The Cowboy of Village People Since 2013.
Jim Newman is a new member of the world famous group and “Kings of Disco” Village People. He hails from Center Point, Alabama where he originally saw Village People in concert in the 9th grade with his girlfriend Leigh Ann.
Jim graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a BFA in music and theatre. By the age of 21 Jim had a record deal with A&M records and released the remake of The Name Game (which is on YouTube under the name Ken Gilcrest…don’t ask). However, his dream was to be on Broadway and for the past 20 years that’s exactly what he’s been doing. His work includes the Tony award winning productions of The Who’s Tommy, Sunset Boulevard, Curtains, the Tony nominated Steel Pier, and Hands on a Hard Body. He sang a duet with Liza in Minnelli on Minnelli on Broadway and with Donny Osmond in the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tour. He starred in the 1st National tours of BIG and Kiss Me Kate as well as many Off Broadway shows. Jim also played John Denver Off Broadway in Almost Heaven and has performed with some of John Denver’s band in San Francisco, L.A., Arizona and Denver.
Jim’s television credits include: Hope and Faith, All My Children, One Life to Live, The View, the Rosie O’Donnell Show, the Magic of Music and Celebrity Apprentice. Jim’s movie credits include: Out Of Sync and The Big Gay Musical.
When he’s not performing he plays and writes country music on his guitar, cooks, buys flashy sneakers and goes to superhero movies. He’s a redneck at heart and likes Blue Moon, watermelon and Cheetos (the crunchy kind not the puffy kind). Jim has worn a cowboy hat on Broadway, Off Broadway, in television pilots and commercials and in many professional photo shoots so it seems natural for him to be the Cowboy in Village People.