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Lothair Eaton was born in Chicago, into a musical family.
His father, Cleveland J. Eaton is a famous Jazz musician, playing Contra Bass with the incredible Ramsey Lewis Trio, as well as the World famous Count Basie Orchestra. Lothair began singing at the age of 5 in his children’s choir at church, and has not stopped since.

In his High School years he trained summers and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Then went on to study and graduate from the prestigious Theatre program at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Lothair has been very fortunate to perform on stages all over the world. Most recently he was seen playing his favorite role, Poppa the Old Steam Train in the UK Tour of Andrew Llyod Webber’s STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Lothair has had the great fortune of playing this role off and on over the last 20 years, and is very close to having performed this role 3,000 times! And Still loves it! He has been seen in the German show ’92-’95, 2001-2007, Las Vegas ’96-’98, and New Zealand in 2009. 

Last not least: Lothair was thrilled to once again play his most favourite role of ‘Poppa’ in the 2012/13 Starlight Express UK Tour.

Lothair was also seen in the ’95 UK Tour of 5 GUYS NAMED MOE. Throughout Germany and the UK Lothair has performed in many Musical Galas and events, as well as his own Cabaret shows to rave reviews!

In New York, Lothair was seen in the original cast of NUNSENSE A-MEN as Sister Mary Hubert to wonderful reviews! Also in the York Theatre production of LOST IN THE STARS. And the Papermill Playhouse production of SHOW BOAT, which was also taped and shown on P.B.S. Great Performances. Enjoying time in Vegas, he went back to play the Master Of Laughter. Not surprising if you know Lothair’s Laugh 🙂 In EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel starring Tommy Tune!

TV credits include an episode of COP ROCK, and FORD commercials in Germany.

Other favorite roles include The Voice Of The Plant in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, C. C. White in DREAMGIRLS and the Bigger is better character in WHEN PIGS FLY

  • NUNSENSE A-MEN as Sister Mary Hubert
  • York Theatre production of LOST IN THE STARS
  • Papermill Playhouse production of SHOW BOAT
  • TV credits include an episode of COP ROCK
  • FORD commercials in Germany
  • The Voice Of The Plant in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
  • C. C. White in DREAMGIRLS
  • Bigger is better character in WHEN PIGS FLY


Elf The Musical Macy's Store Manager Ogunquit Playhouse
TRAV'LIN 1930's Harlem Musical George Seven Angels Theatre
Starlight Express Poppa (2,976 Performances) UK Tour BKL Productions Mehr Entertainment, Germany Troika, Las Vegas Hilton Stetson Group, New Zealand Tour
Show Boat Bubba Papermill Playhouse (and PBS)
Lost in the Stars Hlabeni The York Theatre
Ron Giovanni (Workshop) Marine Lincoln Center (Dir. Del Close)
Nunsense A-Men Sister Mary Hubert 47th Street Theatre Orig. Off Broadway
Five Guys Named Moe Eat Moe/Big Moe/Little Moe Cameron Mackintosh UK Tour
Dreamgirls C C White Downtown Cabaret Theatre (Dir. Weyman Thompson)
Coffeehouse Magik Derrick Wyman The Secret Theatre
When Pigs Fly Big Girl Coronet Theatre, LA
EFX Master Of Laughter MGM Grand Las Vegas (starring Tommy Tune)
Little Shop Of Horrors Voice Of The Plant Falmouth Playhouse
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Reuben Tibbits Opera House
Cop Rock Supporting ABC
Show Boat Supporting PBS Great Performances
JG Wentworth 877 CASH Bus Singer Cortell TV (Dir. Mal Karlin)
Avon Principle Moxie Pictures N.Y. (Dir. M J Delaney)
AFLAC Carl/Boss MRY Productions (Dir. Jason Liberatore)
Carnegie-Mellon University BFA in Drama
Acting: Mel Shapiro, Anthony McKay, Elisabeth Orion, Gregory Lahane, and Barbara Baxley
Voice: Beatrice Krebs, Noel Turner, David Craig
Dance: Billy Wilson, Myron Nadel: Ballet, Jazz, and Tap
Commercial Edge/ The Network: Scott Wojcik and David Cady
Roller Skating; Speaks German and French

Reviews Reviews

26.04.2013Biggleswade Chronicle
Poppa is superbly played by Lothair Eaton who has the audience eating from the palm of his hand,..
26.04.2013UK Theatre Network
Perhaps not the lead role but for me the best singer in the cast was Lothair Eaton as Poppa,..
06.02.2013The Derry Journal
But POPPA, the old steam train played by Lothair Eaton was my nine year old’s favourite and I’d say he melted the heart of most of the crowd.
30.11.2012The Dailey Echo
The superb vocals of Amanda Coutts (a demure Pearl) and particularly Lothair Eaton (wise old engine Poppa) lit up an incredible score..
14.11.2012Whats On Stage Sunderland
sit within a musical genre and Lothair Eaton’s soulful tones suit his role as Poppa.. MAYBE?
04.10.2012STV Aberdeen City
Lothair Eaton's performance of 'Poppa's Blues' also adds some spine-tingling soul to the show.
The Public Reviews for Edinburgh
...the magnificent Lothair Eaton stands out strongly for his amazing portrayal of Poppa...
15.05.2012SW Londoner
Lothair Eaton displayed his deep, soulful vocals on Big Poppa’s Blues
15.05.2012Whats On Stage for Wimbledon
Lothair Eaton as Poppa may not be able to dislodge the brilliance of Lon Satton from ones mind but runs him close.

Voice Lessons


Lothair Eaton Lothair Eaton

Internationally renowned entertainer and
Carnagie Mellon Drama Grad, Lothair Eaton,
is teaching private voice lessons in NYC!

We will cover:

  • Breathing
  • Vocal technique through vocalise
  • Repertoire

Where: Midtown / Lessons: 30 or 60 Minutes
Contact for prices: 347-755-9874

Andy Karl
Andy KarlOlivier Award, Drama Desk Award Winner & currently starring in Pretty Woman The Musical on Broadway
"Lothair is a dear friend and an incredible talent. His voice is brilliant and has graced audiences worldwide. Not only that, his joy shines through as a vocalist and as a beautiful person. I have loved watchin and learning from him."
Blair Underwood
Blair UnderwoodL-A. Law, Agents Of Shield, and Quantico
"I've know Lothair since our training days at Carnegie Mellon. He has an incredible voice, and with such a joyful and warm attitude, can work with anyone to help them bring out their best voice through the joy of music."
Kaitlin Hopkins
Kaitlin HopkinsActress/Head of Musical Theatre Texas State
"Lothair is a caring and intuitive voice teacher. He listens and works well with each individual student... and has the ability to offer exercises to help the student access their authentic voice."