Paris native Marie Danvers came to the United States at the ripe old age of two. She was born into a musical family. Her parents, Charles and Eliane Danvers, had illustrious careers as performers throughout Europe and the Middle East. In 1957, her father wrote the hit song “Till,” which immediately topped the charts, making it possible for him to bring his family to America.
Marie followed in her parents’ footsteps. She is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera, directed by the legendary Hal Prince. She has performed all over the world as Maria in West Side Story and appeared in the National and International Tours of The Fantasticks with Robert Goulet. Additionally, she starred as Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom at Paper Mill Playhouse, where Maury Yeston tailored some of the music specifically for her voice.
She acted Off-Broadway with the Manhattan Theater Club and on Television on As The World Turns. Across the country she has played leading roles with major regional theaters in A Chorus Line, Company, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Lend Me a Tenor, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Nunsense and Cyrano de Bergerac.
As an active member of Actor’s Equity Association for over 25 years, she continues to sing as a featured soloist in concert with major symphony orchestras such as the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She has performed with the Broadway by the Year Series at Town Hall, as well as The City Center Encores in Manhattan.
Marie is also an accomplished educator. She has taught at Stony Brook University, Dowling College and Suffolk County Community College. Currently, she is an associate professor at Five Towns College on Long Island, NY, where she leads the musical theater training program and directs all its mainstage musicals. In 2017, the college awarded her their annual “Excellence in Education Award” for her outstanding work training their performing artists of tomorrow.
She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and received two Distinguished Alumni awards — one from from Suffolk Community College and the other from Oklahoma City University, where she earned a BFA in Dance.
Marie takes great joy in performing alongside her husband Rob Gallagher, who is also a Broadway performer. Her greatest collaboration with him is their twenty year-old daughter, Karina.