perform as Mrs. Malloy in Hello Dolly, and the lead singer in Sea Legs, aboard the largest ship in the world (at the time) the SS Norway.
This lead to, between theatrical jobs, performing on prestigious ships around the world, such as the Royal Viking Sea, the Royal Odyssey, and the Stella Solaris which she revisited later as associate producer and performer on the Star filled Theater at Sea cruises.
Being involved in the Inaugural launching of the Disney Magic from Venice, Italy was an adventure in itself. It contained a state-of-the-art Broadway-style theater, specifically built by the Disney Imagineers, and overseen by Michael Eisner. For her, the highlight of the three different shows, was Marta, the lusty maid, where she learned to sword-fight, did stage combat, and fired a blunderbuss.
Pam’s last ship included sharing a Cabaret Act with her dear friend Michael Shapiro on the luxurious ms Paul Gauguin, enjoying the beauty of the warm Tahitian people, and islands such as Bora Bora and Moorea.
Pamela feels blessed and privileged that she has gotten to share the stage with such luminaries as Juliet Prowse (Mame), Andrea McArdle (Annie, Get Your Gun), Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson (Music Man) and the current Phantom on Broadway, Howard McGillin (Jane Heights).